Get your glad rags packed and head off on a Toronto city break – this cosmopolitan Canadian city is sure to show you a good time...
The CN Tower's 533m pointy mast marks the heart of Toronto and dwarfs the buzzing Rogers Centre baseball and football stadium below. Financial District blends into Fashion District on Queen Street West, where students and media luvvies meet at fusion restaurants.
Below it all is PATH – a 17-mile maze of shops, entertainment and transport hubs, while along one edge of the city you’ll find the sprawling shore of Lake Ontario. There are markets, bars, art galleries, museums, theatres, parks and all manner of activities at the water’s edge. There’s much to see and do in Toronto and, for a break from the city, the thundering power of Niagara Falls can be experienced in less than two hours. There’s a lot to love about Toronto city breaks!
You’ll arrive into Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) after a flight time from the UK of around eight hours. The airport is a 45-minute drive from the city centre. Take a taxi from outside of the arrivals terminal or use one of the public transport options. Alternatively, consider booking car hire in Toronto for the duration of your trip. You can collect the car at the airport and drive to your hotel. Having a car makes it easy and cheap to get to Niagara Falls as well as other beauty spots in the province of Ontario.
Stay in Downtown Toronto (Centre Ville) to have attractions and amenities on your doorstep. Other good tourist areas include Cabbagetown and The Beach – a great spot if you want to combine city and sands.
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A city break to Toronto is an attractive prospect at any time as each season offers something a little different...
Summer is a hugely popular season in Toronto so it’s essential to book early if you plan to travel between July and September. There’s certainly no shortage of hotels, but demand is high, especially when the city hosts the Toronto International Film Festival in September. Daytime summer temperatures average 24C, with some very hot days and rainfall. In fact, rain can be expected throughout the year, so pack an umbrella or a raincoat.
Spring days can be pleasantly sunny but often chilly, as can those in autumn. Temperatures during winter days can plummet below freezing, while night-time temperatures are often below 0C.
From summer fairs to festive cheers, here are just three of the best annual events in Toronto…
Canadian National Exhibition; August: Don’t let the rather dull name put you off – this annual family fair hosts a terrific collection of rides, markets, shows and entertainment.
Toronto International Film Festival; September: Book your break well in advance if you plan to attend this star-studded feast of film – the city gets very busy during this event.
Christmas in Toronto; November-December: A Santa Claus Parade, the Christmas Market, the Cavalcade of Lights… Toronto goes crazy for Christmas and – whatever your age – you’ll be utterly captivated by the city during the festive period.
Couples, families, groups, singles… whoever you are, there’s a special experience waiting to be had in this exciting city...
Romance: See Toronto sparkle from your window seat in the 360 Restaurant near the top of the CN Tower. It takes an hour to revolve and sweep you off your feet with views of Lake Ontario.
Families: Pack your comfortable shoes for mini safaris at Toronto Zoo. Grizzly bears and bison give you a taste of Rockies' wildlife.
Shopping: A shoppers' paradise lurks below the surface of Toronto. Follow the maze of underground tunnels for a spree at fancy boutiques.