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.
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
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