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    Posted: Jun/06/2011 at 10:09am
By Katie Daubs

When confronted with a high-maintenance tourist, Torontonians are kind, and refreshingly honest about the city’s attractions.

As an undercover fake tourist from Sarnia, that’s exactly what I’m looking for.

Armed with a map from 1998 and a large camera, I joined the ranks of Tilley-hatted men and women on Friday to see how the city feels to someone new.

Of the 25 people I talked with, three were ill-informed about directions, all were nice, and some were incredibly kind and excited to talk about the city. I interrupted people texting on their phones, people making deliveries and people listening to music. Only one person ignored me. Everyone else was eager to help, even if a few were woefully unprepared for the task.

One man who walked me out of the underground path, told me to just “walk north” on Bay St. to find Casa Loma.

Two young women running along Wellington St. tried to help me find the zoo before the walk signal changed.

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