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Queen’s Park

Afternoon Delight: Places to Pinic in the City




Grab some shade and enjoy one of Toronto’s parks.

High Park and Sorauren Avenue Park:

Juicy burgers from The Rude Boy provide an alternative to sandwiches. Salads, fries, onion rings and even fish and chips are also on the menu here for an indulgent feast.

Queen’s Park:

Be sure to grab some lunch from Pusateri’s, just two subway stops—or a pleasant 12-minute walk—from this park just south of Museum Station before you stake out the perfect spot among the many historic statues and monuments.

Christie Pits:

Tacos El Asador (689 Bloor St. W., 416-538-9747), has been a Koreatown staple for years. And with good reason: quick, cheap and delicious, the authentic burritos, pupusas and tacos are muy bueno.

Trinity Bellwoods:

H bar (859 Queen St W., 647-352-4227provides a basket fully stocked with the picnic menu options of your choice, a blanket, and a Frisbee. If you’re in need of a sugar fix don’t resist Nadege, which serves not only sweets, but also take-away lunch combos.  —Karen Stevens


Hot Art: Visuals, Easily Viewed

Henry Moore's Two Forms sits prominently outside the Art Gallery of Ontario

Toronto’s vibrant visual art scene means that galleries are sprinkled throughout the city. But you need not buy a ticket to view some very high-quality works. Public sculptures and installations decorate many of our parks and street corners, and are equally worth your interest. Often designed by acclaimed  artists—such as Henry Moore, whose sculptures can be found in front of City Hall (100 Queen St. W.) and the Art Gallery of Ontario—these works add flair to the streetscape and can even remind us of our history, as the circa-1870 Canadian Volunteers War Memorial in Queen’s Park does. Whether you guide yourself on a full-fledged Toronto art tour or just happen to come across an installation, take a minute to strike a pose, snap a photo and take a memory of Toronto’s urban landscape home with you. For further details, click here.

Canada Day Bashes

Join all of Toronto in celebrating Canada’s 143rd birthday! The city is bursting with memorable parties, activities and festivals to commemorate the special occasion.

photo by Ian Muttoo

There’s no such thing as too many birthday parties!
>> Sing “Happy Birthday” to this country on Canada Day at Mel Lastman Square. The North Toronto venue offers magicians, fire-breathers, jugglers and musical entertainment, including performances by Digging Roots and God Made Me Funky. There’s also an opportunity to meet 2010 Olympic gold medallists Vicky Sunohara (from Canada’s women’s hockey team), Kristina Groves (long-track speed skating), and Charles and François Hamelin (short-track speed skating). Fill up on barbecue fare before the evening culminates with an explosion of fireworks. (more…)

Hot Date: Pride Week Wraps Up

There's much to ogle at the Pride Parade

JUNE 25 TO JULY 4 Celebrate three decades of sexual diversity at Pride Toronto, which honours gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered lifestyles. Join thousands of participants for this festival that includes a free concert by pop diva Cyndi Lauper on July 3 at the Queen’s Park stage at 9 p.m. On July 4, the much-exalted Pride Parade wraps up the 10-day event with raucous, brightly—and often scantily—clad men and women winding through the streets starting at 2 p.m. The route begins at Bloor and Church streets and ends at Gerrard and Church streets with assorted floats and costumed participants to get everyone in the mood. Call 416-927-7433 or click here for a schedule and ticket information.