From relative obscurity, a Toronto vacation has emerged as a premier tourist destination because of its culture, modern architecture and a colorful mix of ethnic people from all over the world. Toronto is a large city of close to 5 million inhabitants. The vibrant mix of all these cultures has led to a distinct character that is rarely found in North America.
Toronto offers lots of places to see. There are many shops underground and overground with easy access walkways. They offer some of the best shopping in North America. All world famous brand name boutiques and designer labels are available. For those on a limited budget, stretch your dollar at Winners where you can get similar merchandise at slashed prices.
Almost everywhere there are plenty of places to eat. Toronto has restaurants to suit all budgets and there is food to satisfy taste buds of almost all people.
During the summer, the city has water views within walking distance downtown. For those more adventurous, there are several small islands with exquisite greenery just a few minutes away from the city. For the first timer, there is lots to see in the city including the CN Tower, St Lawrence Market, Chinatown, Harborfront, Queen’s Park and the Art Gallery of Toronto. Canada's Wonderland, just north of the city, is a treat for the children. Toronto also offers a wealth of accommodation.
Most hotels in downtown Toronto offer free wifi with excellent transportation services. Recommended downtown hotels include the Soho Metropolitan, the Windsor Arms and the Hazelton Hotel. For those who do not mind walking, there are many downtown lodgings in the High Park-Old Mills area at very reasonable rates. About five miles from Canada's Wonderland is the fairly priced Super 8 Motel with a pool and waterslide for the children.
For entertainment, the city offers a diverse mix of performing arts. Some things to see include the Canadian Opera Company, the National Ballet of Canada and the Broadway-caliber theater.
A Toronto vacation can be pricey if you do not prepare well. To see the city in an affordable manner, get a Toronto city pass that saves you money and takes you everywhere. The gallery of Inuit Art, the Power Plant Gallery, Bata Shoe Museum and Gardiner Museum are free on certain days.
The city is jam-packed with festivals during the summer so check out the times and location on the Web before you come. To get a glimpse of the Toronto skyline, try a boat tour or take a 2-hour bus tour that will take you to all places worth seeing.
During winter and spring almost all hotels and car rentals have great savings. Car rental is not recommended if you are going to be within the downtown core as transportation is excellent. However, if you plan to go outside or north of the city, a car is recommended.