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14 Inspiring Books of Canadian Travel, Culture and Canadiana

Image from the Canadian Rockies Trail Guide

By Meghan Wilson-Smith

Touring the wide expanses of Canada can only be enriched with a little literature to guide you through. Pick up one of these twelve inspiring books to disappear into, travel with and share. Our list of Canadiana is here to inspire your next adventure while learning about the wonders that make Canada great! (more…)

Hot Shopping: One of a Kind

Looking for a unique gift or a distinctive home accent? Inkwell on Market Street specializes in handmade limited edition paper goods, tea towels, pottery and jewellery from international artists. There’s an antique letterpress on site, which you can sometimes see in use.

Hot Shopping: Clever Creations

Bogside Gallery

•    Jennifer’s of Nova Scotia on Spring Garden Road: Every item is made in the Maritimes. Offerings run the gamut: pottery, pewter, woolens, woodwork, jewellery, Nova Scotia tartan items and clothing.
•    Bogside Gallery in The Hydrostone on Young Street: Unique gifts from East Coast artisans; pottery, pewter, wood and so much more. Open daily.
•    Murphy’s Company Store on Lower Water Street: Handicrafts from Nova Scotian artists, gifts, t-shirts, Anne of Green Gables collectibles, nautical items and souvenirs.

Disney Traditions

Pouty Pixie by Disney courtesy Enesco LLC

Carver Jim Shore’s creations include over 100 different Disney Traditions figurines (some holiday themed). The attention to detail and unique quilted look (inspired by his mother and grandmother) make these popular gifts and keepsakes. The bestseller? Everyone’s favourite mischievous fairy, Tinkerbell. Find Jim Shore Disney collectibles at Sherriffs of Jasper. —Alison Baird

You Are Here: Distillery Historic District

More than 40 heritage buildings comprise this pedestrian-only assemblage of shops, galleries and restaurants located on the former site of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery at 55 Mill Street.

Click on any map marker for more information on Where’s neighbourhood favourites.

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Frugal Faves: Gardiner Museum, Kidzfest and the William Ashley Warehouse Sale

There’s so much to see and do in this city, but after a while, admission fees, restaurant bills and shopping sprees start to add up. Where Toronto’s weekly tips on discounted tickets, exclusive sales, free events and more help you get the most out of your trip without burning a hole in your pocket.

The Gardiner Museum (photo by Shai Gill)

The Gardiner Museum (photo by Shai Gill)

Pay Less, See More
Nurture your passion for porcelain with a visit to the Gardiner Museum. On Friday evenings, admission is half price from 4 p.m. until closing time. The renowned institution’s permanent collection boasts more than 3,000 ceramic pieces  of Ancient American, Asian and European provenance, as well as many dynamic contemporary pieces by international artists. The current exhibition Bigger, Better, More: The Art of Viola Frey invites visitors to come face to face with whimsical, larger-than-life clay sculptures created by the late California artist. Through to December 10, a dozen spectacular holiday trees, decorated by some of Toronto’s top designers and architects, are on display in the museum lobby. And for a jump-start on holiday shopping, stop by the Gardiner Shop, which offers beautiful ceramics, glass, jewellery and more—perfect for the gift-giving season.

Admission to the Gardiner Museum is half-price every Friday, 4 to 9 p.m.; call 416-586-8080 or visit here for more information.

Child-friendly fun abounds at Kidzfest

Child-friendly fun abounds at Kidzfest

Festive Family Fun
Exotic animals and beloved cartoon celebrities invade Yonge-Dundas Square this weekend for Kidzfest, an annual holiday hootenanny for little ones and their willing parents. Part of the ongoing Winter Magic celebrations in the Downtown Yonge neighbourhood, the free event features kid-friendly activities, educational entertainers and zany stage shows. Budding young artists can make colourful creations in the craft tent and wildlife lovers will love the live jungle cat shows and birds of prey demonstrations. Popular characters like Spongebob Squarepants and Dora the Explorer are sure to create a frenzy during special meet-and-greet sessions.

Kidzfest runs November 28 and 29, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Southeast corner of Yonge and Dundas streets; click here or call 416-597-0255 for further details.

William Ashley's warehouse sale is a bonanza for bargain hunters

William Ashley's warehouse sale is a bonanza for bargain hunters

China on the Cheap
Whether you’re picking up presents for loved ones or treating yourself this holiday season (hey, you deserve it!) you’re sure to find some stunning pieces at the 34th annual William Ashley warehouse sale. Savvy shoppers can save up to 90 per cent on a vast selection of name-brand china, crystal, flatware, and chic home decor items that are ideal for any gift-giving occasion. Hint: to avoid the crowds hit the sale on weekday afternoons between 3 and 6 p.m.

Sale on now to December 6. Monday, Wednesday to Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., weekend 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (closed Tuesdays). 62 Railside Road; call 416-964-2900 or visit here for details.