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21 Unforgettably Unusual Day Trips and Getaways From Toronto

By CAROL SPODE

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Unusual getaways from Toronto: hot air ballooning (Photo: Sundance Facebook)

Toronto is a great destination in itself, but travel just a few hours outside the city, and an unusual world of possibilities opens up. Of course, there are the obvious day trips from Toronto—the vineyards of Niagara-on-the-Lake, the theatre of Stratford—but for those looking for a memorable experience that’s off the beaten track, we’ve compiled this list of amazing, unusual getaways from Toronto.

Start the slideshow of unusual day trips and getaways from Toronto »

— Carol Spode runs Tailor-Made Toronto—http://britgirlintoronto.wordpress.com—which offers Toronto-based itinerary planning tailored to a client’s interests and time frame. If you are a visitor, have visitors coming to stay or simply want to find out how exciting and diverse Toronto can be, then leave a comment on Carol’s blog. Contact: britgirlintoronto@wordpress.com.

 

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Beat the Heat This Summer at Wild Water Kingdom [SPONSORED]

 

Wild Water Kingdom

Wild Water Kingdom is Canada’s largest and most incredible water park for a reason. Whether it’s an exciting, fun-filled adventure or a relaxing escape from reality, you’re looking for, this park has it all. Not only are there traditional water slides and pools, but Wild Water Kingdom takes it up a notch. (more…)

Q&A with Lucy Izon, Canada Cool’s Queen of Travel

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Lucy Izon of Canadacool.com (Photo: Kate Pocock)

Lucy Izon knows Canadian travel. She started writing about it in 1978, when she had a youth travel column in the Toronto Star. Now, having banked 35 years and thousands of kilometres, she is one of the most respected travel media figures in the country. Izon has done everything from conduct travel writing contests to write books (Izon’s Backpacker Journal, Canadian Traveller’s Trip Planner) to design staterooms on cruise ships. These days, she devotes herself to informing the world about what makes her country interesting via her popular travel website, Canadacool.com.

We chatted with her to get a taste of the fun advice and facts that have attracted more than 48,000 followers to her Twitter feed.

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Free Stuff to Do in Toronto: 26 Amazing Activities That Will Cost You $0

By Eva Voinigescu

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Free Stuff to Do in Toronto: skating at Nathan Phillips Square

Toronto may not be most expensive city in the world, but with so many fantastic attractions, foodie-friendly restaurants and top-grade shops, a visit here can burn a hole in your pocket if you’re not careful. Thankfully, there are also many ways to spend your time that won’t cost you a dime. Here, our picks for amazing free stuff to do in Toronto.

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Things to Do With Kids in Toronto: 21 Children-Friendly Attractions

By EVA VOINIGESCU

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21 things to do with kids in Toronto: Canada’s Wonderland, with it’s enormous water park, makes our list (Photo: WomEOS)

When looking for things to do with kids in Toronto, visitors can be overwhelmed with options. Luckily, many of Toronto’s most interesting attractions for adults—museums, galleries, historic sites—also have special programs or areas for children. Many have great group rates, too, meaning family fun doesn’t have to strain your travel budget. Our Toronto experts have compiled this list of 21 fun things to do with kids in the city, all at reliable, long-standing attractions designed to put a smile on a child’s face.

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Canada’s Best New Summer Attractions Awards 2012

Each year, the editors of Canada’s Where magazines release their top picks for summer’s most anticipated attractions. Winners of the Best New Summer Attractions awards could be brand new, significantly improved, or celebrating major milestones.

From adrenaline-pumping roller-coaster rides to rich explorations in science and history, this year’s coast-to-coast list offers a set of thrilling diversions for travellers planning their summer vacations in Canada.

See the best new attractions for 2012 »

Take Us Out to the Ballgame—Toronto, Ontario

Every Friday we feature an inspirational travel photo of a Canadian destination taken by one of our readers.

Why we chose it: Major League Baseball season swung into action this month and Canada’s sole MLB team, the Toronto Blue Jays, had their home opener this week. While we hope the Jays attract more fans than in this photo, we love the composition here and unique view of the Rogers Centre stadium seating from above. (more…)

13 Ostentatious, Decidedly Touristy Attractions Worth Visiting

By SHANNON KELLY

West Edmonton Mall (Photo: courtesy West Edmonton Mall)

You know the ones: they have lines around the block, tacky souvenirs for sale, overpriced everything and/or locals warning you to stay away because they’re tourist traps. We beg to differ. These attractions and events may be big, bold, brassy and firmly marked on every tourist map, but they’re also unique experiences not to be missed. Plus, they’re just plain fun, if you don’t let a too-cool-for-school attitude get in the way. (more…)

Get a Peek at the Toronto Zoo’s Adorable New Addition

Photo by Ken Ardill, Toronto Zoo Volunteer

Can’t make it to Churchill, Manitoba, to see the polar bears in their natural habitat this winter?

Maybe you can mosey over to the Toronto Zoo instead, to see its newest addition—this irresistibly adorable polar bear cub that was rejected by mama bear. (more…)