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Blogmas Day 2: Christmas in the 6ix

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The Holiday Season is the best time to bundle up and take part in some of the best winter activities the City has to offer. There are some great holiday traditions to take part of in the 6ix, so grab the mittened hand of your friends, family, girlfriend or boyfriend and head to the city!

Skating at Nathan Philip’s Square – Every year the Nathan Philip’s Square pond freezes over for a full season of skating in the middle of the city! One of the most romantic winter date nights in the heart of the city, right beside city hall. There’s skate rental and even a little restaurant and cafe, but there are also always lots of food trucks around for those late night winter treats! And it’s all just down the street from the beautiful Christmas windows at the Hudson’s Bay Company at the Toronto Eaton Centre.

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Christmas Market in the Distillery District – This has got to be my favourite holiday putting that Toronto has to offer. The historic Christmas Market in the beautiful Distillery District! Enjoy warm drinks in the beer garden, the beautiful christmas lights, and try authentic european foods! Open everyday till 9pm from November 20-December 20! Nothing like some warm mulled wine and Christmas cheer as you wait for your ever-coveted table at the Mill Street Brewery!

Frost Fair at Fort York – On the weekend of December 5 and 6 from 10am till 5pm. Enjoy the 1812 historic Fort York and the unique heritage Christmas goods, greenery, military reproductions, games and crafts! A beautiful weekend in Toronto’s own little piece of history.

There are so many more holiday and winter events that Toronto has to offer. What are your favourite things to do in the city during the Holiday Season?

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What Remains of the Summer Bucket List

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As much as it pains me to say, there isn’t much of summer left. Before you know it the kiddos will be back to school, your bright summer mornings will start off a little darker, and the lush green leaves will start to turn. So it’s time to make the most of these last few weeks. Time to do all the things that will make the summer memorable and finish off your summer bucket list! Here are a few things that I still need to cross off my list before the sun sets on my summer.

  1. Toronto’s CNE – (August 21 – September 7) Want to skip the crowds and snag yourself a cheaper ticket? Try the little known “After-Hours Ticket”, and still have the chance to experience the amazing foods and fun of the Ex. Although I grew up in the GTA, I had never been to the CNE until last year and it’s on the list for a must-do this year.
  2. Camping – Whether you head up north or somewhere far from the lights and sounds of the city, or simply pitch the tent in your backyard, camping is one of my favourite summer activities. I may not seem like the kind of girl who’s willing to rough it, but a good four day camping trip with no cell reception and no showers sounds great to me! No makeup! Campfires, flame cooked food, fishing, swimming, etc. I love it all. Time to start planning a weekend in the tent.
  3. Drive-In Movie – Another summer activity I hadn’t tried until last summer! I love the late summer nights with the windows open sitting in my own little mini theatre – my car! My only problem is finding a time where they show movies I want to see. I like going to Drive-In 5 in Oakville since it’s closer to where I live but they’re also offering outdoor movies in Yorkville for the month of September!
  4. Patio Drinks – Hemingway’s, The Distillery District or Kensington Market. That’s all I have to say. You’re missing out if you’ve never spent a summer night in any of these hot spots.

What do you still want to do before summer is over?! It seems to go by so fast…..before we know it the snow will be back!

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Toronto Tourist Guide – Summer 2015

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I’ve lived in the Toronto area my whole life, but have always had very little experiences with the best places and activities in the downtown area. Over the past two or three years I’ve been spending more and more time in the city, and over the past three months I’ve been working in the heart of the tourist area and getting to know my city a little better. So I thought I’d share some of my favourite places and things to do in one of the best cities in the world. Are you travelling to Toronto this summer? Let me help plan your day:

Start your morning right with a beautiful morning walk through the newly revitalized Queens Quay by the water. Now, although the bike lanes, walking paths, and street car lanes are getting dangerously confused and mixed up, just keep your head up and enjoy the views. Head east towards St. Lawrence Market place for breakfast, where you’ll find some of the city’s best Peameal Bacon Sandwiches at either Carousel Bakery or the Paddington Pump (drool). Need a good coffee? Don’t bother with the chains and Tim Horton’s crap. That stuff’s good for on the run, but take your time to enjoy some of Toronto’s best coffee at some great cafes like the Sam James and Dineen.

Spend your afternoons seeing everything that the city has to offer. I won’t bother explaining the typical tourist things to you (CN Tower, AGO, ROM, etc.), but leave the beaten path a little to check out some of my favourite areas. My all-time favourite sunny afternoon hangout in the city is Kensington Market. Just off the main streets of Chinatown, Kensington Market is home to some of the cutest little shops, markets, cafes, and even Toronto’s No. 1 Tattoo Parlor. Want an afternoon full of art? Once you’ve checked out the AGO, be sure to head to the Gardiner Museum, the Power Plant, and the Ryerson Image Centre. Check out Centre Island, Shakespeare in the Park, the expensive shopping of Bloor St. and Yorkville. I love it all. Check festival schedules too! You wouldn’t want to miss some of the city’s cool food fests or Open Doors Toronto.

Now to end your day, it’s got to be a rooftop patio, amazing restaurant or club, am I right? Head over to Hemingway’s rooftop patio on Cumberland St., my favourite patio in the city. Good food is all around and I like too many hot spots – but to name a few check out TLP Sandwich Co., the El Catrin patio, Spice Route, Terroni, or Salad King. Need a good dancing spot? ‘Shake a Tail’ at Sneaky Dee’s is my ultimate, but check out live music at Grace O’Malley’s, or some jazz at The Rex, just avoid the basic bitties on Adelaide St.

And when in doubt, to plan your trip and food destinations, your best bet is to check out blogTO, my go-to site for everything Toronto. What are you favourite Toronto gems?

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