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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)

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

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 Café

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

DOWNEY’S 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 Café
905-887-1087
Dawn-Dusk;

PUCK’S 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

WHITTAMORE’S 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, 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 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
  • DestingyUSA is great place to stop for some fun activities...The mall has an escape room, indoor ropes course, virtual reality, Dave & Busters, WonderWorks museum/entertainment center and more...I found the prices to be quite reasonable.



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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #2115 on: September 16, 2020, 11:12:33 PM »
From what I hear, if someone is Canadian, they have less control if I understand correctly (bc they have to let them in) so while they are in canada they have to listen, but they can't force thief citizens to stay...
However with someone thats not canadian, they can potentially not let them in, so they are letting them in with the condition of staying for 15 days... If they break that, they can not be let back in the future.
That makes sense. In theory they can probably fine Canadians too to discourage this, though very few (federal) fines have been given from what I've heard.

And as an aside I believe our premier wants to raise the fines for violating any COVID rules here as part of an attempt to curb the rapidly rising case count, so whatever you do just be careful :)
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #2116 on: September 17, 2020, 02:01:37 PM »
Ford just announced social gatherings in Toronto are limited to 10 people indoors and 25 outdoors beginning tomorrow. It appears shuls are exempted like businesses
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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #2117 on: September 21, 2020, 02:52:18 PM »
What happens if they call to check up on someone in quarantine on shabbos or yom tov?

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« Reply #2118 on: September 21, 2020, 02:55:54 PM »
What happens if they call to check up on someone in quarantine on shabbos or yom tov?
They'd have to choose between letting it go or showing up at your door to check. I know of 2 people who had an in-person check, but I don't know if it was because they didn't answer the phone or if they were just random spot-checks.

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #2119 on: September 24, 2020, 07:36:46 PM »
For those that this might help...

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Re: Toronto Master Thread
« Reply #2120 on: October 01, 2020, 12:38:14 PM »
Where are the best Scenic stops on the way from NYC to Toronto to view Fall Foliage?

Is Fall a good time to do the Watkins Glen trail?

The Forecast for this week looks spectacular:

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« Reply #2121 on: October 01, 2020, 04:39:55 PM »
Where are the best Scenic stops on the way from NYC to Toronto to view Fall Foliage?

Is Fall a good time to do the Watkins Glen trail?

The Forecast for this week looks spectacular:

Where is that foecast  from?

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Where is that foecast  from?
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« Reply #2123 on: October 08, 2020, 07:46:10 PM »
For those that this might help...
 
Where is this from?

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« Reply #2124 on: October 08, 2020, 07:53:48 PM »
 
Where is this from?
Canadian site...found out more. Turns out if your Canadian they don't make you stay the full 14 days however if your amarican (but allowed to come in bc of spouse or something) u must be staying for the 14 days.   
https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/coronavirus-covid19/travel-restrictions-exemptions.html

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@Dan

I think it’s time for a return trip to Toronto


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« Reply #2126 on: November 19, 2020, 09:39:25 AM »
@Dan

I think it’s time for a return trip to Toronto


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« Reply #2129 on: November 19, 2020, 01:09:51 PM »
@Dan

I think it’s time for a return trip to Toronto


Which one is good? Both?