Toronto is a vibrant city that engages travellers with its fine restaurants, cultural attractions that include the nearby Niagara Falls and Wonderland amusement park, and museums and art galleries.
As home to many festivals, visitors will enjoy a year-round wealth of entertainment in Toronto.
Best Time for Toronto
Visitors will find the best time to travel to Toronto is from May to October. Winters tend to be so cold that it can be hard for some travellers to participate in outdoor sightseeing or activities.
Visitors wishing to participate in cultural holidays can celebrate Victoria Day on May 24th, a national holiday in honour of Queen Victoria. Canada Day on July 1st is a national holiday complete with festivals, parades, carnivals and fireworks.
July proves a busy month for Toronto, which serves as host to the Toronto Fringe Theatre Festival during the first and second week. It hosts the Beaches International Jazz Festival with concerts and gourmet food trucks during the second and third week of July. Moreover, from the fourth week of July to the first week in August, Toronto presents "Caribana" -the largest Caribbean carnival in North America.
As summer winds down, September brings in the renowned Toronto International Film Festival during the second and third week. Travellers are advised to reserve accommodations in advance due to the large influx of visitors around this period.
Before You Travel to Toronto
British citizens will not typically require a visa to enter Canada, although a valid passport is necessary.
The cost of living in Toronto is less expensive than in London and Britain overall. Budget-conscious travellers can feast on lunch for around $15 CAD, or they can consume a beer for about $6 CAD.
Local Information When Travelling in Toronto
To reach central Toronto from the airport in approximately 25 minutes, take the Union Pearson Express train with a one-way ticket, about $28 CAD. For a cheaper option, ride the 192 (TTC) bus to Kipling Subway Station for a single ticket, around $3 CAD. A taxi from the airport will cost about $60 CAD, and it takes about 25 minutes to reach central Toronto.
For efficient public transportation, take the TTC, which operates the underground and tram network. A single ticket costs about 3 CAD, while day travel cards cost approximately 12 CAD. For more savings, purchase a weekly ticket for around 40 CAD.
If private transportation is desired, taxis start at around 10 Canadian Dollars for three kilometres, with an additional 1.75 CAD for every additional kilometre.
Accommodation in Toronto can be reasonable, with hostels starting for around 35 Canadian dollars a night. A three-star hotel will cost on average approximately 70 CAD for one person each night.