Whether you fancy a city break or want to use it as a base to see more of Canada, the city of Toronto is a wonderful experience...
For some people, shopping comes first when travelling and the Toronto Eaton Centre is a good place to start, boasting as it does some 230 stores. The Centre's glass galleria is impressive and you will find many international retailers there. Nightlife enthusiasts will find clubs and bars catering to people of all ages and tastes.
Those interested in culture should visit the Art Gallery of Ontario - or AGO - which has a massive 80,000-piece collection that includes the works of Lucius O'Brien, Tom Thomson and Emily Carr, to name but a few. The AGO focuses on periods such as Pre-Confederation and also has some intriguing collections, including a magnificent set of ship models. Toronto's buzzing art scene is promoted by its Arts Council, which helps to foster the development of arts in the city by offering grants to artists and supporting local projects. Visitors should also not miss the Royal Ontario Museum, which represents much of what makes Toronto exciting.
Toronto's theatres have always put on a diverse range of performances and these days hundreds of dance and drama companies can be found in the city.
Many people come to Toronto to then travel on to Niagara. This region has more to offer than just the Niagara Falls, although of course this stunning natural sight is a major draw for tourists. The Niagara region also offers attractive cycling routes, wineries - over 80 of them - and historic attractions. Equally appealing as a natural attraction is Lake Ontario. You can go out sailing on the lake or simply stroll around its shoreline.
Other highlights in and around Toronto include the Casa Loma mansion, a huge building that has been used as a set for a number of blockbuster films. It was designed by the architect E.J. Lennox and at the time of its construction in the early 1900s was the largest residence on the continent of North America. Built by the British Army as a base to defend Upper Canada from aggression from the US, Fort York is today a historic site that hosts military re-enactments and is rumoured to be a site of paranormal activity.
Back in Toronto, you only have to look up to see the miracle of civil engineering that is the CN Tower. This is not only a piece of architecture to admire but also contains stores and restaurants. If you're a sports fan, you may want to check out Maple Leaf Gardens, which has a long history as the home of the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team. They played here for some 70 years and had a lot of success in that time. Nowadays, it contains an athletic centre and a supermarket. Fans of baseball won't want to miss seeing a Toronto Blue Jays game. The Blue Jays are one of the few MLB teams to be found outside the U.S. and have had some success, winning the World Series in 1992 and 1993.
Children will surely enjoy Ontario Place, which includes everything from a zoo to a marina, while adults will be interested in the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre and the convention facilities. Another attraction that has something for pretty much everyone is the St. Lawrence Market. This complex consists of a three buildings and its history dates back to the times when every trader sat on a patch quilt to sell his or her wares.
A trip down to the border of Ontario and the USA takes you to the 1000 Islands, where there forests and peaceful waters to navigate. The world-famous sauce was named after the region.
Flying to Toronto is straightforward and there are lots of flight options from major UK airports...
Toronto flights will take you into Toronto Lester B Pearson International Airport (YYZ). This airport is well connected and hosts some 80 international airlines.
You'll find a range of services such as ATMs and information points on-site.
As one of Canada's key major cities, transfers from the airport are 24-7...
Van and coach services run from the airport to a number of locations in the city, making transfers easy once you've arrived.
Visitors to Toronto are often blown away by its beauty and spoilt for choice for great places to stay...
Toronto is a safe and vibrant city with most visitors finding that the Downtown area is the best choice as it is just so easy to get around on foot, public transport or by taxi.
Downtown is classed as roughly the area east of Spadina Avenue and west of Jarvis Street - running from the lake to just north of Bloor Street. It offers historic townhouses and lakefront properties - it's a very desirable place to live and holiday in.
It is in this area that you'll find a hub of activity daily, with the majority of attractions, restaurants and shopping, so it is by far the best area for most visitors. The options for places to stay here are great and all budgets are covered. There are impressive luxury hotels, mid-range three-star options, and chain budget hotels too.
Guesthouses and B&Bs are prolific in eastern Toronto and while backpacker budget beds are hard to find, there are some top-quality youth hostels if you can book well in advance.
Prices for accommodation leap in the summer as the weather is good and various festivals take place, including the Toronto International Film Festival (10 days in early September).
So, book your flights soon and use our price comparison tool to get the best offers. Before you know it, you'll be heading to one of Canada's most exciting and cosmopolitan destinations.