If your trip includes a group of gal pals, how about a visit to the BATA Shoe Museum? There are over 10,000 shoes on exhibit. You’ll walk through history with Chinese silk shoes, high-button masterpieces, Native American beaded numbers and even modern day sneakers. http://www.batashoemuseum.ca
Close by BATA is the Royal Ontario Museum with a glass and aluminum addition by famed architect Daniel Liebeskind, impressive shows such as Wildlife Photographers from National Geographic and the largest collection of Chinese artifacts outside China. http://www.rom.on.ca
Toronto is home to a huge Chinese population, and there are actually four Chinatowns. Stop in the one downtown for some authentic exotic dishes, teas and herbal remedies.
If history is of interest, the Distillery District, a converted warehouse neighborhood full of cobblestones and historic buildings is an option. Walk through the charming streets for boutiques, galleries and pubs with a Victorian feel. Plenty of good food, plus music and eastern North America’s first sake brewery, the Ontario Spring Water Sake Company, which has a tasting bar full of samples of fresh, unpasteurized, locally-brewed sake. http://ontariosake.com
You can’t experience Canada without hockey. See why Canadians are manic about it by watching an NHL game featuring their hometown team the Maple Leafs at the Air Canada Centre. http://www.theaircanadacentre.com/
Another great walkable neighborhood is the unique Queen Street West district with great shopping, including vintage and fashion stores, one-of-a-kind shops and casual cafes. For more upscale shopping the sophisticated Yorkville neighborhood often called the “Mink Mile” is akin to LA’s Rodeo Drive — full of posh, high end stores and upscale restaurants.
In Toronto, even if the weather is chilly, you’ll find warmth in the people and fantastic activities that will entice you to return.
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