|Subject: Toronto Questions|
Hi Vince and Gerry and other Ziners,
Frances has given you some terrific suggestions for Toronto. Here's a few more that we hope you will like.
You've mentioned seeing Chinatown already. Toronto has many interesting ethnic neighbourhoods including Little India - officially known as Gerrard India Bazaar http://www.gerrardindiabazaar.com It is the largest South Asian shopping area in North America with many good restaurants and shops featuring merchandise from India and other countries.
On College Street West, visit Little Italy. Try Sicilian Ice Cream for great gelato.
The Distillery District http://www.thedistillerydistrict.com is a very old part of Toronto, to the east of the downtown core, with late interesting Victorian architecture. When distilling no longer took place there, it was frequently used for filming. In the past two years, it has taken on a new life - home to trendy restaurants, shops, and lively entertainment all through the summer.
On Queen Street East, east of Woodbine Avenue, is The Beach area. Take the Queen streetcar east. Lots of great shopping and restaurants along Queen Street, or stroll along the boardwalk by the lake, or lounge in Kew Gardens, a beautiful lakeside park.
Even if you don't actually visit the Beach neighbourhood, a ride on the Queen streetcar, from one end of the city to the other, will take you through many interesting neighbourhoods, and will give you a real feel for the city. It's an inexpensive Toronto tour, for the price of a few tokens.
You will be visiting during the final weekend of our annual Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival. You can spend the evening having dinner at a jazz club, or perhaps attending a concert at the square in front of our City Hall on Queen Street http://www.tojazz.com
Finally, there is always plenty of live theatre in Toronto, ranging from big Broadway-type productions down to small experimental theatres throughout the city.
Margaret and Les in Toronto