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FAO cyKey, TerraS re: Toronto

Discussion in 'Photography & Video' started by AdWright, 14 Aug 2006.

  1. AdWright

    Wise Guy

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    FAO cyKey, TerraS re: Toronto, ***Now with pics!***

    Hi guys

    I'm in Toronto for a week on business and will have about 6 hours on Saturday for a brief bit of sight-seeing. What would your reccomendations be for the top couple of things to see and do?

    Unfortunately I don't have my 20D with me (baggage restrictions...) but I do have my Ixus.

    Many thanks
    Adam
     
    Last edited: 21 Aug 2006
  2. jhmaeng

    Wise Guy

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    Location: London, UK

    Remember that you are now allowed 1 (small-ish) piece of carry-on, which you can use for your camera bag :)
     
  3. AdWright

    Wise Guy

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    ...but, I left on Sunday morning! :(
     
  4. cyKey

    Sgarrista

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    Oooh eck. Hmmmmm. If you like heights then the CN Tower. The Eaton Center is cool, lots of shops. Just by there you have Dundas Square which always has something going on. Queens Street is awesome. I loved it. So many independant places. Condom Shack if need be ;) Theres a little place where you can get a pancake to go too! Kensington Market is also cool. Its a little road but its full of life. The best view of Toronto is from the Island at sunset. You can get a ferry from the dock every 30 mins or so till like 10pm ish. Oooh the University is stunning. Its like the size of Liverpool with great buildings in. Theres a tour bus which is good to ride on, you'll see a lot of the city from that. You can get it at Union Station.

    Damn I miss that place. Take me with you? :D

    You could check my shots from Toronto and see if you like any places. They should all have info on them.
     
  5. AdWright

    Wise Guy

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    That's fantastic, thanks! I'll do some research with your info and a map
    :)
    Actually, your website was one of the first places I went to look at, but your web hosting appears to be down at the mo?

    Cheers for all the info :D
     
  6. cyKey

    Sgarrista

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    Damn I've been hearing that too often recently. I'm going to have to run some tests. Enjoy Toronto. Its amazing.
     
  7. TerraS

    Mobster

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    Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada

    Glad to hear you're visiting Toronto. You've missed the heatwave - we are on "ordinary weather" again right now. Nice and sunny though. :)
    cyKey's list of stuff to do is good. Another place to go is Casa Loma - some good shots can be had outside if you get a blue sky and there are some haunted bits too along with dark tunnels. :)

    Toronto Island will probably take you longer than 6 hours to be honest, and deserves a day to itself.

    I'd go with the CN Tower early in the morning (less people waiting), then the best steak ever at Milestones (Queen St / John Street) by the cinema. Then head to Casa Loma in the afternoon. Be sure to get a day pass for the TTC (buses, trains, streetcars etc). $8.50 for unlimited travel for a day. On the weekends, you can bring a friend with you for free. :)

    I think I'm busy this Saturday, otherwise we could have met up. Have a great time anyway. :)

    Edit: Don't forget to go to Second Cup. They have the best coffee (Starbucks stole the coffee house concept from them!) and ask for a Peaches & Cream smoothie - they are amazing!
     
  8. cyKey

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    /me drools.... Milestone's steak oh baby. Now I want steak and Amsterdam beer followed by a walk down Queens St. to get a nice 2nd cup. Taxi!
     
  9. TerraS

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    You mean, Water Taxi. :) Oh we have those too. :p
     
  10. 2L84SLEEP

    Hitman

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    Just found this thread, heading to Niagara / Toronto in a weeks time and cant wait. In Niagara for 3 days and then Toronto for 7 :)
     
  11. cyKey

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    Niagara is like Blackpool. Great to stop by for a couple of days, take in the sights so you can say you've been there but its very touristy. The interesting thing is that I saw a book about Niagara and it showed a completely different view of it. I was like "Eh? I didn't see any of this".
     
  12. AdWright

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    Only had a few hours on Saturday, but I managed to get around a little, and went up to the top of the CN Tower.

    1. The CN Tower
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    2.
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    3. The Financial District
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    4. Don't look down - the glass floor of the CN Tower
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  13. AdWright

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    5. The Skydome, as taken from the Skypod!
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    6. City Hall
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    7. The Eaton Centre
    Inspired by (aka 'poor imitation of') this shot by cyKey
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    8. CityTV studios
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  14. cyKey

    Sgarrista

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    Cool shots :D I think I have the same shoes! Got them from Next? Toronto looks quite different from the CN Tower. How did you find the place? Don't say a map :p
     
  15. AdWright

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    Yes, lol :)
    Some great views from up there, but unfortunately it was a fairly grey/hazy day. As TerraS said though, for anyone visiting, get there for when it opens at nine for no queues whatsoever. When I descended at 10.30, there were hundreds of people queueing.
    I found that everyone I met in the city, including restaurant staff, attendants at the Tower, transportation drivers, cab drivers, cops standing at intersections, and random people in the street and bars were probably the most friendly I have ever met. Everyone had time for a chat! This made the whole experience of my long and tiring week of work a lot more pleasant!
     
  16. TerraS

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    We don't normally have that many cops at intersections, but there is a major waterfront redevelopment, so they are there to direct traffic. :)

    Looks like you had a good time. :)
     
  17. cyKey

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    Unless they're out on a powertrip looking to bust a tourist for j walking or something :)
     
  18. TerraS

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    LOL - I think that happened because of your "new walk" :D