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WG_Dawg
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Restaurant and touristy things to do in Toronto/Montreal

I made a thread a few years ago pre-covid asking some questions about Canada, and I think that at some point this year my wife and I are finally going to make the arrangements. We've honed in on Toronto and Montreal with flying into one for a few days, taking the ViaRail to teh other to hang for a few days, then fly back from that one. What are some must see or must eat places in each city?

Also for those that have flown into Canada, once you get off at the airport is there a checkpoint where they ask you about your background? I know canada is strict on DUIs for entry and I did some research and from what I understand I don't have anything to worry about since mine was 15 years ago. However, it's still kinda hard to get a straight up black and white definitive answer. Some sites say no biggie you're fine, some say you are fine BUT need to apply for some kind of rehabilitiation thing first which can taka a long time to get and is expensive so I'm not doing that. I guess my ultimate question is, when you've traveled there before did you stop and get asked a bunch of questions or did you just breeze on through? It seems like it'd be a nightmare for them to stop and ask the background of every single person entering each airport.


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I've been wanting to go to Montreal forever. Joe Beef would be at the top of my list there.


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geauxpurple
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I have never been to Montreal but I have been to Quebec City which is not far away. I loved it. It was like being in a little arrondosement in Paris. The people speak French, the restaurants are French, the architecture is French. We stayed at the Château Fronteac Hotel which is the big fortress like building on top of the hill. Highly recommended.


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Zappas Stache
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Previous thread on Montreal

Montreal is fantastic


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hoopsgalore
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I can help with Toronto - my mother-in-law's side of the family is from Toronto, so I've been a few times. Coincidentally, I'll be heading there in three weeks. Also, good buddy of mine is a Corporate Head Chef for a hospitality group there, so I should have a few restaurant ideas:

- Distillery District is a small, but cool area to walk around. Few restaurants and bars that you can choose from. Several small local shops, too. Know you like sports, so head into The SPORT Gallery. Even if you don't buy anything, a lot of collectibles and clothing.

- College St in Little Italy is pretty lively, but I always enjoy going to Birreria Volo. In my opinion, best selection of craft beers and imports in Toronto. The Dog and Tiger is a short walk - solid place, but the decor is super cool.

- Assuming your wife likes shopping, take her to Yorkville. A lot of high-end shopping and Bar Volo is nearby for you to grab a beer.

- I prefer Chinatown in NYC and SF, but Toronto is solid. Yummy Yummy Dumplings is a must-go. Dim Sum King is good, but awful service, which isn't surprising. Love the BBQ at Hong Fatt.

- West End is really popular for young professionals. I love going around here. Communist's Daughter, The Hole In The Wall, Whelan's Gate, The John, and Mugshot Tavern are all places I go when I'm in Toronto.

- Fashion District is converted warehouses. I don't spend a ton of time there, but plenty of shops and one of my buddy's restaurants, Pink Sky, is there.

- I'd stop in at Richmond Station if you're in the immediate downtown area. Reservations aren't too difficult, but it's owned by winner of Top Chef in Canada.

This side of my wife's family is Indian - feel like I should know more about the Indian restaurants in Toronto, but I don't. Lol.


WG_Dawg
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awesome thanks for the tips.

As far as places to stay, is there a paritcular area in either city that would be best? By "best" I guess I mean within walking distance to cool stuff, or at least a close uber ride. Somehwere that we're close to all the stuff we'd be checking out.


hoopsgalore
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I'd recommend Yorkville - same area with high-end shopping, but very nice hotels. You could probably walk to Chinatown, Little Italy and Kensington market from there. Subway is easy, too - 1 and 2 are super convenient, though you may need Uber for Distillery District.


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WG_Dawg
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hoopsgalore


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Coincidentally, I'll be heading there in three weeks.



sorry everyone to bump an old thread but I was just thinking about this. Hoops...did you go to Toronto last month like you had planned? If so is there anythign that may be fresh on your mind for first timers to check out that you didn't include in your prior post?


TigerAlumni2010
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If you like hockey at all, I would highly recommend the Hall of Fame in Toronto.


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