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I want to know your favourite

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By Traveller March 28, 2017
Toronto

I want to know your favourite

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By Bethany Traveller March 28, 2017

What is something that goes on in the city that you recommend to do? What do you do for fun? Anything that comes to mind that is unique and away from the tourist areas?

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Go to Kensington Market downtown for a small merchant experience, local items and many great places to eat; from there, walk up to the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest in Canada. When you finish there, stroll a few blocks west again and end your day exploring Chinatown
Local March 28, 2017
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Thank you! I will :)
Summer events I want to do myself:
- Canada 150 events (list found on toronto.ca)
- Tobermory National Park to see the Flowerpot Islands and The Grotto (Free Canada Discovery Pass this year)
- Free movie nights across the city (ie. Yonge-Dundas Square, Harborfront, + at least 3 other parks)
- Shakespeare in the Park (High Park)
- Farmer's Markets across the city on all days of the week
- Distillery District (Pure Spirits and SOMA chocolatemaker)
- Blue Jays baseball game giveaway days
- Kensington Market on Pedestrian Sundays (The Dirty Bird chicken and waffles, and Seven Lives Paleteria fresh palettas and icecream)
- Doors Open event allows free entry to museums and historical sites (May 27-28)
- Summerlicious - price fixed menus at a cheaper rate (July 7-23)
- Scandinave Spa (Blue Mountain)
- PRIDE (June 19-28)
- Toronto Island (have a picnic, walk the maze, ride the quadricycle, eat a beaver tail, beach, funnelcakes in centreville)

And there are numerous festivals throughout the city all summer long. Some of my favourites include Night It Up!, Sweetery Toronto, Ribfest, and Buskerfest.

Some foods I look forward to eating in the summer:
- Asian Gelato from Kekou Gelato (2 locations)
- Thai Rolled Icecream (my favourite is only available at festivals www.instagram.com/thaistyleicecreamrol)
- Iced Capps from Tim Hortons!
- Paletta from Seven Lives Paleteria

And my favourite food to eat right now is POKE BOWLS from Poke Guys.
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Local May 3, 2017
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I love this, thank you!
It really depends on the time of year you come. There are lots of festivals in the summer. Centre Island is very popular with Torontonians. Also I like Kensington Market. Even though it is primarily a market, there are lots of vintage clothing shops and restaurants as well.
Local March 29, 2017
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Walk out to the lighthouse on the spit at Tommy Thompson Park near Cherry Beach and then have breakfast at Saving Grace
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Local March 29, 2017
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At the end of May, most of the Farmers' Markets start in Toronto. The Markets are all over the city and run almost every day of the week. My favourite market is the East York Farmers' Market that runs every Tuesday from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. starting May 16th.
Local Ambassador March 28, 2017
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Never heard of that one, ty!
At one point all of Toronto was listed as a tourist area.
Locals and visitors alike go to baseball, football, hockey, and soccer games;
Museums include the Royal Ontario Museum, Arts Gallery of Toronto, Bata Shoe Museum. Hockey Museum, Ontario Science Centre, The Agha Khan Centre

Toronto is arguably the most multicultural city in the world so for locals it really depends on what you are looking for: Little India, Little Italy, Little Portugal, my area has a good number of Ethiopian restaurants.

What do you want to do? What do you want to eat? Its probably here!

Local March 28, 2017
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Everytime I come to Toronto it's for a game or concert. I want something else. I love any food, not picky. What's a place you love going to? That's what I want to know from locals. What's one place you recommend I need to go to? Does Toronto offer free things?
All sorts. The island is a great get away - just for the price of a cheap ferry ride. My
tastes change with the season but there is always something new to explore here.

I love discovery new "universes" - ways of living and being that are very different from what I grew up with.

At the moment I am taking in anything in Toronto from the country of Georgia - sort of a stay-cation. I found one great Georgian Restaurant - Sarko's; a Georgian Orthodox Church (though I am not Orthodox and I don't speak Georgian); I joined a Georgian Polyphonic Singing group - one six week course down another to go; have a small collection of Georgian wines from the LCBO; am learning panduri which I have been asked to play at a friends concert (add what I can pick up on YouTube, Facebook and software about Georgian language); and through all that have made some good Georgian friends. Thing is the whole country of Georgia only has the same number of people as the one city of Toronto - yet all that is here.
Duke Local March 29, 2017
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Depends on the season...the summer is full of festivals so highly recommend seeing something new each weekend. In the winter, pre-Christmas, we love the Christmas market at the distillery.
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Local March 28, 2017
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Is there a website to find the listing of Festivals in the city?
Check out Toronto.com....Also for food Torontolife.com is useful
I live in the Beaches and I love it there. In the summer there are always festivals in Woodbine Park every weekend. At the beach you can SUP, Kayak and swim. There are picnic areas and a boardwalk, in addition to a path for rollerblading, skateboarding and cycling. There are many parks (if you have kids) along the path, too. It's a great way to spend the day. Catch some music and unique shopping at Woodbine, walk to the beach, have some lunch and chill by the shore. Weekends in summer are busy, but not like the hustle/bustle of downtown. There are also unique shopping experiences on Queen St between Woodbine and Beech Ave.
Local July 17, 2018
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It really depends on the time of year that you come. Summer is best. There are lots of festivals and a trip to Centre Island on the ferry is enjoyable. I also like Kensington Market. Even though it's primarily a market there are lots of vintage clothing shops, coffee shops and restaurants.
Local March 29, 2017
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Hi Bethany! Sorry for the late reply. Tons of things to do depending on what you are up for. When are u coming to Toronto?
Local March 29, 2017
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I got to the waterfront areas - it is downtown, yet, a very serene place by the water. As for me, I ride my bike, take wonderful walks on the shoreline of Lake Ontario. I also recommend the Toronto Islands for an added unique experience in Toronto. Hope this helps
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Local March 29, 2017
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I like that idea, thank you! Never been to the island
I definitely second RJ's idea for Kensington Market. An afternoon spent wandering around the shops and cafes, all the while people-watching, is not to be missed. And Mario's idea to visit the Distillery District is great; sit and sip a very decent coffee at Balzac's for more people watching.

Stroll along Queen Street West from Spadina Avenue and you'll find more shops and cafes along with several independent galleries dotting this great stretch of Toronto.

If the city buzz starts to annoy you, there are many kilometers of walking trails and peaceful spots to break in High Park, the largest in the city proper. Take the streetcar (301/501) to the south end of the park, walk north through park to end up on Bloor street. You can then wander west through the Bloor West Village. The "A Dark Horse" pub awaits at the west of the Village where you can easily jump back on the subway at Jane Station after a drink or two.
J
Local Ambassador March 28, 2017
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I like the suggestion of the trails and that pub. Thanks