Active Surplus was the big one, and it closed outright a couple years ago, nothing left but the sign and the empty location
Store wise, Creatron is a pretty close analog to Lee’s, but wouldn’t call it particularly special? Not really sure where else would be of interest to you.
Toronto ToOoL has a meetup January 3rd at Site 3, if that’s of interest.
I like the AGO, the reference library is neat, but not sure I’d make a trip if you aren’t otherwise nearby.
if you’re downtown in the winter in bad weather, the PATH is great for avoiding being outside, but difficult to navigate.
For getting around:
- Don’t get run over boarding the streetcar, they board in the middle of the street most places.
- The cabs have been stealing debit cards recently.
- Lyft just launched a couple weeks ago, Uber’s been here a while
- car2go parking is a big problem, which cripples their usefulness.
- The train in from the airport is a good way to get downtown/to the airport
- if you’re going to be using transit, get a Presto card at the airport station, the 3$/direction discount on the train to/from downtown more than makes up for the 5$ card cost.
- Fare transfer rules are not time based, and are enforced arbitrary by the drivers.
- TTC Day passes are worth it if taking more than 3 trips/day, but can only be bought at stations, no credit for a transfer.
- if you’re driving:
- don’t pass a streetcar with it’s doors open,
- blinking green lights means advance left turn, not pedestrian crosswalk
- King st. has confusing new rules through most of downtown, suggest avoiding taking it.
I think the Thai food options are generally better than Vancouver (suggestions: Pai, Khao San Road, Mengrai Thai), Indian about the same, Chinese food generally not as good.