Destination guide

Experience Toronto from a vacation rental

Nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario, Toronto's impressive skyline is dominated by scores of glass and steel skyscrapers. Locals and visitors alike scurry through the bustling city centre, home to the iconic CN Tower, the enormous Eaton Centre shopping mall, and major sports venues, plus enough revered theatres and museums to satisfy even the toughest arts critic. If you need a respite from the city's breakneck pace, take a stroll through the 400-acre High Park or soak up the sun on lakefront beaches, before retreating to your vacation rental or hotel, custom made for families, solo travellers, groups, and couples.

History

The Royal Ontario Museum is a great starting point for a historic journey through time, as exhibits span millions of years – from dinosaur fossils to contemporary works of art. Quirky history is on display at the Bata Shoe Museum, which showcases such unique items as Napoleon's socks and Elvis Presley's patent loafers. Immerse yourself in a living history experience at the Black Creek Pioneer Village, where a recreated 19th-century village demonstrates the life of Ontario's pioneers. Few things in Toronto are more sacred than the Hockey Hall of Fame, which not only celebrates the sport's legendary figures but explores its storied past.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Toronto

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in town? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Toronto a fun place to get away. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • CN Tower (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Canada's Wonderland (15.6 mi / 25 km)
  • Toronto Zoo (15.6 mi / 25.1 km)
  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Ontario Place (2 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Centreville Amusement Park (2 mi / 3.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Toronto

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Toronto. Here are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Yonge-Dundas Square (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Grange Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • HTO Park (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Queen's Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Toronto Music Garden (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Allan Gardens (1 mi / 1.6 km)
How to get there

Traveling to and around Toronto

Fly into Toronto, ON (YTZ-Billy Bishop Toronto City), the closest airport, located 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.), which is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Toronto Union Station, Toronto Exhibition Station and Toronto Bloor Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can get around Toronto by catching a ride on the metro at St Andrew Station, King Station or Osgoode Station.

How to get around

Transportation options near your Toronto vacation rental

Toronto's massive public transit system includes a combination of buses, streetcars, and subways. While the network is cheap and simple to use, buses and streetcars can get caught in the city's chaotic rush-hour traffic. The same is true for cars, so think twice before renting a vehicle in the city, particularly since public transportation provides access to the city's most popular landmarks. You'll find taxis around almost every corner in downtown, but be prepared to pay a pretty penny for the service. Toronto's predominantly flat landscape makes bike riding easy, just make certain you abide by the same traffic laws as cars.

Food & drink 

Take a culinary trip around the globe in Toronto

Toronto's diverse make-up means its culinary landscape is just as varied. You'll find scores of authentic Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Greek, Italian, and Indian restaurants in which to eat. Toronto's most iconic dish, however, may be the simple peameal bacon sandwich, which features cornmeal-dipped cuts of pork served in a Kaiser roll. Veal sandwiches – where thin, breaded pieces of veal are covered in tomato sauce, melted cheese, and peppers inside a fluffy roll – are another Toronto institution. The city's long history of brewing beers means you'll discover tonnes of options when ordering a pint.

Essential info

Essential facts for your Toronto vacation rental

As the capital of the Ontario province, Toronto boasts a population of over 2.8 million residents, making it Canada's largest city. English is the most widely used language in the city, although many locals also speak Chinese, Italian, and French fluently. Toronto is considered one of the safest major North American cities, but should you encounter an emergency, dial 911 for assistance. Canadian provinces and territories can set their own legal drinking age, and in Ontario it's 19. Standard tipping rates in restaurants and bars is 15–20% of the total bill before tax. Canadian dollars are the accepted form of currency.

Where to stay near Toronto?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 2,244 house rentals near Toronto. From 1,248 Condos/Apartments to 855 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Toronto for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Toronto?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Toronto. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Downtown: 1,323 vacation rentals
  • North York: 1,811 vacation rentals
  • Scarborough: 1,438 vacation rentals
  • Entertainment District: 705 vacation rentals
  • The Beach: 50 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Toronto! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Toronto?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Toronto:

  • Brampton: 2,104 rentals
  • Mississauga: 2,002 rentals
  • Oakville: 643 rentals
  • Hamilton: 136 rentals
  • Vaughan: 2,146 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to Toronto?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in Toronto are:

  • City Centre Airport (YTZ): 2,127 home rentals
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): 2,226 home rentals
  • Buttonville Municipal Airport (YKZ): 2,087 home rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in Toronto?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Toronto. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Scarborough Town Centre: 2,070 vacation homes
  • Toronto Eaton Centre: 2,173 vacation homes
  • Scarborough Bluffs Park: 2,059 vacation homes
  • Downsview Park: 2,254 vacation homes
  • Rogers Centre: 2,166 vacation homes

But there are many other points of interest around Toronto listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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