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Hello!
DW and I are going to Toronto for four days next week. I'll be in a conference all day, and one day she'll drive to MI to see her family... but what can she do by herself all day in Toronto for the other days? She loves to shop (for baby stuff usually) though we should be keeping that toned down... she loves museums... and gardens, though it may be too cold??
Any ideas?
TIA!
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Hello!
DW and I are going to Toronto for four days next week. I'll be in a conference all day, and one day she'll drive to MI to see her family... but what can she do by herself all day in Toronto for the other days? She loves to shop (for baby stuff usually) though we should be keeping that toned down... she loves museums... and gardens, though it may be too cold??
Any ideas?
TIA!
The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is on next week - it's an old-fashioned, but huge, agricultural fair.

The Royal Ontario Museum has an exhibition of rarely seen Dead Sea Scrolls right now. The ROM is located on Bloor St. near the Yorkville shopping area - a place where you can spend a lot of money in a very little time. It's also next to Philosopher's Walk and University of Toronto's downtown campus. It's not exactly a garden, but it's a nice walk nonetheless.

The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) would be a nice place to spend a little time. I would combine a trip to the AGO with some shopping along Queen West and West Queen West, two good shopping areas along Queen Street, west of McCaul. There are some great children's stores along that stretch - Kol Kids, The Magic Pony, Polka Dot Kids, Type Bookstore, The Paper Place (beautiful Japanese papers and origami books for crafts) - I'm sure I'm forgetting a few.

The AGO is also not far from Chinatown and Kensington Market, another place to find some interesting shopping. If she likes markets, St. Laurence is another one.

The Distillery District is a reclaimed warehouse area with shops and galleries. I think it's busier and more interesting on the weekends.

Edwards Gardens has nice walking paths.

High Park is a large park, with lots of naturalized areas, a huge pond and a small zoo. It's also close to the Bloor West Village area for shopping and cafes.

Speaking of zoos, the Toronto Zoo is one of the best in the world. Take comfortable shoes. I don't think it's possible to cover the zoo in one day, but if you tried, it would take you the entire day and you would be moving fast the entire time!

Other places - the CN tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Roy Thompson Hall, the Four Seasons Opera Hall, the new Koerner Hall, various theatrical shows...Hope you both have a great time!
post #3 of 5
Allen Gardens is beautiful, it's downtown and it's all indoors. Basically it's a huge greenhouse. And free.

The beach in the east end of the city is lovely, but it may be cold. There are lots of great shops and restaurants on Queen St in that area.

Where will you be staying?
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We'll be staying at the Metropolitan Hotel downtown. Is that a good location?
post #5 of 5
Yes very good. It's a few minute walk to the Eaton Centre and Queen St. West so she'll be able to do lots of shopping

There's also a window display contest going on along Yonge St, check this out, looks pretty cool.

Also check out http://www.toronto.com for an events calendar and stuff to do.
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