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Neighbourhoods HearT of THe ciTy carnival rides, a petting zoo, pony rides and picturesque swan boats in a small lagoon. Hanlan’s Point affords a peaceful escape with its excellent clothingoptional beach and Toronto’s famous haunted lighthouse. LOCATE A 10-minute ferry ride from the downtown waterfront. TTC Union subway station, then 509 Harbourfront or 510 Spadina streetcar southbound to Bay/Queen’s Quay. Transfer to Toronto Island ferries. DISCOVER Babe Ruth’s homerun ball. Hanlan’s Point was once home to a baseball stadium where, in 1914, Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run into the waters of Lake Ontario. IDEAS The network of islands was originally a peninsula that offered the area a naturally protected harbour, but during a storm in 1858 it split into six islands. LOVE Being green. The islands comprise the largest urban car-free community in North America. Church–Wellesley/ The Village www.churchwellesleyvillage.ca Cabbagetown www.oldcabbagetown.com DETAILS Home to Canada’s largest gay community, Toronto welcomes gay and lesbian visitors with a full slate of things to see and do all year round. The Village is nestled in the downtown core, centred on the intersection of Church St. and Wellesley St. Packed with cafés, restaurants, shops and clubs, this area demonstrates that it’s fun and fabulous to be gay in Toronto, a safe city with a vibrant LGBT community. Real pride in the Village is grandly proclaimed each June, when the joyous extravaganza that is the Pride Day Parade caps a week of citywide celebrations. Create your own party scene — take your pick from the multitude of gay and lesbian bars, saunas, casual coffee spots, upscale restaurants and great street corners to strut your stuff. LOCATE From the Wellesley St./ Yonge St. intersection, eastward to Church St., down to Alexander St. TTC Wellesley subway station, then walk east. FIND Wood. Featured on the Queer as Folk TV series, Woody’s is an iconic cocktail spot. IDEAS The gay community extends well beyond the borders of the Village. In Toronto, local shops, restaurants and nightclubs embrace the gay lifestyle and celebrate openly all year long. LOVE Halloweek. Frivolity reigns supreme as the Village parties in costume for seven haunting nights in October. DETAILS Formerly a workingclass enclave, Cabbagetown is now a gracious cluster of lovely parks and renovated Victorian homes with iron fences and manicured gardens. Parliament, the main street, is not so much charming as it is eclectic — a hodgepodge of restaurants, cafés and boutiques. LOCATE Parliament St., from Wellesley St. East to Dundas St. East. TTC College subway station, then Carlton streetcar eastbound. IDEAS The name “Cabbagetown” originated in the mid-19th century, when Irish immigrants living in the area planted unusually large cabbage patches on their front lawns. DISCOVER The Necropolis, Toronto’s oldest cemetery. One of the many moss-covered tombstones is that of William Lyon Mackenzie. LOVE Victorian homes. In September, the Cabbagetown Festival offers tours to several innovatively refurbished local brownstones. is also strong contrast here, with traditional Greek grocers and classical architecture juxtaposed against trendy nightclubs and cafés that stay open late into the night. Greektown has built a reputation as an excellent dining destination. Weekends are particularly lively, the action spilling onto the curbside and the Danforth itself, which is always redolent with saganaki, feta and spanakopita. LOCATE Danforth Ave., from Chester Ave. to Jones Ave. TTC Subway stations Broadview, Pape & Chester. IDEAS The city’s Greek community is now the second largest outside of Greece itself. DISCOVER Krinos Taste of the Danforth. Toronto’s biggest annual street festival, this early-August event brings together thousands of eager participants for three days to enjoy Greek food, music and entertainment. LOVE The folklore. Andreas Papandreou taught economics at York University in Toronto before becoming Prime Minister of Greece. Downtown Yonge www.downtownyonge.com DETAILS A trip to Toronto wouldn’t be complete without visiting Yonge, Toronto’s iconic thoroughfare and the longest street in the world. The divining rod that directs millions of tourists to Toronto, Yonge is an ever-evolving combination of addresses that reflect the latest in urban trends. The heart is Yonge-Dundas Square with its industrial urban esthetic, a dynamic venue for community celebrations, theatrical events and concerts. Among the area’s top attractions are the Elgin & Winter Garden Theatre, the last operating “double-decker” theatre complex in the world, and the 285-store Toronto Eaton Centre, modelled after Milan’s glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele. LOCATE Yonge St., from Front St. W. to Bloor St. and centred at Yonge-Dundas Square. IDEAS Yonge Street is said to have started as a trail created by Huron Indians and traversed by early European explorers such as Samuel de Champlain in the early 1600s. LOVE The holidays. Nathan Phillips Square, at Queen St. and Bay St., where Toronto City Hall is located, dazzles at night with a multitude of Christmas lights. 114 The Danforth/ Greektown www.greektowntoronto.com Gerrard East/ Little India www.gerrardindiabazaar.com DETAILS Walking on Danforth Avenue gives you a clear sense of Toronto’s rich Greek heritage. This neighbourhood is constantly abuzz with crowded sidewalks and streetfront patios. The Danforth is filled with colourful fruit and vegetable stands, bakeries, butcher and pastry shops. There DETAILS Hailed as the largest South Asian marketplace in North America, Gerrard India Bazaar — aka Little India — is where Toronto’s Indian, Pakistani, Sri Lankan and Bangladeshi communities congregate. Restaurants and greengrocers offer regional dishes and local ingredients, and Little India toronto | 2008

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David Miller
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Around Town
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On Location
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Tower of Strength
Crowd Surfers
The Haunting
Starchitects
Super Fans
The Creative City
Fashionable People
The Streets
After Dark
Listings
Culture & Recreation
Accomodations
Restaurants
Shopping
Tour Operators
Transportation
Neighbourhoods of Greater Toronto
Adventures Beyond Downtown
Visitor Resources
Index
2008 Event Calendar
The Lightbox
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