Subject: Re: Toronto
Hi Michele,

>From the Harbour Castle Hotel, you can walk downtown, take the ferry to the Islands from your doorstep, and walk west through Harbourfront to the Music Garden and CN Tower.

Going to the top of the CN Tower is popular - on clear days you can see the spray from Niagara Falls. There is a revolving restaurant - a little pricey but neat to sit and watch the city.

The Islands have a small artsy community (Wards Island) and parkland. Great viewpoints from the islands and from the ferry. There's even an city-sanctioned clothing optional beach at Hanlan's Point (keep right when you get off the ferry at Hanlan's Point). You can walk between the islands or rent a tandem bike. Some harbour cruises as well from just west of your hotel.

The main two galleries / museums - the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario are both undergoing renovation. However, they are open. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) *is* open Mondays: Open Daily 10:00 am - 6:00 pm Friday 10:00 am - 9:30 pm

There are some special exhibits - Déco Lalique (until the end of January 2007) and Korea around 1900: The Paintings of Gisan (until the end of October 2006).

You might be interested in their free city walks. There is one on Sunday June 11th at 2pm. Free. Look for the blue umbrella at the corner of King and Trinity Streets. Registration is not required. Whiskey, Wharf and Windmill - I assume it will be exploring the newly rejuvenated Distillery District. The walk info:

The AGO is closed Mondays. Open:Wednesdays-Fridays: Noon-9:00 pm Saturday-Sunday: 10 am - 5:30 pm Continuing until June 11, the AGO is temporarily waiving the cost of general admission, allowing free access to contemporary art, a reduced offering of the permanent construction continues on the Frank Gehry-design expansion.

There are other museums in Toronto that you might like - the Bata Shoe Museum is popular. The Power Plant at Harbourfront features contemporary art.

For more Toronto info, you can check out:

In addition, I thought you might like to know that there is a bus that stops in front of your hotel - the Bay street bus. To get to Union Station and the closest subway station, cross the street and take the bus going west.

Frances Toronto, Canada