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    The Humber River Valley is about to be home to a huge new hospital development. 

    Currently valued around $1.2 billion, workers broke ground on the West Park Healthcare Centre yesterday morning, kicking off development on the massive project. 

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    The focus of the new hospital will be on rehabilitation and recovery following long term illness or injury. Render from West Park. 

    The new hospital will be six-storeys high, 80 per cent of the beds will be in single-occupancy rooms, and the practices will focus on rehabilitation. 

    The hospital's campus will tie in with the natural surroundings, and it will have outdoor recreation and therapy space, trails, gardens, terraces, and more. west park healthcare centre

    Each floor will feature an outdoor terrace with green space and seating areas. Render from West Park.

    Apparently, the focus here is on helping patients recover and "get their lives back," as opposed to the feelings of isolation and medical atmospheres that exist in many hospitals and healthcare settings. 

    west park healthcare centre torontoThe new hospital is set to open around 2024.

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    If you're itching to get some outdoor adventure in before the dreaded first snowfall hits Toronto, there's a system of hidden hiking trails East of Toronto that will definitely satisfy any nature lover.

    And, the fact that there's a panoramic viewpoint from the very top of the trail is just the cherry on top.

    Rock Dunder is a 230-acre wilderness area of pristine water and forest, just 40 minutes outside of Kingston and inside the internationally recognized Thousand Islands Arch Biosphere Reserve.

    Inside this reserve, you'll find three hiking routes to choose from, each ranging in difficulty, incline and length.

    The easiest trail, called The Cabin Trail, will take you on a leisurely 1.3-kilometre stroll through the forest. The Morton Bay Loop is a tad longer at two kilometres, but by far the most popular of the three is the Summit Loop Trail - which will reward you with the most epic views. 

    This four-kilometre trail will eventually lead you up to a rock formation that seems to jut out of the earth like Pride Rock in the Lion King. This lookout point, at 84 metres above the Rideau Waterway, is the highest point in the area.

    With the panoramic views surrounding the summit, it makes for the perfect place to rest for a bit, and take some pretty epic selfies. 

    Access to Rock Dunder requires a day pass ($10/ vehicle) and can be purchased online here. The area is open to the public from sunrise to sunset, from May until November. 


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    Food events in Toronto this week range from coffee to barbecue, schnitzel to wine. A poutine throw-down is on and a local brewery hosts a kitchen party. There's still time to get your fill of Oktoberfest and you can look forward to a big beer pong festival next month.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Coffee Cupping (October 12 @ The Alternative Cafe)
    Explore the subtle differences between regional brews at this tasting event that looks to give you a deeper understanding of what's in your cup.
    Earlscourt BBQ Kitchen Party (October 12 @ Earlscourt BBQ)
    Earlscourt is celebrating one year in the city with a good old fashion kitchen party featuring live music and lots of food and drinks.
    Dinner With Madness (October 12-21 @ Workman Arts Chapel)
    Part of the Rendezvous with Madness Festival, this dinner series pairs guests with artists for a journey through mental illness exploration.
    Food Truck'N Friday (October 12 - November 23 @ Rainhard Brewing Co.)
    A fleet of food trucks is pulling up to Rainhard Brewing to kick off a series of festivals that pairs street food with cold brews at the Aleyards.
    Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship (October 13 @ Yonge–Dundas Square)
    Everything has been leading up to this: music, food and a big poutine party with three eating competitions to see who comes out victorious.
    Steam Whistle Oktoberfest (October 13 @ Walrus Pub & Beer Hall)
    The Oktoberfestivities continue with a night of Lederhosen, steins, pretzels, currywurst and schnitzel reminiscent of the old country.
    Autumn Rijsttafel (October 14 @ Borrel)
    A big Dutch-Indonesian-style feast known as a rijsttafel is on featuring sweet, spicy and savoury flavours of veggies, rice, beef and chicken.
    Pitch Pitch Food (October 16 @ George Brown College)
    Innovative and new food creations are up for the tasting at this big food event where makers put forth their offerings in an effort to fund their projects.
    Eva's Taste Matters (October 16 @ The Atrium in Queen Richmond Centre West)
    Top Chef Brad Long hosts a celebration of local food and drinks with a curated selection of foods served up in support of World Food Day.
    Eat to the Beat (October 23 @ Roy Thomson Hall)
    Over 60 female chefs come together to serve up a huge array of goodies and dishes in an effort to raise money for the Canadian Cancer Society.
    Uncork Sonoma (October 16 @ The Carlu)
    Pinot Noirs, Cabernets, Chardonnays and Zinfandels are all up for the tasting, plus wines from over 35 featured local and international wineries.
    Taste of Iceland (November 1-5 @ Multiple Venues)
    Tractional Icelandic food and culture is on with a week of music, design, film and events happening throughout the city.
    Palooza Beer Pong Festival (November 17 @ Rebel)
    The party game we all know and love is getting a massive festival as the world's largest beer pong tournament arrives for a full day of splashy fun.

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    The Ontario cannabis store will begin accepting online orders when weed becomes legal in Canada on October 17.

    The official ocs.ca store won't be live until then so for now information is being posted to a learning portal where you can get the info on how to best consume cannabis and its effects.

    Once online order begin, deliveries will be made by Canada Post in plain packages (for security reasons), and will require an age-check although no age verification will be required at the ordering stage.

    Only Ontario residents aged 19 and up will be allowed to receive packages containing cannabis, and they will not be left with building staff, landlords, or any other recipient but the the purchaser.

    If you aren't home, the postal carrier will leave a slip to pickup your package at the closest post office, much like how Amazon does since it seems to always deliver your stuff when you're not home.

    The OCS web site will come with certain search filters that allow consumers to browse the products, which vary in strength and THC content. Weed paraphernalia will also be sold, like bongs, rolling papers, and others. 

    You'll be able to purchase up to 30 grams at a time.

    All orders will have a $5-flat-rate shipping charge, province-wide. As for the product itself, prices have not been finalized, but should compete with the illegal market, staff say.

    For info on where cannabis can be used the government has provided a detailed set of rules. Cannabis use will be strictly prohibited in restaurants, vehicles, sports fields, hospitals, schools or places where children gather.

    Smoking and vaping will be allowed in private residences, designated hotel rooms, sidewalks and parks.


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    Brandon Truaxe, the founder and CEO of Toronto-based Deciem, has just been removed from his post at the head of the company.

    Following a series of bizarre behaviour, most notably a long, inflammatory Instagram post alleging criminal behavious from dozens of people inside and outside of the company, the company was shut down. 

    Estee Lauder, which is an investor in Deciem, successfully used a Toronto court to argue that Truaxe should be removed. 

    No word was given on when Deciem stores are to reopen

    Truaxe is also no longer allowed to post to the brand's social media, and cannot contact any of its employees. Nicola Kilner, former co-CEO, is expected to replace Truaxe soon.  


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    A popular Taiwanese bubble tea chain is opening up in Toronto as part of a massive expansion in Canada. 

    The boba brand known for its fruit teas already has locations worldwide, but a recent Instagram post shows that the house-made black sugar pearls will soon be hitting Toronto as well. 

    It's unclear when exactly it'll be launching, but it looks like you'll be able to get the signature Yifang Fruit Tea or Black Sugar Soft Pearl drink at a trio of Toronto shops in the near future. 

    Locations include a spot on Yonge just south of Bloor, where Cafe M used to be, and another in Koreatown, replacing Hoja Luwei.

    The third shop will be opening up in Chinatown at 315 Spadina Ave., giving the gaggle of neighbouring bubble tea shops a run for their money.


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    This Halloween, enter the dark world of ghouls, glam, and classic horror as the TIFF Bell Lightbox gets transformed for boombox. If you want to attend Toronto's spookiest costume party, you're in luck. We've teamed up with TIFF to give you a chance to win tickets and Air France flight vouchers.


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    Thoroughbred Food and Drink is closing this month after almost five years and almost 15,000 orders of kung pao cauliflower.

    Chef and owner Ariel Coplan says he'll be focusing more on his Not 9 to 5 project centered around mental health in the restaurant industry after the restaurant’s last regular dinner service on October 20.

    Thoroughbred has become known for serving an elegantly-plated Canadian contemporary menu alongside natural, biodynamic wines and international craft beers.

    They offer daily “Cool Out” drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. and free cake for groups of eight or more, so get yours while you can across from the Scotiabank Theatre on Richmond for the next week or so.


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    The best Indian buffets are glorious AYCE meals of butter chicken, naan, and veggie korma. Lunch hour is the best time to head over to these generous feasts, which go the whole nine yards from appetizers to desserts. 

    Here are the best Indian buffets in Toronto. 

    3 - Little India

    This cozy Indian favourite on Queen West runs their lunch buffet from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. every day. It's more expensive than some other options, but given the location that's no surprise. For just under $16 you can pick from their piles of fresh naan, curries, and eight types of dessert.
    10 - Anjappar Chettinad

    Head to any of Anjappar's three locations in the GTA for their $15 lunch buffets with tables of fresh naan. They also offer buffets during breakfast on weekends for $12.99, with tasty puri, idli, dosa, and coffee too.
    11 - Kairali

    It's all Karala cuisine at this restaurant on Kennedy Road. Their lunch buffet is just $12, divided into apps, rice and curries, soups, daal and desserts. If you're not familiar with Indian food it might be hard to get around given there are no signs indicating what's what, but it doesn't matter much when everything tastes good.
    8 - Nilgiris

    If you're a fan of idlis (steamed rice cakes) this South Indian restaurant is your spot. Whether you're in Brampton or by their location off Markham Road, you can hit up their busy buffet from Friday to Sunday for just $14.99. You'll get $2 off your meal if you don't waste any food, so really the total comes to $12.99.
    4 - Desi Spice

    Sitting by Hwy 7 and Finch, this sprawling restaurant has an impressive selection of Indian cuisines with tons of vegetarian options. Lunch buffets are just $10 and weekend dinners just $14.99—a total steal given the number of dishes for offer, ranging from North to South Indian and Gujarati-style food too.
    5 - Aroma Indian Cuisine

    To add a little elegance to your hour of gluttony, this King West buffet right across from TIFF provides a white tablecloth experience to go with a $15.95 lunch buffet, offered on both weekdays and weekends.
    6 - Saravanaa Bhavan (Scarborough)

    It's unlimited dosa and poori at this Woodside Square restaurant, so you really can't go wrong here. This longtime Indian spot has another location in Mississauga too, but the Scarborough location offers weekday and weekend buffets as well as on stat holidays.
    9 - Karaikudi

    This 5,500 square-foot restaurant sitting on Kennedy Road has your whole range of lunchtime chutneys, naan, and dosa for around $15 during the week. It's pretty spacious in here so you likely won't have to wait for a table before jumping out the seat to gorge on hot dosa and other South Indian favourites.
    7 - 309 Dhaba

    The AYCE lunch buffet at this King West restaurant boasts over 60 items, with a good number of classics like chicken tandoori, dal, and veggie options for $14.95. On weekends, their brunch buffet includes some extra options like made to order crepes and omelettes.

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    New cherry-coloured bike rings have just popped up near Osgoode Station, and they look a lot more user-friendly than the city's usual aluminum racks. 

    A handful of these red bicycle holders can be seen lining the sidewalk on Queen by Simcoe Street just outside the new Smart House Condos, which is currently under construction. 

    It's unclear whether or not these playful-looking rings will be implemented citywide or if they're just part of the incoming Smart House project (the condo's website does have a red circle theme).

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    There's a handful of these red rings on Queen Street, steps from Osgoode Station.

    What we do know is that these racks are actually made of foam, and come by way of Spain via the Barcelona-based studio Lagranja Design

    The simple lollipop structure, or The Key, as it's called, was designed in 2007 for Santa & Cole and has actually won multiple accolades including the international Red Dot Design Award. 

    Made from high-density polyurethane foam—a waterproof material popularly used for upholstery—the racks, according to Santa & Cole, are "pleasant to the touch, aimed at humanising the city." 

    They're also soft enough to prevent damage to your bikes. And at around 10 kilograms each, they're large enough for you to secure both wheels of your bike, meaning you never have to worry about emerging from work to find your bike lying on the ground. 

    These colourful circles may be making their first appearance in North America but they've long been serving bike riders worldwide at Plaza de Cataluña in Barcelona and at the Hokksund middle school in Norway. 

    They also come in grey or yellow, which would be a welcome replacements for the cold-looking metal ones we currently have. 


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    The largest lights festival in the country is back for another season of wintry wonder. 

    In its 36th year of bringing more than two million twinkly lights to Niagara Falls, the Winter Festival of Lights returns this year with its usual programming of shows, fireworks, and concerts.

    Staring November 3, you'll be able to walk an eight-kilometre route through Niagara Parks and Dufferin Islands, where you can ogle at over 50 trees decked out with Christmas lights for free.

    At least one million visitors hit this annual light fest year after year for their light shows, including weekly fireworks, the lights from the falls' Skylon Tower, laser shows, and the iconic Toronto Power Generation Station Light Show.

    For the first year ever you'll also be treated to the Cascades of Fire, an international fireworks competition that'll take place on weekends in November. 

    The tourney, which is positioning itself as the Olympics of fireworks, will feature 18-minute pyrotechnic shows, synched to music and delivered by teams from China, Finland, Brazil, Vietnam, and Italy. 

    Along the way you can check out the world's biggest Canadian-American Flag (talk about international relations), the famous Zimmerman Fountain, and 3D Canadian wildlife displays.

    The event will continue until after the new year (there'll be a concert on New Year's Eve), running until Jan. 31, 2019.


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    Restaurants in Yorkville right now are hotter than ever. This Toronto neighbourhood has played host to places at the top of their game for a while now, but the current food era in this glitzy part of town is nothing short of a Renaissance.

    Here are my picks for the top restaurants in Yorkville right now. 

    Sofia

    Traditional Italian gets a smart and modern twist at this restaurant festooned with pop art that features a white piano and a moody cocktail lounge space. 

    Sotto Sotto

    Upscale Italian has had its home in Toronto at this luxurious restaurant for over 25 years.

    Estia

    Mediterranean whole fish roasted in a wood oven are the signature of this velvet-curtained ode to the hearth. 

    Brothers

    This teeny restaurant directly above Bay station bustles all day long with those stopping in for a taste of the latest regularly changing menu accompanied by carefully curated wines. 

    Planta

    Vegans are no longer confined to co-ops and fast casual concepts. This sophisticated restaurant with a menu designed by David Lee impresses on all levels, regardless of being meat-free.

    Bar Reyna

    One of the most charming patios in the city lies behind this Mediterranean restaurant that also serves Insta-worthy cocktails.

    Chabrol

    Be seated feet from where your French meal is prepared at this dreamy itty bitty restaurant set back from the street.

    Buca Yorkville

    The Four Seasons outpost of this trustworthy Italian restaurant in Yorkville focuses on seafood, especially epic crudo platters.

    Dynasty

    Chinese might be more closely associated with the Spadina and Dundas neighbourhoods of Toronto, but that doesn’t mean dim sum is out of the question when it comes to a Yorkville lunch.

    Alobar

    A menu of high-end French bistro classics makes this member of the Alo family the most salivated over yet. 


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    Free poutine is the name of the game for events in Toronto as a big poutine throwdown is taking over Yonge and Dundas Square. A new festival looks to showcase Asian artists and WATERLICHT continues down at The Bentway.

    Events you might want to check out:

    Smoke’s Poutinerie World Poutine Eating Championship (October 13 @ Yonge–Dundas Square)
    Everything has been leading up to this: free food, music and a big poutine party with three eating competitions to see who comes out victorious.
    Fob Mob (October 13 @ Chinatown Centre)
    A celebration of pan-Asian diasporic narratives is on with a series of events, pop-ups, parties and collaborations that look to inspire and empower.
    X Avant Late Night (October 13 @ Mod Club)
    Dance it out to beats from around the Americas and the African diaspora during this big party as part of the X Avant New Music Festival.
    Amy Shark (October 13 @ The Danforth Music Hall)
    This Australian indie pop singer maneuvers between sounds that are haunting and beautiful, underscored by electro beats and an hip-hop vibe.
    Night of the Demons (October 13 @ Revue Cinema)
    The 1988 cult slasher Night of the Demons is celebrating 30 years with a drunken cinema treatment, including a custom drinking game.
    Bring Your Own Lean (October 13 @ Collective)
    Toronto's underground hip-hop scene is throwing it down with a night of fresh trap, rap and hip-hop, plus a big freestyle battle.
    I Had No Idea Poetry Slapped (October 13 @ Diptych Studio)
    Poetry, drinks, food, art, dancing and more is on at this book release for Toronto pet Rico Colmer’s new work.
    Yoga and Wellness Show (October 13-14 @ Enercare Centre)
    Everything needed to step up your yoga and wellness game from nutrition, health, merch and motivation are on at this big show.
    South African Film Festival (October 13-14 @ TIFF Bell Lightbox)
    Films that tell the story of South Africa's history and culture take to the big screen to inspire, provoke deep conversation and warm the heart.
    Waterlicht (October 12-14 @ The Bentway)
    The Bentway is engulfed in large, cascading waves as Dutch artist Daan Roosegaarde's epic light display continues today.

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    As much as Toronto's highway system may help to define the city as it exists today, prior to the 1950s not a single controlled access highway could be found running through the city.

    While the QEW dates back to the early 1930s, it wasn't until widening efforts 20 years later that it would become a true freeway. The same can be said for Highway 2A, a major section of which became the stretch of the 401 that extends east from Scarborough to Oshawa in 1952.

    Also dating back to the 1950s is the 400, which was then referred to as the Toronto-Barrie Highway.

    Here's what Toronto highways have looked like through history.

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    A map of expressways in the 60s.

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    400 at 401 in 1952 (via the Ontario Ministry of Transportation)

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    400 at 401 in 1969 (via the Ontario Ministry of Transportation)

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    401 and Yonge in 1958

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    401 at McCowan in 1961

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    401 and Highway 27 in 1961

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    401 and Allen Road in the 1960s (via Ontario Ministry of Transportation)

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    401 east of Allen Road in 1967

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    401 in the 1980s looking toward the 400 from Islington overpass

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    DVP under construction late 1950s

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    Gardiner Expressway, aerial view over Jameson in the 1960s

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    The Gardiner at Dufferin looking east in 1959 (prior to opening)

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    Gardiner and CN Tower mid-1970s

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    Entrance to the QEW and monument 1940

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    QEW and Highway 27 in 1958

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    QEW and bus in the 1960s

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    QEW near Highway 10 in the 1960s

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    QEW in Oakville 1967

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    QEW in Port Credit 1967

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    Building what was then expected to be the Spadina Expressway in 1963

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    Allen Road / Spadina Expressway to Eglinton.


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    Spas to escape to near Toronto are plentiful, and, thanks to their beautiful natural environments, they can be even more rejuvenating than the most relaxing spots in the city. Besides, when you're seeking a completely restorative experience, sometimes its just nice to get away for a night or two.

    Here are my picks for the most relaxing spas to escape to near Toronto.

    Scadinave Spa

    This Scandinavian-style spa is a major destination for city folk looking to get away from it all. Along with specialty treatments, the highlight here is the spa's network of hot and cold baths. They're located outside, surrounded by nature, but you can use them all year long.

    Couples Resort & Spa

    This luxury destination in the Algonquin area caters to couples looking for a romantic getaway – no kids or conferences allowed. Body wraps, facials, massages and other services are offered in a 100 per cent solar powered spa, or can be ordered right to guests' rooms.

    White Oaks Resort & Spa

    As one of the biggest spas in the country, there's lots to enjoy at this luxury hotel and pampering palace near Niagara-on-the-lake. Take advantage of the couple's room to enjoy a treatment with your significant other, or check hit the "whisper room" for a total escape.

    Grail Springs

    This award-winning wellness retreat and spa gets lots of positive buzz. Guests can try detox juice cleanses, attend daily yoga classes, and benefit from the detoxifying properties of the area's alkaline lake above magnetically-charged bedrock.

    The Rosseau

    This luxury resort and spa by JW Marriot is located in the heart of the Muskokas, set on a granite bluff overlooking Lake Rosseau. The spa menu is huge here, as are the facilities, which include a "Vichy room" and separate men's and women's lounges.

    Ste. Anne's Spa

    Just an hour and a half east of Toronto, this "rustic" all-inclusive resort has a reputation as one of the best spas in Southern Ontario. Along with a slew of traditional spa services, it offers an "equine experience" package where guests can care for, ride and bond with horses.

    The Briars

    This extensive lakeside resort brings together luxurious spa facilities, the best parts of cottage life, and cozy country inn vibes. Expect camp fires, water sports, boat cruises and stargazing on the docks, as well as whirlpools, body wraps, esthetics and many types of massage.

    Langdon Hall

    Built in the late 1890s, this sprawling, historic chateau offers 60 guest suites, elegant reception rooms, a croquet court, flower gardens and, of course, a full-service spa. Visit the saunas here after enjoying a stellar meal at one of the five award-winning on-site restaurants.

    Claramount Inn & Spa

    This stunning mansion, which is over a century old, boats 10 guest suites as well as off-site cottages. There are lots of spa treatments to choose from as well as saunas, hot tubs and an indoor saltwater pool.

    The Millcroft

    In the summertime, this getaway boasts an unparalleled view of lush, rolling hills, but you can retreat here any time of year. Visitors come from around the globe each year to experience its renowned spa facility, excellent food and picturesque surroundings.


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    Coworking and shared office space in Toronto is now abundant with facilities in many neighbourhoods across the city. These membership-based venues allows teams or individuals to hunker down in bright and beautiful work spaces with loads of perks.

    Here are my picks for the top coworking and shared office spaces in Toronto by neighbourhood.

    Corktown

    Herman Miller designer chairs are interspersed throughout desks, private boardrooms and furnished offices in the sunny loft known as Verkspace. They also have front desk services available in case you're having an important meeting or expecting a package while you plug away.

    Entertainment District

    WeWork has expanded into Toronto with several offices, with locations on King West, Bloor, and Richmond, plus two more on University. The Richmond location offers private offices on six floors, team lunches, and is nestled right on top of Osgoode Station, making your commute easy. 

    Danforth East

    The Workaround prides itself on being parent-friendly, meaning it encourages you to bring your children to work. There are even activity rooms for kids and a lactaction suite. 

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    IQ Office has three locations in the Financial District.

    Financial District

    With three locations, one on Queen and University, one at King and University and the other on Yonge Street, IQ Office Suites are the perfect spaces for startups. Their well appointed coworking spaces include private offices, hot desks, conference rooms, lounge areas and reception.

    Junction Triangle

    Fold is a coworking space specifically geared for architects and designers. The custom built desks allow for a large personal work space, and they have their very own sample and resource library, laser printer, mixed use spaces and heated floors.

    King East

    You need to apply to be a member of Signal, a co-working space for those working with music, sound or video. The space comes complete with recording and production studios.

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    Spaces brings next-level co-working space design to Yorkville.

    King West

    Project Spaces has a community-first approach, and pushes for diversity. The space offers 24/7 access, lockable storage, and all the staples. Membership starts at $250 for a lounge and work up to around $450-$550 for a desk. They also have a second location in the Fashion District.

    Leslieville

    District 28 on Logan includes a more traditional communal work space, but you're also next to their beautiful event spaces, bar, bistro and coffee shop. It's like a little village that knows how to get things done. They also have a screening room and editing suites.

    Liberty Village

    A place to surround yourself with other independent thinkers in a non-cubical environment, The Fueling Station offers desks, meeting rooms and virtual offices. There are boardrooms, cleaning services, shared kitchens and office socials. It's a wide-open, brick and beam space.

    Little India

    Artists, environmentalist and social entrepeneurs will like the Riverdale Hub. It's a spot that houses the Social Gardener Cafe, Riverdale Gallery, unique rental spaces, and environmental initiatives. They host edible gardens and rentable offices and desks.

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    Makeworks on College is a good option for maker-types.

    Little Italy

    Makeworks offers memberships for startups and freelancers, as well as prototyping services with laser cutting, 3D printing,and CNC cutting projects. 

    Markham

    Located in the Olde School House in Markham Village, The Village Hive offers affordable offices spaces outside of downtown Toronto. They offer shared desks, meeting rooms, and all types of wellness classes and courses as a bonus. It's a big, bright inspiring space to network and get to work.

    North York

    Endless coffee, an open pantry, two other locations, 24-hour service, a games room, technical support and all types of private rental rooms, Northspace is a creative hub for people looking to collaborate and meet other people. A place with lots of colour, cool furniture and after-work activities.

    Queen West

    Bright offices soaked in sunlight and steps away from a vibrant shopping and entertainment district you'll find Workplace One's Queen West location. With high ceilings and loads of communal tables, they also offer private offices, meeting rooms and a lounge rental.

    Regent Park

    The Centre for Social Innovation's Regent Park location provides a variety of workspaces for "socially charged projects, including private offices, private desks, and Hot Desks." Complete with mixed furniture and all types of warm private and public spaces, there's also an event space and programming happening throughout the day and evening.

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    The East Room has a stunning space in Riverside.

    Riverside

    The East Room is a membership based, co-op connecting work and culture in one spot. You won't want to leave. A spot for creative professionals, you'll quickly meet others working in the art, design and tech fields in this beautiful space. Lots of plant life, leather chairs and stunning private work rooms are available.

    St. Clair West

    With two locations, one on King and one on St. Clair, Startwell has a unique space in a store front at its St. Clair spot. There's a quaint 16 desks, kitchenette, and meeting space for eight people. It also has a podcast recording studio.

    Wallace-Emerson

    Digital professionals, creatives and entrepreneurs meet at LabTO. Increase your remote working or small business growing in this creative space complete with comfortable chairs, skylights, custom desks, and anytime access.

    West Queen West

    Acme Works on Niagara Street fully embraces the co-working movement with refurbished, 8,600 square feet of industrial space. Everything from the floor, to the walls, to the decor are designer and make for a beautiful spot to have meetings or get creative. They have phone booths, meeting rooms and 24-hour surveillance so it's super safe for all.

    Yorkville

    SPACES, located right on Yorkville Ave., is European-influenced, has two patios, 17,000 square feet of workspace, and is a little more upscale than your typical coworking office. Spaces start at $1,350 per month. 


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    The history of public transit in Toronto stretches further back than 1927, but it was that year that a number of independent railway companies came together under the name of the Toronto Transportation Commission (transportation was replaced by "transit" in 1954). Fares were seven cents.

    There are easy ways to see the TTC's connection with its past, be it via our streetcar system, the name of our new subways (a reference to the original red rocket PCC streetcars), the fishbowl buses, or the iconic branding scattered across the city.

    Here's some of the all-time best TTC photos, videos and other memorabilia. 

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    Double Decker bus, 1921

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    Single deck bus, 1923.

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    Single deck near Queen and Woodbine, 1923

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    Streetcars in front of Union Station, 1943.

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    Groundwork being laid for the Yonge line, 1949.

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    An early render of Eglinton Station.

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    An early blueprint for the subways. 

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    An early map of the original stretch of the subway, from Union to Eglinton, 1954.

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    Turnstiles at Union Station.

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    A subway arrives on the King station platform.

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    The logo has remained largely unchanged. 

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    Outside of Union Station, 1943

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    The original red for the subway was definitely something, as seen on this postcard. 

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    A TTC bus in for repairs or a paint job. 

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    A bus arriving at Rosedale Station, 1961.

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    An art piece showcasing how the subway will look underground.

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    The University side of the subway line opened in the 60s.

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    Hawker Siddeley car, 1965

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    A train arrives at Rosedale Station, 1966.

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    PCC streetcar, 1967

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    Bathurst Station, 1967

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    Toronto Flyer trolley bus, 1987 (via Wikimedia Commons)

    TTC commercial in 1984 via Retrontario

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    New look TTC bus, 1987 (via Wikimeida Commons)

    TTC commercial in 1987 via Retrontario

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    Specs for the T1 subway.

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    Toronto Rocket exterior.

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    The Toronto Rocket!

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    Jonathan Guy's TTC typeface posters

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    The typographical history of the subway platform signs.

    TTC Weekday Service (HD) from Kieran Huggins.

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    Jose Ongpin created this posted of the subway stations' typography.

    Around the Loop from Tyler Freedman.


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    The best Chinese bakeries in Toronto have all the cheap buns and tarts you're craving, from Chinese hot dog buns to curry-filled pastries. Grab a pair of tongs and load up your plastic tray with a couple of egg tarts at any of these sweet, sweet-smelling bakeries. 

    Here are the best Chinese bakeries in Toronto.

    3 - Ding Dong Pastries & Cafe

    This Chinatown favourite may be little but it's jam-packed with rare treats like swirly taro pastries alongside the usual red bean sesame balls, pineapple buns, and buttery egg tarts. Chinese bakeries are usually cheap already, but the prices here are hard to beat.
    4 - Furama Cake and Desserts

    Locations in Chinatown and First Canadian Place make this bakery chain a hot spot for office folks looking for something quick and cheap to eat during lunch hour. Fried curry beef buns are where it's at, and if you skipped breakfast they have some HK-style morning items too.
    10 - Chinese Bakery

    It doesn't get more straightforward than this longtime staple in the heart of Chinatown. With windows looking out onto the street and a couple of chairs and seats, you'll often find elders here enjoying a cup of fresh soy milk and cheap lotus seed buns.
    5 - T&T Supermarket

    Yes, T&T is an Asian grocery store now owned by Loblaws, but anyone that's been inside knows that each of these massive stores has a Chinese bakery section filled with fresh coconut cream buns, BBQ pork buns, and even Japanese cheesecake.
    6 - Patisserie Gateau

    Best known as the go-to bakery at First Markham Place, this popular spot now also has a store in Centerpoint Mall. They've got your standard buns, but they're really best known for their made-from-scratch cakes which range from simple meringues to decadent birthday treats.
    7 - Hong Kong Island Bakery

    People generally don't rate old Chinatown stores by cleanliness, but Hong Kong Island Bakery is refreshingly and noticeably cleaner than most. Their fresh buns (baked daily) are usually at least a dime more expensive than other places, but the quality is well worth it.
    11 - Bake Island

    Ryerson students can take advantage of this nearby bakery for their signature black carbon cheese buns and bubble tea. Despite being quite cramped, the presentation here is on point and the store itself is lovely, making it a great option in an area where cheap snacks are slim pickins.
    8 - Aroma Bakery

    This itty bitty stall on Milliken Road is one of the oldest in the city. Known for their traditional 'husband' and 'wife' pastries, a.k.a. flaky red beans and winter melon treats, it's a good spot to pick up something celebratory for special events. Expect the buns to be about half the size of the average bakery, but just as good if not better.
    9 - Mashion Bakery

    During most post-office hours, you'll find this place teeming with people, walking around with trays of coconut cream and steamed buns for just $1 each. Its name is a bit artbitrary but who cares when they actually accept debit, unlike most other Chinatown institutions.

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    Rooftop restaurants in Toronto come with nice views alongside yummy menus. Usually found downtown and often a showstopper component of some of the city’s best hotels, these are the places to sit back and take it all in while you lounge, eat, sip and relax. 

    Here are some rooftop restaurants in Toronto with breathtaking views.

    Canoe

    A go-to for those looking to impress a hot date or big client, this restaurant on the 58th floor of the TD Tower on Wellington in the Financial District has wraparound windows so everyone in the dining room gets a good look at our glorious city, and the food here is just as splashy.

    Broadview Hotel

    Luxe but chill decor and a swishy bar menu complement the peaceful views seen from the top of the Broadview Hotel in Riverside.

    Kost

    The Bisha Hotel in the Entertainment District has this upper-floor restaurant serving Baja cuisine that fits in perfectly with breezy decor and an infinity pool with views of the CN Tower right outside.

    Lavelle

    A global menu is served at this sexy rooftop restobar on King West where you can see the skyline for days.

    The Chase

    Major big spender downtown vibes reign at this Financial District restaurant where your exciting views are of skyscrapers and bustling streets.

    Fifth Grill

    The glow of city lights from surrounding tall buildings provides a twinkling backdrop at this secretive Entertainment District rooftop steakhouse entered via an alleyway, then an elevator.

    Luma

    Floor-to-ceiling windows at this sophisticated restaurant above TIFF Bell Lightbox provide a great vantage point for watching all the action of King West.

    The One Eighty

    This blowout restaurant on the 51st floor of the Manulife centre is where to head to take in jaw-dropping panoramas of the CN Tower and sunsets.

    Falcon SkyBar at Hotel X

    There are unparalleled waterfront views on the 27th and 28th floor of this world-class hotel where cocktails and a simple bar menu are served.

    CN Tower 360

    Other restaurants in Toronto can boast jaw-dropping views, but none but this one can say those views change moment to moment. Not only is this fancy restaurant located inside the city’s tallest freestanding structure, it revolves so that you get the best sightlines ever.


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    The best and worst Ali Baba's in Toronto really depend on what state of desperation you're in. Toronto is a city where delicious shawarma and falafels abound, so if you're grabbing a wrap from the Ali Baba chain, you're likely looking for something nearby, quick, and hopefully clean (though sometimes that's too much to ask).

    Here are the best and worst Ali Baba's in Toronto. 

    Best

    Yonge and Elm

    If you're a Ryerson student and never dropped by this location for a falafel wrap deal, did you even go to school? Service here is always on point, music is usually bumping, and when they open up the windows in the summer, it's kind of a party.

    1106 Bloor St.

    This store at Bloor and Dufferin is one of the newest locations of all current existing Ali Baba's, so naturally it's also the cheapest and service is on it's A-game. How it'll look in five years is another story.

    Dundas West and Burhamthorpe

    In an area where food options are so lacking the only alternatives include Mamma's Pizza or a Fox and Fiddle, this Ali Baba's is a shining beacon of exemplary cuisine.

    Steeles and Yonge

    This location has its fair share of loyal customers—likely due to a combination of friendly service and proximity to some office buildings in a pretty dead area.

    Danforth

    This Danforth franchise is incredibly popular. It's right next to Broadview Station, and it's just steps away from The Social Capital and Danforth Music Hall, making it a passable late night option.

    Worst

    Bloor and Bathurst

    This two-tiered restaurant is dingy and washrooms need more than a little work. But to be fair it's open until 5 a.m—the latest of any Ali Baba's location.

    Dundas and Roncesvalles

    The problem here isn't the food or the service: it's just that this place is so very old. This location is actually one of the oldest in Toronto. If they'd just do away with the sad pink walls, it might be a better dining experience overall.

    Rexdale

    Does this location need a good scrub down? Yes. Should employees seriously consider the option of wearing snoods while serving food? Absolutely. This standalone store does have a neighbourhood reputation for decent shawarma meats, but that doesn't really excuse the grime.


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