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Date: 6/21/13 9:12 AM

Looking at several days this summer for 4 sorta-active seniors.
Where to stay for walkability, we like B&B's, but often very costly.
Others in city? Is it easy to get around on buses etc?

Have the Official Guide + Toronto mag from 2012, overwhelming.
Want to hit Kensington Market, one guy is a Microbrew hound, Chinatown, easy pretty hiking, etc.
Son & wife just went on the Edgewalk, she talked HIM into it, but then she's afraid of little things like spiders.

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Date: 6/21/13 9:59 AM

I'm not from Toronto, so I can't answer most of this. I'm sure some Torontonians will jump in and provide lots of details for you, but in answer to

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Is it easy to get around on buses etc?


Definitely. There's a great subway/streetcar/bus system. Here's the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) website, so you can start getting to know how it works.

TTC info.

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Date: 6/21/13 11:00 AM

I'm not from Toronto either but hubby and I visit friends there every summer and there are a few things we always do. First off public transit is EASY - I usually buy a handful of tokens so not to worry about change.

Kensington Market (it's on my list but haven't got there yet) and Chinatown are both directly north of FABRIC !!!! Streetcar on Spadina will take you right down to the corner of Queen St West. Head west.

One day we take the subway to one of the stops on Yonge (which one depends on how energetic we feel LOL) and walk down Yonge to the Harbour Front.

St Lawrence Market is a weekend stop, Saturday morning for the food stuffs, Sunday for the antique market St Lawrence Market



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Date: 6/21/13 2:58 PM

Really, I wasn't expecting an Enabler here.
Well of course, being the only Fabric Hound in the group, I certainly didn't mean to subject relatives to that, how rude would that be?
BUT seeing as how it's near Chinatown, is there a list of stores? Assume the Fashion District means high-end shopping.
The Canadians here also lament fabric choices, but maybe the big cities are different?

Thanks!

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Date: 6/21/13 4:25 PM

eh, no names off the top of my head. We always start at Spadina and walk the length of the fabric shops - til Romni Wools at Tecumseth. You'll catch most of the fabric shops in the first few blocks - everything from high end to the jam packed fire traps LOL - King Fabrics (king textiles ?) is on Spadina just below Queen West, it's reasonable and pretty large.
Check out ConnieBJ's post here - hard to believe this was already 3 years ago !
http://couturesmith.com/2010/08/09/ladies-who-lunch-and-shop-for-fabric-the-down-low-on-fabric-shopping-in-toronto/

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Date: 6/21/13 4:35 PM

I live in Toronto and it is very easy to get around using subway/streetcar/buses in the main core. All of the destinations already mentioned are well worth a visit, and I would add the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) to that list. There is an exhibit on BIG fashion right now, the museum having acquired a Galliano gown earlier this year, and showcasing other parts of the textile collection. In addition, the Mesopotamia exhibit opens by the end of this month and that looks very interesting.
For the garment district, there is something for everyone! My personal favourite is Downtown Fabrics. Daniel is utterly charming and stocks beautiful Italian cottons, silks and linens, including designers such as Armani and Cavalli, but many at more realistic prices. He also has wools and shirtings. Leo's Textiles is good, too, if a bit more expensive. I also love Mokuba, an entire store devoted to every kind of ribbon you can imagine. There is a store devoted to buttons, which I think is called Buttons. Also, The Wool House, primarily for tailoring. I've lived here for ten years and have only recently begun getting to know all the fabulous shops in this area, but it is definitely worth a peek!
Summer is definitely the right season to visit Toronto as there is so much going on. The downside is the heat and humidity, so pace yourself!
Chera

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Date: 6/21/13 4:46 PM

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I usually buy a handful of tokens so not to worry about change.

A day pass would probably be a really good idea. Those places on the map look close, gramma b, but some of them are a long walk from each other. A couple of times I've walked from the U. of T. (Univ. of Toronto) area to Union Station, via Kensington/Spadina/Chinatown....... it took a while. Even walking from Kensington over to the fabric district is a bit of a stroll, but certainly do-able on a nice day.

Nearly every time I go to Toronto, I seem to spend the entire day walking and come home with worn-out feet. That's mostly from my stubbornness (I won't pay a fare if I can walk there, dang it!), but getting a day pass would really make things nicer.


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Date: 6/25/13 4:55 PM

Thanks all, I know natives don't normally know the hotels, but what outlying areas do you stay in? Toronto has NYC prices.

Last time we went to Montreal the exchange rate was better, now even. The Visitor Guide has soooo many interesting choices to cover 4-5 days in August.

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