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Cafés and Restaurants


Cafés and Restaurants

The following are some recommended restaurants and cafés in Toronto.

Note on tips: In Canada, unless a “service charge” is included in your bill, tipping is expected for table service, with 15% being typical for average service—giving or taking 5% for better or worse service accordingly. Tipping is not expected for counter service, with the exception of bars.

All directions are from the Bahen Centre.

Price ranges: Can get a meal, drinks, and tip for
$25 and under — “$”
$25-$40 — “$$”
$40-$55 — “$$$”
$55 and over — “$$$$”

Within the University of Toronto

  • The Cube
  • Cafeteria within the Bahen Centre. $

  • Second Cup
  • Canadian specialty coffee café. Can be found on the ground floor of the Koffler Student Services Centre, the first building south of the Bahen Centre on the corner of St George Street and College Street. Other locations include Sidney Smith Building, and Woodsworth College. $
    Address: 214 College St
    Phone: (416) 847-0443

  • Veda – Healthy Indian Takeout
  • Counter-service Indian food in the Sandford Fleming Building, west of the Galbraith Building, which is across St George Street from the Bahen Centre. $
    Address: 10 King’s College Rd

  • Hard Hat Café
  • Café run by the Engineering Society in the Sandford Flemming Building, west of the Galbraith Building, which is across St George Street from the Bahen Centre. $
    Address: 10 King’s College Rd

  • Sid’s Café
  • Food Court/Cafeteria with Tim Horton’s and cheap food options in Sidney Smith Hall, three minutes’ walk north of the Bahen Centre on the west side of St George Street. $
    Address: 100 St George St

  • The Exchange Café
  • Café featuring a variety of hot meals. Located on the first floor of the Rotman School, across from Robarts Library on the north east corner of Hoskin and St George, north of the Newman Centre. $
    Address: 95 St George St
    Phone: (416) 595-5925
    Website: http://theexchangecafe.ca

  • Medical Sciences Building Cafeteria
  • Features pita, sushi, soup, pizza, Eastern Mediterranean, and Asian food stands, and Starbucks. Located in the Medical Sciences Building, on the east side of King’s College Road. $
    Address: 1 King’s College Cir

  • Café Reznikoff
  • Cafeteria cross from Sidney Smith Hall on St George Street, three minutes walk north of the Bahen Centre. $
    Address: 75 St George St

  • Gallery Grill
  • Restaurant featuring Canadian fare overlooking the Great Hall on the second floor of Hart House. $$
    Address: 7 Hart House Cir
    Phone: (416) 978-2445
    Website: http://gallerygrill.com

Within Ten to Twenty Minutes’ Walk of the Bahen Centre

  • Mother’s Dumplings
  • Chinese dumpling restaurant. Five minutes’ walk west on College Street, and south on Spadina, on the east side. Similar restaurants can be found along Spadina. $
    Address: 421 Spadina Ave
    Phone: (416) 217-2008
    Website: http://mothersdumplings.com

  • Harvest Kitchen
  • Relaxed restaurant with locally sourced ingredients and good vegetarian options. After heading west to Spadina, walk eight minutes north to Harbord Street, and walk west for three minutes. $
    Address: 124 Harbord St
    Phone: (416) 901-5901
    Website: http://harvestkitchen.ca

  • L’Espresso Bar Mercurio
  • Italian café with freshly prepared food and pastry selection. Walk north on St George Street for ten minutes: it is on the south east corner of Bloor and St George. $
    Address: 321 Bloor St W
    Phone: (416) 585-2233
    Website: http://lespressobarmercurio.com

  • B Espresso Bar
  • European style espresso bar in the glass roofed atrium of the Royal Conservatory of Music. Walk north on St George Street for ten minutes, then after five minutes east on Bloor, enter the atrium of the Royal Conservatory of Music and follow signs. $
    Address: 273 Bloor St W
    Phone: (416) 506-0001
    Website: http://bespressobar.ca

  • Bodega
  • French bistro with prix fixe options. Walk south on Beverley Street (opposite St George on College St) for five minutes, then turn left on Baldwin Street. It is on the north side. $$
    Address: 30 Baldwin St
    Phone: (416) 977-1287
    Website: http://bodegarestaurant.com

  • Konnichiwa Japanese Restaurant
  • Popular and quaint Japanese restaurant. Walk south on Beverley Street (opposite St George on College St) for five minutes, then turn left on Baldwin Street. It is on the south side. Many similar restaurants can be found on Baldwin Street. $
    Address: 31 Baldwin St
    Phone: (416) 593-8538
    Website: http://konnichiwa.ca

  • Seven Lives
  • Popular cash-only store for Mexican Baja-style tacos. After walking west on College to Spadina, walk south on the west side of Spadina to Baldwin street, turn right and after one minute take a left on Kensington Avenue. It is on the left hand side. $
    Address: 69 Kensington Ave
    Phone: (416) 803-1086

  • Country Style Hungarian Restaurant
  • This 55-year-old Hungarian restaurant is a classic place to get schnitzel and goulash in Toronto. Walk ten minutes north on St George Street and then ten minutes west on Bloor Street W, it is on the north side after Borden Street. $
    Address: 450 Bloor St W
    Phone: (416) 536-5966

  • Fran’s Restaurant
  • A classic Toronto diner, founded in 1940. Walk east for fifteen minutes on College Street. It is on the north side after Bay Street. $
    Address: 20 College St
    Phone: (416) 923-9867
    Website: http://fransrestaurant.com

  • The Host Fine Indian Cuisine
  • Atmospheric restaurant with North Indian cuisine and dessert selection. Walk north on St George Street for fifteen minutes, past Bloor Street, and turn right on Prince Arthur Avenue, after five minutes it is on the north side. $$
    Address: 14 Prince Arthur Ave
    Phone: (416) 962-4678
    Website: http://welcometohost.com

Around Toronto—Within Fifteen Minutes Transit/Half Hour Walk

  • Pai
  • Popular Thai restaurant. Walk west on College Street to Queen’s Park Station, take Line 1 South to St Andrew Station and after exiting on King Street, walk west for four minutes and turn right on Duncan Street, it is on the left hand side after Pearl Street. $
    Address: 18 Duncan St
    Phone: (416) 901-4724
    Website: http://www.paitoronto.com

  • The Senator Restaurant
  • A 1940s style diner: the restaurant, however, dates to 1860, and is a classic of Toronto. After walking east to Queen’s Park Station, take subway Line 1 southbound to Dundas Station, then after exiting, cross over Yonge-Dundas Square to Victoria Street at the south east corner, the restaurant is on the left hand side. $-$$
    Address: 249 Victoria St
    Phone: (416) 364-7517
    Website: http://thesenator.com

  • Barberian’s Steak House
  • The most famous steakhouse in Canada, established in 1959. Featuring a Canadian art collection, high quality in-house butchered meat and a selection of over 15,000 bottles of wine. On College Street, take the 504 streetcar eastbound to Yonge Street, then walk south on Yonge Street for five minutes and turn right on Elm Street. Restaurant is on the south side. $$$$
    Address: 7 Elm St
    Phone: (416) 597-0335
    Website: http://barberians.com

  • Sassafraz
  • Popular dining room with patio, featuring French-inspired Canadian cuisine. After walking north on St George Street for ten minutes, walk west on Bloor Street West for ten minutes, then north on Avenue, taking the first right on Cumberland, the restaurant is about four minutes east on the north side, on the corner of Bellair and Cumberland. $$$
    Address: 100 Cumberland St
    Phone: (416) 964-2222
    Website: http://sassafraz.ca

  • Jacques Bistro du Parc
  • A cozy, family-run Parisian French restaurant. After walking north on St George Street for ten minutes, walk west on Bloor Street West for ten minutes, then north on Avenue, taking the first right on Cumberland, the restaurant is about three minutes east on the north side, up the stairs at the sign.
    Address: 126 Cumberland St
    Phone: (416) 961-1893
    Website: http://jacquesbistro.com

  • Sunrise House
  • Popular family owned Korean restaurant with good value dishes. Walk ten minutes north on St George, and fifteen minutes west on Bloor, or take subway Line 2 west to Bathurst station. It is on the south side of Bloor after Euclid Avenue. $
    Address: 661 Bloor St W
    Phone: (416) 535-1019

  • Richmond Station
  • Eclectic Canadian style cuisine with seasonal dishes owned by a “Top Chef.” After walking east to Queen’s Park Station, take subway Line 1 southbound to Queen Station. After exiting on Yonge Street, walk south to Richmond Street East one block and turn right onto Richmond Street. Restaurant is on the south side before the park. $$
    Address: 1 Richmond St W
    Phone: (647) 748-1444
    Website: http://richmondstation.ca

  • Scaramouche
  • French haute cuisine with skyline view and bistro. Walk east on College to Queen’s Park, on the east side of Queen’s Park north of the College intersection take the #5 bus north 10 stops to the Edmund Ave North Side Stop. It is on the west side of Avenue Road at Edmund Avenue. $$$$
    Address: 1 Benvenuto Pl
    Phone: (416) 961-8011
    Website: http://scaramoucherestaurant.com

  • Pizzeria Libretto
  • Serves wood-fired Neapolitan Pizza. After walking east to Queen’s Park Station, take subway Line 1 southbound to St Andrew Station. Exiting on University Avenue, walk one block north; it is on the north east side of Pearl and University Avenue. $ to $$
    Address: 155 University Ave
    Phone: (416) 551-0433
    Website: http://www.pizzerialibretto.com

  • Dynasty Chinese Cuisine
  • Good quality Chinese restaurant with dim sum and fixed price menus. After walking north on St George Street for ten minutes, walk west on Bloor Street West for ten minutes, then north on Avenue, taking the second right on Yorkville Avenue, the restaurant is about six minutes east on the south side after Bellair Street. $$
    Address: 69 Yorkville Ave
    Phone: (416) 923-3323
    Website: http://dynastyyorkville.com

  • Terroni
  • Southern Italian style trattoria specializing in thin-crust pizzas. After walking east to Queen’s Park Station, take subway Line 1 southbound to King Station. Exiting northbound on Yonge St continue to Adelaide St E, turning east; it is on the south side after Toronto St. $$
    Address: 57 A Adelaide St E
    Phone: (416) 203-3093
    Website: http://www.terroni.com

  • Canoe
  • A Canadian fare fine dining restaurant, with great views of the city, on the 54th floor of the TD Centre. After walking east to Queen’s Park Station, take subway Line 1 southbound to St Andrew Station, then exiting eastbound on King St W, continue past York St, and enter TD Centre, follow signs to the elevator for the restaurant. $$$$
    Address: 66 Wellington St W
    Phone: (416) 364-0054
    Website: http://canoerestaurant.com

  • Lamesa
  • A restaurant featuring modern takes on Filipino dishes. After walking westbound to Spadina, take the southbound 510 streetcar on Spadina four stops to Queen St W. Then, walk west for ten minutes on Queen St W. The restaurant is on the south side after Bathurst St.
    Address: 669 Queen St W
    Phone: (647) 346-2377
    Website: http://lamesafilipinokitchen.com

Vegetarian

  • Grasshopper Restaurant
  • Vegetarian bistro, eight minutes’ walk west, on the north side of College Street, past Spadina Ave. $
    Address: 310 College St
    Phone: (647) 340-3666
    Website: http://grasshopperrestaurant.ca

  • Hibiscus
  • Vegetarian eatery, thirteen minutes’ walk—west down College Street, past Spadina Ave, south on Augusta Ave, on the west side after Baldwin Street. $
    Address: 238 Augusta Ave
    Phone: (416) 364-6183
    Website: http://hibiscuscafe.ca

  • King’s Café
  • Chinese vegetarian restaurant (no onions/garlic), fifteen minutes’ walk—west down College Street, past Spadina Ave, south on Augusta Ave, on the west side after Oxford Street. $
    Address: 192 Augusta Ave
    Phone: (416) 591-1340
    Website: http://kingscafe.com

  • Vegetarian Haven
  • Asian vegetarian (no onions/garlic), fifteen minutes’ walk south on Beverley (opposite St George on Bloor Street), East on Baldwin Ave, on the south side. $
    Address: 17 Baldwin St
    Phone: (416) 621-3636
    Website: http://vegetarianhaven.com

  • Fresh
  • Vegetarian and vegan options, west on Bloor St, on the north side before Spadina Ave. $
    Address: 326 Bloor St W
    Phone: (416) 599-4442
    Website: http://freshrestaurants.ca

  • Planta
  • More upscale vegetarian and vegan restaurant. East side of Bay St, north of Bloor. $$
    Address: 1221 Bay St
    Phone: (647) 348-7000
    Website: http://www.plantatoronto.com

  • Live Organic Food Bar
  • A cozy raw and cooked vegan restaurant. After walking east on College Street to Queen’s Park Station, take subway Line 1 north to Dupont Station. It is the fourth store on the north east corner of Spadina Road and Dupont Street. $
    Address: 264 Dupont St
    Phone: (416) 515-2002
    Website: http://www.liveorganicfood.ca


Sightseeing


401 Richmond
A restored industrial building with art galleries.
Location: 401 Richmond St W
Phone: (416) 595-5900
Website: http://www.401richmond.com
Transit Directions: After taking the 510 streetcar on Spadina southbound to Queen St W, cross to the east side of Spadina and walk down Richmond St. 401 Richmond is on the south side.

Aga Khan Museum
A museum of Islamic and Persian art and culture.
Location: 77 Wynford Drive
Phone: (416) 646-4677
Website: http://agakhanmuseum.org
Transit Directions: Subway Line 2 westbound from St. George Station to Broadview Station; Transfer to bus #100 Northbound 35 stops to Wynford Dr at Concorde Pl West Side stop. (Total 45 minutes)

Art Gallery of Ontario
One of the largest collections of Canadian, Renaissance, Baroque, European, African, Oceanic, modern, and contemporary art in Canada, including more than 80,000 works.
Location: 317 Dundas Street West
Phone: (416) 979-6648
Website: http://ago.ca
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to St. Patrick Station, then either walk westbound on Dundas 10 minutes, or take streetcar 505 westbound. It is on the south side of Dundas after McCaul St. (Total 10 minutes)

Bata Shoe Museum
A collection of over 13,500 footwear items from throughout history, up to the present.
Location: 327 Bloor Street West
Phone: (416) 979-7799
Website: http://batashoemuseum.ca
Directions: On the southwest corner of St. George and Bloor Street West. Directly across the road from university property.

The Beach
One of the larger beach areas in Toronto designated for swimming. Since there are technically four beaches, the area is sometimes called “the Beaches.” Water quality may vary, check here before swimming: http://app.toronto.ca/tpha/beaches.html
Location: Corner of Woodbine Ave and Lake Shore Blvd E
Directions: After taking the 506 streetcar eastbound on College St 31 stops to the Woodward Ave stop, take the 501 Queen Replacement Bus eastbound 6 stops to the Waverly Rd stop, and then walk south through the residential streets until you get to the beach. (Total: 1 hour)

Casa Loma
A Gothic Revival house and gardens built by Sir Henry Mill Pellatt in 1914 frequently used as a film location.
Location: 1 Austin Terrace
Phone: (416) 923-1171
Website: casaloma.ca
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 northbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Dupont Station, then 5 minute walk north on Spadina road. It is at the end of the road and cannot be missed. (Total 10 minutes)

CN Tower
The worlds 9th tallest free-standing structure (the world’s tallest for 34 years), featuring great views and restaurants. General admission $36.
Location: 301 Front Street West
Phone: (416) 868-6937
Website: http://cntower.ca
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station. Take the PATH – Skywalk exit and follow the Skywalk to the exit. CN Tower will be sign posted. (Total 20 minutes)

Distillery District
A commercial and residential area featuring many cafés, restaurants, and shops in Victorian heritage buildings, formerly a part of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery.
Location: East of Parliament St to Cherry St, and south of Front St E.
Website: http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com
Transit Directions: After taking subway Line 1 southbound to King Station, exiting on King St E, take the 504 or 514 streetcar eastbound 6 stops to the Trinity St stop. (Total, 33 minutes)

Fort York National Historic Site
A historic military fortification, involved in the defence of Upper Canada in the War of 1812.
Location: Fort York National Historic Site, Garrison Rd
Phone: 416-392-6907
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station, transfer within the station (do not exit the subway station) to streetcar Line 509 (Harbourfront Towards Exhibition) and exit after 9 stops at Fleet St at Bastion St West Side and walk north 2 minutes on Garrison Rd. (Total 40 minutes)

Gardiner Museum
Canada’s national ceramics museum.
Location: 111 Queen’s Park
Phone: (416) 586-8080
Website: http://gardinermuseum.com
Directions: Across Queen’s Park from the Royal Ontario Museum at Museum Station. Directly adjacent to university property.

High Park
A municipal park with various recreational facilities, gardens, and a zoo.
Location: 1873 Bloor Street West
Phone: (416) 338-0338
Website: http://highparktoronto.com
Transit Direction: Subway Line 2 westbound from St. George Station to High Park Station. The park is directly outside the station. (Total 25 minutes)

Hockey Hall of Fame
A museum dedicated to the history of ice hockey.
Location: 30 Yonge Street
Phone: (416) 360-7765
Website: http://hhof.com
Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station, walk 3 minutes eastbound on Front Street to Yonge Street. On the north west corner of Yonge and Front Streets. (Total 15 minutes)

St. Lawrence Market
A 215 year old market, named the world’s best food market by National Geographic.
Location: 93 Front Street East
Phone: (416) 392-7219
Website: http://stlawrencemarket.com
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 northbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to King Station; walk eastbound on King Street East 5 minutes to St. James’ Park (Jarvis St.), and walk south down Market Lane Park or Jarvis Street—it’s across Front Street. Or from King Station, take streetcar 504 or 514 eastbound to Jarvis St. (Total 20 minutes)

Ontario Science Centre
A science museum featuring interactive exhibits.
Location: 770 Don Mills Road
Phone: (416) 696-1000
Website: http://ontariosciencecentre.ca
Transit Directions: Subway Line 2 westbound from St. George Station to Pape Station; Transfer to bus #185 Northbound 5 stops to Don Mills Rd at St Dennis Dr stop. (Total 35 minutes)

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
A public aquarium featuring 13,500 exotic sea and freshwater animals.
Location: 288 Bremner Boulevard
Phone: (647) 351-3474
Website: http://ripleyaquariums.com
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station. Follow the signs for the PATH – Skywalk. Follow the PATH – Skywalk to the exit: the entrance is directly across. (Total 15 minutes)

Royal Ontario Museum
A museum of art, dinosaurs, minerals, meteorites, costumes and textiles, and Canadian, East Asian, Ancient, African, American, Oceanian, South Asian, Middle Eastern, European history and artefacts with a collection of over 6 million items.
Location: 100 Queen’s Park
Phone: (416) 586-8000
Website: http://rom.on.ca
Directions: On the corner of Queen’s Park and Bloor St. Directly next to university property.

Toronto Eaton Centre
A large historic mall with a towering glass ceiling.
Location: 220 Yonge St
Phone: (416) 598-8560
Website: http://cfshops.com
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Queen Station. The Eaton Centre is accessible from the subway station—follow signage. (Total 15 minutes)


Events


Symphony in the Gardens at Casa Loma (August 15, 22, 29)
Concerts beginning at 19:30, performed by the Toronto Concert Orchestra. Concerts are as follows: August 15th “The Glory of the Baroque,” (Vivaldi, Coreli, & Telemann), August 22nd “The Last Night of the Proms” (British Proms concert), and August 29th “Stage & Screen” (Hollywood music). Tickets are $25.
Location: 1 Austin Terrace
Phone: (416) 923-1171
Website: http://www.casaloma.ca/casafeature2.html
Transit Directions: Subway Line 1 northbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Dupont Station, then 5 minute walk north on Spadina road. It is at the end of the road and cannot be missed. (Total 10 minutes)

Shakespeare in High Park (King Lear and Twelfth Night) (Tuesdays to Sundays until September 3rd)
Plays performed in the park by Canadian Stage. Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays are King Lear and Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays are Twelfth Night. Performances begin at 20:00 and tickets are (“suggested donations”) $20 or $25 for a reserved seat.
Location: 1873 Bloor Street West
Phone: 416.368.3110
Website: https://www.canadianstage.com/Online/default.asp?BOparam::WScontent::loadArticle::permalink=shakespeare
Transit Direction: Subway Line 2 westbound from St. George Station to High Park Station. The park is directly outside the station. The stage is down Colborne Lodge Drive, may be signposted. (Total 30 minutes)

Canadian National Exhibition (August 18th to September 4th)
An exhibition featuring an air show, parades, music, food, and other features.
Location: 210 Princes’ Blvd.
Phone: (416) 263-3800
Website: https://theex.com
Transit Directions: Subway Line 2 westbound from St. George Station to Dufferin Station, and take bus #29 southbound to Canadian National Exhibition. Or, Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station, follow the signs to the GO train, and take the Lakeshore West Line one stop to Exhibition Station. The exhibition is across from the south side exit. (Total 30 minutes)

Hot and Spicy Food Festival (August 19th to 21st)
Features hot food from international and local chefs, in particular New Orleans music and food.
Location: Harbourfront Centre, 231 Queens Quay West
Website: http://www.toronto.com/events/hot-spicy-food-festival
Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station. After exiting, go south either on York or Bay St and then walk west on Queens Quay. The Harbourfront Centre is at Queens Quay and Lower Simcoe St. (Total 18 minutes)

Edwin Huizinga and William Coulter: Fire and Grace (August 24th)
A concert featuring virtuoso violinist Edwin Huizinga and Grammy award winning guitarist William Coulter, featuring a combination of traditional fiddle tunes and melodies from Argentina and Europe. Event is free and no tickets required. Concert begins at 19:00.
Location: Toronto Music Garden, 479 Queens Quay W
Website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=9121&festival_id=0
Directions: Walking west on College St to Spadina Ave, take the 510 streetcar southbound on Spadina 8 stops to the Queens Quay West stop, and then walk four minutes west. The music garden is on the waterfront to the south. (Total 27 minutes)

TAIWANfest Orchestra: Kanpai, Japan! (August 25th)
A selection of Japanese music and a selection of Japanese-style French pastries. Concert begins at 19:30 and ends at 22:00. Concert is free and no tickets required.
Location: Concert Stage, 235 Queens Quay W
Website: http://www.harbourfrontcentre.com/whatson/today.cfm?id=9089&festival_id=270
Directions: Walking west on College St to Spadina Ave, take the 510 streetcar southbound on Spadina 10 stops to the Harbourfront Centre stop. After exiting, walk westbound two minutes, the Concert Stage is by the waterfront on the south side of the Ann Tindal Park.

Henry Jamison, Gracie and Rachel (August 25th)
A singer-songwriter concert. $13.50 tickets can be obtained on the website below. Concert begins at 20:00.
Location: The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street W
Website: http://www.ticketfly.com/event/1502005-henry-jamison-gracie-rachel-toronto/
Directions: On College St take the 506 westbound streetcar 12 stops to the Rusholme Rd Stop. Exiting, cross to the south side of the street and take the first left down Lisgar St, continuing to the intersection, where you should turn right and then right again down Beaconsfield Ave. The Drake Hotel is at the end of Beaconsfield Ave, on the northeast corner of Beaconsfield and Queen St W. (Total 30 minutes)

Waterfront Artisan Market (August 26th)
An open-air market featuring the products of 75 local artisans, crafters, chefs, and bakers.
Location: HTO Park, 339 Queens Quay West
Website: http://www.toronto.com/events/waterfront-artisan-market
Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station. After exiting, go south either on York or Bay St and then walk west on Queens Quay. The HTO Park is on the south side of Queens Quay past Robertson Crescent. (Total 20 minutes)

Toronto Cider Festival (August 27th)
A festival featuring the best of Toronto’s cider with live music.
Location: Yonge-Dundas Square
Website: https://www.torontociderfestival.com
Directions: Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Dundas Station. Square is directly accessible from the subway station. (Total 15 minutes)


Parks and Walks


Parks

The following are some recommended parks and gardens. All transit directions are from the area of the Bahen Centre.

  • Riverdale Farm

    A 19th century farm, featuring 7.5 acres of wooded areas, ponds, and lush gardens.
    Address: 201 Winchester Street
    Phone: (416) 392-6794
    Transit Directions: On College St, take the 506 streetcar westbound to Parliament Street, then crossing Parliament Street walk westbound down Carlton Street to the end. The farm is at the end. About 30 minutes from the Bahen Centre.

  • Corktown Common

    A park next to the Don River and Port Lands.
    Address: 155 Bayview Ave
    Transit Directions: Taking the Line 1 Subway southbound to Union Station, transfer eastbound on the 503 or 504 streetcars, and then exit at King St East at River Street after 11 stops. About 30 minutes from the Bahen Centre.

  • Don Valley Brick Works Park and Todmorden Mills

    Todmorden Mills is a park built around a 19th century brewery and wildflower preserve, and the Don Valley Brick Works Park, across the Don River at Todmorden Hills, is an old brick pit which is now a well reclaimed park, with good hiking trails. Further up and down the river are many acres of hiking opportunities and other parks, such as Lower Don Parklands. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
    Address: 67 Pottery Rd
    Phone: (416) 396-2819
    Transit Directions: Walking up St George St to St George Station, take the eastbound Line 2 subway to Broadview Station and transfer northbound onto bus line 8 or 87 exiting at the Mortimer Ave North Side stop, after about five minutes. About 40 minutes from the Bahen Centre.

  • High Park
    A large and popular municipal park with various recreational facilities, gardens, and a zoo.
    Location: 1873 Bloor Street West
    Phone: (416) 338-0338
    Website: http://highparktoronto.com
    Transit Direction: Subway Line 2 westbound from St. George Station to High Park Station. The park is directly outside the station. (Total 25 minutes)

Walks

For a more urban outing, the following areas are suggested for interesting walks.

  • Spadina Chinatown

    An area with a large selection of Chinese and other international stores and restaurants.
    Directions: After walking down College Street westbound to Spadina, go south on Spadina. Chinatown extends from College Street to north of Queen Street, about fifteen minutes of walking, and along Dundas Street W in the middle.

  • Queen Street West

    An area with a variety of shops, from international brands to small boutique shops, and a large selection of unique cafes and restaurants.
    Directions: After walking through Chinatown (directions above; or taking the streetcar number 510 southbound at College Street), continue five minutes south to Queen Street West. Shops and cafés restaurants can be found both east and west, but westward the selection may be more interesting. Moreover, Trinity Bellwoods Park, ten minutes’ walk westwards, makes for a nice rest from the streets and is also bordered by interesting shops and boutiques.

  • Kensington Market

    A large outdoor market area with many independent, shops, cafes, and produce markets.
    Directions: Walking westbound on College Street, past Spadina, cross onto the south side and take the first left down Augusta Avenue. Kensington Market comprises the streets from Augusta, south to Dundas and east to Spadina.

  • Harbourfront

    The harbourfront features many parks and ferries to the islands. The Harbourfront Centre often has exhibitions and events.
    Directions: Take subway Line 1 southbound to Union Station, and then exiting, walk southbound until you get to the harbourfront.


Book-Yourself Excursions


Book-Yourself Excursions

City Sightseeing Hop-on Hop-off Bus
A double decker sightseeing bus tour with tickets valid for 48 hours http://www.citysightseeingtoronto.com.
Phone: 416.410.0536

How to get to Niagara Falls
Subway Line 1 southbound from St. George, Museum Station, or Queen’s Park Stations to Union Station. On weekends in the summer, GO Trains on the Lakeshore West Line go to Niagara Falls VIA Station departing at 9:00, 16:18, and 20:10, and return at 8:30, 11:30, 19:20, and 22:30. There are no GO Trains to Niagara during weekdays, but busses are available. Morning VIA Rail/Amtrak trains to Niagara falls operate at 8:20, and return at 17:45 daily. Tickets for GO Trains can be bought at Union Station. Tickets for VIA Rail/Amtrak should be bought in advance at http://www.viarail.ca.
Customer Services: 1 (888) 842-7245


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