- Discover Toronto
CN Tower | Niagara Falls | Black Creek Pioneer Village | Ice Hockey | Ice Skating | Canada's Wonderland | Medieval Times Toronto | Zoo | Aquarium | Museums | The Royal Ontario Museum | Hockey Hall of Fame | Bate Shoe Museum
Toronto is the capital of Ontario and is Canada’s most populous city, with up to half of its population born outside Canada.
It was once the world’s highest tower (now the third) and is a great place to get a bird’s eye view of the city. Standing at 1815 feet (555 meters) you can’t miss the CN Tower as you stroll around the city. On the 113th floor you can walk across a glass floor and see the city beneath you. On the 116th floor there is the edge walk where you can walk around the outside of the tower whilst connected to harnesses. If you are feeling particularly brave, head to the Sky Pod on the 146th floor. It’s a great place to start your sightseeing as you can see the entire city from up high and get an idea of where you are.
Although not in Toronto, the spectacular Niagara Falls are only a 90 minute drive away. If you are in Toronto you absolutely must visit them. You can get a helicopter over the falls, head up top to table Rock, or go behind them with the Journey Behind The Falls tour, which takes you behind the actual waterfalls where you can see the curtain of water coming down. All three would be recommended.
Go trains and buses go between Toronto and Niagara Falls everyday as do Coach Canada and Greyhound. It’s an easy day trip.
If you are interested in history you can visit a 19th century village just outside Toronto. They have restored homes and buildings to their original 1860’s state. Bread making, Blacksmithing and more are demonstrated.
Ice Hockey is almost a religion in Canada, and in Toronto it’s the Maple Leafs that the locals support. Head to the Air Canada Centre between October and April to catch a game.
In winter head to the Nathan Phillips Square fountain to go ice skating. The fountain is turned into a rink during the winter. It should also be noted that the fountain is worth a visit during the warmer months too. There are a crazy amount of ice rinks (over 50) all over Toronto during the winter months, so it won’t be hard to find one.
Toronto Zoo is in North-eastern Toronto, housing more than 5000 animals.
Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada has sharks, Stingrays and tropical fish, over 13,500 species in all.
Canada’s largest Theme Park with over 200 attractions. There are thrilling rollercoasters, a water park and live shows.
Watch brave Knights do battle as you enjoy a four course banquet and have a few drinks. It’s great fun.
For those of you who like to mix a bit of learning into your holiday there are all sorts of museums in Toronto.
The ROM is fascinating. There are eight centres of discovery ranging from Earth and Space to Textiles and Fashion to Fossils, as well as ancient cultures.
You can visit the Stanley Cup here, which the local Maple Leafs won way back in 1967. There are lots of interactive exhibits as well.
There are over 13000 shoes in their massive collection, from Egyptian sandals to celebrities shoes.
Visitor information on current weather, getting there and around and safety and security:
Toronto Pearson International Airport is serviced by most major airlines. There are no trains to take you into the centre, which is less than an hour’s drive away. Take the 192 Airport Rocket bus to Downtown for as little as €3. There is also the Pacific Western Airport Express which will bring passengers directly to certain hotels. It costs around €24 one way however. You can get taxis or limousines for around €50, which may be a good option if there is a few of you travelling together.
Flight times to Toronto
Dublin 6.5 hours | London 7 hours | Hong Kong 15.5 hours | New York 1 hour | San Diego 4.5 hours | Sydney 19 hours
If coming from the United States, Greyhound provides a large number of services. From elsewhere in Canada, Ontario Northland or Coach Canada are good options.
Corridor Line – Windsor,Sarnia, Quebec, Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston.
Maple Leaf Line – Toronto to New York, stopping at Buffalo and Albany,
The Canadian Line – Toronto to Vancouver.
Toronto has quite a good subway system. It’s fast and affordable (€3). Day pass is €11.
Toronto has managed to retain its streetcars but they are not the best way to get around the city as they get stuck in traffic regularly.
Toronto is one of the safest cities in North America. Downtown Toronto is very safe. Like any major city there are areas and neighbourhoods that have higher crime rates than others.
Dial 911 in an emergency.
Toronto to Dublin - 6.5 hours
Toronto to London - 7 hours
Toronto to Hong Kong - 15.5 hours
Toronto to New York -1 hour
Toronto to San Diego - 4.5 hours
Toronto to Sydney - 19 hours