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'[OT] Sightseeing in Toronto'
2009\05\21@225646 by Gökhan SEVER

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Hello,

I am heading to Toronto tomorrow for a 5 days of academical trip :) I
will spend most of my time in downtown area, however I could have some
extra time to visit nice places of the city before I leave on
Wednesday.

If there is anybody in the list from Toronto or someone familiar with
the city, could you please make a few recommendations of where should
I visit both for technical, cultural and recreational purposes :)

Thank you

Gökhan

2009\05\21@233615 by solarwind

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On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:56 PM, Gökhan SEVER <spam_OUTgstr2005TakeThisOuTspamgmail.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> I am heading to Toronto tomorrow for a 5 days of academical trip :) I
> will spend most of my time in downtown area, however I could have some
> extra time to visit nice places of the city before I leave on
> Wednesday.
>
> If there is anybody in the list from Toronto or someone familiar with
> the city, could you please make a few recommendations of where should
> I visit both for technical, cultural and recreational purposes :)

CN tower in downtown. You'll see it for sure. The skydome (rogers
centre) might be cool. The ROM, royal Ontario museum. These are what
pretty much every kid in school visits. You might want to take a look.

2009\05\22@075234 by Tamas Rudnai

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I am not familiar Toronto, but it is close to Niagara which I thing worth to
see...

Tamas

On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 3:56 AM, Gökhan SEVER <.....gstr2005KILLspamspam@spam@gmail.com> wrote:

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2009\05\22@083208 by Rolf

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Hi Gökhan

I work in Toronto.... and live just outside of Toronto.

For a general site on Toronto, go to http://www.toronto.com/ it has all
sorts of things on it.

The 'standard' tourist things to do in toronto are:

1. CN tower http://www.cntower.com/ you *have* to walk on the glass floor
2. Sky Dome http://www.rogerscentre.com/ (or catch a Blue-Jays ball game
- their next home game is the 29th May so you'll miss them... :(  )
2.5 The Air Canada Centre - http://www.theaircanadacentre.com/ maybe
catch Elton John and Billy Joel ... ;-)
3. Hockey Hall of Fame http://www.hhof.com/
4. Royal Ontario Museum (The ROM http://www.rom.on.ca/ ).
5. Art Gallery of Ontario (The AGO http://www.ago.net/ ).
5.5 The Ontario Science Center http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/ (more
fun with kids or company....).
6. 'The PATH'....  http://www.toronto.ca/path/ The largets underground
shopping centre in the world... you *will* get lost in it.
7. Chinatown is like many of them (Dundas and Spadina Street
intersection is pretty much the middle of China Town).
8. Casa Loma is an historic site too: http://www.casaloma.org
9. A walk on the lakeshore is a must.... choose a sunny day and see
torontonains revel in the warmth (inline skaters, dog walkers, tourists,
joggers, and watch the planes landing at the airport)... people are
still getting used to this spring thing at the moment... (make sure you
go to the bottom of yonge st. the longest street in the world.... or
not... http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yonge_Street ;-)
10. Much much more....
11. the 'entertainment district'.... for both 'classic' entertainment
like theater and comedy clubs, through to the nightlife scene... on King
Street West...
12. Take a trip to the Island, and get great 'postcard' city skyline
photos....http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/
13. Go shopping in the exclusive Bloor Street boutiques.

One not-so-standard place is 'Active Surplus' which is a techno-geek
paradise... where you can get all sorts of junk for your next
hack-it-together project... http://www.activesurplus.com/

Outside the downtown city are all sorts of other things, from the zoo
through to Niagra (requires at least a day trip to do it justice... and
possibly more if you want to throw in some wine-tasting, etc...).

Enjoy...

Rolf

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2009\05\22@085050 by Marc Nicholas

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Hi Gökhan,

Here're some comments:

- Somebody has already mentioned Niagara. The Falls are definitely worth
seeing...but do bear in mind it's about a 2-hour drive from Toronto.

- Wine country (the Niagara escarpment) is nice if you're renting a car and
like that sort of thing.

- The CN Tower is a popular destination for many and is right downtown. The
engineering is pretty interesting (it's hollow, was built as a radio tower,
etc.).

- If you like walking, the Queen West/Chinatown/Kensington Market areas make
up an interesting and eclectic hour or two. Kensington is great for finding
cheap and tasty eats such as empanadas, tacos and burritos.

- Architecture-wise, the city is pretty poor. Some highlights include: The
Rogers Centre ("SkyDome"), new Art Gallery of Ontario designed by Frank
Gherry, the OCAD building (next to the AGO -- it looks like a domino
floating in the sky), the new Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre.

- Taking one of the major streetcar (road railway) routes can be an
interesting way to see parts of the city and you could also use that to get
out to the Beach.

- The ferry ride to Toronto Island (well, it's actually more than one
island) is fun and it's another great place to wander, and also has a
fantastic view of the waterfront.

- St. Lawrence Market on Front Street is a bustling indoor food market and
quite interesting if you're that way inclined.

Those are the things that spring to my mind. If you share a few of your
interests (do you like live music, for example?), I can probably give you
some more insights.

-marc


On Thu, May 21, 2009 at 10:56 PM, Gökhan SEVER <gstr2005spamKILLspamgmail.com> wrote:

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2009\05\27@001433 by Randy Glenn

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Nothing much to add to what's already been said. At one time I might
have suggested the World's Biggest Bookstore, west side of Yonge
Street a block north of Dundas (can't remember the street name), but
with Amazon basically owning the bookselling market these days...

I've never been, but the Bata Shoe Museum is supposed to be pretty
interesting. http://www.batashoemuseum.ca/

One place you might want to go for some information is
www.joeydevilla.com/2008/07/17/rubyfringe-guide-the-lay-of-the-land-part-2/
- that's a local blogger who wrote a series of articles last year on
places to check out in the Toronto area for conference-goers. Some
excellent stuff in there.

If you want some good restaurant reviews, check out
http://www.yelp.ca/toronto - a friend of mine is their Community Manager for
Toronto, so I can personally vouch for a number of the reviews up
there. She's actually got a list of places for out-of-towners to
visit: http://www.yelp.ca/list/grant-c-s-list-of-things-to-see-and-do-while-in-toronto-toronto

Enjoy your trip, eh?

-Randy
On Fri, May 22, 2009 at 08:26, Marc Nicholas <.....geekythingKILLspamspam.....gmail.com> wrote:
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