Visiting Toronto

Next month I will be visiting Toronto! August 11-14. I haven't been there since I attended Pride in 2003 and I cannot wait to visit again. For you folks in the area or familiar with it, what should I see? Yarn stores and other stuff! My last trip was consumed with Pride and I didn't see much of the city outside of those events. I will be staying at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel and technically attending a CLE. I was thinking about seeing Jersey Boys one evening too.

Maybe one of the drawbacks of growing up in the country is not learning how to navigate a city where you can't really drive your own car to every place. Using public transportation raises all manner of anxiety for me but I'm hell bent on overcoming it and getting to see some of the city.


chipsir's picture

I am sorry to say I have just left Toronto for Nova Scotia. The must see (yarn wise is Romni Wools), it is the mother load. Two floors with the basement being a reduced area as well as spinning and weaving. Seeing Jersey Boys is a must. Toronto transit is very easy, just make sure you get a transfer whenever you pay (from driver on street cars or buses, from machine dispensers in the sub way. The CN tower is a real experience as well. There are several good smaller yarn shops in the city and if you check a site on line called my knitting stores you can get a list of them. Hope this helps.

mountainrunner's picture

There is a shop I've visited in Kensington Market called Lettuce Knit (clever, no?) which is small but has some great yarns. I've taken a spinning class with them, and the people in the shop are very friendly. There are some cool coffee shops in the area too.

Raymiew's picture

The Market will have to go on the list. I love the name and I'll have to check it out. Thanks!

Raymiew's picture

Thanks! That shop sounds amazing!! Jersey Boys should be fun. I really wanted to see an opera, but August seems to be the dead month for that. I don't have a particular interest in opera, but it would have been an experience to talk about. The CN tower looks lovely from the ground :D I'm deathly afraid of heights so I will probably skip going up in it. It would probably be like my Washington Monument experience where I took about two steps off the elevator, saw how high up it was, and turned around and got right back on the elevator to get down!

mountainrunner's picture

I know about the height thing too well...I'm also very, very nervous about being in any kind of tall building, but I have been up the CN Tower, and it's not too bad. I'm one of those people who cling to the centre area near the elevators - afraid to actually get close to the windows. From what I remember there is an observational deck with glass floors, but needless to say I haven't been up there. Just getting me into the elevator was like trying to give a cat a bath. They do have a restaurant/bar in the tower, so if you're in need of sedation, it's available!

Raymiew's picture

Well if anything could get me up there it would be food!

mountainrunner's picture

Oh I meant to mention that you might want to purchase a weekly TTC pass which permits unlimited transit's probably easier than dealing with transfers, etc.

As for the complexity of the system, there are only 2 subway lines. I just got back from 3 weeks in Japan, and the map of the Tokyo train lines is like looking at a plate of spaghetti.

You should be able to reach most tourist destinations just using the subway and streetcars, but if in doubt please e-mail me and I can check for you. I lived there for 10 years (I still work in Toronto)...and while I don't personally subscribe to the common Torontonian belief that the city is the centre of the universe, it is still a fun place to be (except during G20). Have a great time!

Raymiew's picture

Thanks for the pointers! I did pull some of the maps online to look over and try to get an idea of where the subway runs. As I figure out what I want to do I'll try to map it out and I may be in contact if I have any questions!

negativitysucks's picture

I used to be anxious about mass transit, but once you do it, it's the easiest thing to do.
I looked at my car as freedom but now that I got rid of the car in favor of a Metrocard, I realized the car was a prison of its own. I no longer have a car payment, pump gas, pay maintenance, or worry about parking or getting dented or scratched, or have to deal with car insurance or road rage.
Now I know what freedom really is :-)