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The T Dot. Hattie Dong April 11, 2007. Recent History. “Toronto” – sacred fallen tree in Mohawk 1615: French explorer de Champlain arrival Mid 1700’s: Key French fur trading post Late 1700’s: British loyalists fled US to settle War of 1812: w US, looting 6 days

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The t dot

The T Dot

Hattie Dong

April 11, 2007

Recent history
Recent History

  • “Toronto” – sacred fallen tree in Mohawk

  • 1615: French explorer de Champlain arrival

  • Mid 1700’s: Key French fur trading post

  • Late 1700’s: British loyalists fled US to settle

  • War of 1812: w US, looting 6 days

  • Late 1800’s: Irish, Italian, Jewish, Chinese

Toronto today
Toronto Today

  • 7000 km2, 5 districts: York, East York, North York, Etobicoke and Scarborough.

  • GTA population 5.5 million.

  • Over 150 languages. English, Chinese, Italian are the top spoken.

  • 49% born outside of Toronto: “the world’s most diverse city”.

Getting around
Getting Around

  • YYZ -> TTC #192 airport rocket -> Kipling

  • ISMRM 10min walk from Union Station



1 USD = 1.019 CAD as of April 11, 208


  • Cash: most only accept CAD$.

  • Can withdraw cash from all ATMs using American bank card with fee.

    • BoA bank cards won’t be charged transaction fee when withdrawal done at Scotia Bank ATMs. (Tip from Eva)

  • Visa / Mastercard / Amex accepted at most places. (~1% fee, check your card)

Cn tower skydome


Glass floor

360 restaurant

Look out + Glass floor + Skypod = $26.49

Home of Toronto Blue Jays: $9 cheap tickets

10min walk from ISMRM | CN Tower tour ~2hr


CN Tower & Skydome

Royal ontario museum

Sub Stn: Museum | 15min from ISMRM | ~3hr


Royal Ontario Museum

  • World culture and natural history, largest in Canada

  • New expansion recently opened!!

  • Fri 4:30-9:30 half price ($8.50 student)

University of toronto

Sub Stn: Queen’s Park, St. George | 15min from ISMRM | ~2hr


University of Toronto

  • Obviously the best* university in Canada

    *biased opinion

Centre islands

Huge park: biking, picnicking ~2hr

Also an amusement park

Bohemian style community remains on Ward’s Island

Ferry from Queen’s Quay Ferry Docks | 30min from ISMRM | ~2hr


Centre Islands

Other sights

Art Gallery of Ontario ~2hr

Casa Loma

Niagara Falls, ~1hr away (“Maid of the Mist”)

Hockey Hall of Fame


Other Sights

Lots of food

Food ~2hr

Yonge St


Queen W

King W

Lots of Food

College Bars

Tipping: 15% before tax

Financial Distr

Poutine yum

Food ~2hr

Poutine – Yum!!!!!

Live music

Entertainment ~2hr

Live Music

  • Alternative Rock: Horseshoe Tavern, Phoenix, Lee’s Palace

  • Jazz & Blues: Rex, Reservoir Lounge (supper club)

Bars nightclubs

Queen / King / Adelaide / Richmond ~2hr


Bars & Nightclubs

  • Esplanade Biermarket, across from Novotel – More than 150 types

  • Others: Red Room (!), many on Queen West and Little Italy

  • Usually drinks served until 2am

Eaton centre

Sub Stn: Dundas, Queen | 10min from ISMRM ~2hr


Eaton Centre

  • Sales tax: 13%

  • 4 Floors of shops

  • Over 250 shops

Queen west

Queen St. West b/w Yonge and Bathurst | 15min from ISMRM ~2hr


Queen West

“For everything hip, trendy and cool… A hangout for many artists and musicians”

Kensington market

Few blocks west of College & Spadina | 20min from ISMRM ~2hr


Kensington Market

  • Old multiethnic neighborhood next to Chinatown; National Historic Site

  • Fresh fruit stands, all sorts of ethnic food shops, vintage / bohemian clothing shops

Trivia links
Trivia / Links ~2hr

  • Yonge Street - world's longest street in Guinness World Records up to 1998, 1900km = 1180mi

  • Alcohol is sold in specialty stores such as the LCBO.

  • Lots of roller blades on the streets

  • Mike Myers



    I have Lonely Planet Toronto in my office if you want to borrow.