Articles by cwood

Packing List – What to Bring to Toronto

Packing List – What to Bring to Toronto July 20, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
Packing.  It can be both the most fun and the most stressful part of any trip.  If you’re planning a trip to Toronto, here are a few suggestions of what to put in your suitcase. 1) Let’s start with clothes. In summer, pack lots of tank tops and shorts. In winter, it’s jackets, scarves, toques...

Beat the Heat, Toronto-style

Beat the Heat, Toronto-style July 12, 2010 | Travel Tips | Read More
If you’re in Toronto right now, I can only hope you’re somewhere air-conditioned.  If you’re not in Toronto but planning a trip in the near future, I have two words for you.  Tank tops. Toronto is currently experiencing a heat wave not seen in years.  The average temperature right now is 33C...

Supermarket Sweep – St. Lawrence Market

Supermarket Sweep – St. Lawrence Market July 7, 2010 | Food, Things to Do, What's New | Read More
St. Lawrence Market is a well-known food market in the heart of old Toronto.  It’s not technically a supermarket, as you won’t find any TV dinners here, but it is pretty super.  It’s a good, old-fashioned food market, complete with fishmongers, pie-makers and freshly made pots of Okanagan jam. [Photo:...

Happy Birthday, Canada (Bonne Fête, Canada)

Happy Birthday, Canada  (Bonne Fête, Canada) July 1, 2010 | Events, Food, free, Kid Friendly, Things to Do | Read More
Happy Canada Day!  The country turns 143 today (and may I say it doesn’t look a day over 100.) If you don’t find yourself at Parliament Hill in the nation’s capital of Ottawa – and you could since it’s really not that far from here – then Toronto is a pretty good place to be. But what to...

Toronto Gets A Serious Case of Festival Fever

Toronto Gets A Serious Case of Festival Fever June 27, 2010 | Events, Food, free, Kid Friendly, Things to Do | Read More
I like summer for many reasons – the sun, the sandals, the ice cream.  (So much ice cream!)  But in Toronto, one of the greatest things about the warm weather is the many, many festivals that hit town.  You can fill nearly every weekend with a festival of some sort, something this Local Expert always...

Toronto at Sunset

Toronto at Sunset June 23, 2010 | What's New | Read More
Here is what I learned from trying to take a picture of a Toronto sunset this week: 1)      In a city of skyscrapers and 30-story condos, there is no horizon line to shoot. 2)      Thanks to the G20, it’s basically impossible to get to the top floor of a public building to find a horizon...

What to Avoid (and What to See) During the G20 Summit

What to Avoid (and What to See) During the G20 Summit June 18, 2010 | Events, Things to Do, Travel Tips | Read More
So, you’ve decided to come to Toronto during the highly controversial G20 summit? Don’t worry, you’ll still be able to have some fun. The truth is, much of Toronto will be on lockdown during the next week.  A portion of the downtown core is being partitioned off for security purposes, and that...

Toronto’s Best Beaches are… The Beaches!

Toronto’s Best Beaches are… The Beaches! June 15, 2010 | free, Kid Friendly, Things to Do | Read More
Ah, beaches.  Toronto loves them so much, we named a whole neighbourhood after them.  The Beaches, as you might expect, is an area of beachfront on the eastern end of Toronto overlooking that “Great” lake, Lake Ontario. The Beaches were originally settled as an outside-the-city retreat for Torontonians,...

$5 Lunch in Toronto: Sandwich Box

$5 Lunch in Toronto: Sandwich Box June 10, 2010 | Food | Read More
In looking for the perfect $5 lunch in Toronto, I factored in several things.  It should be fast and possibly portable (sitting down is for dinner time!)  It should be fairly healthy, since it’s the midday meal that powers you through the day.  And in this, Canada’s most expensive city, the $5...

Breaking News: Toronto Hotel Workers to Strike?

June 9, 2010 | Hotels | Read More
Attention, Toronto travellers!  The Globe & Mail has announced that Local 75, the union that supports more than 5500 workers in the Toronto hotel industry, have voted 94% in favour of a strike if negotiations break down over issues of job security (possibly in conjunction with the G20 summit that...