"be part of the multitudes of..." Overview / tips in one Tip by Pegasus74

Overview / tips in one, Toronto: 22 reviews and 16 photos

Favorite thing: <font face='verdana'>be part of the multitudes of spectators of a Blue Jays game in an open-roof evening at the <font color='008FFF'>SkyDome</font>. The domed roof illuminated by warm glow of funky purple lights canopy'd many of baseball actions, but with much attention given to the city's Jays. Or you might want to take yourself out to an ice hockey game, the country's most popular sport, and cheer behind the glass for the Maple Leafs. Otherwise, watch the Raptors in action and experience the ambience of an NBA game. It's no question that Toronto is a sports city and no surprise if the Torontonians will bid on the summer Olympics again.
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Next to SkyDome stands the <font color='008FFF'>CN Tower</font> - a lanky structure that serves as an important telecommication hub and Toronto's most recognizable icon. Never will you want to miss escalating to the top and watch the world under your feet through the glass floor of the tower. The ultimate, when it isn't too busy, is to try lying down on your front with your arms spread out. I double challenge you it's a sure thrill without the spill.
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These two most visited landmarks are sandwiched between Spadina and University avenues in downtown Toronto. In their immediate nearness is a hot spot for musicals, concerts, restaurants and dance clubs which collectively form the <font color='008FFF'>Entertainment District</font>. East of University Ave, the <font color='008FFF'>Financial District</font> is shawdowed by its notably modern skyscrapers. This area is networked with an underground passage-way which houses a maze of shops and eateries.
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Along walkways around the city, the graffiti which brightens the walls and billboards is perhaps some of the best I've ever seen. These street-art pieces are all over town, conspicuously put up along sidestreets in the Queen West area between Bathurst Street and Spadina Avenue.
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Along Spadina Avenue between College and Dundas streets is a district which is home to many immigrants from the Far East. The street is a collection of wholesalers, fabric shops, designer goods, fruit stores and grocers. The colorful sights and cramped sidewalks of the district form the reputable <font color='008FFF'>Chinatown</font>, one of Toronto's exclusive neighbourhoods. Asian eating houses are ubiquitous and almost invariably inexpensive. Be sure to smack your lips with roasted ducks/chickens and juicy tropical fruits before you unmingle yourself out of the almost Cantonese community.
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Northwest of Dundas and Spadina avenues is the culturally collaged <font color='008FFF'>Kensington Market</font> which holds innumerable types of businesses. The market has an eclectic combination of ethnicities and cultures that includes Eastern Europe, Portugese, Carribean, Indian, Vietnamese, Japanese and Chinese. I hope that's complete but in all, they're represented by the array of ethnic grocery stores and food shops.
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By the Lake Ontario south of downtown is a venue for arts and recreation. The district known as <font color='008FFF'>HarbourFront</font> stages a myriad of outdoor concerts in summer. And if you're game to hit the lake on a boat, the sailing club is most possibly where you want to head. Or take a short and easy ferry ride to <font color='008FFF'>Tornoto Islands</font> which offer sandy beaches and peaceful views of Toronto. In winter, ice-skaters predominate on the outdoor artificial ice rink by the lake. Lakefront attractions also include the waterfront nautical museum housed in the <font color='008FFF'>Harbourfront Centre</font>. Nearby, the <font color='008FFF'>Harbourfront Antique Market</font> showcase a wide collection of antiques from hundreds of antique dealers.
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So there are lots to see, much to do and tons to consume in such a richly diverse cultural city. I bet there will be something that satisfy your taste. Check it out soon.
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  • Written Sep 12, 2002
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