A Garden Town Outside of Toronto- A Place to Relax
If while visiting Toronto you get the urge to get away from it all, consider heading east to the Durham region to Whitby town. The GO train will take you there or drive along the 401 or 407 east of the city.
In Whitby the pace slows down and people become friendlier. You can stroll the streets and see gardens and historical homes, or go into the shops and talk to shopkeepers who are more than happy to share a conversation... or get out of town for a fabulous day nearby. There are so many trails to explore and country roads to travel that it would be silly to try to begin to tell you more about them. Consider going to Port Perry or the Rouge Valley. You won't regret it, especially if you come when the weather is pleasant (late May to October).
VITAL LINKS FOR WHITBY
GENERAL TOURIST INFORMATION ON WHITBY, IN DURHAM REGION, ONTARIO ::
http://www.toronto.worldweb.com (Good Information on the entire GTA region, Including Whitby)
For more information on Whitby and its nearby communities go to http://www.realontario.ca or http://www.ontariotravel.net for more good information on Ontario and all it offers.
BED & BREAKFAST
Stay at a quiet B&B, where the air is still fresh and birds still sing.
Consider http://www.ezraannes.com or another local B&B. Explore listings at www.bbcanada.com or www.fobba.com .
I can personally recommend the Bella Notte Ristorante on Brock St., south of Taunton, for fine Italian dining. I hear that Brothers Restaurant in Whitby is good and I can testify to Bayly's at 1235 Bayly St. in Pickering as one of the best Greek restaurants in southern Ontario. If you care to go to Port Perry, a nice day trip, there is a really decent fish and chips place you should check out if you like to eat fish & chips. It is called Captain George's Fish & Chips, on the main street. There are other Captain George's in the region, but you would do well to ignore them and go straight to Port Perry.
You can also look at the vast array of culinary possibilities in Toronto, at www.toronto.com or if you want to eat elsewhere in the Durham region, go to...
http://www.diningoutdirectory.ca or http://www.restaurantica.com/cities.aspx?city=Whitby&sort=3
PARKS, GARDENS AND CONSERVATION AREAS A SHORT DRIVE AWAY
http://www.trca.on.ca/parks_and_culture/activities & http://www.trca.on.ca/parks_and_culture/places_to_visit
Also, if you like to sail... http://www.wyc.ca and at the Vital Spark Society you can find quality musical performances on a small scale in Brooklin, the northern part of Whitby. http://www.vitalsparkfolksociety.ca
If you are one of the breed who like to play golf, you will not lack for golf courses in this area. Go to http://www.golf-durham.com/south.html
If you want to find a local church, you have many to choose from:: http://durhamchurches.com
If you want to ride a horse: http://www.realontario.ca/listings/listing.asp?id=11840
If you could do with a fantastic massage, consider http://www.handsindemand.ca
Do you want to talk to the animals? Check out a zoo.
Metro Toronto Zoo: http://www.torontozoo.com
Bowmanville Zoo: http://www.bowmanvillezoo.com
Come, relax and have fun in Whitby!