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Toronto Travel Information

Toronto is a vibrant and colourful city. By day experience the fabulous views of Toronto and beyond from the CN Tower, the tallest free standing building on earth.


Toronto Skyline

Take a ferry across to Toronto Island or visit the Skydome, home to the Blue Jays baseball team. A paradise for shoppers, from the chic boutiques of Yorkville or the lofty glass palace of the Eaton Centre to the colourful outdoor markets.

Evenings can be spent at the theatre, dining out in one of the wide choices of restaurants or socialising in one of the many bars and clubs.

The nearby Niagara Falls is one of the great Natural Wonders of the World. Marvel at the magnificent spectacle of white water thundering over the limestone cliffs.

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Originally settled by 18th-century English and Scottish immigrants, Toronto has grown into a cosmopolitan metropolis, and is one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Canada's largest city, it is also the country's leading financial and commercial centre with the headquarters of many banking and industrial institutions concentrated in the densely packed downtown area. The city has taken to high-rises in a big way, with a crop of gleaming towers in the financial district as well as rows of distinctly less attractive tower blocks along the shoreline; the skyline is dominated by the spectacular, pencil-thin CN Tower.
There are still pockets of the old, prosperous Victorian town to be found, however, principally the stately, mock-Gothic City Hall, and Parliament and university buildings. To the north east of downtown, Cabbagetown has neighbourhoods of grand Victorian villas, while the St Lawrence area retains its still flourishing Victorian market. There are also plenty of other areas to explore such as Little Italy, the large, vibrant Chinatown, Portugal Village, Greektown on Danforth Ave, and the Kensington Market area – originally a Jewish district but now a multicultural neighbourhood crowded with fruit and veg shops and second-hand/vintage clothing boutiques. Chic, up-and-coming areas include upmarket Yorkville – hangout of hippies in the 1960s – and Yonge & Eglinton in Midtown with a range of trendy shops and bars; the Distillery District near the waterfront is now a pedestrian-only precinct with galleries, studios and shops; Gay Village, around Wellesley and Church, is the vibrant centre of the gay scene.

The city is rather short on green areas, although compact and shady Queen's Park at the centre of the university district is a summer haven and Toronto Islands in the harbour comprises 17 islands of parkland connected by walkways.

The city is renowned for hosting various international festivals and is the most frequently used location for film-makers after Los Angeles and New York, earning it the nickname "Hollywood North".

LOCATION
In south east Canada, in the south of Ontario province. 25km (16 miles) south east of Pearson international airport. 129km (80 miles) north (around Lake Ontario) from Niagara Falls and the US border.

POSITION
On flat land towards the west edge of the north shore of Lake Ontario, the smallest of the Great Lakes. The surrounding area is mostly flat with low, undulating hills to the north. Mainly farmland – cattle and crops – with vineyards around the Niagara area.

ACCOMMODATION
Predominantly mid-range chain hotels, housed in multistorey high-rises and servicing the huge business and conference market. There are also some luxury and boutique hotels. Other options include a few B&B's and camping grounds.

ENTERTAINMENT
Daytime: city exploring including CN Tower, Chinatown, Little Italy and Harbourfront; boat tours on Lake Ontario; hop-on/hop-off bus tours; choice of 20 museums including a shoe museum and Hockey Hall of Fame; art galleries; zoo; indoor basketball, ice hockey and basketball at Olympic-designed Air Canada Centre; American football and baseball at the impressive Skydome stadium with its retractable roof; Skydome tours; amphibious bus tours; nature reserves outside city such as Humber River and Don River Valley; Toronto Islands; canoeing and kayaking on lake; fishing (permit required); cycling tours; golf; ice fishing in winter.

Nightlife: inordinate number of bars and clubs including Irish and Scottish pubs, wine bars, live music bars and cafes, plus several seedy erotica clubs; theatre, dance and opera (reputedly has the world's third largest concentration of theatres outside Broadway and Shaftesbury Avenue); O'Keefe Centre and Air Canada Centre host regular concerts and pop gigs; umpteen cinemas including Imax Theatre; medieval tournament and dinner.

EATING
Vast range to suit all pockets, with visitors benefiting from the city's cosmopolitan personality; lots of French restaurants but also North American steaks, seafood, Chinese, Italian, Greek, Thai, German, Mexican etc. Limited gourmet options but plenty of fast-food joints, family-orientated chains and hot-dog stalls. Panoramic dining at top of CN Tower. Button-popping portions and very keen prices (by European standards) at all but the most upmarket venues.

SHOPPING
Plentiful and varied, Toronto is home to PATH which is the largest underground shopping complex, allowing shoppers to reach shops, restaurants and services easily. Yorkdale shopping centre, located in the Greater Toronto area, offers many designer shops and The Eaton Centre has an enormous galleria with over 200 shops and restaurants.

Yonge Street, allegedly the world's longest street, provides a dense array of smaller stores and fast food, while Queen Street West is home to chic boutiques in a Victorian setting. St Lawrence Market for fresh fruit and vegetables, meat, fish, cheeses, caviar and maple syrup along with the famous "peameal sandwich" (Canadian back bacon rolled in cornmeal placed in a bun).

EXCURSIONS
Half day: Casa Loma (open May to October); boat and yacht tours; harbour and island tours.

Full day: winery tours; Paramount Canada's Wonderland theme park; tour of Mennonite village of St Jacobs; Black Creek Pioneer Village (restored 19th-century village).

1/2 days: Niagara Falls and New York State (USA).

BEACH
The mild summer climate and lakeshore position may be tempting but the heavily polluted water means no swimming. However, south east of the centre lies Queen Street East which has clapboard houses, antique shops, bars, restaurants and, towards the lakeside, white sand beaches bordered by paths and boardwalks.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT
A fast, efficient network of underground trains, trams, buses and mainline trains link the downtown areas with each other and metropolitan Toronto. GOTransit is an inter-regional bus and train service.

SUITS
With year-round international tourists, and business visitors, it's a popular base for sophisticated culture, shopping and varied entertainment; a jumping-off point for excursions to nearby Niagara Falls and the USA

Getting There
Direct scheduled and charter flights to Toronto can be booked from the UK here at Hessle Travel.  The flight time to Toronto is approx 7 hours.

Getting Around
Toronto has a clean, efficient underground system. The PATH network of tunnels allows pedestrians to walk across a large section of the city centre.

Must See and Do
The Niagara Falls is an absolute must! The view from the top of the CN Tower is superb, day or night. Tour the Skydome, home of the Blue Jays baseball team or take a boat trip across Lake Ontario.
Museums include the Art Gallery of Ontario and the Museum of Ceramic Art. Experience the elegance of Casa Loma castle estate or visit Black Creek Pioneer Village.


The Skydome, Toronto

Shopping
For the smartest retail addresses in the city, visit the boutiques, exclusive galleries and stylish restaurants in Bloor Yorkville. Head downtown for Toronto's ultimate shopping experience in the 300 shops of the Eaton Centre - a glass emporium stretching over three city blocks.
Discover trendy Queen Street West - defined by funky designer fashions, intimate bistros and clubs. Antique aficionados will also want to venture north of the city to treasure filled shops throughout the Caledon Hills.

Dining and Entertainment

Toronto is a place where you can literally tour the globe without ever leaving the city. Be transported to the Orient in downtown Chinatown, one of the largest on the continent. Pull up a chair at a sidewalk cafe in Greektown where the air is spiced with lemon, garlic and oregano and sip an expresso in Little Italy. Enjoy a whole world of dining where the fare ranges from North American to Continental to exotic Asian, Indian and African delicacies.

Weather
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Main Attractions in Toronto

CN Tower
Nothing compares to the sensational panoramic view of Toronto and Lake Ontario than atop the CN Tower. One of the world's tallest buildings at 553 metres - experience the towers Sky Pod where on a clear day you can see Niagara Falls, Ontario and Rochester New York!


CN Tower

Niagara Falls
No far from Toronto lies one of the world's great natural wonders, Niagara Falls. Forming a natural border between Canada and the USA, 'The Falls' are split into two separate cascades, the American Falls and the larger Horseshoe Falls.
The mighty Niagara River falls 52 metres into the gorge below and the spectacular sight and power of this natural phenomenon will leave an everlasting impression.
At night The Falls put on a whole new show, spectacularly lit with 21 Xenon Spotlights each emitting 250 million candlepower that turn The Falls into a shimmering, multi-coloured mirage.


The Niagara Falls


Museums and Galleries
Toronto is alive with museums and art galleries. Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario which houses over 20'000 works or the Royal Ontario Museum. For something completely different, the Bata Shoe Museum - North America's first museum dedicated to shoes - features 10'000 footwear artifacts, including Elvis' bleu and white patent loafers.

Toronto by Hessle Travel

Toronto - Highlights

> Cosmopolitan Toronto is Canada's largest city and the country's cultural and business centre

> Ascend the CN Tower and take in the amazing views, which can even stretch to Niagara Falls on a clear day

> With an efficient public transport system and streets organised on a grid pattern, Toronto is easy to get around

> This is a shoppers paradise, offering everything from elegant designer boutiques to department stores, and some great prices - plus overseas visitors can claim tax refunds!

> A visit to the awesome Niagara Falls, one of the 'Wonders of the Natural World', either for the day or overnight, is bound to leave you with lifelong memories

> The Niagara region, a land of lakes, forests and great natural beauty, also produces some of Canada's finest wines

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