Toronto has been dubbed as being one of the world's most multicultural cities. It also ranks highly in regards to being the most liveable. The city hosts over 70 film festivals throughout the year, and has ownership of over 200 monuments and artworks. Vibrant and colourful, Toronto is known for its exceptional cuisine, which is a reflection of its ethnically diverse communities. With over 800 restaurants, visitors and locals get to enjoy an extraordinary assortment.
Toronto is a lively city with lots going on all year round, although winters are very cold here. If you're not a fan of freezing temperatures, it's better to travel from the month of May to October.
Festivals and events occur all year round in this vibrant city. On May 24 the city enjoys a National Holiday in honour of Queen Victoria. At this time Toronto comes to life with festivities and colourful firework displays. On July 1 Canadians celebrate "Canada Day", with elaborate parades, festivals and carnivals, and on the 1st and 2nd of July, the city hosts the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival. July is a busy month in Toronto, with the Beaches International Jazz Festival, occurring on the 2nd and 3rd week. Later on, in the 4th week of July, the Gourmet Food Trucks event is held and attendees get to sample the very best in street food. Caribana, the largest outdoor festival held in North America, occurs in the 1st week in August, and on the 2nd and 3rd weeks of September, locals and travellers can attend the Toronto International Film Festival.
British citizens don't generally need to apply for visas to enter Canada, although you'll have to declare amounts exceeding 10,000 Canadian Dollars at customs upon your arrival in Canada. The cost of living is a lot cheaper in Toronto in comparison to London and British rates. Lunch is incredibly cheap, generally costing around 15 CAD, and you can get a beer for anywhere around 6 CAD.
A single ticket on the Union Person Express train from the airport to central Toronto costs around 28 CAD, and the journey time takes about 25 minutes. A 192 (TTC) bus to Kipling Subway Station costs around 3 CAD for a single ticket. Taxis from the airport to the city centre cost around 60 CAD and the journey takes approximately 25 minutes.
Staying in a hostel in Toronto is very affordable, costing around 35 CAD a night, while 3 star hotels charge around 70 CAD a night on average per person.
"TTC" provides underground and tram public transportation services in the city. Single tickets cost around 3 CAD, day travelcards are about 12 CAD, and weekly tickets cost about 40 CAD. Taxis charge around 10 CAD for the first 3 km, and add on about 1.75 CAD for each additional km.