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Ontario Backroads


The Beach, the Harborfront and The Islands


From Harborfront to Toronto Island...
A must on any visitor's list is Harborfront: there's always something going on -- whether it's dance, music, food festivals or the world-renowned Author's Festival in September -- and a lot of it is free. There's also artisan galleries, a fabulous antique market and lots of wonderful boutiques. In the summer, it's only a short stroll from here to board the ferry for Toronto Island.
Sally Armstrong, Homemaker's Editor-in-Chief

A little cafe on an island...
One of my favourite things to do on a Saturday or Sunday afternoon is to take the ferry over to the Islands and visit the Rectory Cafe for lunch or brunch. This quaint little cafe with it's revolving art exhibition featuring local artists is well known for its daily home-made scones (the best in the city) with fresh lemon curd, and its sun-brewed iced tea. (They actually often have large jars of this tea loaded with fresh fruit brewing in the outdoor sunshine). The cafe even has a lovely garden with plenty of tables provided for people-watching. Weather permitting, this is a wonderful way for a travelling woman to spend the afternoon.

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P.S. The ferry docks are located behind the Harbour Castle Westin Hotel at Toronto's harbourfront and run regularly during the summer (I believe it is every 20 minutes). Take the Wards Island ferry to get dropped off at the docks located closest to the restaurant.
Louisa Nedkov, Trade Winds Communications, Cross-cultural Communications Training

Great view of Toronto...
Not to be missed! Some of the best views of the CN Tower and SkyDome are from the deck of the Centre Island ferry as it pulls away from the Queens Quay terminal.
Karen Zabawa. Freelance Journalist

In-town with out-of-town feel...
I always like to take my guests to the neighbourhood identified as the Beach. You feel as if you're in a beach town, and you have to remind yourself that this is, in fact, still Toronto. It's always nice to walk around the side streets north and south of Queen E. to see the lovely homes and to check out all the lovely little shops and restaurants on the main drag. The Queen Street streetcar will get you there if you don't have wheels.
Debbie Hubner, Tourist Industry

Canadian art in the country...
One spot I always like to take visitors to is the McMichael Gallery in Kleinburg, just north of Toronto. The town itself is full of great little shops, but the main drawing card is the gallery's collection of Canadiana including the Group of Seven, as well as Inuit and Indian art. The McMichael is in a beautiful setting and has a great gift shop to pick up small carvings, art prints or my favorite, Haida designs. For visitors who don't have a car, transportation is available from Connections Attraction Tour. Tel: 675-6656
Karen Zabawa, Freelance Journalist

Toronto Tourism

Each Girl Talk Toronto article has been independently researched by Journeywoman Online. We thank Tourism Toronto and the Toronto Transit Commission for sponsoring this female-friendly information. Together, it is our aim to inspire women to travel safely and well.
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