Toronto is a vibrant and exciting city. Diverse neighbourhoods and an international cuisine entice locals and visitors alike to explore and discover the best of what the city has to offer.
As the cold Canadian winter settles in, the tourists tend to stay away. Even though there are festivals and events throughout the year, May through October is typically the best time to travel to Toronto. The spring and summer is filled with lively events that showcase this energetic city. Victoria Day, 24 May, is a national holiday and marks the unofficial start to summer. The holiday is actually celebrated the Monday before 24 May each year. Locals head to summer getaway spots and prepare for longer and warmer days. July is packed with holidays, festivals and concerts. Catch the unique and eclectic Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival with performances, plays and dance productions in the first to second weeks of July. The second and third week of July is filled with Beaches International Festival showcasing diverse acts including jazz, hip-hop and blues. Foodies rejoice as Gourmet Food Trucks are set up to entice those with a culinary interest. Caribana, or as it is now known - Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, takes over at the end of July and into August with a burst of calypso and reggae rhythms. In the second to third week of September the Toronto International Film Festival, or Tiff as it is affectionately called, grabs hold of the city. This internationally known film festival hosts numerous galas and star-studded parties. Be on the lookout for celebrity sightings!
Flying into Toronto is relatively easy, as Visas are not normally needed by British Citizens. If travelling with excess cash, anything over 10,000 Canadian Dollars, it must be declared to customs upon arrival in Canada. Your wallet can breathe easier as Toronto is generally cheaper than London and Britain as a whole. Be prepared to spend around 15 CAD for lunch. If you are looking for a cold beer after a day of sightseeing, it will cost about 6 CAD.
Upon arrival at the airport, take the Union Person Express train. This costs approximately 28 CAD for a one-way ticket and arrives central Toronto in about 25 minutes. Another option is bus number 192 (TTC) to Kipling Subway Station for about 3 CAD for a single ticket. If preferred, taxis are available from the airport to central Toronto and cost around 60 CAD with about a 25 minute transit time. Get around the city easily with the 'TTC', the underground and tram. Single tickets cost about 3 CAD, day tickets at around 12 CAD and weekly tickets approximately 40 CAD. Taxis start around 10 CAD for 3km and an additional 1.75 CAD per km.
Accommodation can be affordable with hostel prices at around 35 CAD per night and 3 star hotels on average from 70 CAD per person per night.