Given the chance to provide insider knowledge about Toronto to a well-known travel site on behalf of your city and fellow residents, what juicy local secrets would you reveal?
Lucky Toronto members of Travelocity.ca presented with this very challenge seemed to buckle under pressure. Based on a poll of its members, this year’s Toronto finalists in Travelocity’s 25 Canadian “Local Secrets, Big Finds” were Café Diplomatico and Riverdale Farm.
While we can all agree these wonderful sites have their charms—who can resist the Dip’s fantastic cappuccinos or Riverdale’s cuddly farm animals?—in the face of competition from Travelocity’s other Canadian local secret finalists, like St. John’s cod-kissing “screech-in” ceremony or Vancouver’s “slurp and swirl” wine and oyster celebration, the Toronto picks seem a tad tame!
Here are a few of our own: The Don Valley Brickworks; Toronto’s secret and mobile gardens; Riverdale’s mystery monkeys; Fort York’s Pirate Festival; the Redpath Sugar Museum; and the best greasy spoons in the province! [Plus, there’s all that stuff in our Discovery! category––Ed.]
Photo of the Don Valley Brick Works by TerraS from the Torontoist Flickr Pool.