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 visit 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.
Toronto, 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 available too, bringing travellers to one of the world’s most liveable cities.
Getting from the Airport to the CityToronto Pearson Airport (YYZ) is well served by public transport options. Express buses, local buses, taxis, limousines and car rental are all available.
Getting around Toronto
Toronto’s public transport consists of a connected network of subways, buses and streetcars that offer safe, efficient and reliable transport. With all of those options, as well as a light rapid transit reaching to the Harborfront, you can get anywhere in the city. The subway has four lines and buses and streetcars can be boarded at every major subway stop. After 1:30am the Blue Night Network services the main streets. Cabs are easy to find and you can take ferries to the Toronto Islands. Renting a car in the city isn’t worth it. Traffic is heavy and parking can be very expensive.
Toronto insider information
- One of the top film festivals in the world - the Toronto International Film Festival – begins on the Thursday night after Labor Day. In around 23 venues in central Toronto up to 400 films are screened.
- Visit the Canadian National Tower, one of the highest freestanding structures in the world. Walk along its glass floor or book a table in its revolving restaurant and look out at the hundreds of miles of the city.
- Travel along Yonge Street which stretches almost 1,243 miles from the heart of the shopping district to the University of Toronto and from the lakeshore in Toronto, north to Rainy River, Ontario, near the Minnesota border.
- Try the InfoTOgo visitor system that makes getting around Toronto extremely easy. You’ll find maps specifically designed for the area each “pillar” located at more than 20 sites at various points around the city. Historical locations and public transportation stops are highlighted on the map.
- Casa Loma is Canada’s most famous castle with 98 rooms and set on five acres of manicured estate gardens that are in full bloom from May through October.