While in the city, it is worth visiting a few places. Toronto may pride itself on the largest art gallery in Canada – the Art Gallery of Ontario
. Casa Loma
is a neo-gothic castle on a hill next to the Austin Terrace, built in 1911-14, which is worth visiting, not least due to its nearly 100 rooms. The Royal Ontario Museum
is one of the best museums, and the largest one in North America. Toronto City Hall
is a new town hall with avant-garde architecture. Queen's Park
is a park and a common name for the Parliament. In the Bata Shoe Museum
, in turn, there are over 10,000 exhibits from all over the world and different eras.
Families should visit the Toronto Zoo, which is divided into geographical zones: Africa, South and North America, etc.
Defining the Toronto skyline is the CN Tower, a characteristic concrete 553-metre broadcasting tower.
Toronto also hosts the Rogers Center – the first stadium in the world with a fully retractable motorized roof, and the Hockey Hall of Fame – with the trophies of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Another interesting place is the Dundas Square – a square with characteristic fountains and neon signs that serves as a venue of concerts.
While in Canada, it is worth making a trip to the Niagara Falls, ca. 1.5 h drive from Toronto, on the border of Canada and the U.S., which are one of the greatest waterfalls in the world. Right next to it, there is the Cave of the Winds, Niagara-on-the-Lake (a town with a Polish military cemetery) and the historical Fort Niagara.
PATH is a giant system of underground streets and passages running through the financial district of Toronto at the distance of ca. 27 kilometers. It is also world's largest shopping center, with a total area of over 371,000 square meters, full of boutiques, cafes and swarming with people.
Canada's Wonderland, a theme park located not far from Toronto, is open from May to September. Off season it is open on weekends. With the area of 130 ha, it is visited annually by nearly 4 million people yearning for great fun, crazy rides on a roller coaster and meeting the Yogi Bear.
The culinary world of Toronto is as diversified as the inhabitants of the city. A stay in the capital of Ontario provides a unique opportunity to try the flavors of all continents, including Canadian, American, French, Italian, Chinese cuisine and more exotic ones: Vietnamese, Jamaican, Kazakhstan, Irish, Lebanese or Colombian. In Chinatown, you can have some food even near dawn. And if you are looking for traditional flavors, go for pancakes with maple syrup.
In the recent years, Toronto has become one of the major centres of fashion and style. You will find here most anything from luxurious stores and designer boutiques to vintage stores. Queen Street West is the main commercial street in the city. You can also buy here niche comic books and remarkable toys.
When shopping, you have to remember that most prices in stores are net of tax and will be increased by the 13% HST tax
at the cash desk. Therefore, when a tag says $10.00
, it is in fact $11.30
The easiest way to communicate in Canada is to speak English or French. Transport infrastructure in Toronto is well-developed, even if not too modern. You can use buses, trams, and metro. Tickets are daily or weekly, the latter always valid from Monday. If you want to change the means of transport, you need to buy a transfer ticket.
Toronto has the largest and most crowded airport in the country, which provides for nearly half a million flights and over 30 million passengers a year. The Pearson International Airport is located ca. 30 km north-west of the centre of Toronto. The airport has very good transport connections with the city. It offers car rentals, but it is also not a problem to reach Toronto with public transport. You can choose among GO Transit or TTC – Toronto Transit Commission buses and trains, which will take you not only to the city centre, but also to other towns in the vicinity of Toronto. You can also use a shuttle bus Pacific Western Airport Express connecting the airport and the city, but the ride will cost more. The airport operates a free bus line that links individual terminals and has a taxi rank. You can also leave the airport in a luxurious limousine with a private driver.
Ashbridge’s Bay Park (Lakeshore Blvd East and Coxwell Ave.) is not only a park, but also a marina and a place for active leisure in Toronto. The city is famous for fishing, too. You can go there solo or in a group and fish for salmon, trout, pike, sander or carp.