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October 19

Is The Toronto CityPASS Worth It?

Posted by on October 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

Is The Toronto CityPASS Worth It?

Is the Toronto CityPASS worth it? Find out below!

As of the publishing date on this particular post, I’m in Toronto for a quick trip. I’ve never been there… or here… oh man, I’m writing in the future. This is tough. Well, whatever the time period I’m currently in, I’m doing the touristy-thing on my trip. My wife has only been here once for a church event almost a decade ago, so this will be all new for her too. While we were searching for things to do, it seems that everyone said we need to go see the Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, Toronto Zoo and the CN Tower. No one mentioned Casa Loma, but ever since I found out about it a few years ago (by watching Scott Pilgrim) I’ve wanted to go.

Naturally, being a writer for BargainMoose, I started looking for coupon codes. I didn’t have much luck, but I did find the Toronto CityPASS coupons. The Toronto CityPASS deal gives you huge discounts on tickets to Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario Science Centre, CN Tower and the Toronto Zoo. At first, I was going to try to cram all five attractions into three days, but I decided against it. I figured I’d just get individual tickets for the three I am going to do: Casa Loma, ROM and the CN Tower. Once I added it all up (budgeting is key) I realized that those three items on their own cost the same as the CityPASS. So, all that to say that yes, the CityPASS for Toronto is beyond worth it. When a pass for five attractions costs the same as regular priced tickets at three events, well, that’s a good deal. If you’re in the same situation as I am and can’t use all the tickets, you can give them to someone else to use within nine days of visiting the first attraction.

Don’t believe me? Let’s do some math real quick! Online, adult tickets for the five attractions are as follows:

  • Casa Loma – $20.55
  • Royal Ontario Museum – $16
  • CN Tower – $27.20
  • Ontario Science Centre – $22
  • Toronto Zoo – $28.22
  • TOTAL – $113.97
  • The Toronto CityPASS only costs $60.89

Assuming you’re going to see all five of these awesome Toronto attractions, you’re saving $53.08! Even if you aren’t going to hit all of these places, it’s still worth it to get the CityPASS. If you’re only going to do the downtown core places (Casa Loma, CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum) it would cost you $63.75. You’re still saving a whopping $2.86, which includes ROM and Casa Loma, the two cheapest Toronto tourist places on this list. If you end up having extra time and want to check out the Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre, you have tickets already. Even if you don’t have time, give them to your hotel and tell them to pass on the tickets to the next family with kids. Speaking of kids, there are kids versions of the Toronto CityPASS, too!

Still, somehow, not convinced? How about skipping lines? Is that worth it to you? That’s right, with a CityPASS you get to walk by all those suckers waiting in line to buy tickets. Just hand your printed CityPASS voucher to the first attraction you go to, and they will give you a CityPASS booklet that you can use to skip all the ticket lines.

Just as a note, some of these prices are with tax, some are without. The actual savings and costs may be a bit more or less, but it’ll be close. Also, some of the attractions have discounts for buying online. I’ve included the discounted online price, not the price at the door. You’d save even more if you got a City PASS instead of a buying tickets at the door.

So, is it worth it!? A resounding “Yes, the Toronto CityPASS is worth it!” from me.

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September 27

Canadian Freebie: Free Admission To Ontario Science Centre September 29th

Posted by on September 27, 2013 at 5:35 PM

Canadian Freebie: Free Admission To Ontario Science Centre September 29th

If you are looking for something to do on Sunday, the Ontario Science Centre is offering absolutely free admission to everyone, and a special price on all IMAX films.

The Ontario Science Centre is celebrating Community Day, by giving everyone free admission, plus special programming all day. The normal prices are $22 for adults, $16 for youth and $13 for children. A family of four with a youth and a child could save $73!

For $9 adults can check out the IMAX films Flight of the Butterflies and Under the Sea, essentially paying the children’s price. It is suggested you get your tickets early and line up 20 minutes beforehand.

I’ve been to the Ontario Science Centre a number of times and it is always a great experience, with lots to do and see and many interactive displays for adults and kids to enjoy. The only time I didn’t enjoy myself was when I went on a special weekend (I forget what was special) and it was crazy crowded. My kids got into arguments with other kids who grabbed things out of their hands, and that didn’t just happen once. People forgot the definition of personal space and the pizza place ran out of pizza. So, my suggestion is to go early, before everyone else gets their butt out of bed, and spending only an hour or two. I wouldn’t plan to make it an all-day thing.

Even the Science Centre has tips for enjoying your day like getting outside (you will need a breather), bringing your lunch (trust me on this one – it is expensive on top of long lines), and to be a kid again and just enjoy yourself! They also suggest planning your visit by figuring out what you want to see and going to see it first, rather than hoping for the best and wandering around.

There are lots of special events going on in addition to what I’ve mentioned, but you can check out the times for all of these at the link above.

Parking is an additional cost of $10.

(Expiry: 27th September 2013)

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January 1

Canadian Freebies: Free 2013 Calendar Round-Up

Posted by on January 1, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Canadian Freebies: Free 2013 Calendar Round Up

Now that it’s officially 2013, it’s time to throw away or recycle that 2012 calendar. You don’t have to go out and purchase a new one — get these free 2013 calendars instead!

Option #1: Chapman’s Kid’s Club

Your children will love this free calendar from Chapman’s. It’s always a great idea to have your child’s activities and events posted on an easy-to-see calendar. That way, they know what’s coming up and can be excited each morning when they look at the calendar and see what’s planned for that day.

Option #2: Telus 2013 Calendar

Telus is offering a free 2013 calendar to all Canadian residents and it’s available in English and French. You don’t have to be subscribed to Telus. All you need to do is answer a few short questions, and your calendar will be on it’s way!

Option #3: “My Milk” 2013 Calendar

Dairy Goodness has a “My Milk” 2013 calendar available for free. Unfortunately it is no longer available for Ontario, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, Newfoundland and Labrador residents, due to an overwhelming response. However if you live in Saskatchewan (that’s me!), Alberta, British Columbia or Manitoba, you can still request your free calendar.

Option #4: Ontario Outdoor Adventures 2013 Calendar

If you’re more of an outdoorsy person and want some scenic and beautiful pictures of Ontario on your calendar, then this one is perfect for you! You can either download and print, or request a physical copy to be mailed to you. Along with this calendar, you will also find the Ontario Winter Guide 2013, the Ontario Snowmobiling Tour Planner 2013, and the Ontario Snowmobiling Trail Guide 2013. You may request one copy of each or simply view them online.

I hope you enjoy these free 2013 calendars and can put them to good use. Wishing you and your family all the best in 2013!

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