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Diane Geddie, Product & Short Break Specialist

"It is a wonderful surprise that Toronto is a favourite for bustling city culture yet not far from a retreat into picture-perfect natural parks and of course the stunning Niagara Falls. There’s something for everyone, whether it be the Toronto Zoo or Canada’s Wonderland Amusement Park for kids or the extreme walk along the Glass Floor of the CN Tower for us adults, the Tower is also the best for views! I recommend a sunset walk along the Waterfront after a dinner at one of the many restaurants to round off your day."

Toronto at a glance

Toronto is situated on Lake Ontario, a culturally diverse city brimming with things to see and do. This thriving city is buzzing with activities especially when the weather is nice, with its vast number of restaurants, bars and clubs. The multicultural vibes are endearing, Toronto is the only city in the world with an estimated 140 languages spoken, and the harmonious city of cultures is definitely one-of-a-kind and exciting for visitors to be a part of.

The city is filled with distinctive urban architecture, a flawless mix between old and contemporary – did you know there is a castle in Toronto? The unexpected, gothic-styled Casa Loma was built in 1911, formerly a residence for Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, it is now a museum with hidden passageways, towers, luscious gardens and stables. On the other hand, the highly recommended CN Tower is striking and attention-grabbing, a giant at an astounding 1,815 feet (553m) tall.

If travelling all the way to Toronto, the Niagara Falls is likely to be on your bucket list. The Falls are about 90 minutes’ drive from the centre and one of the most beautiful natural wonders of the world.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • Bustling city break
  • Iconic sites
  • Diverse activities

Getting around

In Toronto, there are subway lines operating a regular service from 6am until 1:30am, however, bear in mind that Sunday services commence a little later at 9am. The two main lines are the crosstown Bloor-Danforth line and the Yonge-University-Spadina line taking you everywhere within the city.

Visitors intending to use the subway every day will benefit from a PRESTO card, which is convenient and cheaper than a paper ticket. PRESTO cards can be purchased at credit card-only machines at stations or with cash, head to the GO stations such as Union Station. There are also paper day passes for unlimited travel for one day, only worth it if taking four or more journeys, and especially good value during the weekend

Shopping in Toronto

Shopaholics must head to the Eaton Centre, a fabulous multi-level shopping mall with a high, glass ceiling. It is conveniently located between downtown and Old Toronto for easy access and features high street brands and local stores. For fresh produce and pretty antique finds, walk 15 minutes to the St Lawrence Market on the same day. There is also the colourful Kensington Market for vintage shops, admire the street art and take a break at one of the many hipster cafés in the same area.  

Dining in Toronto

Toronto is evolving into its own foodie paradise for its reasonable prices, new eateries and chefs continuously pushing boundaries. Much like the languages of Toronto, the cuisine exhibits influences from the different ethnicities of the locals – from Asian, European and African, to restaurants serving raw, vegan and vegetarian options. Toronto is the perfect place for foodies who have an appetite for diverse cuisine.

Must-try local dishes

  • Peameal Bacon Sandwich (Carousel Bakery, St Lawrence Market) – The Canadian, crispy peameal bacon is often paired with the traditional Russian Honey Mustard on a Kaiser roll. 
  • Poutine – The culinary gems transpired from French Canadians, the dish is simple, French fries are covered in a peppery meat-based gravy and curd.
  • Butter Tarts – These are a staple in most cafés and bakeries, the crumbly pastries have a creamy centre made up of a butter, sugar and egg mixture. 

Osprey Holidays top tips

The perfect position to view Toronto’s panorama is on the LookOut Level at the CN Tower and for adrenaline junkies, the Glass Floor and the SkyPod for the highest view.

Head to the Waterfront and walk the whole 28 miles stretch, don’t expect to stroll aimlessly, there’s a lot going on at the Waterfront with an Artisan Market in October and beaches for ultimate basking in the sun.

Not just a city for sights, Canada’s Wonderland amusement park approximately 40 minutes from the centre of Toronto defines a great day out bursting with thrilling rides and endless fun!

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a fabulous short break to Toronto designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice 
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 5,928,040
Languages English
Currency Canadian Dollar
Visa Information Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA) to be arranged pre-departure
Average temperatures

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Distance from airports
Toronto Pearson International Airport 27 km

Excursions in and around Toronto

Niagara Falls Freedom Day Trip from Toronto
This full day tour takes you from your hotel in Toronto to the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. As you travel by air-conditioned coach, admire the breath-taking scenery of the Niagara Peninsula, and on arrival you will have free time to experience the beauty of the falls themselves. Take a ride on the Hornblower Niagara Cruises boat (included in your ticket) or, during winter, watch the spectacular film of the falls in the Imax Theatre. Your tour will continue with a visit to the Whirlpool Rapids observation deck and the Floral Clock. You will travel through the picturesque community of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the day trip will end in the best possible way, with a stop at a local winery!

Ultimate Toronto Tour 
A small-group tour that takes in all of Toronto’s top sights. Your knowledgeable, friendly guide will take care of everything for you, starting with entrance to the CN Tower where you will ride up to the observation deck for spectacular views over the city. You will visit Casa Loma, the gothic castle where you can tour the 5 acre gardens and explore secret tunnels, and take a trip aboard the Toronto Harbour Cruise for glorious views of the city and waterfront. Back on the coach you will take a driving tour of Eaton Centre, Dundas Square and Queen’s Park with a stop at the famous St Lawrence Market.

Full-Day Niagara Wine Tour with Lunch
Treat yourself with a private tour of the wineries of the Niagara Region located along the scenic shore of Lake Ontario. A certified wine connoisseur will introduce you to a number of local wines to pair with cheese and charcuterie, and you will tour the vineyards while learning about the climate and geology of the region. For lunch you will travel to Niagara-on-the-Lake, a charming and historic town, where there will be time to stroll the quaint streets, browse the boutique shops and admire the architecture. If you wish, you can upgrade your tour to include a boat ride at Niagara Falls.