Quick Guide to Toronto

Blending the best of Canadian culture with a touch of Americana, Toronto is a city with a lot going for it. Take your first steps in the city and you'll notice that it is a modern metropolis full of lush green parks, quaint cafes and a thriving art scene, which should be one of your first points of exploration.

There's a fluid transport system that makes it easy to get around the city and see all the exciting attractions on show. A popular time to go is during the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival which takes place every September. Hundreds of films from around the world are screened in various downtown venues, and the city is buzzing with street parties.

The locals are a friendly and accommodating bunch, although if you strike up a conversation about ice hockey, make sure you know your stuff! Canadians can get passionate when it comes to the sport, as you'll see if you catch the Toronto Maple Leafs at home.

Fab holidays for:

Art lovers, Modern city seekers

Main Airport:

Lester B Pearson International Airport

Did you know?

Toronto will host the Pan-American Games in 2015 - the largest sporting event Canada has ever hosted.

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What To Do In Toronto

The local restaurants, clubs, bars and various neighbourhoods pay testament to the diversity of the population and you can wander all day without becoming bored in Toronto. Some highlights are:

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CN Tower
The observation tower is an iconic symbol of Toronto. At 553 meters high it was the world's tallest tower for many years, until it was overtaken by China's Canton Tower in 2010. So you've still got a long way to go to beat its view.
Art Gallery of Ontario
There's a really exciting art scene in Toronto right now, but for a comprehensive overview of Canadian art check out the collection at this extensive gallery. Canadian works make up more than half of their 80,000-strong collection. The museum is also home to the largest public collection of Henry Moore sculptures in the world.
Hockey Hall of Fame
The Canadians are incredibly passionate about ice hockey, and if you want to immerse yourself in the sport too head to this museum. You can pit your skills against animated versions of some of today's best shooters, catch a hockey film in 3D and view the coveted Stanley Cup.
Casa Loma
Visit this gothic-style mansion in midtown Toronto, which has been featured in films such as X-Men and Chicago. There's a pretty garden, an 800-foot underground tunnel to a hunting lodge, decorated suites and even secret passages to explore.
Toronto Zoo
The largest zoo in Canada is home to over 5,000 animals from 460 different species. The giant pandas are a bit of a highlight, but you can also meet Canadian natives like grizzly bears and bison.

How To Get To Toronto

Toronto flights will touch down at Toronto Pearson International Airport, 27 kilometres from the centre, making it a short north-westerly trip by road. Flying direct from the UK takes around eight hours to arrive, whilst indirect flights can take upwards of nine hours.

Meanwhile the smaller airport of Billy Bishop Toronto City is closer to the city and takes domestic flights. Car hire from Toronto Airport is a popular way to travel during your stay.

Where To Stay In Toronto

Hotels in Toronto are widely available with options at all budgets. You'll find more luxury venues located in the financial and arts districts, whilst the downtown area has both value and boutique hotels. Much of the city's accommodation is modern and well maintained thanks to the popularity Toronto holidays.