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Old 07-27-2010, 03:39 PM
 
Location: West Town, Chicago
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I am planning a road trip from Chicago to Toronto for my wife and me. We will probably travel north in the fall (October?). I am wondering: what is it that we should be sure to do in your great, snowy, maple-leafy metropolis? Keep in mind that we really only have one full day.

Edit: I am looking for things that are unique to Toronto, that we could not experience in Chicago. So that means a lot of cultural things such as theater, ballet, are redundant. I'm not looking for generic "big city" experiences as much as "Toronto-only" experiences. Thanks again!
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Old 07-27-2010, 08:58 PM
 
Location: CFL
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Visit the Hockey Hall of Fame. Hockey Hall of Fame - Visitor Information
Great restaurant above the Hockey Hall of Fame as well.
Visit the St Lawrence Market St. Lawrence Market Home Page
Visit the Waterfront Harbourfront Centre - Home
Ontario Place Experience Ontario Place

Depending on timing the CNE or Caribana
TheEx.com Caribana Toronto
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Old 07-27-2010, 09:47 PM
 
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I am planning a road trip from Chicago to Toronto for my wife and me. We will probably travel north in the fall (October?). I am wondering: what is it that we should be sure to do in your great, snowy, maple-leafy metropolis? Keep in mind that we really only have one full day.

Edit: I am looking for things that are unique to Toronto, that we could not experience in Chicago. So that means a lot of cultural things such as theater, ballet, are redundant. I'm not looking for generic "big city" experiences as much as "Toronto-only" experiences. Thanks again!

You have only one full day?

Does this mean you'll spend one day getting to Toronto, one day in the city, and then a third day returning to Chicago?

I sure hope so, otherwise (based on a 10-hour drive) you'll have about three hours in the city and then a long trip home.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:08 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I actually find that kind of comical, are you on a huge road trip or something, traveling from city to city? I'd suggest to spend at least a weekend over here, it's too stressful to pile stuff up on a single day. I'd reserve one night to go to a nice restaurant, and another to go see a theater show; that is if you have the time.
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Old 07-27-2010, 10:14 PM
 
Location: West Town, Chicago
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You have only one full day?

Does this mean you'll spend one day getting to Toronto, one day in the city, and then a third day returning to Chicago?

I sure hope so, otherwise (based on a 10-hour drive) you'll have about three hours in the city and then a long trip home.
Yeah that's right. It's really more like two days. A nine-hour drive, a full day, and another 9-hour drive. So, two days total. Or you could say, Three days, two nights.
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Old 07-27-2010, 11:30 PM
 
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I think Kensington Market can be a somewhat unique experience. Not sure if Chicago has such thing. You can check out Chinatown and Queen West area together with Kensington Market. Around this area (or generally anywhere around downtown) you'll be able to see typical Toronto housing types(victorian style with porches and frontyards). On the other hand there is Distillery District which is also something different, but it could be a little too touristy. BTW don't go near the waterfront lol. IMO, if you are coming from Chicago, expect to see somewhat gritty/rustic/bohemian vibe rather than sophisticated big city vibe.

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Old 07-28-2010, 04:48 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I am planning a road trip from Chicago to Toronto for my wife and me. We will probably travel north in the fall (October?). I am wondering: what is it that we should be sure to do in your great, snowy, maple-leafy metropolis? Keep in mind that we really only have one full day.

Edit: I am looking for things that are unique to Toronto, that we could not experience in Chicago. So that means a lot of cultural things such as theater, ballet, are redundant. I'm not looking for generic "big city" experiences as much as "Toronto-only" experiences. Thanks again!
Note that Toronto probably won`t be snowy in October...
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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Old 07-28-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Toronto, Canada
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24-Hour Layover: Toronto- msnbc.com
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Old 07-28-2010, 03:09 PM
 
Location: West Town, Chicago
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I think Kensington Market can be a somewhat unique experience. Not sure if Chicago has such thing. You can check out Chinatown and Queen West area together with Kensington Market. Around this area (or generally anywhere around downtown) you'll be able to see typical Toronto housing types(victorian style with porches and frontyards). On the other hand there is Distillery District which is also something different, but it could be a little too touristy. BTW don't go near the waterfront lol. IMO, if you are coming from Chicago, expect to see somewhat gritty/rustic/bohemian vibe rather than sophisticated big city vibe.
This is great--thanks a lot!
I just have a few questions.
What is the Kensington Market? Is it similar to the Maxwell St. Market here in the Chi?

Is the Distillery District still full of distilleries, or have they gone the way of the printers in Chicago's Printers Row?

I don't mind touristy destinations. After all, we will be tourists.

What is wrong with the waterfront?

When you say Toronto doesn't have a big-city vibe--I have heard this before when comparing the two cities--what should I expect? Is it more like Philadelphia? In case you've never been to Philly, it seems like everyone there is a Hipster. It's like Wicker Park exploded all over the city.
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