Trip to Toronto for 5 days

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Jul 19th, 2002, 11:43 AM
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Mary
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Trip to Toronto for 5 days

2 women going to Toronto for 4 nights end of September. Will rent a car - have been to Niagara on the Lake (loved it) we love crafts, art, or wine tours, any good suggestion to see a play or show (web site address) - any suggestions what to do - day trip etc. Have done the Falls - so would like to skip that part. Also saw the castle - loved that too. Would love any suggestions - we both have had very good experiences in Canada - travelled to Victoria last year (loved Victoria). Thank you.
 
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Jul 19th, 2002, 06:06 PM
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Mary: May I suggest the Kitchener-Waterloo area, about an hour west of the Toronto airport. The cities themselves are medium-sized (about 300,000 people), and they have several attractions you may be interested in.
1) Three farmers' markets, one in downtown Kitchener, and two within a short hop of each other. The Waterloo Market draws heavily from the Mennonite community just east of the cities (more about that in a moment) and the other, the St. Jacobs Farmers' Market, is known for its shopping as much as for its food. There's an outlet mall as well as numerous stalls selling everything from cheap souvenirs to interesting finds. There's also a lovely new hotel on the site, if you're interested, but it is a very touristy area.
2)While you're there, also plan to drive about 10 minutes further to the village of St. Jacobs. It's a very active tourist centre, with a distinct Mennonite flavour (lots of quilts etc.) as well as numerous other craft/artisan vendors.
3)For theatre, Kitchener has an excellent professional troupe and a lovely new theatre in the downtown. Their new season kicks off in September. (search the Web under Kitchener and Theatre & Company). Tickets are very reasonably priced, by the way. As well, about 40 minutes further west is Stratford and its renowned Stratford Festival (celebrating its 50th season). It's best known for its Shakespeare, but has other offerings as well. Again, the Web site should be easy to find. Stratford also has some nifty shops, including the best toy store I've ever been in, with all kinds of interesting stuff you won't find at Toys R Us.
I'm sure the entire area must have a Web site for tourists; check the Web under Kitchener or Waterloo Region.
 
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Jul 21st, 2002, 06:20 PM
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We are going to see The Lion King in Toronto in October - got tickets online at http://www.onstagenow.com/
 
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