"Here's the Dan Aykroyd Toronto Walking Tour. Leave the Four Seasons and walk straight down Yonge Street, which essentially hasn't changed since it was first built. It's the longest street in the world. Go south down Yonge past all the shops: shoe shops, army surplus shops, porn theaters, and strip clubs, and then down into the banking district, where it suddenly changes and becomes very commuter-oriented. Then, make a left on Queen Street and walk all the way down, where you start to get into the area of the city that suffers from the economic disparity of most cities in North America; hence, its color and excitement. 505 Queen Street is on the right. That's where I lived and had my speakeasy. It's where Gilda and John Belushi and Billy and Brian Doyle-Murray and all of us used to drink. I think it's a law office now, but after 1 in the morning we ran a wide-open, Klondike-style booze can there, which became very famous. We had tremendous evenings of fun there. Cold, cold winter nights where we would sit and reminisce about the things we had just done onstage, and plan our futures."
"Walk all the way through Chinatown past the big, beautiful Chinese eateries and restaurants. Any restaurant on Spadina is great. I mean, the menus are in Chinese, and if you hook right onto Dundas from Spadina, there are even more of them. I would go up as far as College Street, where you'll see the beautiful view of St. Michael's University."
"Continue up to King Street and hop on the trolley and go to the bottom of King and Spadina. Walk up Spadina heading north and stop at the Horseshoe Tavern, which is where all the legendary country and western stars used to sing. You're going to definitely have to stop there. You'll see lots of fashions on display, a lot of purple hair, a lot of piercing, a lot of punks."
"I would go into Kensington Market. If you were staying in the city for any length of time, you would go and get your groceries there: fresh oranges and trout and anything. It's a beautiful, open food and clothing market. You can't miss going to Roots. There are 18 stores in downtown Toronto, but the main one is on Bloor. It's what they call a 'Canadian lifestyle brand,' which includes clothing, furniture, vitamins, eyewear, and more. They outfitted the Canadian Olympic team and are outfitting the Canadian team for Salt Lake City in 2002. The chain has 185 stores worldwide. There's also the army surplus store Save More Surplus Store downtown. That would be where you would get radios and things you need for camping in the summer. You can get swamp boots, wet boots, steel hobnailed Hermans, Justin ropers. You can get mosquito netting, old parachutes, duffel bags, uniforms - just great stuff for when high summer hits and you just want to be in a pair of army shorts and an olive drab T-shirt with a web belt, a commando knife, and 10 people on the radio around the Toronto Islands spotting for otters. I love that shop."
"The 112-year-old Dominion House, now refurbished as a bar and grill called Dominion on Queen, used to have a sign over the door that said, "Ladies and Escorts," and they would segregate. Men had to be in one area and then, if you had a lady with you, you would take her to the ladies and escorts area. Ladies were not allowed in the men's tavern. Today, you still meet all kinds of colorful characters in that neighborhood: World War II veterans who are living out their pensions and enjoying the camaraderie of a warm draft in the afternoon, people struggling on welfare, the local priest, the local cop."
"After drinks, I'd grab a cab back to the Four Seasons and get into one of its spectacular, high-pressure showers. Then, I'd walk across Avenue Road, being very careful to cross at the crosswalk and not try to cheat, to a restaurant called Opus Restaurant on Prince Arthur. I would order a glass of their fantastic French Margaux and then have a tremendous meal. I would probably open up with some grilled scallops or grilled shrimp, and then go to a beef tenderloin. Then finish with the spectacular lemon-chocolate marquis cake, a cappuccino, and a cigar. The restaurant's two owners, brothers Mario and Tony Amaro, have a humidor that they'll pass around. You know, in Canada, you can get the Cubans, so I would light up a big, beautiful Cuban Robusto."
"The other way to do Toronto at night is on a Harley. After you leave the Four Seasons after your shower, get on a bike. Ride down into the heart of the city and hit all the clubs. There's a great bar and grill called Shark City that my friend David Tan owns. It's where the kids go to hang out and listen to new records and dance on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights. They're Canada's future, the new establishment who is going to run the country. They all hang out at Shark City - really smart, educated young people who just want to have a lot of fun. There's a great menu, a disco downstairs, a little outside patio, and the incredible host, who just loves people. You could eat dinner and hang all night if you want. That alone - a night at Shark City - gives you a flavor of Toronto."