Welcome to the most cosmopolitan of all cities – welcome to Toronto! This city has everything: adventurous nature, busy port, extravagant hotels and restaurants, magnificent museums and extraordinary shopping experience, but also a few getaway places as well as busy nightlife, and all of it highlighted with long history and numerous nations and languages swarming its streets. You can have the most exciting journey of a lifetime only in one city, so plan your activities carefully and make the most of your memories from this wonderful place.
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When to Visit
April – May Best time to visit; summer tourists have not arrived yet and hotel rates are still low. Canada Blooms is the country’s largest garden and flower festival, annually held in March.
June – August Peak season; heavy crowds and fewer deals. The Caribana, is a festival of Caribbean culture, marked as North America’s largest street festival. Other festivities taking place these months are the North by Northeast Festival, Toronto International Dragon Boat Race Festival and more.
September – October Affordable time to visit and average high temperatures. Fall festivals, such as the Toronto International Film Festival and the Toronto International Art Fair, attract many visitors.
If you wish to take the best panoramic photos of Toronto and have the city at your feet, literally, you can do it if you visit CN Tower. This sightseeing spot offers its visitors a unique experience of walking down the glass line above the city at the Glass Floor located on height of 342m, or enjoying a meal with the breathtaking view from the ninth tallest free-standing concrete structure in the world of 553.3m height in total. If you’re afraid of heights, you can always enjoy evening view of the tower and its marvelous illumination from the ground. For more information visit http://www.cntower.ca
Open: Daily 09:00AM-10:30PM
Closed: December 25th
Price: Adults CAD35/Children CAD25
This is the best place for a family good time, as well as for peaceful solitary walk. Visiting Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada will give any visitor an opportunity to feel like walking at the bottom of the ocean, surrounded by unusual sea creatures and numerous scary species, especially sharks. It will also offer an excellent play-and-learn time for children at Discovery Center. For more information about working hours, tours and other activities check the website www.ripleyaquariums.com
Open: Daily 09:00AM-11:00PM (Sometimes gets closed earlier due to organized events)
Price: Adults CAD30/Children CAD20
Toronto Islands are the ideal place to get away from the city swarm and busy port, and also a very good place to spend a day with your kids. Cars are not allowed on the islands; you can get there by ferry or over the bridge, and completely surrender to the nature, enjoying walking, kayaking, cycling, rowing, visiting Zoo or amusement park, making a picnic or explore lagoons in rented paddle boats.
You can check the ferry schedule on www.torontoislands.org and explore available activities at http://www.centreisland.ca/
Open: May-September 10:30AM-08:00PM daily
Price: Adults CAD40/Children CAD28.50/family CAD122 (All-day ride passes)
This most famous nature attraction in Canada is inevitable and must-see if you visit Toronto, so make sure to book a trip to Niagara Falls and Niagara on the Lake, small town with beautiful 19th century architecture and special historical vibe. There are many ways to go through this once in a lifetime experience, so you can take a helicopter ride over the Falls, book a boat tour around and behind the falls, have a meal with the view on the Falls and many more, offer is various and depends on the season.
For complete information about tours, ticket packages and planning a visit check on the website www.niagarafallstourism.com
May-October You can go on Maid of the Mist Boat Ride to explore bottom of the falls’ horseshoe shape, along with a trip to the Skylon Tower where you can enjoy the view on the falls
November-April Is the time where you can go on Journey Behind The Falls and explore the mysterious caves behind the water wall of the falls’ horseshoe instead of Maid of the Mist Boat Ride.
For all the art lovers Ontario Art Gallery is a must see. This museum holds exhibitions of artwork from all over the world and throughout all the periods. Here you can see extensive collection of native art from North America, to Aboriginal and African art, over the renaissance masters and avant-garde giants, to Canadian Seven and sculptures of Henry Moore, variety of pieces to feast your eyes upon will leave you breathless. For information about numerous tours through exhibitions, tickets and events visit www.ago.net
10:30AM-05:00PM (Tuesday & Thursday), 10:30AM-09:00PM (Wednesday & Friday), and 10:30AM-05:30PM (Saturday & Sunday)
Price: Adults CAD19.50/Children (under 18) CAD11
This shire to Canada’s favorite sport celebrates all things hockey, including those who achieved greatness in the game. The Hockey Hall of Fame contains the most comprehensive collection of hockey artifacts and memorabilia in the world, among them the original Stanley cup trophy. For more information, tickets and events visit www.hhof.com
Open: Daily daily (hours vary seasonally so check before you visit)
Closed: January 1st, December 25th and induction day
Price: Adults CAD19/ Senior citizens (65yrs+) CAD15/ Children(4yrs-13yrs) CAD13/ under 3yrs & under free
Royal Ontario Museum is one of the largest museums in North America, combining museums of nature and history of civilization in one place. Museum offers its visitors unique experience of seeing all the best and most exciting artifacts from all the continents and ancient times, from fossils, Egyptian mummies and the best nature’s architecture in replica of Jamaican bet cave, to the richest collection of costumes and textile, Chinese temple sculptures and Gallery of Korean Art, and many more. For all the extra information about exhibitions, tours and ticket prices visit http://www.rom.on.ca
Open: 10:00AM-05:30PM (Saturday-Thursday), 10:00AM-08:30PM (Friday)
Closed: December 25th
Price: Adults CAD15/Children CAD12
Casa Loma means “house on the hill” in Spanish, and it is a proper fairy-tale castle that looms over the city. This grandiose castle is a work of art created by famous Canadian architect E.J. Lennox finished in 1914. for an industrial magnate Sir Henry Pellatt who, unluckily, lived there shortly. The castle has 98 rooms, magnificent view and beautiful gardens, and it is available on tours, or self-guided tour with multimedia audio guide provided on the entrance. All the information about history, design, tours and ticket prices you can find on www.casaloma.org
Daily 09:30AM-05:00PM (Last admission is at 04:30PM; closes at 04:00PM on December 24th)
Closed: December 25th
Price: Adults CAD27/Seniors (age >65) and youth (age 14-17) CAD22/Children (age 4-13) CAD17
Toronto Eaton Centre is a kind of Canadian Macy’s – the biggest and the most popular shopping center with over 230 stores, many restaurants and cafes, and an interesting anachronism: although Timothy Eaton’s retail company bankrupted almost 20 years ago, this center still proudly carries his name.
Open: Monday-Saturday 10:00AM-09:30PM; Sunday 10:00AM-07:00PM
Closed: Easter Sunday and December 25th
This unique shopping and entertainment phenomenon is listed in the book of Guinness World Records as the biggest underground shopping complex in the world: it spreads on over 30km under the city, connecting many buildings and offices, parking lots, shopping malls, hotels and a railway terminal, where walkers can enjoy shopping, restaurants and business attractions, completely unaffected by weather conditions. For more information about this outstanding site visit www.torontopath.com/
Open: Depends on the stores and restaurants, but most of them are open until 11:00PM