A $5.00 wash and style, a healthy 40 calorie ice cream cone, how
to travel a full day in Toronto for just $6.50, and a country spa
too good to resist. Sound good?
What began as a mini women-centered travel guide to Toronto has
evolved into a much bigger collection of tips than we ever imagined.
A while back we used the Journeywoman Network to connect with Toronto
females. We asked them to share their restaurant tips, shopping
advice and even the names of their favorite estheticians -- the
women who keep them stress-free and gorgeous. The response was overwhelming!
From national TV personalities and magazine publishers to gals in
the business world, travel journalists, students and several newly
arrived Canadians, everybody sent us their wonderful secrets. Please
read on. The women of Toronto truly welcome you...
Women who jog
can avoid wolves...
Running or jogging alone can be daunting. Toronto has a lot of great
running trails, but if you're a women coming to this big city for
the first time, you won't know where to go for a good run and how
to stay safe. I suggest you call the Running Room (762-4478). This
Canadian running franchise has running groups leaving from their
various storefront locations each Wednesday evening and Sunday morning.
Everyone is invited to run with the group, no fee, no membership
required. If these times aren't convenient, call up or drop over
to the location nearest you, and the staff will be more than happy
to recommend safe and appropriate routes. By the way, if you're
in the market for a good pair of running shoes, once again I highly
recommend the Running Room. All the staff are enthusiastic runners
and know how to fit the right shoe to the right runner.
Erica Ehm, Television Personality and JourneyAthlete
I've noticed that in the summer time there is a tourist information
kiosk at the corner of Avenue Road and Bloor (to the side of the
Royal Ontario Museum and on the edge of University of Toronto Campus),
It's great for getting directions to the shops in the area, picking
up brochures and finding out about the festivals happening in Toronto
(film, dance, cultural -- you name it we've got it in our city!)
Grace Leung, student
Explore underground Toronto...
This is something I think visitors to our city should know about.
There's a free map of the underground pathways of downtown Toronto
available -- linking 10 km. of underground shopping, services and
entertainment. For your copy call: (416) 203-2500 or 1-800-363-1990.
Happy discovering, ladies!
Florence Miller, Hospital Social Worker
in most of Toronto's neighborhoods...
For coffee stops, I'm a Second Cup aficionado (there are branches
all around town). I'd like women visitors to know that on Mondays,
during the summer months, an icepresso costs the same as a regular
coffee, and during the winter you can get a latte for the price
of a coffee. Their nibbles are also very, very good.
Debbie Hubner, Travel Industry
If I ever moved from Toronto, I would sorely miss the Carleton cinema
which features mostly foreign films screened in their many mini
theaters. On a rainy day or when you tire of sightseeing, you can
feast on films from around the world any afternoon or evening. Easy
to get to -- right on the subway line (College Subway Stop). P.S.
They have a coffee shop -- not fab. But, there is a Golden Griddle
pancake place across the street for sustenance between flicks.
Ettie Benjamin Shuken, food stylist, caterer and cooking teacher
Architectural walk that won't cost you
Fifties-style 'progress' cost Toronto many fine old buildings. But
some survived - and they're worth a visit. My favorite is stately
St. Anne's Church on Gladstone Avenue (Dundas and Dufferin). Murals
on its soaring Byzantine dome, painted by members of the Group of
Seven, are endangered by a leaking roof and a depleted building
fund. Hurry - its days may be numbered. Another great ceiling atop
a superbly proportioned space is the great hall at Union Station.
Slip through the underground passage to admire the Royal York Hotel's
magnificent lobby. Now head eastward to aptly named Church Street
where St. Michael's, St. James and Metropolitan United bespeak this
city's Victorian wealth. And finally, walk north toward Gerrard
and Sherbourne to the exotic tropical greenery, (mixed with lovely
seasonal flowers), of Allen Gardens greenhouses. That's my Toronto!
Isobel Warren, Travel Journalist
She explores the
city by subway...
Having travelled on subways/trains in other parts of North America
and in Europe, I believe that the Toronto subway system is one of
the safest, cleanest and user-friendliest there is. It's easy and
hassle-free, it's cheaper than taking a taxi and it's less expensive
than parking downtown!
One of my favorite things to do is to buy an all-day pass (especially
on Sunday, when two adults can use the pass with unlimited rides)
and travel by subway to High Park. Without having to worry where
to park, we can roam around and go for a nice long walk, stopping
by Bloor West Village on the way back. With our all-day pass, we
can walk till we get tired and then subway to our next destination.
Lori Cooper, Public Relations Manager, The Sutton Place Hotels
Take a friend,
walk the ravines...
Toronto's ravine system is an oasis of parkland that runs through
the city and it's one of this city's best kept secrets. Whether
you choose to ride a bike or walk on foot, these informal trails
in the city take you through wonderful, green wilderness where the
air is cooler, cleaner and more refreshing. You can enter the Ravine
areas at several locations in Toronto. One of my favorites is the
Moore Park Ravine, which you get to from Moore Avenue, between Mount
Pleasant and Bayview Avenue. The entrances to the Ravine paths are
well marked from the street level. A word of caution to women visitors
-- practice big city precautions -- I do, always! For a map of Toronto's
Regional Parks and Trails, call the Metro Park hotline at (416)
Linda Lundstrom, Canadian Designer
There's a whole lot more! For 'She shares
her shopping secrets', click here.