North America’s fourth largest city – Toronto is a top travel destination for those wanting a city break and a taste of Canada. It’s been voted one of the most multicultural cities in the world, and sports a cosmopolitan cuisine like no other. It’s skyline is one of the most recognisable on the planet and it is constantly buzzing with attractions. If you’re thinking of venturing to this vibrant metropolis, here are few things you may want to know first.
What To See
The biggest attraction in Toronto is the legendary 1,815ft CN tower. Those that have a head for heights should definitely climb this mighty skyscraper as there are few cities that can boast such impressive viewpoints.
Those looking for a cultural trips meanwhile have hundreds of theatres, ballets, operas and live music venues to choose from. There are many museums to visit such as the Royal Ontario Museum and those that like their art should visit the Art Gallery of Ontario. Various markets also provide some great opportunities for souvenirs, as well affordable and exotic street foods an some great places to grab a drink.
Those that like ice-skating ought to come in the winter where there are multiple rinks. If you can book tickets, an ice hockey game is also well worth seeing whilst you’re in the capital of the sport.
Toronto also happens to be a stone’s throw from natural wonders such as Niagara Falls. From here you can take a boat tour and even cross the border into the United States of America. The city also overlooks Lake Ontario, from where you can take a boat trip or visit one of the local beaches. There are also a multitude of parks within the city, plus a botanical garden, for those that need a green escape.
Before You Go
Canada has recently brought in its own form of visa called the eTA (Electronic Travel Authorization). You may need one of these before you jet off. Details on the eTA can be found here: https://official-canada-eta.com/.
On top of this you’ll need the usual documents such as a passport and travel insurance documents. If you’re planning on hiring a car, having insurance documents will also be required.
When To Go
The weather in Toronto varies depending on the time of year. Winter can be extremely cold, whilst summers can reach up to twenty-five degrees Celsius. This should be taken into account when booking your trip.
You’ll most likely get cheaper flights in the winter months, excluding December. Look out for non-direct flights. Having to change flights may seem like a small inconvenience, but it could halve the cost.
Where To Stay
Where you decide to stay depends on your budget, but generally you’re better staying out of the centre. Hotels on the suburbs can be very affordable. You may need to pay to get a train or bus into the centre, but it’ll still work out cheaper in most cases. There are also many campsites and rural places nearby that could cut costs even more.