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Toronto

City Guide and Travel Tips

Toronto is one of the most diverse cities to visit, with over 140 languages spoken and cultural influences from all over the world. From the Hockey Hall of fame, Metro Zoo, Canada’s Wonderland to Ontario Science Centre this is a city full of museums, restaurants and attractions. See Toronto at it's best in Summer, when all the bars and clubs come to life and loads of festivals take place.

Top Things to Do in Toronto

  • CN Tower
    It's impossible to miss the CN Tower in Toronto. Over 553 meters high, it has unrivalled views of Toronto's skyline and the surrounding Lake Ontario.
  • Distillery District
    The Distillery District is a colourful historic neighbourhood in Toronto, with loads of cool cafes, bars and restaurants to explore. Check out the street art and have a craft beer in one of the many trendy bars.
  • Museums and Galleries
    Toronto has lots of museums and art galleries to explore, but our particular favourites are the Royal Ontario Museum, Bata Shoe Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario.
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
    Hockey is one of Canada's favourite sports, so if you're in Toronto it's definitely worth checking out the Hockey Hall of Fame. Learn about some of the nation's favourite players or try your hand at the game itself, on one of the city's outdoor ice rinks.
  • Harbourfront
    Take a stroll along the scenic Harbourfront, looking over the waters of Lake Ontario and taking in the atmosphere of the street entertainers. With lots of lakeside bars and restaurants opening up their terraces in summer, this is a great spot for alfresco dining.
  • Visit Niagara Falls
    From Toronto, you can't miss a trip to the awesome Niagara Falls and its adjacent wine region. We bet you didn't know that crossing Niagara Falls by tightrope requires you to carry your passport?

Toronto Neighbourhoods

As one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world, Toronto's neighbourhoods make up a myriad of histories and cultures. Discover sights such as the CN Tower, reflected here in the calm water of Lake Ontario, or just hang out with the locals in the cool bars of the Distillery District.
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Downtown
Head to the buzz of Downtown Toronto for the city's main attractions, including the CN Tower, Union Station, plus various art galleries and museums. Go down to the Harbourfront to take a stroll along the broadwalk, taking in the views of Lake Ontario or head to the epicentre of Yonge-Dundas square, Toronto's answer to Times Square, for a spot of shopping in the huge malls.
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West Queen West
Once voted the world's coolest neighbourhood, Toronto's West Queen West is a hipster haven, with hundreds of galleries, shops, restaurants and boutiques to explore. It's Toronto's creative centre, and with it comes lots of cool hangouts for the trendy travellers and art lovers.
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Chinatown & Kensington Market
For bohemian, hipster vibes, venture West of Downtown to the neighbourhoods of Queen West, Kensington Market and Chinatown. These districts host Toronto's most eclectic mix of cultures, with cheap eateries, art galleries and shops that sell just about anything. Check out the graffiti in Kensington Market and snack on dumplings in Chinatown.
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Yorkville
Yorkville is one of Toronto's more affluent neighbourhoods, with high-end shopping outlets along the "Mink Mile". Once a bohemian centre in the 1960's, budget travellers may only head here to window shop or visit the Royal Ontario Museum, but then you can spend an entire day doing just that.

Our favourite Toronto Hotels

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Bond Place
In the heart of Downtown Toronto, this newly renovated hotel boasts fresh, contemporary interiors plus a spanking new fitness centre. It's also within walking distance from the Eaton Centre's fantastic shopping.
HI Toronto
HI Toronto
HI Toronto is a fantastic backpacker's pitstop in this exciting city. Centrally located and with free Wi-Fi, tourist information and a guest kitchen, you'll have everything you need.
Holiday Inn
Located in Downtown Centre, the Holiday Inn is bordered by Yonge, Carlton, Church and Wood Streets. Full of amenities, rooms come with flatscreen TVs and mini-fridges.

Tours and Activities in Toronto

Niagara Falls
Depart Toronto and travel down to the beautiful Niagara wine region, stopping for a tour and tasting at an award-winning winery. Continue to the majestic falls where you can opt for a boat ride or even a helicopter ride over the falls before returning to Toronto.
Toronto Hop-on Hop-off
Experience the sights, sounds and history of multi-cultural Toronto at your own speed, on your own time, with this handy three day hop-on hop-off pass. Sights include entertainment district, harbourfront and the CN Tower.

When to visit Toronto?

The best times to visit Toronto are during the shoulder season months of April, May, September and October. The summer months have the warmest weather but the city will be crowded with tourists and accommodation will be more expensive. The winter months are particularly cold and snowy, so usually draw a lot less people.