Toronto Travel Guide
Toronto Travel Guide
Toronto is a different city in every season. With weather as varied as its population, it is a fascinatingly multi-faceted destination. Though culturally rich and artistic, it is quintessentially Canadian in its politeness.
A holiday in Toronto provides non-stop adventure for tourists, with its distinct seasons and neighbourhoods each offering something different. Visitors truly are spoiled for choice in a city that offers summer cultural festivals along the Harbourfront, the delightful gaudiness of the Yonge Street strip, quaint Victorian houses in Cabbagetown, heart-warming meals in Little Italy, and skating on the numerous outdoor rinks in winter.
In the warm months, the city's nightlife buzzes with energy. That said, bold travellers can find quality night-time entertainment in winter too. Serious shopaholics will find endless shopping opportunities in Toronto. History buffs will find interesting museums, and art lovers will relish the many galleries and creative festivals. Kids also have an exceptional menu of activities to choose from, with plenty of family attractions on offer.
Best time to visit Toronto
The best time to visit Toronto is during the summer months (June to August). The weather is pleasant for exploring on foot, and the city comes alive with outdoor events. Winters in Toronto (December to February) are bitterly cold. But, if visitors choose to explore Toronto in the chilly months, the underground shopping malls will provide plenty of entertainment away from the elements. The most beautiful season in Toronto is autumn, when the fall foliage is glorious. Read more on Toronto's Climate and Weather.
What to see in Toronto
-Take a tour of Casa Loma, Toronto's incongruous but intriguing medieval castle.
-See rare and wonderful animals at the world-class Toronto Zoo.
-Admire spectacular views from the lofty CN Tower.
-View the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, full of the weird and wonderful.
What to do in Toronto
-Make the kids squeal with excitement at Paramount Canada's Wonderland.
-Shop and eat your way around the Distillery Historic District.
-Marvel at the diverse treasures in the Royal Ontario Museum.
-Visit the Harbourfront Centre, the communal heart of Toronto.
Though Canada is an enormous country and the major cities are generally far apart, both Ottawa and Montreal are within reach for a weekend getaway when staying in Toronto. Popular excursions from Toronto include the epic Niagara Falls and Lake Superior.
The Toronto Pearson International Airport, or simply Toronto International, is Canada's busiest airport. It is situated 17 miles (28km) northwest of downtown Toronto. Get more information on Airports in Toronto.
Did you know?
-The coldest temperature ever recorded in Toronto was -24°F (-31°C), and the highest was 105°F (41°C).
-There are 52 outdoor skating rinks in Toronto, generally open between December and February.
-More than 21 million people visit Toronto annually.
Toronto skyline ©
Toronto is a vibrant and cosmopolitan place. It is Canada's most heavily populated city and home to more than 80 ethnic groups. The city has a lively stock exchange, soaring architecture, museums, art galleries, performing arts companies, fine restaurants, large shopping complexes, and a striking natural beauty.
Situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto has distinctive neighbourhoods, where immigrants from across the globe have helped shape what it means to be Canadian. The city's most prominent feature is the CN Tower. The landmark is one of the world's tallest free-standing structures, and has design elements that help visitors enjoy the view. Chief among them are glass-fronted elevators and a revolving restaurant near the top. Toronto also boasts the Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome). The multi-purpose entertainment complex has a retractable roof, and a claim to being the world's greatest entertainment centre.
The city gets very cold during winter. Travellers should visit over the mid-year period if avoiding chillier weather is a priority.