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post #31 of 49

Agreed, no problem fitting unless you got top kit on the roof.

 

Staying at the waterfront, you'll have lots to see/do within 15 minutes walking distance.  Leave the Tundra parked if you want to do touristy stuff outside business.  Head out the front lobby door and you'll be good.  Ask the concierge about local food/attractions if you're interested.  Blue Jays are in the hunt for the AL East and top spot, if there's a game scheduled it'll be a zoo just a few blocks north of you.  That would be fun times, lots of partying down at the 'dome.  10 minute-ish walk.  Lots to do around there.

post #32 of 49

If you're downtown there are lots of places to eat and have fun.  Just walk, no need to drive down there unless you're going out to games.  Toronto is generally a safe city, but keep in mind it IS a big city and we have our share of crazies down there.  The club district is Richmond St West between Bay and Spadina, Queen St West between University and Bathurst has a lot of shops and food options, King St West of Spadina is an older crowd club area, King and John is the theatre/symphony area and they had restaurants there that cater to that crowd.  The Eaton Centre on Yonge St between Dundas and Queen is the big mall down there and has a food court and some restaurants.  Bay St is the financial area so you get more offices up and down there.  On the waterfront you have Queens Quay which is touristy and has some nice scenic waterfront.  The Aquarium is down by the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre.  If you're rich you can catch a Leafs game, they're rink is right down near the waterfront at the foot of Yonge St.  Scalpers tix will cost you $100 minimum, up to $500 or $600.  I think the Raptors start up in a few weeks as well.  Those tix are cheaper than Leaf tix and they play in the same building.  If you're rich, try the Harbour 60 steak house at Yonge and Lakeshore..it's awesome but will set you back probably $100 per person.  If you want some specific info on restaurants it really depends on where you're staying exactly.

 

As far as traffic, there are 3 main highways into and out of the downtown, Don Valley on the east (north south), 427 on the west (north south) and the Gardiner (east west along the lake).  Depending on time of day, as others have said, they're a parking lot.  We have a typical, brutal rush hour.  Lakeshore Blvd is an alternate at times but it really depends.  Sometimes surface streets are a better bet but it really depends on where you're trying to get to.  The 401 goes across the city parallel to the lake but 10 miles north of it.  It's also a parking lot in rush hour.  Try to avoid driving on weekdays between 7:30 and 9:30 and 4 and 6. 

post #33 of 49

Head over to chinatown, around Spadina and Dundas IIRC.  Find the hole in the wall Chinese restaurant with the most Asian people in it and enjoy some very good food.

post #34 of 49
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Head over to chinatown, around Spadina and Dundas IIRC.  Find the hole in the wall Chinese restaurant with the most Asian people in it and enjoy some very good food.


Yup..Spadina between Queen and College..lots of Asian food places.  And not the cheese Asian food, authentic stuff.

post #35 of 49

Also, Toronto is a grid city..so most roads go north-south perpendicular to the lake, or east-west along the lake.  Yonge St is the centre of the city and goes north-south.  That's our reference line.

post #36 of 49
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Where is your tournament and where are you staying? Sorry where are you coming from? Buffalo, Detroit or east.

Games are at Ryerson and York University. I still don't have the times. We are driving up from VA.

It's funny hearing you guys talk about the erratic Toronto driving. Sounds like they trained on the DC beltway!
post #37 of 49
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Games are at Ryerson and York University. I still don't have the times. We are driving up from VA.

It's funny hearing you guys talk about the erratic Toronto driving. Sounds like they trained on the DC beltway!


Kinda..I just got back from DC..it's kinda like that but we have better left-lane discipline..but a lot less courtesy..we have angry commuters for whatever reason!  :D  My advice, if you're coming across at Buffalo, go via Fort Erie..the I190 has bridge construction on the north side of Grand Island and the traffic there was brutal.  Fort Erie should be ok although they were doing construction there from 10pm to 6am and you had to exit at the Fort Erie/Peace Bridge exit so that might be busy later on after 10pm.

 

Ryerson is downtown at Church and Carlton.  Kinda neat, you're playing in the old Maple Leaf Gardens.  They put a grocery store there in the bottom, raised the ice/court level up to about the upper bowl level.  I've played hockey there a few times.  So from downtown take the subway up, Yonge line (line 1 I think they call it now) and get off at College.  Walk east like 1 block and you're there.  You can drive up, it's not far and straight north from the lakefront but parking is a bit of a pain. 

 

York is off in the suburbs.  You'll have to go Gardiner westbound, 427 northbound and 400 northbound, getting off at Steeles.  Unfortunately, there's no easy way there in rush hour.  It's a hike.  I might use Lakeshore west and get on the Gardiner at the Humber River.  Usually 427 is ok and it might be faster to stay on 427 and exit at Finch/Derry and go east across Finch.

post #38 of 49

And oh bye the way.   Who says Epic doesn't have a sense of humor ?

post #39 of 49
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And oh bye the way.   Who says Epic doesn't have a sense of humor ?

It is the off season! lol
post #40 of 49
My old stomping ground.

Pizza Big Slice on Yonge and Gerrard.

10 - 15min walking West just off past Dundas and Bay, Yueh Tung at 126 Elizabeth Street upstairs (great Chinese food, relatively cheap great food and we still drive 50mins into the city for this Chinese, try the Chilly Chicken).

The Hulk was filmed between Gould and Gerrard on Yonge, Sam the Record Man is gone and replaced with a new Ryerson Building. The big fight scene.
post #41 of 49
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Pizza Big Slice on Yonge and Gerrard.

 

Greasiest pizza on earth!  Move too quickly and the toppings just slide off onto the table in an avalanche of grease and cheesy goodness!! :D  And the porn-art on the walls really put the added touch on it!

post #42 of 49
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We may spend a night or 2 in Oakville as well.
post #43 of 49

They just filmed scenes for Batman vs Superman a few blocks south of Yonge/Gerrard this summer.  Porn-art?  Well, it's not far from Church/Gerrard ;)

 

As for Oakville, it's nice.  Not the big draw line Toronto waterfront, but the downtown is near to the water.  Some nice, quaint shops, food, etc there.  Kinda expensive, but your greenbacks will go much further here in Canuckland than the rest of us natives. 

post #44 of 49
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Beautiful and easy drive up. We played around both the Oakville and Torinto waterfronts today.

Wife loves it up here. Everytime that happens it costs me a lot of money.
post #45 of 49
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Beautiful and easy drive up. We played around both the Oakville and Torinto waterfronts today.

Wife loves it up here. Everytime that happens it costs me a lot of money.


Well you got some nice warm weather and some beautiful sunshine.  I'm glad you're enjoying it.  If you're looking to eat in Oakville, both Paradiso and Bru are good.  Both right on Lakeshore in the downtown/waterfront area.  And it's out Thanksgiving!  Hopefully you can find some turkey.  I'm off to the cottage to do some fishing and enjoy the fall colours.  Cheers! :)

post #46 of 49

I like the Keg.

https://www.kegsteakhouse.com/#!/locations/leslie-street-keg/#siteContent


Edited by Ghost - 10/10/15 at 8:48pm
post #47 of 49
Just west of Dundas and Erinmills on the south side of Dundas, "168 Sushi". Always busy. Close to Oakville heading back into TO thru Mississauga.
post #48 of 49
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We had a great trip and were impressed how personable and friendly everybody was to us. The drivers were somewhat erratic but very similar to the DC area so no problems there. Most people we met were very interested in asking us about various US issues and history. Most talked of the Civil War like it happened a few weeks ago.

I think there is a Tim Horton's on every corner!
post #49 of 49
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We had a great trip and were impressed how personable and friendly everybody was to us. The drivers were somewhat erratic but very similar to the DC area so no problems there. Most people we met were very interested in asking us about various US issues and history. Most talked of the Civil War like it happened a few weeks ago.

I think there is a Tim Horton's on every corner!


Well, the Civil War docu by Ken Burns plays on PBS every now and again here an it's very popular I think.  It's a fascinating war for us because we haven't really had one like it and it's amazing to see, and the legacy it has created.  I have to confess, I just visited Gettysburg last week during a vacay to DC. 

 

Glad you had a good time!  Tim Horton's is like a religion..and he's like a hockey god...I'd never have gone into the corner with him...

 

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