by By Hunter R. Slaton | August 01, 2009


 OS0809 Canoe

Tall order. Canoe Restaurant & Bar ( is famous for two things: its location on (and views from) the 54th floor of the Toronto Dominion Bank Tower, and its commitment to using only fresh ingredients sourced within 100 kilometers (about 62 miles) of the restaurant. Mains include Junior's Wellington County prime ribeye and Alberta lamb loin. The eatery seats 64 in two private dining rooms.





OS0809 pork sand 


Hog heaven. One Toronto delicacy not to be missed is the peameal bacon sandwich: pork loin rolled in cornmeal, fried and served on a bun with sweet mustard. Try one at Carousel Bakery in St. Lawrence Market (




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Better than a tour bus. The best sightseeing deal in town is aboard a red Toronto Transit Commission streetcar. The 501 Queen route (fare: $2.75) is especially picturesque; pick it up heading west on Queen Street, a 10-minute walk north of the convention center.





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Just offshore, check out Gibraltar Point Lighthouse on the Toronto Islands (, accessible by ferry. Local legend has it that the 200-year-old beacon is haunted by the spirit of former keeper Radan Muller, who was murdered here in January 1815.






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Top shopping stretch: Queen Street West between John Street and Spadina Avenue




 On the Web Two great Toronto city-insider blogs: and