Canada’s most populated city is also the world’s most multicultural, creating a rich melange of styles, cultures and cuisines across its skyscrapered streets. Take a day or two to browse the galleries, tour the gothic Casa Loma and take in the views from the top of the 553-metre CN Tower, the tallest freestanding structure in the western hemisphere.
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Canada’s economic capital and most populated metropolis, where around half the population do not have English as their mother-tongue, Toronto is fantastically diverse. This melting pot of cultures and nationalities colours the city’s nightlife, sporting spirit and dining scene, making it a fascinating stop on a Canada holiday. There’s plenty to do too: step inside the elevator at the CN Tower and ride 553 metres sky-high to gaze down on the urban sprawl, hit St Lawrence Market for art and antiques, tour the gothic Casa Loma mansion or enjoy a picnic in High Park.
Did you know?
The CN Tower puts on a free nightly light show, featuring 16.7 million LEDs, often colour themed for special events and holidays.
Toronto’s annually erected Christmas tree in Nathan Phillips Square is decorated with 12,000 lights and 700 baubles.
Toronto is home to over 1,500 parks including the peaceful High Park, the city’s largest, and where you might spot cherry blossoms in springtime.
Toronto is often used as stand-in for New York in Hollywood movies. Both American Psycho and the Incredible Hulk were filmed here.
How to get around
A streetcar through the city
Toronto is a large city, in order to explore it in detail you’ll need to use the clean and efficient public transport system. If you’re heading off on a self-drive holiday around Canada’s east coast, or bound for Niagara Falls, then extending your car hire for an extra day or two to cover your time in the city is a good value option, but beware of traffic congestion when driving in centre. For something a little easier, try the 3-line subway system, the bus or the streetcars. Toronto is the only city in Canada with streetcars, which are something of a novelty, but a reliable and fun way to get around the city.