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Toronto’s River Valleys: The Natural Soul of the City

by Jim Byers

If you REALLY want to know the world’s most cosmopolitan city, you need to explore the city’s parks; especially the endless acres of trees and rolling lawns and small creeks in Toronto’s extensive ravines/river valleys.

Read Toronto’s River Valleys: The Natural Soul of the City.


   

Soak in Summer at One of Toronto’s Major Festivals

By Arienne Parzei

Here are 5 major festivals to attend to make your trip to Toronto even more enjoyable and memorable this summer.

Read Soak in Summer at one of Toronto’s Major Festivals.


 

It’s Music Festival Time

by Raina Douris

When spring arrives, Toronto explodes with music festivals. You’d be hard-pressed to find a weekend during the warmer months when there ISN’T a festival going on in our city. The best part? From rock to hip hop, EDM to jazz, from festivals where you can camp all weekend to kid-friendly fests, there’s something for everyone!

Read It’s Music Festival Time.


 

Take me out to the Toronto Ballgame

by Jim Byers

One of the joys of a downtown baseball stadium in Toronto is the shared experience leading up to a game. On days the Blue Jays are in town, you’ll see boys and girls with their moms or dads or grandparents heading to the ballpark on Toronto’s extensive transit network.

Read Take me out to the Toronto Ballgame


 

Ward’s Island: A City Escape

by Emily Baillie

Picture a tranquil island, surrounded by sparkling waters, with a quiet sandy beach, beautiful gardens, quaint wooden homes and charming walking trails. Sound like the perfect getaway spot? You bet! And the best part is, it’s right in the heart of Toronto.

Read Ward’s Island: A City Escape


 

Latin Market Gastronomy – a Toronto road trip

By Michele Peterson

While most food fans are familiar with central Toronto’s flourishing Latin America food scene– offering everything from fish tacos to fine dining–a road trip to Plaza Latina (near Finch and Weston Road) offers an equally authentic taste of Latin and South American street culture.

Read Latin Market Gastronomy – a Toronto road trip.


 

Boomtown

By Jason Kucherawy

As a tour guide, I spend much of my time walking the city and talking to curious visitors and interested locals about urban issues, discussing the evolution of neighbourhoods, pointing out the addition of significant new buildings and public art, describing the growth of local businesses, and generally sharing my view from street-level.

Read Boomtown.


 

On Yer Bike

by Doug O’Neill

One of my favourite Toronto bike routes starts with a jaunt from my home, in downtown Toronto, along Carlton Street over to Parliament. Typical time elapsed: 5 minutes. Calories burned: about 42. Okay, nothing to brag about – yet.

Read On Yer Bike.


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Top 10 Spots for Grub, Grog & Grins Near Midtown Toronto

By Kyle McKay

You have no excuse to be bored tonight. Toronto’s midtown area offers a wide variety of places to eat, drink, and be merry. Check out these gems in and around midtown.

Read Top 10 Spots for Grub, Grog & Grins Near Midtown Toronto


 

Mother’s Day in Toronto: Spoil yourself instead of the kids

By Jennifer Merrick

This Mother’s Day let’s treat ourselves. Toronto offers plenty of indulgences for moms, whether it’s a leisurely brunch or high tea, shopping or spa. For one weekend, let’s think about what we would like to do.

Read Mother’s Day in Toronto: Spoil yourself instead of the kids.


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Toronto’s Winter Traditions

By Cristina Cantarelli

Although the sun hibernates for a few months, our city doesn’t! There are many winter traditions you can join in that will give you a local experience and make you forget about the cold and frost!

Read Toronto’s Winter Traditions.


 

Things Will Be Great When You’re Downtown – for the Holidays

By Nancy Wigston

The Victorians invented the holiday style that we love and celebrate today, and St. Lawrence is the hippest of Victorian ‘hoods, ideal for a winter walkabout.

Read Things Will Be Great When You’re Downtown – for the Holidays.


 

Toronto’s Live Theatre Performances for the Holidays

By Arienne Parzei

My favourite moment of any live theatrical performance is just before the curtain rises. As people rush to get into their seats, the orchestra comes together one instrument at a time.

Read Toronto’s Live Theatre Performances for the Holidays.


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Cocktails in Winter with Three Cool Toronto Bartenders

By Ilona Kauremszky

Slip inside one of the city’s neighbourhood pubs and put your feet up. There’s nothing better than quaffing back a seasonal elixir to perk up the festive vibe.

Read Cocktails in Winter with Three Cool Toronto Bartenders.


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Five Great Picks for Family Day Fun in Toronto

By Corinne McDermott

It seems Valentine’s Day gets all the attention come February, but I would argue that Family Day has more to do with the true meaning of love and is gaining ground. If you are one of the lucky ones with a day off on February 17, it’s time to explore the great city of Toronto and all it has to offer.

Read Five Great Picks for Family Day Fun in Toronto.


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Field to table – to mouth!

By Amy Rosen

I live in downtown Toronto, in a neighbourhood called Little Portugal, but at times it’s easy to imagine I live in Europe, since my neighbours have brought with them their green-thumbed customs from the old country to the new.

Read Field to table – to mouth!


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Eat Your Way Around the World this Summer

By Alyssa James

It could be said that my wanderlust was inspired by growing up in Toronto: seeing the colours of Chinatown, smelling the spices of Little India, and hearing the sounds of dozens of unfamiliar languages every day.

Read Eat Your Way Around the World this Summer.


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Celebrate Father’s Day, 2014-Style, in Toronto!

By Kate Pocock

Whether he’s a sporting type, a friend of nature, or a culture vulture—or all of the above, there’s enough going on in Canada’s biggest city to please any dad!

Read Celebrate Father’s Day, 2014-Style, in Toronto!


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Where to watch the World Cup in Toronto

By Jim Byers

From a Dutch bar downtown festooned with old movie posters and strings of Christmas lights to a spacious midtown spot specializing in Brazilian cuisine, there may be no better town to celebrate the World Cup than Toronto.

Read Where to watch the World Cup in Toronto.


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Oh Canada Day!

By Doug O’Neill

As time goes on, I find I prefer the term ‘smorgasbord,’ a veritable buffet of great cultural activities and traditions to choose from according to your taste – on any day of the year.

Read Oh Canada Day!


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Toddler-Approved Toronto Fall Day

By Yashy Murphy

Whether you’re looking to sneak in a quick weekend getaway with a toddler or planning a staycation in your own backyard, no one can give you the inside scoop on how to spend a crisp fall day quite like a downtown loving and living toddler.

Read Toddler-Approved Toronto Fall Day


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An Oasis and Hidden Gem

By Michael Persaud

Yorkdale Shopping Centre stands in the calm and quietude of the suburbs. It’s a short jaunt up the University-Spadina subway line, 20 minutes from downtown Toronto.

Read An Oasis and Hidden Gem.


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Back to School Toronto

By Heather Greenwood Davis

A last-minute trip to Toronto is the perfect way to get the kids (and yourself) ready for a new school year.

Read Back to School Toronto.


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Get Into the Spirit at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District

By Adrian Brijbassi

Holiday spirit and spirits go hand in hand during Toronto’s most extravagant Christmas celebration.

Read Get Into the Spirit at Lowe’s Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District.


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Seeking the Heat at Toronto’s Top Spas

By Carol Perehudoff

When the thermometer starts to dip, Torontonians look for ways to keep warm. The best method, save curling up with a hot water bottle until spring, is to get to a spa.

Read Seeking the Heat at Toronto’s Top Spas.


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Explore the World on the 506 Streetcar

By Corinne McDermott

While the goal with our kids is to show them the world, since we live in Toronto they can still learn about the many wondrous cultures that exist.

Read Explore the World on the 506 Streetcar.


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Experiencing Winterlicious 2014

By Kristen Sarah

Winterlicious, Toronto’s biggest winter culinary celebration, is returning for two weeks, beginning January 31st until February 13th, 2014. Wait? Winter-what? Prepare to have your taste buds jumping for joy!

Read Experiencing Winterlicious 2014.


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Best Holiday Windows in Festive Toronto

By Doug O’Neill

These are some of my favourite (holiday) things – and I can expect to find them each festive season in window displays throughout Toronto.

Read Best Holiday Windows in Festive Toronto.


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Don’t Cut the Noodles! Celebrating Chinese New Year’s in Toronto

By Jennifer Merrick

What impressed me most when I moved to Toronto was its multiculturalism. I felt – and still feel, 14 years later – that I could travel the world without leaving the city.

Read Don’t Cut the Noodles! Celebrating Chinese New Year’s in Toronto.


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My Favourite Toronto Skating Places

By Kate Pocock

When snowflakes start falling and it’s cold enough to make ice, I excitedly grab my skates and head to one of Toronto’s unique outdoor rinks.

Read My Favourite Toronto Skating Places.


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Winter on the Toronto Islands

By Seattle Dredge

What about the Islands during winter? Surprisingly, few locals would even consider spending a day on the Islands during mid-January.

Read Winter on the Toronto Islands.


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A literary tradition: the annual International Festival of Authors

By Waheeda Harris

When the air turns crisp and the leaves start turning to vibrant shades of gold, orange and red, it’s time for Toronto to celebrate the written word.

Read A literary tradition: the annual International Festival of Authors.


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Toronto Bar Bites

By Gizelle Lau

So you’re looking for a fun night on the town? Here are some great spots for some of the best cocktails, drinks and bar bites in Toronto.

Read Toronto Bar Bites.


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Top 5 Things To Do in Toronto

By Arienne Parzei

Every time I come back to Toronto after being away for a period of time, I’m reminded why I love this city so much.

Read Top 5 Things To Do in Toronto.


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It’s Show Time

By Ilona Kauremszky

Long hot summer days in T.O. are best enjoyed outdoors with crowds so big you’d swear Joni Mitchell or Harry Connick Jr. were in the house.

Read It’s Show Time.


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Going Back in Time: Toronto’s Historic Distillery District

By Cristina Cantarelli

Built in the 1830s, the Distillery District has the most well-preserved collection of Victorian architecture in North America.

Read Going Back in Time: Toronto’s Historic Distillery District.


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Around the World in a Day

By Kristen Sarah

Toronto is one of the most multicultural cities in the world and the place I call home. I love the fact that I can experience every culture on any given day and everything is within a short subway ride away from each other.

Read Around the World in a Day.


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Toronto’s Street Art

By Kate Pocock

Visitors can now see fantastic art murals sprayed onto buildings, attend gallery openings with local street artists in attendance, and get a feel for ethnic culture through murals in certain ’hoods.

Read Toronto’s Street Art.


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Toronto Green Spots

By Maureen Littlejohn

From parks to ravines to leafy hiking, biking trails, there are many verdant respites in Toronto where you can reconnect with nature.

Read Toronto Green Spots.


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From Love Beads to Lamborghinis

By Carol Perehudoff

Welcome to Toronto’s glamourhood of Yorkville. Like a well-maintained Real Housewife, Yorkville is a beauty that refuses to age – though she’s not averse to a few nips and tucks.

Read From Love Beads to Lamborghinis.


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Ontario Road Trip: Hamilton

By Kristin Archer

Local travel bloggers share their own favourite hidden gems and unique finds from across the province on these great Ontario Road Trips.

Read Ontario Road Trip: Hamilton.


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Indian Charm in Toronto

By Karin Ronde

Indian food in Toronto is extremely good, and as the restaurants are so spread out through the downtown core and the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), it’s fairly easy to find a great place to tuck into your favourite dish.

Read Indian Charm in Toronto.


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My Toronto: Kensington Market

By Natalie Taylor

Like many locals in Toronto, we all have our spots. For me, the concentration of those spots –especially in the summer–is in Kensington Market. Kensington Market is my “spot.”

Read My Toronto: Kensington Market.


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Toronto Islands: A Travel Junkie’s Escape

By Jennifer Merrick

Toronto Islands are a chain of 18 small islands, 600 acres in all, and just a 15-minute ferry ride from downtown.

Read Toronto Islands: A Travel Junkie’s Escape.


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Ontario Road Trip: Prince Edward County

By Anita Mac

Local travel bloggers share their own favourite hidden gems and unique finds from across the province on these great Ontario Road Trips.

Read Ontario Road Trip: Prince Edward County.


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Free Family Escapes in Toronto

By Corinne McDermott

A bonus of this city is you don’t always need to take your wallet with you when visiting kid-friendly spots that are good for everyone.

Read Free Family Escapes in Toronto.


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Art Immersion in Toronto

By Toby Saltzman

Pardon me for gushing, but what I love best about my city, Toronto, is that it’s a cultural treasure trove of global proportions.

Read Art Immersion in Toronto.


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Fun, Film and Family in Toronto

By Heather Greenwood Davis

The TIFF Bell Lightbox is a place where everyone can find something to enlighten and entertain no matter their age.

Read Fun, Film and Family in Toronto.


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The Scents and Sensibility of Parliament Street

By Doug O’Neill

I like to think that I’ve developed a good nose for great neighbourhoods. What lures me to the stretch of Parliament Street between Gerrard and Wellesley in the heart of Toronto’s Cabbagetown is a heady mix of smells.

Read The Scents and Sensibility of Parliament Street.


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Ontario Road Trip: St. Catharines

By Tiffany Mayer

Local travel bloggers share their own favourite hidden gems and unique finds from across the province on these great Ontario Road Trips.

Read Ontario Road Trip: St. Catharines.


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Adventure in Toronto

By Seattle Dredge

As an adventure travel blogger, I am constantly getting into all kinds of crazy adventures on the road, and I soon forget that there are just as many adventure activities available to me at home in Toronto.

Read Adventure in Toronto.


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Quirky and Cool Toronto

By Lucy Izon

When you are wandering down the downtown core, check out some of the cool and quirky sites that make Toronto so cool.

Read Quirky and Cool Toronto.


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Saint Anne’s for Canadian Art and the Scent of Chocolate

By Isobel Warren

The sun dazzles through stained glass windows, enhancing the altar’s golden glow from Saint Anne’s Anglican Church, one of Toronto’s most beautiful and historic places of worship.

Read Saint Anne’s for Canadian Art and the Scent of Chocolate.


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Catching Blue Jays Fever

By Adrian Brijbassi

In 2013, the Toronto Blue Jays are in a position they haven’t been for two decades: They enter the season as World Series favourites. Anyone coming to the city will want to make it a priority to get a ticket to the hottest show in town.

Read Catching Blue Jays Fever.


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Taste your way through Toronto’s Little India

By Tanya Enberg

If you’re a foodie with a love for authentic Indian or Pakistani cuisine, the Gerrard Indian Bazaar — an east end Toronto enclave — is where to find it.

Read Taste your way through Toronto’s Little India.


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Getting the Dirt on Fort York

By Anne Martin

History and archaeology – that’s what attracts me to Fort York and the reason why I put it at the top of my list of “Must See’s” for Toronto. Cocooned by condos, railway lines and expressways, it’s a historical oasis…

Read Getting the Dirt on Fort York.


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An Earth-Lover’s Haven

By Margaret Swaine

Amidst Toronto’s network of ravines and forests, Evergreen Brick Works is a former quarry and brick plant that was converted into a year-round community environmental centre.

Read An Earth-Lover’s Haven.


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Welcome to Leslieville

By Ayngelina Brogan

Although Toronto’s East end is often closer than some of the more popular West neighbourhoods there is a bit of a mental block, especially as you need to cross the bridge to visit Riverside and Leslieville.

Read Welcome to Leslieville.


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My Huge, Private and Secret Garden

By Barbara Kingstone

When in Toronto, go west travellers and head directly to High Park Gardens in our ethnic-centric city. The variety of greenery is stunning and not manicured to death and the zoo is charming.

Read My Huge, Private and Secret Garden.


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Yonge Street: My Ambassador to Toronto

By Waheeda Harris

When this city celebrates, it’s always been about Yonge Street, from spontaneous street parties in the early ‘90s World Series victories by the Toronto Blue Jays to last summer’s Celebrate Yonge.

Read Yonge Street: My Ambassador to Toronto.


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The Must-Eats of Toronto’s Historic St. Lawrence Market

By Lisa Ng

Wear your stretchy pants and bring your appetite as you graze your way through the St. Lawrence Market, National Geographic’s top food market.

Read The Must-Eats of Toronto’s Historic St. Lawrence Market.


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Nostalgia, Toronto style

By Mariellen Ward

Being a fourth-generation Torontonian in this famously multicultural, new-world city makes me a rarity. Many local landmarks have become the stuff of family legend.

Read Nostalgia, Toronto style.


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Toronto’s Top 15 Eats: On and Off the Radar

By Andrew Dobson

My favourite restaurants throughout the city’s many colourful neighbourhoods showcase our newest culinary fascinations as well as tried, tested and true kitchen champions.

Read Toronto’s Top 15 Eats: On and Off the Radar.