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I love Toronto

I love Toronto


Toronto is a city in southern Ontario, Canada, and is the capital of Ontario. Toronto is located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, and is the largest city in Canada and the fifth largest city in North America. As of the 2011 Canadian census, the city's population is 2,615,060. The Greater Toronto Area (GTA), which includes many of the cities and towns surrounding Toronto had a population of 6,059,280 at the 2011 Canadian Census.




The modern day city of Toronto was formed in 1998 when the metropolitan government representing the municipalities of Metropolitan Toronto - the old City of Toronto and East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough and York - was dissolved by the Provincial government and the six municipalities were amalgamated into a single megacity. These six former municipalities now represent the main districts of Toronto, with the names and much of their former identities intact.

The old City of Toronto

Known variously as the old City of Toronto, the former City of Toronto, the South or Central District or Downtown, this district which incorporates the Bay and Toronto City Airport, is the main business and administrative centre of the city. It is also the most densely populated district of Toronto. The Old City is further divided into the Downtown Core, the North End, East End and West End. As the oldest part of Toronto and also the financial centre, the Old City has a diverse range of architecture from very early buildings and the uniquely Torontian bay-and-gable style houses to modern steel, concrete and glass structures.


Etobicoke spans the Western edge of the City of Toronto and despite it's size, has the lowest population density of the six districts, due in most part to the largely industrial make-up of the district. The area isn't well served by public transport, with few rapid transit connections. Toronto Pearson airport is located on it's Western edge, so it is likely to be the first district you see when you arrive in Toronto. Despite it's heavy industrialisation, Etobicoke is home to several public parks such as James Gardens and Humber Bay park.


York is located North West of Old Toronto, separated from Etobicoke by the Humber River running along it's Western border. Despite being the second smallest of the districts by population, it is also the most ethnically diverse.

North York

North York makes up the Northern boundary of Toronto, and is one of the most diverse areas of Toronto being home of the most affluent and poorest areas of the city. It is also home to several popular visitor attractions including the Black Creek Pioneer Village, the Ontario Science Centre and shopping malls such as the Yorkdale Shopping Centre and Fairview Mall.

East York

East York is located on the East side of Old Toronto, between the Don River and Victoria Park Avenue and is mainly comprised of middle-class residential neighbourhoods.


Scarborough dominates Eastern Toronto, bordering the edges of North York, East York, Old Toronto and a long stretch of Lake Ontario. Popular with new immigrants to Toronto, Scarborough is rich in multicultural diversity. With two rivers running through it - Highland Creek and the Rouge River - you can find many of Toronto's popular natural landmarks in Scarborough such as Rouge Park and Scarborough Bluffs, running about 14Km along the shore of Lake Ontario and is considered Toronto's 'greenest' district. This has also made it a popular location for Golf course developers as well as being the home of the Toronto Zoo.




Like many large cities, Toronto is a very diverse place. Many of the charms of Toronto lie in the numerous ethnic neighbourhoods. From the hippies in Kensington Market, the college scene around the Annex, great food in Little Italy or the Greek area of the Danforth or finding great bargains in Chinatown, check out more on Toronto's Neighbourhoods.



Sights and Activities

Toronto CityPASS

The Toronto CityPASS is a cost effective way to visit five of Toronto's must see attractions. Valid for 9 days from first day of use it gives you access to CN Tower, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma, Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Museum for $65.99 CAD for Adults and $38.99 CAD for children, saving about 42% on the normal cost for visiting all five attractions. It also allows you to skip the ticket lines at these attractions.

CN Tower

The CN Tower was record holder for being the world's tallest free-standing structure for more than 30 years. However, in September of 2007 the Burj Khalifa in the United Arab Emirates snatched the record when they added the floor to take the tower above 555 mmetres on its way to being over 800 metres tall (finised in 2010, 828 metres high). However, at 553 metres (1815 feet), the CN Tower is still one of the tallest structures in the world, and offers visitors the opportunity to see much of Toronto and Southern Ontario from a unique vantage point - really high up in the air. Visitors can see the view from the observation deck at 342 metres/1122 feet, or pay a little extra to visit the sky pod at 447 metres/1465 feet. On clear days, visitors can see the mist coming off Niagara Falls. Those feeling brave can stand on a glass floor. Open 7 days a week from 9am until 10pm, tickets range from $19 to $32, depending on the attractions you want to see. Check out the CN Tower website for more details.

Sports, Stadiums and Arenas

Toronto offers the chance to see live major league sports like Blue Jays of MLB at the Rogers Center (formerly Skydome), Toronto Maple Leafs Hockey or Basketball's Raptors at the Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Center), Argos of the Canadian Football league, also at the Rogers Center, The Rock of the National Lacrosse League and the FC of Major League Soccer both at BMO Field. You can also visit the Hockey Hall of Fame, which is near Union Station and is the permanent home of the Stanley Cup. All the sports complexes are conveniently located downtown. Check out more on Toronto's sports scene.

Museums and Art Galleries

Toronto has a number of museums. The largest and probably most popular is the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), holding a diverse collection of artefacts related to world cultures and natural history. With more than six million items in over 40 galleries, the ROM has something for everyone.

  • Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art - Located across the street from the ROM is the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art. The museum hosts a "free Friday" on the first Friday of every month with special events. Guided tours are available at the museum at 2:00pm on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Address: 111 Queen's Park by the Museum subway stop, Hours: Monday - Thursday from 10:00am until 6:00pm, Friday from 10:00am until 9:00pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:00am until 5:00pm, Price: $12 for Adults, $8 Seniors (65+), $6 Students (full-time, with ID) and Free Children 12 and under if accompanied by an adult
  • Bata Shoe Museum - A unique-to-Canada museum is the Bata Shoe Museum. Over 10,000 shoes are housed in architect Raymond Moriyama's award-winning four-storey structure. The Museum celebrates the style and function of footwear in four impressive galleries. Artefacts on exhibit range from Chinese bound foot shoes and ancient Egyptian sandals to chestnut crushing clogs and glamorous platforms. Address: 327 Bloor St. West (subway: St. George), Hours: The Shoe Museum is open from 10:00am until 5:00pm, with extended hours and free admission on Thursday nights from 5:00pm until 8:00pm., Price: Adult admission is $12, $10 for seniors and $6 for students, with children rates at $4
  • Art Gallery of Ontario - The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) houses more than 5,000 artworks in 110 galleries, including works by Canadian artists such as the Group of Seven and Henry Moore. It recently underwent massive (CAD$276 million) renovations under the supervision of Architect Frank Gehry. It reopened in November 2008. Address: Art Gallery of Ontario, Musée des beaux-arts de l’Ontario, 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5T 1G4, Phone: 416 979 6648, Hours: 10:00am - 5:30pm Tuesdays and Thursday to Sunday, 10:00am-8:30pm Wednesdays, Closed Mondays, Price: (General Admission Only, special exhibitions may cost more) $19.50 Adult, $16.00 Senior (65+), $11.00 Student, $11.00 Youth (6-17), Free Child (5 and Under), $49.00 Family pass (2 adults and up to 5 youths)
  • Ontario Science Centre - The Ontario Science Centre is built into the ravine of the Don River and hosts a range of exhibits as well as a Planetarium and OMNIMAX theatre. Address: 770 Don Mills Road, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3, Phone: 416-696-1000, Hours: Monday - Sunday from 10:00am until 5:00pm, Price: $22 for Adults, $16 Seniors (65+), $16 Students (full-time, with ID), $13 Children 4-12 and Free Children under 3.



Events and Festivals

  • Canada Day (01 Jun 2013) - Canada Day is celebrated every year on the 1st of July throughout Canada. Toronto typically celebrates it in spectacular style with parades, fireworks and street parties.
  • Toronto International Film Festival - Toronto International Film Festival is one of the world's top film festivals held annually in Toronto, drawing the biggest stars and films from around the world. It is the world's largest film festival open to the general public.[3] The festival commences on the Thursday after Labour Day (which is on the first Monday in September in Canada). It lasts for eleven days, although closing night is celebrated on the tenth evening (the second Saturday).
  • Caribana - Caribana is annual event held every summer, to celebrate Caribbean culture. The festival runs from July until August, with the majority of events happening during the Ontario's August long weekend holiday (first or second weekend in August). The main events include the Parade, when thousands of brilliantly costumed masqueraders and dozens of trucks carrying live soca, calypso, steel pan, reggae and salsa artists jam a 1.5-kilometre parade route on the Saturday. Sunday and Monday the party moves to the Toronto islands, where bands play all day and many vendors set up food booths.
  • Taste of the Danforth - The Taste of the Danforth is held in August, when Danforth Avenue closes to vehicles from Pape to Broadview, and many of the restaurants along Danforth Avenue open up outdoor grills and food stands. The festival is held to "celebrate Hellenic (Greek) cuisine and Hellenic culture," however food from many different nationalities is available.
  • Toronto Gay Pride Parade - The centrepiece of Pride Week celebrations, the Toronto Gay Pride Parade is one of the largest gay pride parades in the world, hosting over one million viewers for the parade, and ending in the heart of the Gay Village. The Parade is generally held near the end of June.
  • Beaches Jazz Festival - The Beaches Jazz Festival occurs every July and fills the mellow beaches with the best of Jazz.
  • Edgefest - Edgefest celebrates Canada Day (July 1st) with a bang. Literally. Enjoy amazing, headbanging, hangover inducing music with the best bands from Canada and around the globe! Venues change from year to year, and it was recently held at Downsview Park, accessible by TTC at Downsview subway station.
  • North by Northeast - North by Northeast is Canada’s #1 showcase for new independent music, where fans can catch great local and international performers about to break out as well as super-cool veteran acts at intimate venues. A film festival where music is the star, featuring music-related features, documentaries, and shorts. An industry conference for those just starting and those who have seen it all, featuring celebrity interviews as well as panels and information exchanges for artists and music-biz professionals. Catch it for three days in mid June.
  • Halloweek - Halloweek celebrates Halloween in the heart of Toronto's downtown Gay district. Events acummulate in a packed street party attended by costumed partiers. Everyone is welcome to join in wearing their own costumes.
  • One of a Kind Show and Sale - One of a Kind Show and Sale is held twice a year - in the spring and Christmas - with artists from all over the country coming to show their products. If you are looking for one-of-a-kind piece and to support rising talent, this is the place to go. You can find anything from glassware, clothing, handcraft, jewellery, soaps, candles and foods. The show takes place in direct energy centre.
  • Toronto Jazz Festival - The Toronto Jazz festival has been held every year at the end of June since 1987 and features over 1,500 musicians performing in locations across the city. Address: Toronto Downtown Jazz, 82 Bleecker Street, Toronto, Ontario M4X 1L8, Phone: 416-928-2033
  • Luminato - Luminato is known as Toronto's Festival of Arts and Creativity. It runs for 10 days every June, offering a multi-disciplinary mix of local, national and international performances by everything from stage performers to chefs and fashionistas. Phone: 416-368-3100
  • Buskerfest - Buskerfest is all about the street performers. With music from all over the world from unsigned artists, the streets and sidewalks of the St. Lawrence Market neighbourhood come to life every August as they are taken over by buskers, jugglers, magicians, fire eaters and more. A real alternative festival, Buskerfest offers spontaneity and the unexpected in an exciting climax to Toronto's festival season. Address: 468 Queen Street East, Suite 210, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5A 1T7

In addition to the scheduled events and festivals, Toronto has many clubs and galleries offering music, theatre, art installations and dance. Pick up free copies (or check the websites) of either the Eye Weekly in the black and yellow boxes or Now magazine in the green boxes for listings. Both are published on Thursdays and contain extensive listings.




Winter (December through March) is cold, with temperatures between 0 °C and -10 °C on average, though temperatures can drop much colder some days. There is generally some snow, with an average of 6 cm of ground cover during the winter months.

Beginning at the end of March, the spring season sees temperatures climbing (average temperatures during April is 6 °C, May is 12 °C and June is 17 °C), though temperatures can vary wildly from day to day. Snow is still possible even into May, though is very infrequent and often does not stay on the ground. Rain is possible during this period.

In summer, the weather turns warm, and the humidity can get quite bad, especially in July and August. Average temperatures are in the high 20s ºC, with some days climbing over 30 °C. Early autumn (September and early October) is usually quite pleasant, with temperatures around 20 °C, many days of sun and low humidity. Temperatures start to drop in late October, and temperatures can vary quite drastically from day to day during this period, spaning from 0 °C to 15 °C.

The Weather Network has more details on average temperatures, snow and rain for Toronto, and can also provide current forecasts.

Avg Max-1.1 °C-0.2 °C4.6 °C11.3 °C18.5 °C23.5 °C26.4 °C25.3 °C20.7 °C13.8 °C7.4 °C1.8 °C
Avg Min-7.3 °C-6.3 °C-2 °C3.8 °C9.9 °C14.8 °C17.9 °C17.3 °C13.2 °C7.3 °C2.2 °C-3.7 °C
Rainfall61.2 mm50.5 mm66.1 mm69.6 mm73.3 mm71.5 mm67.5 mm79.6 mm83.4 mm64.7 mm75.7 mm71 mm
Rain Days15.311.712.712.



Getting there

Toronto Union Station and CN Tower

Toronto Union Station and CN Tower

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By plane

Most commercial flights will fly into Toronto's Lester B. Pearson International Airport. Pearson airport is located in Mississauga, 27 kilometres to the north-west of Toronto's downtown. There are two terminals handling both domestic and international flights. Some of the main destinations include Los Angeles, New York City, Amsterdam, Tokyo, Paris, London, Moscow, Istanbul, Vancouver, Miami, Seoul, Mexico City, Delhi, Brussels, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Reykjavik, Frankfurt, Rome, Warsaw, Vienna, Hong Kong and Dublin.

A small number of flights, mostly from domestic locations like Ottawa, Montreal and Halifax and US cities like Chicago and New York, fly into the Bill Bishop Toronto City Airport (also called the "Island Airport") on Porter Airlines.

By Bus

Airport Express takes passengers to downtown Toronto locations. It runs every 20 minutes during peak periods and every 30 minutes during off-peak periods. A one way fare is $18.50 and a round trip is $29.95.

Intercity buses arrive at the Bay Street bus terminal (subway: Dundas). Greyhound Canada and Coach Canada are the main intercity bus companies servicing Toronto. These companies service destinations such as Montreal, Ottawa, Kingston, London (Ontario) and Windsor. MegaBus and Neon Bus offer cheap fares to New York and Buffalo.

Transportation to the suburbs of Toronto and surrounding cities is available on GO Transit, arriving at Toronto's Union station. GO Transit serves close communities like Mississauga, Hamilton, Guelph, Barrie and Oshawa.

By train

All domestic and international train service arrives at Union Station in downtown Toronto. Union station provides easy connections to the subway network.

Via Rail Canada providing domestic service, including services to Montreal and to the west on the trans-Canadian train service. Trains to Montreal take between 4 and 5 hours (depending on number of stops), and prices start as low as $77 for comfort class seats booked on Supersaver fares (booked 5 days in advance).

Amtrak provides service to the United States, specifically to Chicago and New York. Trains to New York depart daily at 8:30am, arriving at 7:40am in New York City. To Chicago, trains depart at 8:30am, with a change of trains in Buffalo. Fares are dependent on travel dates and times, so check the Amtrak website.

Ontario Northland provides train service from Toronto to northern Ontario, stopping at Washago, Gravenhurst, Bracebridge, Huntsville, South River and North Bay.

By Boat

International cruise ships or ferries docking in Toronto will arrive at the International Marine Passenger Terminal, on Cherry Street. Passengers will clear Canadian customs at the Terminal. Passengers can then board a TTC bus for Union station (cost $2.75). There is currently no schedule service arriving at the International Marine Passenger Terminal. Check
information on the International Marine Passenger Terminal.



Getting around

The pace of life

The pace of life

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Public Transit

Within Toronto
The Toronto Transit Commission operates subways, streetcars (trams) and buses within Toronto. The adult, single ride fare is $3.00 ($2.00 for Students and Senior Citizens, $0.75 for Children), flat fare anywhere in the city. Entry can be paid by cash, tickets or tokens. Tokens can be bought in bulk for $7.80 for 3 tokens or $18.20 for 7 tokens ($2.60 per ride) for Adults, 5 tokens for $8.75 or 10 tokens for $17.50 ($1.75 per ride) for Students and Senior Citizens and 10 tokens for $6.00 ($0.60 per ride) for Children.

Daily, weekly and monthly passes offering unlimited travel for that period can be purchase from booths at subway stations.

  • Daily passes cost $10.50 per day. These can be used any day of the week for a single person or used as Family/Group passes on Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays where they are good for 1 adult and not more than 5 children/youths 19 years of age or under or 2 adults and not more than 4 children/youths 19 years of age or under or 2 adults.
  • Weekly passes are good for travel from Monday to Sunday, and passes cost $37.50 per week ($29.75 for students and senior citizens).
  • Monthly passes are good for the duration of the month they are purchased for. They can be bought from the 24th of the preceding month up until the fourth working day of the month the pass is being purchased for. They cost $126.00 for Adults ($104.00 for Students and senior citizens).

At some subway stations, and some bus and streetcar stops, passengers pay upon entering the station. If transferring, passengers should take a "transfer" (a slip of paper) from the transfer machine (bright red machines about 4 feet high). This will allow the passenger to use any amount of services as long as they are continuing in the same direction.

At above-ground streetcar or bus stops, passengers must enter through the front door and pay the driver. Exact change is required if paying cash. Passengers can then get a transfer from the driver. Passengers can exit at any door, and do not need to show proof of payment on exiting. Passengers transferring to another service can show the driver or station attendant their transfer for entry. Routes, hours of operation and pricing can be found at the Toronto Transit website.

To Surrounding Communities and Suburbs
GO Transit provides train and bus services to the cities and towns surrounding Toronto. All trains leave from Union station. Buses leave from Union station as well as other areas in the city, depending on the route. Routes, hours of operation and pricing can be found at the GO Transit website.

Toronto Island Ferry:
The Toronto Island Ferry service, operated by the city of Toronto, offers 3 routes from Toronto mainland to the Toronto Islands.

Prices for return service are:

  • Adults $7.00
  • Students and Seniors (under 19 with Student Card and over 65) $4.50
  • Juniors (under 14) $3.50
  • Children (under 2) Free.

Passengers pay the fare only once when travelling from the mainland to the islands. There is no additional charge for the return trip.

Monthly Passes can also be bought at the following rates:

  • Adult monthly pass $90.00
  • Senior/Student monthly pass $67.00
  • Junior monthly pass $46.00

The Toronto Ferry Docks is located at the foot of Bay Street and Queens Quay, just West of the Westin Harbour Castle Hotel. It is a 10 minute walk south from Union station, or just steps from the Queen's Quay streetcar stop on the 509 or 510 streetcar. Check out the Toronto Ferry Page for schedules.


Taxis can be identified by the lighted, rooftop signs on the cars. A rooftop sign that is lit indicates the taxi is available to take passengers. Taxis can be found at taxi stands (usually around hotels) or can be flagged off the street.

All taxis within Toronto (except airport taxis) have meters, and the passenger pays the amount on the meter. A 10-20% tip is generally expected.


Canadians drive on the right hand side of the road. Except where posted, speed limits within the city will be 50 km/hour maximum. Highways are normally 100km/hour. Right turns are allowed on red lights after a full stop. Drivers turning right or left must yield to pedestrians crossing the street. All passengers within a vehicle are required to wear seat belts. No alcoholic beverages are allowed while driving, and driving while intoxicated is illegal.

There are 3 east-west highways and 2 north-south highways:

  • HW407 - east-west highway located far north of the city; essentially by-passing the city. This is a paid highway.
  • HW401 - east-west highway located at the north of the city.
  • QEW/Gardiner - east-west highway located on the south of the city close to Lake Ontario.
  • Don Valley Parkway (DVP) - north-south highway located just east of the downtown core.
  • HW427 - north-south highway located on the west end of the city.

For driving directions, maps are available for sale in most gas stations and book stores, or online can be obtained from Google, mapquest or MSN maps. Some of the options to rent a car include the following companies:




Toronto offers everything from cheap street eats to fancy dining. The Danforth (Danforth Avenue, subway stop: Broadview) offers Greek and international cuisine. Chinatown (Spadina and Dundas - street car route 510) offers inexpensive and plentiful Chinese and Asian cuisine. Little Italy on College Street at Bathurst offers Italian, European and world cuisine.

Surrounded by the extensive fertile farmlands of Southern Ontario, Toronto has an abundance of farmer's markets - one is happening, in season, almost every day. Several markets are year round, while others are seasonal, generally running from May to October.

  • St. Lawrence Market. Has been bringing the freshest foods into the city for Torontonians and visitors alike since 1901. Located at Jarvis and Front, the St. Lawrence Market stretches over 2 buildings, a main building on the south side of Front St., and a temporary building to the south of the main building. The temporary building is home to a Farmer's Market, open Saturdays year round. It features fresh vegetables in season, preserves, spices and herbs, and direct from the source foods, such as honey direct from the beekeeper or maple syrup from the people who tapped and boiled it, and quality Ontario wines. The larger main building has over 50 specialty vendors, with a large seafood section, a dozen butchers, several bakeries, and three very extensive cheese shops. In the basement, there is also a specialty area for handcrafters, and an extensive foodcourt, with merchants often cooking food that they bought fresh that morning from upstairs. The main building is open year round, Tu-Th 8AM-6PM, F 8AM-7PM, Sa 5AM-5PM.
  • Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester St (three blocks east of Parliament Street). A year-round producing farm owned by the City of Toronto as part of its extensive park system, open daily for tours, education, and more 9AM-5PM. The Friends of Riverdale Farm operate an onsite store and restaurant, Shop at the Farm and Farm Kitchen, in Simpson House (daily 10AM-4PM), and a weekly Farmer's Market (Tuesdays, May 10 - Oct, 3:30PM-7PM. Riverdale farm is a working farm, with barns and outdoor paddocks, and animals of all types. In an attempt to provide education about farming, the staff is approachable, and will discuss chores as they go through the daily tasks of keeping a farm running. Tours are available, or you can wander the 7½ acres freely.




Toronto has many bars and restaurants located throughout the city. The Entertainment District, centered around King Street and John Street, contain a wide array of nightclubs, offering everything from dance music to classic rock and roll. The area is very busy on Friday and Saturday nights, and can sometimes get a little out of hand. The crowd is mostly young (18-25). Listing of clubs can be found at the Entertainment District's website.

For travellers in the 25-35 age range, the Distillery District (approximately 10 minutes east of downtown along King Street) or the Esplanade (Yonge and Front street) offers bars and restaurants catering to their age ranges. In the summer, most of the bars have patios. Further north, Yonge and Eglington has a number of clubs and restaurants (subway station: Eglington). The Toronto neighbourhoods section contains additional information on various areas in the city and the types of bars and restaurants you will find there.

The legal age to purchase and consume alcohol in Ontario is 19. Bars, restaurants and stores will ask for ID for purchasers appearing underage. Alcohol can be purchased in bars and restaurants, but must be consumed on the premises. Alcohol is sold in government controlled liquor stores called "LCBO" (beer, wine and hard liquor), brewery run beer stores called "The Beer Store" (beer) and winery controlled liquor stores, branded by different names depending on the winery and usually only selling local Canadian wines. Alcohol cannot be consumed in public places (on the street, in parks, etc.)




Hostels in Toronto (shared dorm accommodations) run $25-$35 a night. Travellers should be aware that the word "hostel" in Canada also has the implication of being a shelter for homeless people, and should verify that the hostel they are checking into is a "backpacker hostel." Single room accommodations run from $60 upwards.


  • Canadiana Backpackers - Canadiana Backpackers at 42 Widmer St, close to the intersection of King and Spadina in the Entertainment District, offers dorm rooms for $27, quad rooms for $30 pp, doubles for $75 per room and singles for $65 per room.

    You can use the form below to search for availability (Travellerspoint receives a commission for bookings made through the form)
  • Global Village Backpackers Youth Hostel - Global Village Backpackers Youth Hostel is located at 460 King St. West at the northwest corner of King & Spadina in the Entertainment District, close to Chinatown. They offer dorm rooms for $27, quad rooms for $29.99 per person and singles for $72.50.
  • College Hostel - College Hostel, located at 280 Augusta Avenue is in the heart of Trendy Kensington Market. Dorm rooms go for $25 and up, with single rooms costing $55 and up.
  • HI Hostel Toronto - HI Hostel Toronto offers dorm rooms for $25.00 for members and $29.00 for non-members, and single rooms for $80.00 for members and $89.00 for non-members. The hostel is located at 76 Church Street, close to the King Street subway stop.
  • In addition, a few of the student residences of Toronto's universities offer summer housing for travellers. Neill Wycik (pronounced Neill Wy-zick) at Ryerson is a good location with affordable rates starting at $35 per person. Also check out the New College Residences at the University of Toronto.


Toronto offers a number of mid-range options. Bed and breakfasts are a good place to look for accommodations starting around $80 per night, providing an intimate setting and a free breakfast. Check Bed and Breakfast in Toronto, Ontario. In addition, there are a number of chain and boutique hotels in the downtown area that offer special rates. Check travel search engines for specials.

  • Hyatt Regency Toronto, 370 King St W (at Peter St), ☎ +1 416 599-4000. 4-star hotel with 425 rooms. Fitness centre, in-room spa services. Pet friendly rooms available.
  • Le Germain Toronto, 30 Mercer St (1 block south between John St and Blue Jays Way), ☎ +1 416 345-9500. 4-star hotel in the heart of Toronto's Entertainment District, right next to the Metro Toronto Convention Centre.
  • One King West Hotel & Residence, 1 King Street West (corner of King St and Yonge St, at King Subway Station), ☎ +1 416 548-8100, toll-free: +1 866-470-5464, e-mail: [email protected]. 4-star hotel centrally located in downtown. Above the King subway station. All rooms have washer/dryer and kitchenette with dishwasher. Excellent views from upper floors.





Those wishing to work in Canada who are not Canadian citizens will need a work permit. See the visa section in the Canada article for details on obtaining the proper documentation.

The youth hostels in Toronto will often have boards where local establishments looking for part-time or casual labour will post jobs, usually in the hospitality industry (waiting, bar tending, dish washing, etc).

There are jobs in the summer and early fall in the Niagara region picking fruit. The Toronto Star and Toronto Sun newspapers have large classified sections with job listings. Jobs can be researched on the internet via Workpolis or Monster.




There are three major universities within Toronto's boundaries:

  • University of Toronto, located on College Street between Spandina Avenue and Queen's Park (subway: Queen's Park)
  • Ryerson University, located between Yonge and Jarvis on Gerard (subway: College or Dundas)
  • York University, located on the north border of Toronto at Keele Street and Steeles Avenue (subway: Downsview, and then bus to campus).

In addition, there are a number of colleges, offering 2 or 3 year practical programs:



Keep connected


Internet usage is wide-spread in Canada. Wi-fi is available in many locations in larger cities, sometimes free and sometimes at a cost. You will find Wi-Fi in coffee stores, some restaurants and also hotels and motels more and more offer this service for free, but with a code usually. Internet cafes are common along major streets, and and in larger cities, charge between $3 and $4 for an hour, usually in 20-minute increments.


See also International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to Canada is: 1. To make an international call from Canada, the code is: 011. Emergency services can be reached by dialling 911. This number will give you free access to Police, Fire and Ambulance services and can be used from landlines, phone booths and cell phones.

The populous areas of Canada along the border with the USA have excellent cellular and wired telecommunications, meaning that travellers are never fair from an international phone call home, a WIFI connection or an internet cafe. Depending on the mobile phone provider, coverage could be either CDMA and GSM coverage. Travellers wishing to purchase SIM cards for GSM phones should look for Rogers Wireless, Telus Mobility and Bell Mobility, which all offer nationwide availability.


Postal service is provided by Canada Post, a crown corporation owned by the government but run as an independent business. Most post offices keep hours from 9:00am to 5:00pm though in bigger places longer hourse might be available.

To format the envelope of a letter sent within Canada, put the destination address on the centre of its envelope, with a stamp, postal indicia, meter label, or frank mark on the top-right corner of the envelope to acknowledge payment of postage. A return address, although it is not required, can be put on the top-left corner of the envelope in smaller type than the destination address.

The lettermail service allows the mailing of a letter. The basic rate is currently set at $0.63 for one standard letter (30 grams or less). The rates for lettermail are based or weight and size and determine whether the article falls into the aforementioned standard format, or in the oversize one. The rate is the same for a postcard. Mail sent internationally is known as letterpost. It can only contain paper documents. The rate for a standard letter is of $1.10 if sent to the United States, and $1.85 if sent to any other destination. Oversize or overweight letters may be charged a higher fee. Larger parcels can be shipped via Canada post both domestically and internationally, the rate is dependent on the weight and destination. [4]

Federal Express, TNT, UPS or DHL also provide interntional shipping from Canada and are usually very quick and reliable though might cost a little more compared to Canada Post.



Further Afield

The Niagara Falls

A couple of hours out of Toronto lie the town of Niagara and its famous waterfalls. There are numerous tours that are able to take you to the falls as part of a day trip.

Royal Botanical Gardens

Canada's largest botanical garden lies 30 minutes to the west of Toronto. Enjoy garden areas, nature sanctuaries and over 30 kilometres of walking trails.

Algonquin Park

Algonquin Park is located 210 kilometres northeast of Toronto. Enjoy some of the best preserved wildlife and wilderness areas accessible to the general public. Activities include camping (many fully equipped sites are available on the main HW60 corridor as are electrical hookups and yurts), canoeing, dogsledding (winter), and hiking/backpacking trails. Maps are available at the park store.

Dyers Bay, Bruce Peninsula

Dyers Bay, Bruce Peninsula

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Collingwood & The Bruce Peninsula

Located 145 kilometres northwest of Toronto. Enjoy skiing, winter sports, wildlife, rare orchids, hiking on the Bruce trail, boating & watersports, and the world's longest fresh water beach (Wasaga Beach).



  1. 1 Official Website
  2. 2 2011 Census: Population and Dwelling Counts Retrieved on 2012-09-05
  3. 3 Water opens Toronto Film Festival. BBC News. Retrieved on 2007–05–25.
  4. 4 Canada Post prices

Quick Facts


Website [1]
John Tory
Toronto City Council
Diversity Our Strength
The Queen City, Toronto The Good, T.O., T-Dot, Hogtown, The City Within A Park
2,731,571 [2]
Land Area
630 km²
Metropolitan Population
Metropolitan Area
7,125 km²
  • Latitude: 43.670233
  • Longitude: -79.386755

Accommodation in Toronto

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