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Toronto:

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 are a ton of fast food type options in the city. There are very few nice restaurants.

Here's COR's List http://www.cor.ca/establishments.html

Down South, Eglinton area, and Clanton Park area:
(See below for Thornhill)

Marron Bistro
Meat - Available on UberEats
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

Aish Tanoor
The best Middle Eastern Laffa restaurant - Available on UberEats
994 Eglinton Ave. W.,
Toronto, ON M6C 2C5
Tel: (647) 352-5535

Prime on Avenue
Steakhouse
Available on DoorDash

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)
(Closed permanently?)

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
(Closed permanently?)

Auleaf Cafe
Dairy - Available on UberEats
3023 Bathurst Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M6B 3B5
(416)783-2323

The Inside Scoop
Icecream store (Cholov Yisrael Available)
3685 Bathurst St, North York, ON M6A 2E6, Canada


King David Pizza
(three Locations)

Dr Laffa On The Go
3023 Bathurst St. (there's one up north and one down south on the east side of Bathurst, one block south of Lawrence)

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

Slice N Bites
3020 Bathurst St (West side of Bathurst, 1 block south of Lawrence)
Pizza, sushi, falafel, salads, etc.

Tov Li South
3519 Bathurst (between Lawrence and Wilson)
Pizza, falafel, pastas, salads, etc.

The Haymishe Bakery (now under COR)
3031 Bathurst St
Bakery with pizza and a small sitting area. People say the pizza is great (it's My Zaidy's Pizza)

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  (west side of of Bathurst one block north of Wilson)

Omni 2 - Jewels and Java
Dairy - Available on UberEats
2793 Bathurst St Toronto

Bubby's Bagels
3035 Bathurst St (Bathurst & Lawrence)
Good breakfast/bagel selection. People say they make Toronto's only 'real' bagels.
A few bar stools on ground floor, lots of seating in basement.

Pantry
3456 Bathurst St (between Lawrence and Wilson)
Dairy - Available on UberEats
Dan's review.


3SK Cafe
1054 Eglinton Ave W
Small cafe with unique healthy homemade menu options

Thornhill

Gladstones Bistro
Steakhouse

Golden Chopsticks
Average chinese food
7000 Bathurst, Thornhill, ON L4J 7L1

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

Sheli's Burgers & Fried Chicken
7241 Bathurst St.
Thornhill, ON, L4J 3W1
905-597-1984

Dr. Laffa
Shwarma joint. People in Toronto rave about it. Not sure why.
441 Clark Avenue West

D-lites
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

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

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

Thornhill Kosher Pizza (formerly Yehudale's)
7241 Bathurst St, Thornhill, ON L4J 3W1

Hotels

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, a few minutes less than that to the restaurants on Eglinton.


Attractions

CN Tower
Toronto's iconic tower, was the tallest freestanding structure in the world from 1975-2007
Nice views, but only if it's a clear day. If it's overcast you'll be surrounded by clouds at the top and you won't be able to see too much.
At the top, there are indoor and outdoor observation decks and a glass floor.
Edgewalk at the CN Tower-
For ~$200 CDN you can walk out (harnessed) on a thin railing-less platform at 116 stories high.
Takes a few hours and is not cheap by any means, but could be cool.

Ripley's Aquarium
Downtown, right next to the CN Tower
288 Bremner Blvd Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Excellent aquarium. Very expensive

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
https://www.canadaswonderland.com/
kosher food options at the park provided by Tov-Li which are available at the Backlot Cafť

ROM (Royal Ontario Museum
www.rom.on.ca/

Ontario science Centre
https://www.ontariosciencecentre.ca/

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

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

Legoland
Don't waste your money

Bunch Of Fun Playland
Their food is Kosher

Farms & Zoos

DOWNEYíS FARM MARKET
13682 Heart Lake Rd N of Brampton
905-838-2990
Daily: 9am-6pm; Funland: Daily: 10am-5pm;
$7/admission, charged to funland play area and farm animals

EVERDALE ORGANIC FARM AND
ENVIRONMENTAL LEARNING CENTRE
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
519-855-4859
Visit Everdale, bring a picnic, walk around and enjoy a day in the country.

FAR ENOUGH FARM
Toronto Island Park, near Centreville on Centre Island
416-392-2628
9am-3pm daily; Free, Ferry: $7/adult, $.3.50/child

FORSYTHE FAMILY FARMS
10539 Kennedy Rd, Unionville 1km N of Major
Mackenzie Dr
905-887-1087
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 ZOO
High Park, Deer Pen Rd, Near Grenadier Cafť
905-887-1087
Dawn-Dusk;

PUCKíS FARM
16540 11th Concession W on Hwy 9 to King
Con 11; turn left, heading S drive 15 miles
905-939-7036
Weekends & Holidays: 10am-5pm, call for weekday schedule; $10, under 2 free: includes pony & hayrides & activities

RIVERDALE FARM
201 Winchester St (E off Parliament)
416-392-6794
riverdale-farm
Daily: 9am-5pm; Free

SPRINGRIDGE FARM
7256 Bell School Line in Milton
905-878-4908
Daily: 9am-6pm; Fun Farm Yard: $5, weekend pony rides $3 Wagon rides, farm animals. giant sandbox, and straw bale jumping.

TORONTO ZOO
Hwy 401 on Meadowvale Rd N
416-392-5900
9am-7pm; $28/adults, $18/3-12yrs, Free/2yrs-, $10/parking

WHITTAMOREíS BERRY FARM
8100 Steeles Ave E, 6km E of Markham Rd
(Highway 48)
905-294-3275
9am-5pm; $8, $35/Season Pass
Farm yard activities, playhouses, farm animals, wagon rides and pick-your-own-crops.

BROOKS FARMS
122 Ashworth Rd, Mt Albert
905-473-3246
9am-4pm; $8/Barnyard Playland
Barnyard Playland, Farmerís 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 KosherQuest.com 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
  • Destiny USA https://www.destinyusa.com/directory/entertainment in Syracuse NY is great place to stop for various indoor fun activities...The mall has an escape room, indoor ropes course, virtual reality, mirror maze, lazer tag, trampoline park, mini golf, Dave & Busters, WonderWorks museum/entertainment center and more...I found the prices to be quite reasonable.



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« Reply #2283 on: August 01, 2023, 04:06:56 PM »
Suggestions on where a family of 7 can stay? Hotel etc.. coming M-Th , donít care what area, if there is a shul drivable (20 min). Understand Airbnb not so easy in Canada.


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« Reply #2284 on: August 01, 2023, 04:08:24 PM »
Suggestions on where a family of 7 can stay? Hotel etc.. coming M-Th , donít care what area, if there is a shul drivable (20 min). Understand Airbnb not so easy in Canada.


What are you coming for? Touring? I imagine that should determine where you want to stay.

Do you want to stay near kosher food?

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« Reply #2285 on: August 01, 2023, 04:10:35 PM »
What are you coming for? Touring? I imagine that should determine where you want to stay.

Do you want to stay near kosher food?

Yes, just a family vacation . No real plans yet. Willing to drive 20-30 min for meals and minyan if necessary.

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« Reply #2286 on: August 01, 2023, 04:17:28 PM »
Yes, just a family vacation . No real plans yet. Willing to drive 20-30 min for meals and minyan if necessary.
Ah I hear. There are Airbnb's, but anything for 7 people is going to be a fortune in a good location. A couple hotel rooms might work better. If doing a hotel, I'd say stay somewhere south of the Bathurst/Lawrence community, but not all the way downtown as parking can get challenging. That way your drive to kosher food and to downtown attractions won't be bad.

I can ask on a local whatsapp chat to see if anyone has something more heimish, if you want.

Also, if you find an Airbnb, feel free to PM me the location if you want to know whether it's in a decent neighborhood or not...

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How's wok and bowl?

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How's wok and bowl?
Went there last night. Food was really good and decent pricing.

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« Reply #2289 on: August 10, 2023, 08:41:37 AM »
Any decent brunch options?

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« Reply #2290 on: August 13, 2023, 11:37:33 PM »
Went there last night. Food was really good and decent pricing.
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« Reply #2291 on: August 14, 2023, 09:11:54 AM »
Any decent brunch options?
South - Dr Laffa (the Dairy one on Champagne), Omni, Milk n Honey, or Bistro Grande doesn't open until 12 and more of a high end Dairy Restaurant
If you're in Thornhill - La Briut CafŤ, Cafe Sheli
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« Reply #2292 on: October 02, 2023, 07:36:33 PM »
Is there a "list" of foods that are pas yisroel in regular stores such as Loblaws, Sobeys, iga etc that can be found throughout Ontario and Quebec.

A list similar to what's known py by trader Joe's/whole foods in us.

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« Reply #2293 on: October 02, 2023, 07:39:01 PM »
Is there a "list" of foods that are pas yisroel in regular stores such as Loblaws, Sobeys, iga etc that can be found throughout Ontario and Quebec.

A list similar to what's known py by trader Joe's/whole foods in us.

"The policy of the MK is that all pareve baked products certified by the MK are to be considered Pas Yisrael, with the exclusion of pretzels."

https://mk.ca/kosher-guide/mk-pas-yisrael-policy/#:~:text=The%20policy%20of%20the%20MK,out%20by%20a%20religious%20individual.

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #2294 on: October 04, 2023, 04:29:26 PM »
Any recommendations for a nice park otw to Toronto (from Lakewood)? Somewhere around Binghamton preferably.

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« Reply #2295 on: October 04, 2023, 04:40:55 PM »
Any recommendations for a nice park otw to Toronto (from Lakewood)? Somewhere around Binghamton preferably.
Nys Rest area has seating outside. https://maps.app.goo.gl/XL65Bg5o1evR3B6V6

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« Reply #2296 on: October 04, 2023, 04:50:53 PM »
Nys Rest area has seating outside. https://maps.app.goo.gl/XL65Bg5o1evR3B6V6
Thanks but looking for a playground for my kids to let out some energy. Maybe Iíll try Recreation Park

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Thanks but looking for a playground for my kids to let out some energy. Maybe Iíll try Recreation Park
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #2298 on: October 04, 2023, 05:24:08 PM »
Thanks but looking for a playground for my kids to let out some energy. Maybe Iíll try Recreation Park
The NY welcome center on Rt 81 right after the border from PA has a nice playground outside. There is also a park called Otsiningo park along the river right off the 81 immediately after passing 17/86

Dorchester park in Whitney point
Further north there are parks along the lake on 690 near the fairgrounds
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« Reply #2299 on: October 04, 2023, 06:49:29 PM »
The NY welcome center on Rt 81 right after the border from PA has a nice playground outside. There is also a park called Otsiningo park along the river right off the 81 immediately after passing 17/86

Dorchester park in Whitney point
Further north there are parks along the lake on 690 near the fairgrounds
Ended up at Recreation. Lots of slides and climbing stuff so the kids enjoyed, but too much of a city park for my liking. And too many mosquitoes. These all look like good options to try in the future, thanks!