Toronto, Canada's largest city, is clean, hip and very diverse. It hugs the shore of Lake Ontario, providing a scenic backdrop to the modern downtown area. The soaring CN Tower is an eye-catching landmark and you’ll surely want to take the glass elevator to the top of this 1,640-foot tall wonder for a spectacular view of the city and lake. The most populous city of Canada has a bold mix of culture, architectural diversity and nightlife. It hums with the excitement of a modern cosmopolitan center, yet its history dates to the late 1700s. Head downtown to explore the financial district’s modern architecture. While there, do not miss the PATH, a unique underground shopping area consisting of more than 1,200 businesses.
From sporting events to world-class theater to diverse cuisine, Toronto offers it all. You could spend days visiting the city’s museums (the Art Gallery of Ontario houses a magnificent collection of art, while the Royal Ontario Museum exhibits cultural and natural history from around the globe). Toronto even has its own castle, Casa Loma, and quaint Victorian neighborhoods that invite you to stroll their quiet streets, while the many parks provide relaxation after a busy day.
Toronto has a moderate climate as one of the southernmost cities in Canada with the warmest springs and summers in the nation (60 to 78 F). The winter months (December to February) are chilly with temperatures from 19 to 44 F.
Best Time to Fly to Toronto
The best time to visit Toronto is from June to early October. During this time there are numerous festivals and events taking place. In July and August the city can be muggy and humid. Autumn is a nice time to visit when temperatures are mild and the sun is still shining.
Although winters are cold, the city is still active playing host to numerous holiday festivities and cheap flights to Toronto are easier to come by.
Getting around Toronto
Toronto’s public transport consists of a connected network of subways, buses and streetcars that offer safe, efficient and reliable transport. With all of those options, you can get anywhere in the city. The subway has four lines and buses and streetcars can be boarded at every major subway stop. After 1:30am the Blue Night Network services the main streets and the Request Stop Program allows people to get off the bus anywhere between stops. Cabs are easy to find and you can take ferries to the Toronto Islands. While renting a car is an option, keep in mind that there is a lot of traffic and parking is expensive.
Toronto Travel Information
- One of the top film festivals in the world - the Toronto International Film Festival – is held in September throughout 23 venues in downtown Toronto. Up to 400 films are screened.
- Visit the CN Tower, one of the highest freestanding structure in the world. Walk along its glass floor or book a table in its revolving restaurant and look out hundreds of miles. If you are feeling really adventurous, the CN Tower offers an outdoor edge walk.
- Travel along Yonge Street, which stretches almost 1,242 miles from the heart of the shopping district to the University of Toronto.
- Try the InfoToGo visitor system that makes getting around Toronto extremely easy. With more than 20 sites at various points around the city, you’ll find maps specifically designed for each area including historical locations and public transportation stops.
- Yes, castles do exist in North America. Casa Loma is Canada’s most famous with 98 rooms and is set on five acres of manicured estate gardens that are in full bloom from May through October.
- The "Biggest Underground Shopping Complex" according to the Guinness World Record is Toronto's underground city, PATH. The "city" has more than 17 miles of indoor pedestrian walkways linking hotels, shopping, dining and major attractions all underground.