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10 Toronto tourist attractions that don't suck

Posted by Sima Sahar Zerehi / April 19, 2015

toronto tourist attractionsToronto tourist attractions that don't suck will help you keep your relatives occupied, and might even be worth checking out on your own. Let's be honest, while the CN Tower is a great compass, it's not exactly a thrill to pay almost $30 to go up and look down. And the obligatory drive to Niagara falls is often too far. Besides, how many awkward pictures standing in front of gushing water do you really need?

Here's a round-up of tourist attractions in Toronto that don't suck.

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What Leaside used to look like in Toronto

Posted by Chris Bateman / April 19, 2015

leaside torontoLeaside is Toronto's railway town, or at least one of them. Starting around 1912, Canadian Northern Railway began buying up large tracts of land in the area east of Yonge, north of the Don Valley, with a view to creating planned community in the mould of its successful Port Mann and Mount Royal Park towns in British Columbia and Quebec.

Noted Montreal-based landscape architect Frederick Todd was commissioned to produce the master blueprint that would dictate the location of houses, roads, and commercial areas.

Many of Leaside's streets were named after Canadian Northern executives, including Hanna, Wicksteed, and Laird. The town, which takes its name from early settler William Lea, was officially incorporated in 1913 and many of the current homes west of Laird, south of Eglinton, were built after 1924.

Heavy industry has also historically been a major presence in the Leaside area. During both world wars, Canada Wire and Cable produced shells and other important munitions at its sprawling plant southeast of Wicksteed and Laird. It's gone now, replaced by a shopping plaza, but the surrounding area remains a dense thicket of factories.

Here's a look back at what Leaside used to look like.

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Your photos of yesterday's foggy sunrise in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / April 18, 2015

fog torontoAmongst the various treats offered by spring weather, early morning fog is probably the most seductive for photographers. Yesterday morning was about as moody as they come, starting with a low-lying fog that hung around as the sun rose, making it look like a giant hole in the atmosphere. In case you missed it, plenty of people did record the otherworldly sunrise.

Here are some of our favourite pic from the latest round of #fogTO on Instagram. Lead photo by roof_topper. Check out the rest of the gallery here.

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Toronto laneway to become reggae hot spot (once again)

Posted by Ryan Ayukawa / April 18, 2015

reggae lane torontoReggae Lane has seen much better days in Toronto, but some new developments spell changes for the historic alley, beginning this weekend and carrying on through the summer and beyond.

EngageTO is part of two Toronto area cleanups scheduled for Saturday, April 18 at Reggae Lane (and Sunday, April 19 at Jean Augustine Park). The Reggae Lane clean up campaign is lead by former mayoral candidate and Dewitt Lee and JuLion King of Canadian Reggae World and starts at Rap's Restaurant.

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Transit nerds gear up for 2am tunnel boring party

Posted by Derek Flack / April 17, 2015

tunnel boring machineTransit nerds are stoked about a milestone event for the Eglinton Crosstown. Early in the morning this Saturday and Sunday (between 2am and 5am), Metrolinx staff will extract the massive tunnel boring machines from the west side of Allen Rd. before reinstalling them just east of the expressway.

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Liberals reveal massive expansion of GO Transit service

Posted by Derek Flack / April 17, 2015

GO Transit expansionKathleen Wynne's Liberals unveiled the major pieces of a sweeping expansion to service on the GO Transit rail network today. Over the course of the next five years, Metrolinx will put 700 additional trains into service on weekly basis across the Toronto region.

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