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Trip List by mike080381

Toronto in the Winter

2 May 2006  Studied there for Jan And Feb 06
3.0 of 5 stars based on 5 votes

This is about Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the Winter

  • Explore locations featured in this Trip List: Toronto, Niagara Falls
  • Category: Recent trip
  • Traveler type: Sightseeing, Never been before
  • Appeals to: Business travellers , Couples/romantics, Singles, Families with small children, Families with teenagers, Large groups, Seniors, Students, Budget travellers , Tourists
  • Seasons: Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall
  • 1. CN Tower
    CN Tower, Toronto, Ontario

    Worlds Biggest Freestanding Tower. Also a TV Mast.
    Several different tickets avaliable, from the basic trip up to the main platform, with a little bar and nice views, to the extended ticket, up to the highest viewing platform, which is tiny and not really worth the extra money. You can also book a meal in teh revolving restaurant, which does 360 degrees in 72 mins, which includes a free ticket up, obviously, although for the price of the meal, it ain't free!
    Basically, nice view, worth seeing, can get busy in the summer and at weekends. Go early/late or in the week.

  • 2. NHL Hall of Fame
    http://www.hhof.com

    Just what it says on the Tin. Located in Downtown Toronto, very close to Union Station, with easy access via the PATH system. (If you don;t know about PATH, you will when you've been to Toronto a few days, it's basically underground passagesways linking most of downtown.)
    Not expensive, but not cheap either. The museum/hall of fame is in a few main parts.
    There is the Hall of fame itself, which is a very nice old room, which used to be a bank. This has all the usual trophies awarded in North American Hockey, and a little bit about them, as well as the Stanley Cup, and a bit of History about it, and a little bit of info about everyone in the Hall of fame. Not as thrilling as expected, with not videos of action etc, just matter of fact info about year of induction etc, as well as a failry dodgy portrait of each member.
    There is also a hockey museum type thing, with a few displays about how it changed over the years, but most displays are simply old team kits, or equipment worn by certain players in certain games. And there is the puck from every important goal scored, which to be honest, are all just pucks!
    The interactive area is not bad, with some video clips and commentry games etc, as well as some pretty sterile fact giving computer screens. The main attraction for the kids is several mini hockey games, where you shoot pucks, or save them, at either a computer generated Keeper or Gretzky himself.
    I enjoyed it, being a keen hockey fan for an englishman, but if you only watch it for the fights, you will be VERY dissapointed.

  • 3. Niagara Falls
    Niagara Falls, Niagara Falls, Ontario

    Where do I start?
    We got the coach (bus) from Toronto to Niagra, which itself wasn't bad value and was relatively comfortable, if you except the small leaks occuring throughout the coach. We arrived on time at Niagra Coach Station, which is Nowhere near the Falls, and as such is obviously not used often, having about 10 plastic chairs and a very dodgy shop.
    The shuttle bus to the falls is technically a bus, but neither shuttles, coming only once an hour off season, nor to the falls. It only takes correct change, and drops you off about 2 miles from the falls, in a tackier version of Blackpool. A taxi would have been far better.
    The falls themselves are worth seeing, but from the Canadian, not the US side. The behind the falls tour is not bad, and seeing as you;re there, you might as well. The maid in the mist doesn't run in the winter, so can't mention it.
    There is a nice restaurant overlooking the horseshoe falls on the Canadian side which is very nice, and not expensive considering it's position.
    To conclude, the falls themselves are a bit disapointing, being nowhere near as big or fierce as predicted. The town is an absolute dump, and the buses are awful. My advice would be drive to the restaurant, have a meal overlooking the falls, then get the hell or of there! Don;t make a day of it, a few hours is more than enough (provided there;s no ques)