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Toronto & Ontario

Toronto & Ontario

Ontario is yours to discover and its capital –Toronto – is a real gem in its crown!

Holidays in Toronto & Ontario

Ontario is your gateway to its thriving capital city of Toronto and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of North America – Niagara Falls. Nestling on Lake Ontario’s north-western shore; Toronto boasts an iconic skyline, an extensive waterfront, vibrant culture, mouth-watering cuisine, diverse neighbourhoods, acclaimed museums, and bold architecture; not forgetting the world-class festivals, entertainment, and live music!

When is the best time to visit?: Toronto and Ontario have a continental climate leading to four distinct seasons: hot summers and cold winters with snow from mid-December to mid-March. Visit in spring to enjoy High Park’s cherry blossoms and live artists at Canadian Music Week; while autumn is ideal for nature walks and cycling to appreciate the fall colours and spot Humber Bay Shores’ salmon migration.

Where is the best place to stay in Toronto and Ontario?: You’ll be spoilt for choice of where to stay in Toronto, no matter your budget, from luxury hotels and apartments to small and friendly boutique hotels. Many first-time visitors choose locations in Downtown, Harbourfront, Yorkville, Chinatown, and West Queen West; all of which offer easy access to a host of shops, eateries, activities, and nightlife.

Travel guide

From stunning skylines to natural wonders, discover everything Ontario has to offer with an unforgettable city break to Toronto.

  • Best time to visit: April-October
  • Average temp: 9°C/48°F
  • Average flight time: 8 Hours
  • Most suited for: Couples
  • Currency: Canadian Dollar
  • Time Difference: -5 Hours
Step right into Toronto’s iconic skyline and beyond

Step right into Toronto’s iconic skyline and beyond

Toronto leads to a varied line-up of sights and attractions. Admire panoramic views from the 553-metre-tall CN Tower’s Sky Pod, 360 Restaurant, and Edge Walk, while the adjacent Rogers Centre is the home turf for Toronto Blue Jays’ baseball matches. Step back to the turn of the century at the Gothic Casa Lomas; dip into life in the 1860s at Black Creek Pioneer Village; and view dinosaur bones and Egyptian mummies at Royal Ontario Museum. Witness Nathan Philips Square’s new City Hall and ‘The Archer’ bronze sculpture and the neon-lit Yonge Dundas Square’s dancing fountains and live concerts. Indulge in retail therapy at CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Bloor Street (aka the Mink Mile), historic St Lawrence Market, and Kensington Market’s vintage boutiques.

Art and culture abound across Toronto

Art and culture abound across Toronto

Discover the Art Gallery of Ontario’s 95,000 artworks from around the globe and captivating street art along the open gallery of Graffiti Alley. Experience the priceless collection of Islamic Art at Aga Khan Museum’s modern light-filled building surrounded by reflecting pools. Explore Ontario Science Center’s IMAX OMNIMAX Dome theatre, planetarium, exhibitions, and interactive displays. Gaze in awe at Elvis’ blue patent loafers, Robert Redford’s cowboy boots, and Elton John’s silver monogrammed platform slippers in Bata Shoe Museum. Seeing the original 1893 Stanley Cup at the Hockey Hall of Fame is a must for hockey fans. Watch a musical at the Royal Alexander Theatre and listen to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra at Roy Thomson Hall. Canadian National Exhibition rolls into town each August with its rides, arcade games, music acts, and air show.

Get up close to nature, wildlife, and the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls

Get up close to nature, wildlife, and the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls

Encounter Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada’s 20,000 marine mammals and Toronto Zoo’s lions, tigers, penguins, and orangutans. Board the ferry from Queen’s Quay Terminal to the Toronto Islands; the golden sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters here are reminiscent of the Caribbean! Escape to High Park’s sunken gardens, nature trails, natural ponds, and streams, – the Sakura cherry trees are must-sees in the spring! An hour and a half’s drive takes you on a bucket-list adventure to Niagara Falls with its Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Bridal Veil Falls - enjoy the Journey Behind the Falls, the thrills of a Whirlpool Jetboat and the WildPlay Zipline, and awesome vistas from above by helicopter.

food and drink

Food & Drink

As one of the world’s most multicultural cities, it’s no surprise Toronto’s food and drink scene is a real treat for the taste buds. Go down the Michelin Star route at Sushi Masaki Saito and celebrate seasonal, local Ontario flavours at Prime Seafood Palace, 360 Restaurant, Avling Brewery, and Maple Leaf Tavern. Toronto is also a beer lover’s paradise; visit Distillery District’s Mill Street Brew Pub, Downtown’s Steam Whistle Brewing, Amsterdam Brewhouse on the Lake, and Bier Markt. Satisfy your caffeine cravings at the patios at West Queen West’s Cafe23, Leslieville Tango Palace Coffee Company, and Kensington Market’s Café. Foodies will adore the two-week Winterlicious and Summerlicious dining festivals when 200+ of Toronto’s best restaurants offer prix fixe menus at great prices! 


Average monthly temperature in Toronto & Ontario (°C)

  • Jan -3°C
  • Feb -3°C
  • Mar 1°C
  • Apr 7°C
  • May 14°C
  • Jun 16°C
  • Jul 21°C
  • Aug 21°C
  • Sep 18°C
  • Oct 11°C
  • Nov 5°C
  • Dec -1°C
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