Toronto is the capital city of the province of Ontario in Canada. It is located just across Lake Ontario from New York.
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Toronto is a diverse city offering something for everyone. The people here are kind and welcoming, and it’s a city rich with art, theater, shopping, adventure, and a mix of historic and modern architecture featuring both family-friendly activities and bustling nightlife.
Toronto has a very healthy outdoor and indoor physical environment. You have outdoor clubs like the Toronto Outdoor Club and personal trainers like FITHAUS. There is no excuse to be out of shape when living in Toronto!
While some places may accept the USD as a courtesy to visitors, the official currency in Toronto is the Canadian Dollar. At this time, 1 USD = 1.328 CAD. You can use Ontario’s travel site to check the current currency rates: https://www.ontariotravel.net/en/plan/tools-and-tips/currency-converter.
Toronto falls in the Eastern Time Zone (EST).
Check the current time in Toronto here: https://www.timetemperature.com/tzon/toronto.shtml
Toronto is divided into several neighborhoods, each offering their own unique feel.
The busy, center hub of the city
Great place to explore art and theatre
Toronto’s historic neighborhood
Trendy nightlife area
Beaches and ethnic restaurants
Cozy area with lots of nature and mom and pop shops
Health-focused and trendy
Planning Your Visit
Toronto has appeared on lists by Forbes, Travel + Leisure, CNN Travel, and Architectural Design as a top place to travel in 2018. The best times to visit are June and August, with low precipitation rates and temperatures between 57°F and 77°F. Use our lists below to start planning your trip!
Where to Stay
Romantic: The Hazelton Hotel (http://www.thehazeltonhotel.com)
Family: Four Seasons Hotel Toronto (https://www.fourseasons.com/toronto)
Trendy: Hotel Le Germain Maple Leaf Square (https://www.legermainhotels.com/en)
What to See
Come see the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere to tip off your vacation. If you’re an adrenaline junkie, opt for the edge walk!
St. Lawrence Market
This marketplace, originally formed in 1803, features local vendors selling everything from cheese and meats to fresh produce, fish, and baked goods. Plan to come here for a meal or just to look around, take home some treats, and try samples of local foods. Check out Paddington’s Pump Restaurant, which offers quick service and meals made from all local ingredients. Locals recommend you head to this site early in the day for the best selection of samples!
Toronto Island Park
Also known as Centre Island, calling this spot a park doesn’t do it justice. This location offers something for everyone with an amusement park, bicycle rentals, row boats, and hedge maze. This is a great place to head if you want a break from the urban lifestyle in the city.
Distillery Historic District
This district is the stuff of dreams for both foodies and beer connoisseurs. The streets are lined with converted factories that now host a myriad of restaurants, art galleries, and shops. Locals remark this as an excellent place to explore on foot. The famous love lock mural is located here as well so don’t forget to bring your own lock to add!
Kensington Market and Spadina Avenue
This eclectic area draws in crowds with its hippy and Carribbean cultures featuring art, unique shops, and flavorful eats. This is a great spot to get pictures of brightly colored street area to commemorate your trip. Don’t miss the Carribean fruit markets to try fruits you didn’t even know existed.
Watch Toronto’s Home Teams
- Baseball: Toronto Blue Jays, at the Rogers Centre
- Basketball: Toronto Raptors, at the Air Canada Centre
- Hockey: Toronto Maple Leafs, at the Air Canada Centre
- Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada
Located right near the CN Tower, come walk through the tank-surrounded tunnel and feel like you’re swimming among the sharks, stingrays, and tropical fish. The second Friday of every month is Jazz Night, offering cocktails and live music while you walk around the aquarium. Locals recommend buying tickets online to avoid long lines here.
This formerly hippy-inhabited district now is the go-to spot for luxury in Toronto. Head here for decadence and an opportunity to spot celebrities.
Princess of Wales Theatre
This gorgeous theatre offers productions that rival those available in New York and London. The theatre district in Toronto is reviewed as “world class” and should be on your list of must-see sites, whether you go to this theatre or other favorites, such as The Ed Mirvish Theatre or Pantages.
When in Toronto you can’t miss Lake Ontario–head to this beach for the best views of the gorgeous lake.
There are always tons of events going on in Toronto. To see what’s going on during your visit, go here: http://www.seetorontonow.com.
Where to Dine
Known for fish tacos, guacamole, and margaritas, this hip dinner spot will be a hit with your group! Make reservations to get a spot on the outdoor patio.
This coffeeshop serves up a great brew and savory breakfasts to help you prepare for a day of exploring. Locals recommend the lima beans!
This trendy, French bistro is sure to please with its Steak Frites and bread bar. Make reservations ahead of time as this bistro is busy at all hours of the day. It is great for every meal, including a decadent brunch.
Roof Lounge-Park Hyatt
Come here for cocktails and an incredible view of the Toronto skyline. This elegant spot is popular so call ahead to ensure you can snag a table.