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inmom
06-21-2010, 09:32 AM
My husband just started a new job, where he still gets to work from home (yippee)! The company is based in Toronto, Canada and he will be making frequent trips there. The kids and I plan to be able to go with him once in a while. For those who know, what are some really cool things to see or do in the area?

We were lucky to take advantage of the fact that for his last job, he took several trips to Arlington, VA, so we spent a week and a half in the Washington DC area.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

Topsy
06-21-2010, 11:13 AM
Carol...you might want to post this in the Canada group, too, to see if you get any responses there...

Shoe
06-21-2010, 12:59 PM
My husband just started a new job, where he still gets to work from home (yippee)! The company is based in Toronto, Canada and he will be making frequent trips there. The kids and I plan to be able to go with him once in a while. For those who know, what are some really cool things to see or do in the area?

We were lucky to take advantage of the fact that for his last job, he took several trips to Arlington, VA, so we spent a week and a half in the Washington DC area.

Thanks in advance for any ideas!

I've spent a fair amount of time in Toronto, and my sister still works there. The CN Tower (http://www.cntower.ca/) is worth seeing, and Fort York National Historic Site (http://www.toronto.ca/culture/museums/fort-york-history.htm) is educational and fun, as is the Ontario Science Centre (http://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/). I remember having some fun at Centre Island (http://www.toronto.ca/parks/island/), and if you're looking for amusement parks, then Canada's Wonderland (http://www.canadaswonderland.com/)is close, but expensive.

I can probably come up with some other suggestions, but that's a start anyway.

camaro
06-21-2010, 01:46 PM
I've never visited it, but there's the Royal Ontario Museum (http://www.rom.on.ca/) as well.

Shoe
06-21-2010, 01:52 PM
I've never visited it, but there's the Royal Ontario Museum (http://www.rom.on.ca/) as well.

Oh yeah, I forgot about that one-it's pretty good too.

inmom
06-21-2010, 03:15 PM
Carol...you might want to post this in the Canada group, too, to see if you get any responses there...

Thanks! I'll do that. Also, thanks for the ideas so far!

hockeymom
06-21-2010, 04:29 PM
Toronto is awesome! Everything Schu00 mentioned is great. Depending on the age of your kids, Centre Island is really fun--you get to take the ferry there from downtown, and on the island there is an old-timey sort of amusement park, definitely best for the preschool-K set but fun in a silly sort of way. The Toronto Islands are fun to explore, beautiful views of the skyline yet it feels really quiet and removed. The Children's Garden is a must-see on the island too. Back on the mainland, the waterfront is full of great parks. My favorite is the Music Garden (check it out here: http://www.toronto.ca/parks/music_index.htm), inspired by Yo Yo Ma. High Park is another must-see, though it's a subway ride away from downtown.

Of course TO is much more than parks. I definitely recommend going up the CN Tower if you aren't afraid of heights. The kids will love jumping up and down on the glass floor! The Science Center is fun, though public transportation there isn't the easiest--we had to take a bus, which worked out okay. Queen St is great for exploring and for ethnic restaurants, though it might be a bit gritty depending on your taste (we like that kind of thing).

We've been visiting Toronto for more than 18 years---it was the first trip my husband and I took together oh-so long ago, and it was the inspiration for us moving up to Canada. I can't say enough great things about the city--I hope you love it too! :)