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Female-friendly Toronto -- 32 Fabulous Tips

Toronto hostel rated tops by Let's Go series...

Global Village Backpackers (460 King St West, Toronto) is Toronto's largest international backpackers hostel. Located downtown in the entertainment district, close to major tourist attractions and sites of interest. Shared rooms (four beds) from $22 Cnd per night. Large common area, in-house bar, outdoor patio, kitchen, laundry and more. Guaranteed safe, clean and comfortable. Rated top youth hostel in Canada by Let's Go USA/Canada.Reservations 1-888-844-7875, Email: or visit
Ed. note: Global Village backbackers has been a member of the JW Network of classified advertisers for a very long time.

A gallery worth travelling for ...

I recommend visiting the McMichael Gallery at 10365 Islington Ave just north of Toronto in the Village of Kleinburg. You can drive there or get there on the city buses (but that takes a while). This is an art gallery unlike most you have been in -- a rural styed building in a 100 acre park showcasing the largest collection of the Group of Seven painters of Canada. This unique group of artists set a definitive painting style for many in Canada and this collection is displayed against the natural compliment of rural Ontario. McMichael is well worth a day of gazing and then walking outside. Each season offers a new perspective. Website:
Ed. note: I love the small village of Kleinburg. My girlfriends and I schedule extra time so we can poke around the shops and have lunch in one of the tiny tearooms.

I enjoy the Distillery District...

I've just discovered the Distillery Historic District. What a wonderful spot during the warm weather -- outdoor cafes, trendy restaurants, art galleries, concerts, markets and more. Many budding artists have their studios here and you can pop in, watch them creating, discuss their work and perhaps purchase something to take back home with you. Check it out! Website:
Maureen, Sarnia, Canada

The Art Gallery of Ontario is my favorite...

One of the best things about Toronto is collection and special exhibits on view at the Art Gallery of Ontario (the eighth largest art museum in North America). I always look forward to the cafe's restaurant which is strategically situated beside the wonderful gift shop. (you must travel through the shop to get to the cafe); the menu selection is limited but the chef is gifted. Their hot pastry meals and pastry desserts are so very good which makes the whole trip to the Gallery complete: art, shopping and dining under one roof. Website:
Margaret, Hamilton, Canada

Indian food to suit a student budget...

My fave restaurant is Red Rose on Bathurst, a two second walk south from Bloor Street and the Bathurst subway station. The small storefront and stark decoration may not reveal much about the place but the second you taste any of the delicious Indian dishes all is revealed. The prices are great especially for the portions one receives. I survive quite well there on my student budget. While the decor may not be the most welcoming, the staff and the food keep me coming back again and again. Actually, I'm hesitant to reveal Red Rose as a diamond in the rough because I don't ever want to have to wait for a table once the word gets out.
Leasa, Toronto, Canada

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