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4 hidden gems of Toronto

Lucy Robert | posted Tuesday, Mar 24th, 2015

Looking for new places in the city to explore? Check out our list of hidden city gems that are a must to check out this spring or summer!

corktown commonsCorktown Common: Located in the West Don Lands neighbourhood, the Corktown Common opened in 2013. Entirely designed by Michael Van Valkenburgh Associates, the park is a perfect space for families to enjoy spring. The park has features such as themed playgrounds, including one that looks like a giant sandbox, multiple splash pads, and more. The pavilion located on top of the hill is fully equipped for family fun with picnic tables, outdoor fireplaces, and indoor kitchenettes. The park is also eco-friendly where all the water used in the park is recycled.

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First Canadian Place: As Canada’s tallest business landmark, First Canadian Place stands 72 stories in the air in the middle of downtown Toronto. What some may not know is that First Canadian Place houses many art related events including cultural events, exhibitions, and performances. From April 17 through 19, the Love Art fair will be taking place. This art fair is a chance to explore new artists and artworks. There will also be a preview of the exhibition happening until March 27 with artist-residencies taking place as a sneak peek of the Love Art fair.

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 Toronto Harbourfront: Toronto’s Harbourfront is a home for culture and creative spirit. This public spaces has tons of different activities to check out, including places to shop, eat, relax, and in the summer even water activities. Exhibition Common is one of the new outdoor spaces that hosts different art exhibitions and recreational activities such as yoga. Whether it be to check out a scheduled activity or to just sit by the lake to relax, make sure to take a stroll through the Harbourfront area this spring and summer!

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The Don Valley Ravine: Looking to walk, hike, or bike and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city? Escape with a trip to the Don Valley Ravines. This is a perfect place to leave the city and spend a day in nature. Take a day to explore the ravines and its multiple paths, and leave the urban city behind to discover a world in itself.

Do you have any favourite hidden gems in Toronto? Let us know in the comments below.

Peterborough teen gets a birthday to remember

BT Toronto | posted Monday, Mar 23rd, 2015

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This has been an especially memorable birthday for 13-year-old Odin Camus of Peterborough, with wishes coming in from across the country.

Submit your wishes for the birthday boy in the BT Extra live chat below, and we’ll pass them onto Odin Monday morning!

For more information on living with autism, visit the Autism Canada website here.

Week of Mar. 23, 2015

BT Toronto | posted Sunday, Mar 22nd, 2015

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Coming up on Breakfast Television this week:

On Monday, Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons and wife Diane check in with us.

Workout trainer to the celebrities, Harley Pasternak will be on the show Wednesday to show us some of his training secrets. 

And to end off the week on Friday, American Idol alum Frenchie Davis will perform on the BT stage.

Be sure to watch BT weekdays 5:30 to 9 a.m. on City, right here at BTtoronto.ca, or on our Breakfast Television mobile app for iOS and Android!

BT Super Kids: Jake Moores

BT Toronto | posted Wednesday, Mar 18th, 2015

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Only 14 years old, Jake Moores has created his own charity called Dimes for Time. The charity helps underprivileged kids play sports, Jake was inspired to do this when his best friend couldn’t afford to play hockey. 

5 things you should do this St. Patrick’s Day

Lucy Robert | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

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To celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, we have compiled a list of fun activities family’s can do to get into the spirit!

  1. Make it green!
    Revamp your breakfast for St. Patrick’s day by making green everything! Add a few drops of green food colouring to your pancake batter to make it St. Patty’s day inspired, or take a more organic route and make some green foods such as guacamole or green veggies and dip.
  2. DIY shamrock streamers!
    Decorate the house with these St. Patrick’s day inspired streamers! Easy and fun to make, this is a craft perfect for kids age 7-12!
  3. Learn the history of St. Patrick’s Day!
    Why do we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day anyways? Teach your kids the history of the event and why it is celebrated each year on this interactive website.
  4. Try out some Irish Food!
    Take a trip into town for some delicious Irish food! What better way to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day than with some traditional Irish cuisine. Check out a list of different Irish restaurants in Toronto here.
  5. Make a Shamrock Shake!
    End off St. Patrick’s Day with a delicious milkshake! The Shamrock Shake is famous in fast food joints, but why not make one in the comfort of your own home?

The ultimate staycation destinations in Toronto

Lucy Robert | posted Monday, Mar 16th, 2015

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Staying home for March Break?  We have compiled a list of things to do in the city whether that be with family, friends, or your significant other!

Kids & family staycations

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  • Outdoor swimming at the Sheraton Toronto Centre Hotel Pool
  • Tired of the same old indoor swimming pools? Don’t worry, the pool at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel has you covered! A full day event, families can use the Sheraton hotel pool as an easy city-escape.
  • What makes this pool special? Well it’s outside and a fun alternative from the same old indoor pools where families can swim and be in the beauty of nature!  The Sheraton Hotel Pool also offers family day prices and packages.

CityPASS2013LOGOCROOPEDBuy a Citypass and explore the city
Why not be a tourist for the day in your own city? With the Toronto City Pass, families can check out tons of attractions across the city at a discounted price.

The CityPass which can be easily purchased online allows you to check attractions such as The CN Tower, The Toronto Zoo, Casa Loma, and many more.

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Sky Zone indoor trampoline park
Located in Mississauga, Sky Zone is one of the world’s first trampoline parks!

Sky Zone prides themselves on “fun fitness” a perfect way to spend an afternoon with the family and get some exercise while your at it! The park has different activities everyday including open jump times, ‘the foam zone’, and toddler time.

Staycations for you and your significant other:

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Stay in the newest hotel the Delta Toronto
Brand new and one of the nicest hotels in the city, stay at the new-and-improved Delta Hotel. Located in the downtown core, this hotel has everything from a beautiful skyline view in your room to quick access to all the cities best attractions, such as the Ripley’s Aquarium and the CN Tower.

The hotel is also offering special offers including restaurant deals, weekend deals, and museum packages.

 

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What not a better way to spend the a day but to spend it at the spa.

With the huge selection to choose from, many spas offer couples retreat packages where you and your loved one can spend a whole day relaxing.

With hot stone massages, manicure, pedicures, pools, and facials, this day will surely be a soothing one!

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Discover a new part of town
Why not discover a whole other part of the city that you live in!

The Riverside District located on the historic Queen Street East is an authentic Toronto neighbourhood with tons of shops and restaurants to explore.

Or, take a stroll through Riverside and see apart of Toronto you may have never experienced before. Easily accessible by streetcar, this charming area will steal your heart by the end of your visit.

Are you planing a staycation anytime soon? Tell us what you are deciding to do in the comments below!

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