Toronto is a vibrant North American city offering a wide range of sights and activities. Thanks to a great cultural offer, with many museums and galleries, beautiful natural landscapes for sports or relaxation, a thriving nightlife, and a cosmopolitan population, the capital of Ontario attracts a great number of visitors.
The ideal period to visit Toronto is between May and October. Winters are very cold in the Canadian city. In terms of holidays and festivals, a myriad of events are held at any time of the year. Victoria Day is a national holiday celebrated on 24th May to honour Queen Victoria, and it's the occasion to enjoy some fireworks. "Canada Day", on the 1st July, is one of the most important celebrations of the year. The national holiday includes parades, festivals, carnivals and more. As for festivals, the first and second week in July see the organisation of the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival. Then comes the Beaches International Jazz Festival during the second and third week of July with concerts and gourmet food trucks. To wrap up the month, Caribana, the largest Caribbean carnival in North America, is held between the fourth week of July and the first week of August. In September, it's time for the Toronto International Film Festival, during the second and third weeks of the month.
Travellers visiting Canada with over 10,000 Canadian dollars must declare the amount to customs on arrival at the airport. The cost of life is lower in Toronto than in London, but also than in Britain as a whole. A meal for lunch costs around 15 CAD, while a beer is about 6 CAD.
From Toronto Airport, travellers can take the Union Pearson Express train. It takes around 25 minutes to arrive in the city centre and a one-way ticket costs about 28 CAD. Bus number 192, operated by TTC, goes to Kipling Subway Station and a single ticket is around 3 CAD. Alternatively, taxis drive from the airport to central Toronto in approximately 25 minutes and the fare is about 60 CAD. For accommodation, visitors can get a room in a hostel for around 35 CAD per night, or choose a 3-star hotel, where prices are about 70 CAD per person per night on average. When it comes to public transport, TTC operates both the underground and trams. Several types of fares are available, with single tickets at around 3 CAD, day travelcards at about 12 CAD and weekly passes at around 40 CAD. Taxi fares start at about 10 CAD for 3 kilometres, and 1.75 CAD for every additional kilometre.