Toronto is a peaceful and diverse city where many languages are spoken. Summer life in Toronto spills out onto the streets with fine al-fresco dining and a lively nightlife. This is the best time to explore the city by foot. Toronto sits on Lake Ontario and residents and visitors alike head for its beaches or take boat trips when the sun shines. Toronto has a varied selection of museums and galleries, taking in everything from the contemporary at the Art Gallery of Ontario to the history of shoes in the Bata Shoe Museum. History lovers will find plenty to occupy them at Black Creek Pioneer Village, with its working farms and actors portraying villagers from the 19th century. The young at heart will enjoy a day at Toronto Zoo or exploring Ripley's Aquarium.
The months of May to October are the best time to visit Toronto as the winters are extremely cold. Festivals and events take place throughout the warmer months. Fireworks celebrate "Victoria Day", a national holiday in honour of Queen Victoria, which is held on 24th May. 1st July is "Canada Day". This national holiday sees parades, festivals, carnivals and so on. The Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival is held in the 1st and 2nd weeks of July, while the 2nd and 3rd week of the month is when the Beaches International Jazz Festival takes place. Festival goers can enjoy concerts while dining from gourmet food trucks. The largest Caribbean carnival in North America, "Caribana", is held during the last week of July and first week of August. Film-lovers can enjoy the Toronto International Film Festival during the 2nd and 3rd weeks of September.
British passport holders do not normally need visas to enter Canada, but amounts of money over 10,000 Canadian dollars must be declared at customs on arrival. Life is cheaper in Toronto than in the United Kingdom, with lunches starting at around 15 CAD and beer priced at about 6 CAD.
From the airport it is a 25 minute journey to central Toronto on the Union Person Express Train. A one-way ticket costs about 30 CAD. The 192 bus runs from the airport to Kipling Subway Station and costs around 3 CAD for a single ticket. A taxi journey takes approximately 25 minutes, at a cost of about 60 CAD.
Public transport in Toronto is operated by TTC and consists of buses, trams and the underground. Single tickets cost about 3 CAD and a day travel-card can be purchased for around 12 CAD. Weekly tickets are about 40 CAD. Taxis charge approximately 10 CAD for the first 3 km and then around 1.75 CAD per km after that.
Hostel prices in Toronto start at around 35 CAD per night, while 3-star hotels average from around 70 CAD per person per night.