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Traveling to Toronto with 65 yr old Mother

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Jun 13, 2015
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Kingston, ON

Traveling to Toronto with 65 yr old Mother

Hey all,

Have to take my mother to Toronto in a couple weeks for a 7am appt. Instead of driving 3 hours at 3-4am to make it there we're going to go up on a Sunday and get a hotel room for the night.

What I'm looking for is places that I can take her to kill some time and do some sightseeing that she otherwise wouldn't get to do. We will be staying on Pickering and taking the go train so needs to be within walking distance from Union station.

A few places I have in mind already are:
Nathan Phillips square
Sunset Grill for breakfast
CN Tower
Ripley's aquarium


Any others that are close by?

Thanks very much
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there aren't sunset grills in Kingston?

I can't imagine that being anybody's highlight for a trip to Toronto lol... been a while since I've been there (used to live in the GTA but Calgary now) but honestly it's very pedestrian chain breakfast food.
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Jun 11, 2005
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ZeroCool69 wrote: Hey all,

Have to take my mother to Toronto in a couple weeks for a 7am appt. Instead of driving 3 hours at 3-4am to make it there we're going to go up on a Sunday and get a hotel room for the night.

What I'm looking for is places that I can take her to kill some time and do some sightseeing that she otherwise wouldn't get to do. We will be staying on Pickering and taking the go train so needs to be within walking distance from Union station.

A few places I have in mind already are:
Nathan Phillips square
Sunset Grill for breakfast
CN Tower
Ripley's aquarium


Any others that are close by?

Thanks very much
Eaton Centre
Royal Ontario Museum
The Old Spaghetti Factory
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Sunset Grill?

Walk over to Brookfield Place - I think the Marche opens around 07:30 or the Food Court downstairs is really nice with lots of food options.
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ZeroCool69 wrote: Hey all,

Have to take my mother to Toronto in a couple weeks for a 7am appt. Instead of driving 3 hours at 3-4am to make it there we're going to go up on a Sunday and get a hotel room for the night.

What I'm looking for is places that I can take her to kill some time and do some sightseeing that she otherwise wouldn't get to do. We will be staying on Pickering and taking the go train so needs to be within walking distance from Union station.

A few places I have in mind already are:
Nathan Phillips square
Sunset Grill for breakfast
CN Tower
Ripley's aquarium


Any others that are close by?

Thanks very much
Where are you originally from?
You don’t want to drive 3 hours to Toronto so you’re going to stay at a hotel in Pickering and then taking a Go Train to Toronto?!
Sounds quite odd you r staying at a hotel in Pickering...
[OP]
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Jun 13, 2015
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Kingston, ON
We're coming from Kingston and figured it would be cheaper to get a hotel room in the Whitby/Pickering area and take a go train back and forth instead.

Is there any breakfast/dinner spots that are good? I picked Sunset Grill because it's fairly cheap and decent breakfast food

Also does anyone have any discount codes for Ripley's aquarium or ROM?
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: Sunset Grill?

Walk over to Brookfield Place - I think the Marche opens around 07:30 or the Food Court downstairs is really nice with lots of food options.
100% agree, DON'T DO Sunset Grill
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Jan 12, 2005
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: Sunset Grill?

Walk over to Brookfield Place - I think the Marche opens around 07:30 or the Food Court downstairs is really nice with lots of food options.
Marche is not a sit down place though, it's pretty much a fancy food court. If OP wants to be served and doesn't want to spend a lot of $$, Sunset Grill is fine. I wouldn't go out of my way just to eat there though.
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Dealmaker1945 wrote: Sunset Grill?

Walk over to Brookfield Place - I think the Marche opens around 07:30 or the Food Court downstairs is really nice with lots of food options.
Agree with Brookfield Place - Movenpick Marche. Your mom will love this place.
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[OP]
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Jun 13, 2015
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How expensive is it? And it looks like a buffet type place?
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Your past threads show you have asked these questions multiple times.
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ZeroCool69 wrote: How expensive is it? And it looks like a buffet type place?
Never mind, just make your mom walk a few blocks on a cold winter's day to get to Sunset.
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Raggie wrote: Your past threads show you have asked these questions multiple times.
No kidding, never knew a trip from Kingston to Toronto could be so complicated! No offense (and I empathise with travelling with your parents and making sure everything goes smoothly) but you makes this sound like a RTW airline trip with 4 stops involving 3 different airlines.
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Dec 26, 2005
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I'm making a similar trip this weekend, but from Ottawa, to around union station for a parent.
Considered taking the go train, but is it really worth it to save literally a few bucks on a hotel?
It's $11.40 for a ticket from Whitby, you'll need 4 tickets to get back and forth with your mother.
Put that $46.00 towards the hotel you were trying to save a few bucks on, closer to your destination.
Not to mention the time you'll be saving.
or do one less activity (ie - ripley's, and save ~$100 right there).

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