Toronto Travel: Great Food, Hip Neighborhoods, Boutique Hotels and Many Museums.
I have wanted to get back to Toronto after my first trip in the 1970’s. I remember well how European I felt the city was at that time when I stayed in the Yorkville neighborhood with friends. Today I found it to be a young, vibrant city with emerging neighborhoods, great restaurants and a huge condo building boom. I can’t believe all of the cranes that dot the skyline. Whole new neighborhoods are being created just west and east of the downtown area near the lake. It reminds me a lot of Chicago, though a little edgier and more “bohemian”.
Here is what I found:
Getting there: Porter Airlines from Midway, in Chicago, to the Downtown Toronto Airport in just over an hour; so easy. You arrive at the small terminal, clear customs with no delay and then take a short ferry across the water to the taxis or free Porter Shuttle to Union Station. They also fly from Washington, Newark and Boston so check it out. New routes are being planned. On the way back I loved the lounge/gate area with free Wi-Fi, use of Apple Computers and free drinks and snacks. Just like an airline club but at no charge.
Getting around: I purchased a Toronto Transit Commission daily pass that was good on the Subway and all trams and buses. The subway was easy to use as were the trams. I had to take a tram to the Subway from my hotel, but it was easy. The pass allows you to get on and off for the day. Cabs are also plentiful.