Toronto is a global business and financial hub. Cultured and worldly Toronto is also lively and relaxed with an innovative arts and media scene. While visitors come for its stellar attractions, Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods, engaging locals and evolving restaurant scene make this expansive metropolis one of Canada's must-visit destinations.
The best travel time for visitors is between May and October. During this pleasant period, travellers can enjoy milder temperatures. This brief period also offers visitors an ideal time to explore dynamic Toronto. Autumn is attractive with sunny skies and crisp weather. Winters are extremely cold with icy windstorms.
Toronto's festivals and events occur throughout the year. Some of the most popular occur during Toronto's milder weather. On May 24th, Canadians celebrate Victoria Day which is a National Holiday, honouring Queen Victoria's birthday and is celebrated with fireworks displays. Canada Day is celebrated on July 1st with carnivals, parades and festivals. During the 1st and 2nd week of July, the city hosts the Toronto Fringe Festival, a vibrant grassroots happening. July's 2nd and 3rd weeks are for the Beaches International Festival with concerts and selection of gourmet food trucks. The festival atmosphere continues from the last week of July to the 1st week of August with the "Caribana" Festival. "Caribana" is the largest Carnival in North America and a major international event. The metropolis is also home to the Toronto Film Festival, one of the most notable public film festivals that occurs on the 2nd and 3rd week of September.
British nationals visiting Canada do not normally need visas.
Travellers must declare amounts equal to or greater than 10,000 Canadian Dollars to customs upon arrival in Canada. Life is cheaper in Canada than in London and Britain as a whole. A lunch will be approximately 15 CAD and beer starts at around 6 CAD.
From the airport, travellers can take the Union Pearson train for about 28 CAD (one-way ticket) to central Toronto. The trip takes approximately 25 minutes. Another transport option is the Toronto Transport Commission's (TTC) 192 airport bus to Kipling Subway Station for around 3 CAD for a single ticket. Taxi fare from Pearson Airport to central Toronto costs approximately 60 CAD. The journey takes about 25 minutes. Hostel lodging starts from around 35 CAD per night. On average, three-star hotel accommodation begin from about 70 CAD per person/night. The TTC provides public transport in Toronto with 4 underground lines and 11 tram routes. Single tickets can be purchased for about 3 CAD. TTC day travel cards give passengers one-day unlimited travel for regular TTC services and cost about 12 CAD. A weekly pass costs about 40 CAD. Taxi prices begin at around 10 CAD for 3 km, +1.75 for each additional km.