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Old 06-05-2013, 12:01 PM
 
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Hello Torontonians! I will be in Toronto for four days at the end of this month without a vehicle. What can you tell me about navigating the city via public transit? What are the best things to do that have easy access to public transit? I've been planning on buying a TTC Weekly Pass. Is that the right move?

The big challenge is that I know I definitely want to go to Canada's Wonderland on Thursday, June 27 (I want to avoid Canada Day weekend, and crowds are generally lighter on Thursdays). I'm planning on staying the entire day if possible (10am-10pm). I've done some research as to getting there without a car, but I want to see what you think. The closest station to me is Osgoode. My understanding is that I would take the subway as far as Yorkdale and then transfer to a GO bus from there to the park. Is that accurate? Or is there a better way to do it?

Thanks! Some day I hope to move to your beautiful city, but for now it's just four days.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:07 PM
 
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For Wonderland, you're correct. You will catch the GO bus from Yorkdale station. Just remember you will need additional fare for the GO Bus, and also check the schedule beforehand. If memory serves me correctly, the bus runs every 30 mins.

I take the bus all the time to Wonderland (haven't gone there in a few years now), it's much less of a hassle than driving.
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Old 06-05-2013, 03:22 PM
 
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Old 06-06-2013, 01:06 PM
 
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weekly pass I think is just under between $32 and $40.. don't remmber. I'd go this route if I were here for a whole week..

As for Wonderland.. it's crazy expensive for EVERYTHING. Take a small backpack, and pack food / lunches/water. If you have shorts with ZIPPER on the pockets.. wear em. Take a change of socks. Take bandaids if you're prone to blisters. Take sunblock. Take very inexpensive sunglasses. If you insist on expensive sunglasses, or normal glasses, I'd say take one of those ropey things that goes on the back of em. If you're going with any ladies this is NOT the place for heals. Wear your most comfortable shoes you have. There is a massive water park, take a bathing suite and a towel, and change for the lockers. Don't wear/bring anything you'd be afraid to loose if you can avoid it, including hats.. hats I think are about a 50% lost rate. Bring a zip lock back to keep electronics in, as some rides have the potential to get you wet. Expect to spend more than you thought you would, take $100 in cash. Try a funnel cake, pref with everything on it JUST before you leave the park. Not before. Don't weigh yourself down with greasy food at lunch. There are cubby's for leaving small backpacks in while you go on rides,, aka at each ride station. Used for say.. 1 minute at a time. I've never heard of anyone having anything stolen from them. Study the map in advance. Pick an area in the back of the park. B LINE it there when you get in. Then work your way towards the front. You are allowed to go in and out. When you get tired, leave the park, and rest/picknick on one of the little hills at the front of the park, along with the many others. Pare down your wallet and take only essentials so you can keep it with you at all times.

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Old 06-06-2013, 05:08 PM
 
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As for Wonderland.. it's crazy expensive for EVERYTHING. Take a small backpack, and pack food / lunches/water. If you have shorts with ZIPPER on the pockets.. wear em. Take a change of socks. Take bandaids if you're prone to blisters. Take sunblock. Take very inexpensive sunglasses. If you insist on expensive sunglasses, or normal glasses, I'd say take one of those ropey things that goes on the back of em. If you're going with any ladies this is NOT the place for heals. Wear your most comfortable shoes you have. There is a massive water park, take a bathing suite and a towel, and change for the lockers. Don't wear/bring anything you'd be afraid to loose if you can avoid it, including hats.. hats I think are about a 50% lost rate. Bring a zip lock back to keep electronics in, as some rides have the potential to get you wet. Expect to spend more than you thought you would, take $100 in cash. Try a funnel cake, pref with everything on it JUST before you leave the park. Not before. Don't weigh yourself down with greasy food at lunch. There are cubby's for leaving small backpacks in while you go on rides,, aka at each ride station. Used for say.. 1 minute at a time. I've never heard of anyone having anything stolen from them. Study the map in advance. Pick an area in the back of the park. B LINE it there when you get in. Then work your way towards the front. You are allowed to go in and out. When you get tired, leave the park, and rest/picknick on one of the little hills at the front of the park, along with the many others. Pare down your wallet and take only essentials so you can keep it with you at all times.
Yep! I've been visiting amusement parks all over the world for about 15 years and have over 200 different roller coasters under my belt, so I know pretty well what to expect! Last summer I did a solo trek from London 3 hours north by train (then another hour into the countryside by bus) to Alton Towers, which is similar in scope to Wonderland, but about twice as big in area, so I'm not too worried about the logistics of this trip. I've been wanting to get to Wonderland for years, but now they've added Leviathan I just can't hold off any longer.

Thanks for the link. Very helpful! I'll definitely check out some of the cycling stuff.
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