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The best source for Toronto-specific information is Tourism Toronto (tel. 800/499-2514 from North America or 416/203-2600; www.seetorontonow.com). The website includes sections on accommodations, sights, shopping, and dining, plus up-to-the-minute events information. There's also a "Special Offers" section, which has package deals for hotels, and attractions or shows.

For information about traveling in the province of Ontario, contact Tourism Ontario (tel. 800/ONTARIO [800/668-2746]; www.ontariotravel.net). While in Toronto, visit its information center in the Atrium on Bay (street level) at 20 Dundas St. W. -- it's just across Dundas Street from the Sears store at the northern edge of the Eaton Centre. It's open daily from 8:30am to 4:30pm; hours are extended during the summer, often to 8pm.

Toronto.com (www.toronto.com), operated by the Toronto Star, offers extensive restaurant reviews, events listings, and feature articles. A couple of other great sources for local goings-on and news: the Torontoist blog (www.torontoist.com) and blogTO (www.blogto.com). If you love to shop, check out SweetSpot (www.sweetspot.ca) for its extensive Toronto coverage of local designers and boutiques. www.toronto.com also offers plenty of up-to-date reviews of hotels, nightclubs, restaurants, bars, and shows around town.

BlogTO produces some of my favorite local maps: You can pick them up for free at shops and restaurants around town. At press time, they have produced maps for West Queen West, Leslieville, Parkdale, and Little Italy. Where Toronto also prints good neighborhood maps in the magazine. Online, take a look at Google Maps (http://maps.google.com) for details on getting from Point A to Point B.

Stay on Trend -- Toronto Trending (http://trending.seetorontonow.com) is an online tool that provides a look at what's on, where to eat and stay, cultural highlights, and more, along with live satellite feeds, maps, and other tools.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.