With one of the most iconic skylines in the world, with the CN Tower and the Rogers Centre (formerly the Skydome) at the heart of the scene, Toronto never fails to impress its visitors. A city for all seasons – where you can relax on a beach in the summer and walk through crisp white snow in the winter – it also boasts amazing shopping, an abundance of museums, art galleries and attractions, international dining and a bustling nightlife - there really is something for everyone on a holiday in Toronto.
Fancy some retail therapy? Head downtown to the Eaton Centre, home to over 285 shops and restaurants. The St Lawrence Market in Old Town Toronto along with the Kensington, Yonge Street and Yorkville markets are great places to pick up a bargain or two. The exclusive shops in Bloor and Yorksville are tops for designer wear.
The Harbourfront Centre is a great place to spend some time too with its art galleries, theatres, craft boutiques and restaurants to explore. Or why not just enjoy a relaxing stroll along the waterfront or take to the water on a sailboat. At 10-minute ferry ride from the foot of Yonge Street will take you across to Centre Island to discover miles of parkland, picnic tables and BBQ's, beaches, cycle paths, children's farm and amusement park. For the children, Toronto Metro Zoo and the Wonderland Theme Park are great for a fun-filled time.
Of course, no trip to Toronto would be complete without a trip across Lake Ontario to Niagara Falls, with a ride on the Maid of the Mist a must-do experience.
Toronto has a semi-continental climate with warm, humid summers and cold winters. Spring and summer temperatures range from 15°C to 25°C. Winter temperatures hover around freezing with a good chance of snowfall.
VThere are lots of things to do during a holiday in Toronto. Enjoy a whistle-stop tour of the city on a hop on hop off bus tour. Scale the dizzy heights of the CN Tower for the best views. Enjoy a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game at the Rogers Centre. Explore shoes through the ages at the Bata Shoe Museum. The Royal Ontario Museum is home to dinosaurs and mummies. Enjoy a brewery tour at the Steam Whistle Brewery and see how their pilsner is made. Step back in time at Toronto's most romantic historic mansion, Casa Loma. The children will have a fun time at the Children's Village, Toronto Metro Zoo and the Wonderland Theme Park. Ride the Maid of the Mist under the Niagara Falls. Take the train from Toronto to Jasper and explore the delights of the Rockies.
Toronto's restaurants and cafes encompass flavours from around the globe. For authentic Italian fare head to Little Italy and Corso Italia, Chinatown is tops for Chinese and Vietnamese flavours and Indian specialities abound in Little India. Hungarian, Greek, Japanese, Jewish, Korean and Caribbean food is also available. You must try the local pea meal bacon sandwich too. Canadian wines and beers make the perfect accompaniment to your meal.
Toronto offers a great nightlife scene with a place to suit your every mood and taste. From bustling nightclubs to live music, comedy clubs to karaoke bars, sports bars to jazz clubs, you'll be spoilt for choice where to spend your evenings in Toronto.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.