More Canada, eh?

Dundas Square, Toronto's answer to NYC's Times Square.

Dundas Square, Toronto’s answer to NYC’s Times Square.

Needless to say, I was happy when we made the nearly six-hour train trek southwest to Toronto for a few days last week. As much as I loved the French culture, I wanted to be somewhere that spoke English first and had a hockey team I could root for (sorry, Canadiens fans!).

As with the last post on Montreal, this is just a brief overview of what we did in Toronto, with more detailed posts to come.

Duration of trip: Four nights

Hotel: Hyatt Regency. Scored this on Hotwire for, I believe, a little under $600 total. 24/7 gym, right next to airport shuttle stop and close to King Street streetcar stop. About an 8-minute walk to St. Andrew subway station. Decent location, but no breakfast included in rate. Very contemporary hotel.

 

April 27

4 pm – Arrive in Toronto

4:30 pm – Check in at Hyatt Regency

5 pm – Walk to Sadie’s Diner for dinner

6 pm – Walk to Air Canada Centre for Leafs-Habs game

9:30-ish – Walk back to hotel after deflating loss, stopping by Tim Horton’s to get breakfast for tomorrow

 

 

Hyatt Regency = swank.

Hyatt Regency = swank.

April 28

Morning – TimBits in bed (is there any other way to truly live?)

11 am – Head to quirky Kensington Market, Chinatown

Noon – Head back to hotel after realizing we dressed too warmly for the weather

12:30 – Back to Kensington Market; lunch at Urban Herbivore

2 pm – Shopping on Queen Street with hipsters

4:30 pm – Back to hotel to freshen up for dinner

6 :30 pm – Dinner at Earth-Rosedale

 

April 29

9:30 am – Breakfast at The Cereal Bar

10:30 am – Bata Shoe Museum

12:30 pm – Lunch at some Montreal-headquartered bistro near Bloor Street

1 pm – Shopping  (OK, window shopping) on Bloor Street, the Rodeo Drive of Toronto

3:45 pm – Showing of “Tiny” at Hot Docs documentary festival downtown

5:30 pm – Back to hotel to get gussied up for dinner

6:30 pm – Dinner at CN Tower’s “360” restaurant

 

The Cereal Bar lets you pick one of about a half dozen cereals and add up to three toppings. Here: Organic granola with strawberries, bananas and chocolate chips.

The Cereal Bar lets you pick one of about a half dozen cereals and add up to three toppings. Here: Organic granola with strawberries, bananas and chocolate chips.

April 30

Morning – Breakfast in room, brief visit to Eaton Centre

10:45 am – Elmwood Spa

1:30 pm – Lunch at Pizza Pizza

2 pm – Shopping at Eaton Centre, Yonge Street, PATH (underground city)

6 pm – Dinner at mostly vegetarian buffet Commensal

7:30 pm – Wizard of Oz musical at Mirvish Theatre

 

May 1

Morning – Breakfast in room

9:40 am – Shuttle to airport and then back to the U.S.

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