Toronto in Aug: Caribana Carnival info?

Jun 29th, 2002, 10:57 AM
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Todd
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Toronto in Aug: Caribana Carnival info?

Celebrating our 25th anniversary in NOTL and onto Toronto. Have tickets for the Lion King & Mama Mia, but beyond that no firm plans. We'll be in the city during the Caribana Carnival. Can anyone give me info about the carnival and suggestions as to what a couple from Lancaster Pa. would enjoy seeing. Casa Loma,Chinatown,Harbourfront, and a day on one of the Toronto islands( biking/a picnic) are some of the things this country couple are thinking about. Open to suggestions on MUST SEES. Staying at the Sutton Place for 5 days,got parking & breakfast incl @ good rate. Hope it proves a wise choice. Thanks
 
Jun 29th, 2002, 05:14 PM
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Congrats on your 25th - we're in the throes of planning what to do for our 25th later this year! In my opinion, Toronto does not have any must do sights - there's the CN Tower, Art Gallery, Royal Ontario Museum, underground pedestrian walkways & shopping, etc. What makes Toronto interesting is its many ethnic neighbourhoods - you could spend many hours just browsing through the downtown Chinatown (maybe walking on Queen St. West with its funky stores), Little India on Gerrard St. East, Greektown on the Danforth, Italy on College St and Korean, Portuguese on Bathurst West, etc.

Check out Toronto.com for more info on events and attractions.

If you do not wish to jostle with the crowds & the heat during Caribana, you could buy a ticket to the Exhibition Stadium where the bands and floats begin their parade. Also, during the two week extragavanza, you can buy tickets (which are usually around 10-20 dollars Canadian) to watch the judging of the best king and queen costumes.

From the Sutton Place Hotel, it's a good 20 + minute walk to the Lion King/ Mama Mia. Good Restaurants on King St. near the theatre scene.

We have a lovely city so enjoy and here's to another 25!
 
Jun 30th, 2002, 05:45 AM
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Some hotels have special Caribana rules, so make sure you understand any needs for special credit cards, pre-payments, guaranteeing reservations, damage deposits, etc. Sutton Place may have.

Toronto currently has a municipal government employees strike, and if this continues it may affect Caribana and other parts of your plans. But if you come back here I'm sure someone will keep you up to date.

The Toronto Island ferry is cancelled, for instance, because it is run by city employees.

If you have a hobby, tell us and we'll see if we can come up with hobby-related things. If you are a photographer, for instance, we can tell you about the best photo galleries. Like model trains? Enjoy jazz?

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Jun 30th, 2002, 05:59 AM
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If you go to wqww.Toronto.com and type caribana into the search engine, you'll find more info.

Bring comfortable shoes, and plan to do lots of walking.

From thehotel, walk north to the Yorkbville area, and then walk for blocks wehre the rich people live and shop-.

Another day, walk east from the hotel and visit the alternative choices world of Toronto, around Wellesley (it's beside the hotel) and Church (four or five blocks east)

And on another day, walk west from the hotel, through the big park and then the university grounds, and end up in the arty dress-in-black (no Tommy Lee Jones / Will Smith type of dressed in black, though) Queen Street West area.

Brian a camera, so you can show the folks back home the things they won't believe. (which is not to say Toronto is either scary or dangerous)

BAK

 
Jun 30th, 2002, 06:05 AM
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If you go to wqww.Toronto.com and type caribana into the search engine, you'll find more info.

Bring comfortable shoes, and plan to do lots of walking.

From thehotel, walk north to the Yorkbville area, and then walk for blocks wehre the rich people live and shop-.

Another day, walk east from the hotel and visit the alternative choices world of Toronto, around Wellesley (it's beside the hotel) and Church (four or five blocks east)

And on another day, walk west from the hotel, through the big park and then the university grounds, and end up in the arty dress-in-black (no Tommy Lee Jones / Will Smith type of dressed in black, though) Queen Street West area.

Bring a camera, so you can show the folks back home the things they won't believe. (which is not to say Toronto is either scary or dangerous)

Another thought; spend some pre-trip time thining about what kinds of cuisine you would like to try that you might not find in Lancaster, and then ask for tips from us. In addition to Chinese, French and Italisn, we've got Korean and Thai and Portuguese and Spanish and Greek and Jewish and great seafood, plus you can get a great steak in town, and then the list keeps on going.

Street food is good, and safe, too. I was at the Jazz Festival yesterday eating wonderful french fries from a truck. (The wlaking balances the calories from the street food, and calories do not stick to tourists from the USA, anyway. I don't exactly understand the science, but it has to do with 100 Candians calories is only 60 US calories, or some such exchange rate deal. That's why Alan Greenspan is so skinny, but that's another story.

BAK

 
Jun 30th, 2002, 08:40 AM
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Thanks TuTu and Brian... as for hobbies we like to antique-primatives...NOT the pricey places but the ones you have to browse thru and may find a real treasure that needs a little TLC. Don't know if you have such a place in the city. As for food we love Italian and seafood..also no one can go wrong with a good steak so any suggestions would be appreciated.
 
Jun 30th, 2002, 03:14 PM
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Try Le Select Bistro on Queen St. West -it's a lovely French style bistro that does wonderful steak and frites and has a nice atmosphere - moderate prices. If you're at the harbourfront there's Il Fornello's (Italian) at Queen's Quay. I believe there's also one on King St. West. If you're in town on a Sunday, there's a flea market of sorts at the north end of the St. Lawrence market on Front St. and there's a huge indoor antique market on Queen's Quay road at the foot of either Bathurst or Spadina.
 
Jul 7th, 2002, 06:45 PM
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If you are looking for "almost antiques" try queen street east...Marty millionares at parliment ... and east of broadview village.
 

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