“Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, and the capital of the province of Ontario. In 2011, Toronto had a population of 2,615,060, making it the fourth most populous city in North America, after Mexico City, New York City, and Los Angeles. … Toronto is an international centre of business, finance, arts, and culture.” [Wikipedia]
The Rotman School of Management (conference location) and the conference hotel are located right off the Yorkville neighbourhood (think upscale shopping à la Prada, Chanel, Hold Renfrew ~ Barneys/Saks; this neighbourhood is along Bloor St West, Cumberland St and Yorkville Ave — all between Avenue Rd and Yonge St).
The NY Times recently declared the Queen Street West neighbourhood “like no other.” If you are up for a stroll you can start at the Eaton Shopping Centre at Yonge St and walk west on Queen St all the way to the end — passing by the Trinity Bellwoods Park, Ossington Ave, The Drake Hotel, and the Gladstone Hotel.
For the latest buzz on restaurants, chefs, bars, food shops and food events, please have a look at Toronto Life.
For the latest events (exhibitions, concerts, etc.; also available by neighbourhoods), check out Toronto.com.
The St. Lawrence Market, a landmark in Old Downtown Toronto, stands proudly as the home to over 200 food vendors and is frequented by tourists and locals alike. This market founded in 1803, was recently ranked by National Geographic in as the best food market in the world. (Source: Toronto Neighbourhood Guide)
Designed by the renowned Toronto native Frank Gehry, the beautiful constructed AGO is home to more than 80,000 works spanning the 1st century to the present day. The gallery has 480,000 square feet of physical space, making it one of the largest galleries in North America. Its impressive collections include: the largest collection of Canadian art, European art, African and Oceanic art and a modern and contemporary collection.
With six million objects in its collections and 40 galleries of art, archaeology and natural science, the ROM offers a whole world to explore. Four giant carved totem poles rise in the centre of the stairwells; the largest is 24.5 metres (over 80 ft.) tall. The hands-on Biodiversity gallery offers visitors a fun interactive experience about the interdependence of people, animals and plants. **Be sure to use the discount code, “ROMEVENTS,” when purchasing your tickets online to receive up to 40% off**
The CN Tower is Toronto’s tallest and most defining landmark. Photos of Toronto are often defined by the building, which stretches more than 550 metres into the sky. Today, aside from serving as a hub for telecommunications across the city, the CN Tower has become a major tourist destination. Visitors can test their courage by walking across the glass floor 113 stories above the ground, eat at the tower’s revolving 360 Restaurant, or take part in the world’s highest full-circle, hands-free walk.
Toronto’s newest centre for arts, culture, food and entertainment. This national historic site includes 44 heritage buildings and numerous brick-lined courtyards. Explore the district’s many restaurants, art galleries, artisan boutiques, specialty retail stores and more.
Dozens of tiny shops and produce stands are hidden in the labyrinthine streets just west of Chinatown. Bordered by College Street to the north and Dundas Street to the south, Keningston Market is a haven of fresh fruit, vegetables and dry goods stores. Some of the best local produce and meat shops are found on these cramped little streets, and the seafood, dry goods and dollar stores on Spadina are just a few blocks away. Kensington Avenue itself also houses several tiny cafes and the best vintage clothing stores in the city.
Toronto’s Chinatown is one of the largest in North America but just one of seven distinct Chinatowns in the greater Toronto area. Local businesses reflect a mix of Chinese, Thai and Vietnamese influences making this area a great place to eat. Many restaurants are open late. By day, Spadina is a hub of activity as residents and tourists elbow for cheap housewares, fruits and vegetables. On weekends, the Bright Pearl is just one of many popular options for some traditional dim sum.
Unique restaurants, boutiques and a diverse collection of galleries make West Queen West a vibrant, dynamic neighbourhood. This funky, but welcoming area hums with culture and creativity. Here, you’ll find an inspiring mix of original fashions, antiques, trendy restaurants and lively bars.
Perched atop a hill in the north end, Casa Loma draws thousands of visitors each year who look up and proclaim, “It’s a castle in the middle of the city!” Casa Loma was built by Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt to fulfill his childhood wish for a castle. His dream took three years and $3.5 million to complete. It may appear anachronistic now, but it hasn’t lost its majestic charm. Its secret passageways, breathtaking towers, sweeping staircase, 800-foot tunnel, stables and five-acre gardens continue to excite all ages.
One of Toronto’s most elegant shopping and dining areas, Bloor-Yorkville’s designer boutiques, antique shops and galleries are first class. The area features many small courtyards and alleyways, and a contemporary park located in the very heart of the neighbourhood. The park features a giant granite boulder, which brings the raw beauty of cottage country right into Toronto’s urban centre! Hailed as the “Mink Mile,” Bloor-Yorkville is home to high-end designers like Tiffany, Chanel, D&G and Hermès. But here you can also freshen up your wardrobe with unique fashions from the hottest Canadian designers, including Jeremy Lang, Hoax Couture, Izzy Camilleri and Nadya Toto.It’s the gleam of high-priced art, haute couture and fine dining that draws stars, fans and paparazzi here during the Toronto International Film Festival. No visit to Toronto is complete without a thorough exploration of this chic neighbourhood.
Immerse yourself in a world of 16,000 aquatic animals and discover your own underwater adventure. The Aquarium features North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel with more than 5.7 million litres of water and over 100 interactive opportunities. Get up close and personal with three touch exhibits featuring horseshoe crabs, sharks, and rays as well as daily dive shows every 2 hours.
Situated on 400-acres of green space, High Park is known for being the jewel in the crown of the Toronto park system. Visit the Park for a nice stroll or picnic, or head to the Bloor West Village for some authentic European baked goods and delicacies.
Also known as the Danforth, Greektown is an integral part of Toronto’s identity. The Greek community started with only 20 Greek names in 1907, and has grown to become the second-largest outside of Greece itself – a testament to the area’s strong character and welcoming atmosphere. The streets are lined with the unmistakable blue and white of the Greek flag and signs are displayed in both English and Greek. As one of Toronto’s most vibrant and cosmopolitan neighbourhoods, it is a premier destination for shopping, dining, strolling, patios and people-watching. It’s a place that’s always buzzing with excitement. Shouts of “opa!” waft through the air in the summer months, mingling with the scent of garlic and rosemary. Summertime also finds many restaurants and cafés open until the wee hours of the morning.
This lively neighbourhood is packed with trattorias, trendy restaurants, cafés, pool halls and some of the hottest nightclubs in Toronto. Little Italy’s sidewalks are humming with activity on weekends – especially in the summer, with locals and visitors alike sipping espressos on outdoor patios.
Located at the foot of Lower Jarvis Street adjacent to the Redpath Sugar Factory, the 8500 square metre (2 acre) park is the first public space visitors see as they travel along Queens Quay from the central waterfront. The park’s brightly coloured pink beach umbrellas and iconic candy-striped rock outcroppings welcome visitors to the new waterfront neighbourhood of East Bayfront.
Activities everyone can enjoy for a fun-filled day! The Toronto Islands provide a great, refreshing escape from downtown with a beautiful view of Lake Ontario on one side, and the city skyline on the other. The Islands area is a great place to bask on blue flag beaches, and offers other tourist features such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, Franklin Children’s Garden, Centreville Amusement Park and Far Enough Farm.
Located in a strait between Lake Ontario and Lake Erie, and shared by the United States and Canada, the Falls have become a popular vacation spot for families and honeymooners alike.
This natural wonder is one of our planet’s most famous waterfalls. With heights of 176 feet, and a colossal 150,000 gallons of water crashing down per second, the roar of the Falls and the gently cool mist impresses young and old alike. You can view the Falls year round from observation points on both the American and Canadian sides of the Niagara River. But a visit to the Falls on a summer night will reveal a dazzling display of lights and fireworks.
Niagara on the Lake
Niagara-on-the-Lake is a well-preserved 19th-century village, along with its upscale restaurants and elegant architecture, it is the heart of Ontario’s wine region. Niagara on the Lake is home to the world class theatre the “Shaw Festival“, boutique shopping, glamorous hotels, cozy B & Bs, Charming Inns and historical sites. Only a few minutes from Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake is a quaint location to get that true authentically ‘Niagara’ feel.