Toronto at a glance
Toronto is situated on Lake Ontario, a culturally diverse city brimming with things to see and do. This thriving city is buzzing with activities especially when the weather is nice, with its vast number of restaurants, bars and clubs. The multicultural vibes are endearing, Toronto is the only city in the world with an estimated 140 languages spoken, and the harmonious city of cultures is definitely one-of-a-kind and exciting for visitors to be a part of.
The city is filled with distinctive urban architecture, a flawless mix between old and contemporary – did you know there is a castle in Toronto? The unexpected, gothic-styled Casa Loma was built in 1911, formerly a residence for Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, it is now a museum with hidden passageways, towers, luscious gardens and stables. On the other hand, the highly recommended CN Tower is striking and attention-grabbing, a giant at an astounding 1,815 feet (553m) tall.
If travelling all the way to Toronto, the Niagara Falls is likely to be on your bucket list. The Falls are about 90 minutes’ drive from the centre and one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world.
Perfect if you’re looking for:
- Bustling city break
- Iconic sites
- Diverse activities
In Toronto, there are subway lines operating a regular service from 6am until 1:30am, however, bear in mind that Sunday services commence a little later at 9am. The two main lines are the crosstown Bloor-Danforth line and the Yonge-University-Spadina line taking you everywhere within the city.
Visitors intending to use the subway every day will benefit from a PRESTO card, which is convenient and cheaper than a paper ticket. PRESTO cards can be purchased at credit card-only machines at stations or with cash, head to the GO stations such as Union Station. There are also paper day passes for unlimited travel for one day, only worth it if taking four or more journeys, and especially good value during the weekend
Shopping in Toronto
Shopaholics must head to the Eaton Centre, a fabulous multi-level shopping mall with a high, glass ceiling. It is conveniently located between downtown and Old Toronto for easy access and features high street brands and local stores. For fresh produce and pretty antique finds, walk 15 minutes to the St Lawrence Market on the same day. There is also the colourful Kensington Market for vintage shops, admire the street art and take a break at one of the many hipster cafés in the same area.
Dining in Toronto
Toronto is evolving into its own foodie paradise for its reasonable prices, new eateries and chefs continuously pushing boundaries. Much like the languages of Toronto, the cuisine exhibits influences from the different ethnicities of the locals – from Asian, European and African, to restaurants serving raw, vegan and vegetarian options. Toronto is the perfect place for foodies who have an appetite for diverse cuisine.
Must-try local dishes
- Peameal Bacon Sandwich (Carousel Bakery, St Lawrence Market) – The Canadian, crispy peameal bacon is often paired with the traditional Russian Honey Mustard on a Kaiser roll.
- Poutine – The culinary gems transpired from French Canadians, the dish is simple, French fries are covered in a peppery meat-based gravy and curd.
- Butter Tarts – These are a staple in most cafés and bakeries, the crumbly pastries have a creamy centre made up of a butter, sugar and egg mixture.
Osprey Holidays top tips
The perfect position to view Toronto’s panorama is on the LookOut Level at the CN Tower and for adrenaline junkies, the Glass Floor and the SkyPod for the highest view.
Head to the Waterfront and walk the whole 28 miles stretch, don’t expect to stroll aimlessly, there’s a lot going on at the Waterfront with an Artisan Market in October and beaches for ultimate basking in the sun.
Not just a city for sights, Canada’s Wonderland amusement park approximately 40 minutes from the centre of Toronto defines a great day out bursting with thrilling rides and endless fun!
Get your tailor-made city break itinerary
Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Toronto designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:
- All travel and transfers on days of your choice
- Accommodation from our handpicked range of hotels, to suit your budget and requirements
Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.
- Important information
Population 5,928,040 Languages English Currency Canadian Dollar Visa Information Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to be arranged pre-departure
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- Distance from airports
Toronto Pearson International Airport 27 km