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The Jewish community is broken up in to three main areas
1. "Down South" which is in the area of Bathurst and Lawrence
2. Clanton Park which is a little further north around Bathurst and Sheppard
3. Thornhill which is even further north @ Clark and Bathurst

Downtown, without any traffic is 25 from down south, 30 minutes from clanton park and 35 minutes from Thornhill. Expect those numbers to almost double during rush hour.

Places to eat
There is a ton of fast food type options in the city. There are very few (if any) nice restaurants.

Here's COR's List

948 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 2C5
Mixed reviews on DDF

Bistro Grande
1000 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M6C 2C5
(416) 782-3302
Nice Dairy place- pricey

Annona Restaurant at the Park Hyatt
Very nice restaurant. Takes over the regular restaurant in the Hyatt lobby on Thursday nights, once or twice a month.
Good food but very expensive ($125/person + tax and tip)

Windsor Arms Hotel kosher dining
Very Nice Great Reviews on DDF
Sunday-Thursday 5:30-10PM
Also very good food and much more reasonable at $75/person

There are a plethora of fast food places. Here are some highlights
Golden Chopsticks
Average chinese food
7000 Bathurst, Thornhill, ON L4J 7L1

Joe Boo CooKoo
Amazing wings, solid burgers and chicken sandwiches
7241 Bathurst Street, Thornhill, ON L4J 3W1

Bali Laffa
7117 Bathurst St, Vaughan, ON L4J 2J6
Excellent Israeli grill

Lime Taco
Authentic Mexican (don't think Carlos and Gabby's).
Complaints about speed of food- also everything on the menu is the same(chicken with beans and rice)
441 Clark Avenue West

Dr. Laffa
Shwarma joint. People in Toronto rave about it. Not sure why.
401 Magnetic Dr #39, Toronto, ON M3J 3H9

Good shwarma. Kind of looks like a cafeteria
219 Connie Crescent #5a, Concord, ON L4K 1L4

King David
More shwarma
11 Disera Drive

Dairy Cafe. Breakfast special is an outstanding value- also really good Sushi
441 Clark Ave W Vaughan, ON L4J 5K2

Cafe Sheli
Dairy Cafe- classic Jewish dairy place with a really large menu.  Everything is good and not pricey
7700 Bathurst St, Vaughan, ON L4J 7Y3

Pizza Stores
Tov-Li North
5982 Bathurst St, Toronto, ON M2R 1Z1

My Zaidy's Pizza
441 Clark Ave W, Vaughan, ON L4J 5K2

7241 Bathurst St, Thornhill, ON L4J 3W1

King David Pizza
11 Disera Dr #130 Vaughan, ON

Down south
King David Pizza ( there's Three Locations)

Dr Laffa On The Go
3023 Bathurst St. ( there's one up north and one down south across from King David

Milk 'n Honey - 3457 Bathurst Street Good french onion soup, cheese blintzes...

Pizza Cafe  -  3774 Bathurst st. (north west corner of Bathurst and Wilson in plaza)
Great selection of pizza, falafel, salad bar,
Probably best tasting pizza in town! Must try the caramelized onion slice. Excellent service!!

Aroma Espresso Bar - (this is there only kosher location in Toronto)
3791-3793 Bathurst Street  (north east corner of Bathurst and Wilson in plaza)

Omni 2 - Jewels and Java
2793 Bathurst St Toronto

Bubby's Bagels
3035 Bathurst St (Bathurst & Lawrence)

Ben & Izzy's Deli
Toronto people rave about it, especially the brisket sandwich
The Smoked Jack Daniels Pulled Beef is amazing

Bali Laffa
Israeli Style Restaurant--  Outstanding Food
(I don't have exact address, but they opened where Dairy Treats used to be across from Ben & Izzy's)

Park Hyatt Toronto
By no means a luxury hotel, but a good value for CC anniversary nights. Located in mid-town, around a 20 minute drive (longer during evening rush hour) to the Jewish community @ Bathurst/Lawrence


Hockey Hall of Fame
Excellently done. Really cool to be able to touch the cup
Downtown 30 Yonge St Toronto, ON M5E 1X8

Canada's Wonderland
Theme park (think six flags)
15 minutes north of Thornhill
kosher food options at the park provided by Tov-Li which are available at the Backlot Café

ROM (Royal Ontario Museum

Ontario science Centre

Ripley's Aquarium
Downtown 288 Bremner Blvd Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Excellent aquarium. Very expensive

CN Tower
Located right next to the aquarium. Nice views.

Centre Island and Centreville
Beautiful island a 5 minute ferry ride from downtown.
Plenty of grass and splash pads and a small amusement park for kids

Toronto zoo
25 minute drive from main areas. Very nice zoo. They have pandas on loan from China for the next few years

Woodbine (Fantasy fair)
500 Rexdale Blvd Etobicoke, ON M9W 6K5
Fun indoor amusement park for kids
Near the airport

What it sounds like
2501 Rutherford Rd Vaughan, ON L4K 2N6

Don't waste your money

Bunch Of Fun Playland
Their food is Kosher


Take Hwy 401 E, Exit at Liberty St (432), follow N to King St and turn right, this is also considered Hwy 2
Daily: 10am-5pm, Wknds: 10am-6pm;
Regular Admission Wknds: $20.35/adult,

13682 Heart Lake Rd N of Brampton
Daily: 9am-6pm; Funland: Daily: 10am-5pm;
$7/admission, charged to funland play area and farm animals

5812 6th Line, Erin Township 401 W to Trafalgar Rd, N on Trafalgar to Hwy #7, W on #7 to Trafalgar Rd N again, Trafalgar N to Hillsburgh W on Wellington Rd #22, N onto 6th Line Erin Township to #5812
Visit Everdale, bring a picnic, walk around and enjoy a day in the country.

Toronto Island Park, near Centreville on Centre Island
9am-3pm daily; Free, Ferry: $7/adult, $.3.50/child

10539 Kennedy Rd, Unionville 1km N of Major
Mackenzie Dr
9am-5pm; Summer Fun on The Farm:
$7/2hrs, $8/3hrs (booking required)
Pick-your-own crops, visit The Enchanted Forest and summer fun on the farm.

High Park, Deer Pen Rd, Near Grenadier Café

16540 11th Concession W on Hwy 9 to King
Con 11; turn left, heading S drive 15 miles
Weekends & Holidays: 10am-5pm, call for weekday schedule; $10, under 2 free: includes pony & hayrides & activities

201 Winchester St (E off Parliament)
Daily: 9am-5pm; Free

7256 Bell School Line in Milton
Daily: 9am-6pm; Fun Farm Yard: $5, weekend pony rides $3 Wagon rides, farm animals. giant sandbox, and straw bale jumping.

Hwy 401 on Meadowvale Rd N
9am-7pm; $28/adults, $18/3-12yrs, Free/2yrs-, $10/parking

8100 Steeles Ave E, 6km E of Markham Rd
(Highway 48)
9am-5pm; $8, $35/Season Pass
Farm yard activities, playhouses, farm animals, wagon rides and pick-your-own-crops.

122 Ashworth Rd, Mt Albert
9am-4pm; $8/Barnyard Playland
Barnyard Playland, Farmer’s Market, Pickyour-own.

Activities on the Way from NY:
Krispy Kreme in Scranton - on Moosic Street, under KOA with supervision from local Scranton Rav - R' Fine, recommended by Rabbi Eidlitz from via email to @Yehuda
Corning Museum of Glass ($20) - large museum of varying glass displays and creations, glass blowing demonstrations, has high reviews although @Yehuda didn't think it was that amazing
Watkins Glen State Park (free, $8 parking) - hike in a gorge along several waterfalls, more of an upward step climb than a hike which is quite strenuous, @Yehuda recommends going 20 minutes in to see the first few falls then turning back, if you go the whole 1-1.5 hours you can wait for a shuttle school bus to take you back to the parking lot for $5 cash
Letchworth State Park - hot air balloons
Finger Lakes - can go on a boat cruise or just find a nice place to pull over for a good lunch spot, @Yehuda took Hwy 14, which runs alongside Seneca Lake and found a grassy area with benches.
Strong Museum of Play in Rochester ($15) - not exactly on the most direct route, but a fantastic, huge museum of toys and games (many of which you can play) for all ages
Howe Caverns ($25) - boat ride in a cave, but close to Albany, so not on a great route to Toronto
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1770 on: May 22, 2018, 12:35:47 AM »
Which of the 3 Area's (Down south, Clanton Park or Thorn hill ) are the closest to YYZ? For food & minyanim.
I will be in Toronto for 2 nights & time is of Essence.
Any hotels suggestions is welcome.

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1771 on: May 22, 2018, 01:09:12 AM »
No major difference in Travel times. Hotels aren't really in the frum areas. In Thornhill there is an independent Hotel called liberty Suites which looks ok. There's also a holiday inn at Yorkdale which is a 10 minute drive from down south

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #1772 on: May 22, 2018, 03:41:58 AM »
Which of the 3 Area's (Down south, Clanton Park or Thorn hill ) are the closest to YYZ? For food & minyanim.
I will be in Toronto for 2 nights & time is of Essence.
Any hotels suggestions is welcome.

Down South or Thornhill are best for food. Down South is best for Minyanim. (Boat shul with minyan every half hour, or other places...)

Aside from the Holiday Inn Yorkdale (a 10 min drive) there aren't really hotels close by. There are plenty off airbnb's though. Search near the Boat Shul (postal code there is M6B 3B1) if you want to be within walking distance of frequent minyanim.

One suggestion when searching for airbnb's- avoid the ones right near Lawrence/Varna. I've noticed that there are a few there but the neighborhood is kinda seedy. Anything East of Varna should be better though. Looks like there are alot of Airbnb's South of the Boat shul, and that area definitely nicer (than Varna).