Did not stay in downtown on this trip but over at the Radisson Hotel Toronto East , 55 Hallcrown Place. It worked out great, did some shopping where you could park your car for free near the stores. Believe the area is called "the Golden Mile". I know there was a shopping mall called that and right near by was a Gap outlet store and Winners. Lots of great buys but odd sizes on the clothes. Still was able to find some great buys and no need to carry the bags on the TTC, just walk out of the store and in the car trunk it went.
In the evenings I went downtown, took 25-30 mins taking the 401 west to Younge st. Traffic heading east was jam pack, even at 7pm. Sure glad I did not get a room near the airport, going downtown would had took so long-unless going south first would had work OK ?
I thought Toronto drivers were great. They sure know how to push through traffic and get someplace else. Maybe the no cell phone law helps ? I was lucky always heading the opposite way the heaviest traffic was going but it still was pretty busy but traffic moved, least some lanes did. Didn't have to switch lanes often but you had to at times or you be stuck. Respect those turn signals. Some of those drivers were moving over no matter what once they hit their turn signal. No wounder drivers are used to braking to let other drivers in. What are you going to do, get hit ? Then you gotta wait forever for the cops to show up and hope you don't get blamed at all and still you gotta get your car fixed. Forget that, you brake to let the rude driver in, lol.
I liked driving there, better then rush hour around me were folks are too polite or timid. You don't need a big opening, just hit the gas and turn, thats how traffic moves when cars and buses are everywhere. The bus drivers sure could handle those buses well.
The freeways-the 401-wasn't as cool, traffic went 80-90, sometimes 110 but it was faster then the side roads.
Once downtown I was able to park for $6, something like $2 every half hour but after 7 or 8 pm its cap at $6 until 6 am. Was amassed how well those automatic parking gates worked. What happens if they break down late at night or do they not breakdown. Took just a min to pay if no cars were lined up.
The horses were running this afternoon at Woodbine, took in a few races and then headed home.