Toronto : West Queen West
Revision as of 20:46, 23 July 2009
West Queen West is a neighbourhood in Toronto. It is widely known as the centre of Toronto's thriving art scene, with no end of galleries lining Queen Street and many of the side streets. West Queen West comprises the section of Queen Street and its side streets between Bathurst St and Dufferin St.
The TTC  runs all local transit in Toronto and the cash fare is $2.75. The 501 streetcar runs along Queen Street through the centre of the neighbourhood, the 504 streetcar runs along King Street at the south of the neighbourhood. Bus 63 runs along Ossington Ave and bus 29 runs along Dufferin St.
- Trinity Bellwoods Park, Queen St & Strachan Ave (501 streetcar to Strachan Ave), . This is one of the largest and most pleasant parks in central Toronto. It has the feel of a communal back garden, with families picnicking, students reading while getting a tan, pickup baseball and frisbee games and children playing in the large playground. The park also has tennis courts and a dog run in the last remaining section of a dried up ravine.
- Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art, 952 Queen Street West (501 streetcar to Shaw St), ☎ (416) 395-0067, . Tue-Sun: 11AM-6PM. MOCCA’s facility is modest in scale, impressive in design and functions effectively as a nucleus of energies for the production and exchange of creativity, ideas and innovation. Admission to the Museum is Pay What You Can.
- Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West (501 streetcar to Beaconsfield Ave), ☎ 416.531.5042, . This hotel was opened in 1890 as "Small's Hotel." The hotel eventually fell on hard times, along with its neighbourhood. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was variously a punk bar, a rave den and a flophouse. It was renovated in 2001 and has subsequently become one of Toronto's most talked-about nightclubs and arts venues, as well as a popular accommodation for out-of-town visitors. The hotel contains nineteen rooms including an upstairs lounge, a dining room, a cafe, a roof top patio named the Sky Yard, and a music bar called the Underground. $189-$299 per night.
- Gladstone Hotel, 1214 Queen Street West (501 streetcar to Gladstone Ave), ☎ 416-531-4635, . Like the Drake, this hotel was built at the end of the nineteenth century and fell on hard times in the 1970s. It was renovated in 2001 into a boutique hotel with each room designed by a different artist in a different style. $185-$475 per night.