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More like a country than a city, with islands, giant lakes, beaches and even its own castle, Toronto may be a huge city but one that is easy to get around. The best way is on foot or by bicycle; hopping on a brightly coloured ‘Red Rocket’ street car when the legs need a rest. The BIXI bike scheme lets visitors pick up a bike from one location and drop it off at another. Free walking tours are also available to help tourists really get the most out of their visit to Toronto.

The tallest free standing structure in North America, the CN Tower, can be found in Downtown Toronto; the urban, hip heart of the city. With glass lifts and walkways, views are not for the fainthearted but very worth it, particularly at sunset. Toronto is a shopper’s delight too. Yorkville’s high end boutiques meet the high street stores of the Pacific Mall and the Yorkville Shopping Centre, packed with hundreds of stores in which to spend.

Cultural diversity is Toronto’s middle name with areas like Little Italy, Portugal Village, Chinatown, Little India and Korea Town there for exploring. Energetic visitors may want to walk Yonge Street, the longest street in the world at1896 km. Discovering Toronto’s history couldn’t be easier with a visit to the cavernous Royal Ontario Museum, Spadina House with its opulent gardens or the European elegance of Casa Loma; Toronto’s only castle complete with turrets. Sports fans might enjoy a history of Canadian hockey at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Toronto Zoo, Ontario Science Museum and Black Creek Pioneer Village with its live animals and actors are all great places to take the kids while green spaces like beautiful Queen’s Park, Toronto Islands (reached by a short ferry ride) and Kew Gardens are perfect for strolling, running, rollerblading or just relaxing with a picnic. If the sun is shining, Sugar Beach is the place to hang out.

Adults can enjoy a visit to the Distillery District or a Microbrewery before tucking in to exceptional local produce in one of Toronto’s hundreds of restaurants. Comedy shows, live music, theatre and big name musicals are all part of Toronto’s repertoire, with thousands of venues to choose from.

Fly In

The closest airport to Toronto is Toronto Pearson International Airport. Just 22 km away from the city centre it is easy to reach using public transport. There is a dedicate Airport Express bus service that

connects the airport to downtown Toronto, departing every 30 minutes, with a journey time of between 30 minutes and an hour.

Local Billy Bishop Toronto City Centre Airport is the closest to the city, just minutes away but car, shuttle bus and even bicycle; however it only operates an internal service for Air Canada Express and Porter Airlines flights, between destinations including Boston, Quebec, Ottawa and Halifax.

What you need to know – 150

Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD) $

Visas: British citizens do not require a visa to visit Canada. Those with a different British nationality should check with their embassy or the Canadian High Commission for more information about visa requirements. On arrival in Canada visitors may be asked to prove they have sufficient funds for the duration of their stay. Passports must also be valid for the entirety of the visit.

Laws: In Canada the legal age for drinking alcohol is 19. It is also illegal to drink on the street. The fine for parking a vehicle in a bicycle lane or cycle path is between $60 and $150. Canada has very strict anti-smoking laws. Smoking in offices or any public place is illegal. It is also illegal to smoke in any car carrying a child

Best times to Visit

With very distinct seasons, autumn in Toronto is perhaps one of the most beautiful times to visit. With temperatures not yet freezing, the trees are a mass of glittering gold and red hues and the hectic pace of summer has passed. Wintery snow adds a touch of magic to Toronto, with plenty of holiday festivities on offer. Spring can be rainy, but often quieter than most other seasons while in summer, the tourist numbers reach their peak – regardless of the often oppressive heat. At least in summer, the beaches, lakes and lush green parks are there to keep visitors cool. Temperatures range from plus 40 degrees Celsius in the summer to minus 33 degrees Celsius in winter, at the extreme 

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