The bustling capital of the province of Ontario is the best known of the Canadian cities and offers a great starting place for further exploration of eastern Canada...
Holidays in Toronto are ideally paired with trips to nearby Niagara Falls, where water thunders over three spectacular waterfalls and mesmerises millions of visitors every year. Niagara Falls and the nearby town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, is only 90 minutes away from Toronto.
This captivating city offers festivals, theatres, a thriving arts scene, stylish nightlife options, and fantastic shopping at the Eaton Centre or St Lawrence Market. You can also explore subterranean downtown Toronto in PATH, which forms a 28-kilometre underground complex of shopping, entertainment and public transport hubs. It's the perfect respite from the summer heat or the winter chill.
Your adventure starts the minute you touch down at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) after a flight time of around eight hours from the UK. And there is a wide range of accommodation available to visitors in the city.
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The weather in Toronto is seasonal, with cold and snowy winters and hot summers. Spring and autumn are the most comfortable times to visit...
Toronto is a pleasant holiday destination all year, as the varying seasons make for a delightful cityscape whenever you travel. Wrap up warm if you visit in winter, as the mercury often plunges into minus figures in December, January and February.
It's still cool in spring, with daily averages of 6C in April. Summers can be hot and temperatures sit at around 24C, while autumn veers quickly towards the winter chill. Rainfall is consistent throughout the year - take an umbrella whenever you travel to Toronto.
As befits any major city, there is no shortage of events to consider as part of any Toronto holiday. Here are some of the best...
WinterCity Festival; January/February: Culture, creativity and cuisine are celebrated during this two-week event. Huddle in the crowds to keep that winter chill off.
Baseball season starts; April: Baseball fans know that spring has arrived when the baseball season has started. Bag your tickets early to see the Toronto Blue Jays in action.
Toronto Downtown Jazz Festival; June: Get down to Toronto and get groovy at the celebrated jazz fest. Greats of the jazz world perform and some events are free to attend.
Summerlicious; July: Take advantage of a citywide effort to recognise the best culinary talent; restaurants across the city offer cut-price deals so that you can savour the flavour of Toronto.
Tennis - Rogers Cup; August: Catch the cream of the tennis crop at this annual competition at the Rexall Centre. Only Wimbledon and the US Open have a longer pedigree than this tournament.
You'll be rushed off your feet exploring all the things to do in Toronto. Here are some of the highlights...
Sightseers: In the shadow of the spear-like CN Tower you'll find the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum, and the Gothic Revival-style Casa Loma, which now operates as a museum. The tower itself draws more than two million visitors every year who dare to peek over the edge of the observation deck. The tower's new attraction, EdgeWalk, offers the chance for daring guests to circle the narrow ledge at the top of the tower's pod, a terrifying 116 storeys above ground.
Sporty types: Toronto is home to baseball's Blue Jays and ice hockey squad the Maple Leafs, or you can set sail on the beautiful Lake Ontario.
Relaxing: Get out onto the water and visit Thousand Islands, some three hours from Toronto. There are actually almost 2,000 islands to explore in the Saint Lawrence River and food fiends will be interested to know that this is where Thousand Island dressing started life.
Families: Visit the British-built Fort York which was established in 1793 to defend the territory, mostly from the newly independent United States. The kids will also love animal adventures at Ontario Zoo.
Shopping: The vast city centre Eaton Centre is packed with shops to stock up on goodies.