Toronto holiday highlights

Central Toronto is where you’ll find most of the city’s attractions. It includes downtown with its high-rise buildings, the CN Tower, the PATH shopping centre, Rogers Centre, Yonge Street, the harbourfront, Kensington market and Chinatown. The West End plays host to authentic dining venues in Little Italy/Portugal Village and High Park — Toronto's very own Central Park; while the East End comprises Greektown, Little India and the Beaches neighbourhood.

Shopping is a must here, as Toronto boasts some of the biggest shopping malls in Canada. Take a walk through the PATH, the world’s largest underground shopping complex and shop till you drop!

Visit Toronto’s hill top castle, Casa Loma and see its majestic towers, staircase, tunnels and secret passages as you learn its history and that of its creator. Some of the best museums and galleries include the Art Gallery of Ontario, Royal Ontario Museum and Toronto Aerospace Museum. For nightlife, head to Adelaide in the aptly named Clubland district and Queen Street in the fashion district; then relax on the shores of Lake Ontario in Beaches, with a lakeside boardwalk and sand beach.

Toronto's restaurants are as diverse as its population, with a number of coffee houses and pizzerias, and specialist foodie areas including Little India, Greektown, Chinatown, Little Italy/Portugal Village and Koreatown. There are some great value options for eating out

Toronto is the only city in Canada that still uses street cars. These are a fun way to travel but do get stuck in traffic at peak times. Three subway lines and a rapid transit line are efficient and extend well into the suburbs, and there is also a bus network.  The city centre is relatively compact and best explored on foot. Ferries and water taxis travel the ten minutes from Toronto Ferry Docks to the Toronto Islands. The Union Pearson Express links Downtown Toronto with the international airport. Trains depart every 15 minutes between 5:am and 1am and take just 25 minutes, making the transfer to or from the airport quick and easy.

Toronto key facts

Time difference

GMT -5 hours

Capital

Ottawa

Currency

Canadian Dollar (CAD)

Flying time to destination

Toronto 8 hours

Language

English is widely spoken all over Canada except Québec, which is bilingual (French-English).

Passport & visas

An Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA) is now required for British citizens travelling to Canada, please speak to a Personal Travel Expert for details

Toronto good to know

Tipping

Many Canadians in the service industry rely on tips to supplement their income. Tips or tax are not usually automatically added to a bill in Canada, but you should always check. Taxi drivers, hairdressers and waiters are generally given 10-15%. Bellhops, porters and doormen are generally paid Can$1 per item of luggage. It may be advisable to carry small change for this purpose. These figures are for guidance only and assume that service has been good.