Toronto Vacation Tips
For a holiday that brings together the old and the new as well as culture, excitement and natural beauty, plan a trip to Toronto.
The city provides its own unique brand of charm from the skyscrapers in the downtown area to the Victorian and Edwardian-style homes lining residential streets. It also boasts a thriving art community and culinary scene. Visitors can plan stops at the various galleries to see local artwork from artists in many different mediums. Afterward,you can stop at a dining establishment to try the local cuisine.
In the warmer months,you can get lost (on purpose!) exploring Toronto’s parks and outdoor spaces. Take an exhilarating hike, relax on a sandy beach or enjoy a lovely afternoon picnic in the park. Keep an eye out for the local wildlife!
When the weather turns cold, cozy up in one of the city’s pubs like Rebel House or The Caledonian for some delicious comfort food, delightful conversation with your travelling companions and locals and maybe even take in a hockey game.
When to visit Toronto
When deciding what time of year to visit Toronto, you should consider which is your favorite season. If you are a lover of all things snowy, travelling to the city during the winter months provides you with plenty of opportunities to experience the activities and attractions best seen in fall and winter.
On the other hand, if you worship the sun, plan your holiday for spring or summer. You can soak up the warmth while enjoying Toronto’s best warm weather events and experiences.
What to do in Toronto
Spend some time during your Toronto holiday exploring Kensington Market, one of the city’s most culturally diverse neighbourhoods. In 2006 it was named a National Historic Site of Canada. Peruse the local eclectic shops to find the perfect souvenir, stop in a cafe for a refueling session and don’t forget your camera! There neighbourhood boasts a bevvy of beautiful Victorian homes.
Art aficionados are sure to enjoy a trip to McMichael Canadian Art Collection, an art gallery in Kleinburg. Here you’ll find an exciting collection of paintings by Tom Thomson, First Nations and Inuit artists and the Group of Seven and their contemporaries. The permanent collection features almost 6,000 works of art you can explore as you wander through the space.
Step back in time with a visit to Casa Loma, a Gothic Revival home and gardens that’s been converted to a museum and landmark. Spanish for Hill House, Casa Loma was originally the residence of financier Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, and now there are a variety of guided tours available where you can learn about the home’s history and experience each of the rooms and gardens for yourself. This storybook castle not only features gardens but turrets, stables, secret passages and a bowling alley. Because of its unique architecture, it’s been a popular location for movies and television shows including "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows," "X-Men” and "Chicago."
Staying in Toronto
One of the best parts of your trip to Toronto is sure to be staying in vacation rental. You can opt for a condo or apartment downtown, a villa near the ski slopes or a bungalow near the waterfront. With so many options, you’re sure to find the perfect spot to call home during your holiday. Vacation rentals come in a variety of sizes with any number of bedrooms, so you won’t have to worry about who has to sleep on the floor or the couch.
Whether you’re looking for something charming and cost-efficient or luxurious and worthy of a splurge, there are vacation rentals to suit any price point. All rentals offer exciting extra amenities to make sure you’re nothing but pleased when you leave. From fireplaces to can’t-be-beat views, private pools and hot tubs, fully equipped kitchens, washing machines and free WiFi you’ll find everything you could need or want in Toronto’s vacation rentals.