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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

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

Casa Loma

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

Hockey Hall of Fame


Other Sights
lots of food


Yonge St


Queen W

King W

Lots of Food

College Bars

Tipping: 15% before tax

Financial Distr

live music


Live Music
  • Alternative Rock: Horseshoe Tavern, Phoenix, Lee’s Palace
  • Jazz & Blues: Rex, Reservoir Lounge (supper club)
bars nightclubs

Queen / King / Adelaide / Richmond


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


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


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


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
  • 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.