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That time when Highway 2 was the gateway to Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / June 26, 2016

highway 2 torontoBefore the birth of the 401 and the Gardiner Expressway in the 1950s, the main gateway to Toronto from the east and west was Highway 2. Known locally as Kingston Road and Lake Shore Road (later Boulevard) on either side, the highway was home to tourist enclaves and roadside activity that would eventually die out in the 1960s and '70s.

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The 10 greatest hits at Pacific Mall in Markham

Posted by Darren "DKLo" Susilo / June 25, 2016

Pacific Mall markhamPacific Mall in Markham dubs itself the largest Chinese indoor mall in North America. While that claim may or may not be completely accurate, few will dispute the fact that its high density and similar-looking corridors can be dazzlingly disorienting for visitors. But there are true gems to be found here if you know where to look.

These are my picks for the 10 greatest hits at Pacific Mall.

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The top 5 weekend getaways from Toronto for couples

Posted by Derek Flack / June 25, 2016

couples getaway torontoThe top weekend getaways from Toronto for couples don't have to be cheesy spas and all-inclusive resorts. On the contrary, the ingredients for a romantic escape tend to be simpler. All you really need to do is pair a beautiful setting with some good food and wine. Throw in the option for seclusion, and you have the makings of a memorable weekend for two.

Here are my picks for the top weekend getaways from Toronto for couples.

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5 secret laneways to explore in Toronto

Posted by Derek Flack / June 25, 2016

secret laneways torontoToronto's secret laneways are are bastions of messy urbanism that remind us that cities weren't always planned. On the contrary, there was a time when development arose with little oversight or holistic thought. We tend to connect with such places because thy feel authentic and harken back to the pioneering spirit that made urban development take shape in the first place.

Here are five secret laneways to explore in Toronto.

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10 queer friendly bars in Toronto outside the Village

Posted by Phil Villeneuve / June 25, 2016

queer friendly bars torontoThe top queer friendly bars outside the Village are a beautiful reflection of what's happening within Toronto's LGBT community right now. While the Village remains ground zero for many queer folks who arrive in the city for the first time and to many who have lived there since its inception, there are beacons of gay hope and happiness in the eastern and western reaches of our town.

Here are my picks for some of the top queer friendly bars outside the Village in Toronto.

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What kind of condo does $600K get you in Toronto?

Posted by Derek Flack / June 24, 2016

600K condo torontoThe $600K condo in Toronto is something of a breakthrough point. With this purchasing power, buyers can afford spacious units in most parts of the city. That's not to say that you'll be able to buy a palace for this amount, but unlike those in the market for houses, there's some luxury to be had once you get comfortably about the half a million mark.

This is what a $600K condo looks like in Toronto.

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