When is the best time to visit?
The best time to book flights to Toronto is from June to early October. During this time there are numerous festivals and events taking place. Thousands of colourfully costumed partygoers descend on Toronto in late July or early August for Caribana, North America's largest Caribbean festival, celebrating their culture and traditions. Over a million tourists fill the various venues for the festivities, including the parade on Lake Shore Boulevard and arts festival on Olympic Island.
In July and August the city can be muggy and humid.
Autumn (September to November) is a nice time to take a flight to Toronto, when temperatures are mild and the sun is still shining. The Toronto International Film Festival takes place in September. It is the most successful public film festival in the world and playing host to everything from Hollywood blockbusters to obscure films, this festival is sure to have something for everyone. Public screenings usually start in the late evening and some go past midnight, depending on the venue.
Although winters are cold, the city is still active playing host to numerous holiday festivities and cheap flights to Toronto are easier to come by.
Why visit Toronto?
Toronto, sitting on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, is Canada's largest city, a cosmopolitan, clean, hip city to which immigrants – Germans, Italians, Chinese, Russians, Poles, Irish, Greeks – have flocked for centuries. This modern, buzzing city pays tribute to this diversity with distinct communities (Little Italy, Little Greece, Chinatown) fused cuisine and a plethora of cultural festivals such as the Toronto International Film Festival, Gay Pride Parade and the Caribana Festival.
Finding cheap flights to Toronto are just the starting point for savvy travellers. For picking up bargains and browsing, Yonge Street, Queen Street and the Church Wellesley Village (one of Canada’s most vibrant communities) are the places to go. Another famous shopping option is the PATH, the world’s largest underground network of shopping, entertainment and food spread over 17 miles of walkways underneath the city centre area. Above ground is the huge Eaton Centre mall which has a stunning atrium and more than 230 shops and restaurants. Within a short walking distance, Queens Street West offers hip and fashionable independent shops and street markets, interspersed with coffee bars and pop-up art. Nearby Kensington is great for vintage and retro clothing. For those wanting something more exclusive and luxury, head a little further north to Yorkville and maybe even see a celebrity or two among the boutiques.
The Royal Ontario Museum, renovated and expanded under Daniel Libeskind’s guidance, is a fascinating place. It has more than six million artefacts. The Art Gallery of Ontario, the tenth-largest art museum in North America, has more than 40,000 works in its collection, from 100 AD to present day.
When the city gets too busy, Dundas Square or the Beaches offer a respite. A ten-minute ferry journey from the Harbourfront will deliver you to the Toronto Islands, full of lakeside charm.
Take a flight to Toronto and see the largest city in Canada and the capital of Ontario, sits on Lake Ontario. The city’s distinctive skyline features the famous CN Tower, the world’s fifth-tallest freestanding structure. This iconic tower has a revolving restaurant, a glass elevator and two observation decks, on a clear day, you can see as far as Niagara Falls!
Toronto has a huge theatre and performing arts scene that is not far behind New York and London, so those wanting to see a show will be spoilt for choice. History buffs and art lovers should head to the Royal Ontario Museum, home to more than 60 million items. Those looking for live music should head to College Street and check out the bars and classic venues such as El Mocambo.
There are many flights to Toronto every day from around the UK, with cheap flights to Toronto available too, bringing travellers to one of the world’s most liveable cities.