One of the most populous countries in Canada, Toronto is full of natural features and interesting sights. Immerse yourself in the past and present of this beautiful city through its museums and historic sights, or experience the vibrancy of the culture through one of its many festivals.
What to do and see
Toronto is famous for its lively arts scene which is best experienced through visiting either the Toronto Symphonic Orchestra for a time of jazz and classical music, or the Famous People Players Dinner Theatre for visually stunning live theatre shows. For more good music and theatre shows, visit either the Royal Conservatory of Music, Princess of Wales Theatre or the Ed Mirvish Theatre, all of which promise to be a visual and auditory treat.
For more wallet friendly options, visit the AGO, or Art Gallery of Ontario which houses more than 80, 000 works ranging from 1st Century to present day, or the Royal Ontario Museum which focuses on world culture and national history. You could also walk around the beautiful grounds of the University of Toronto, or the Toronto Public Library that comes complete with ponds, plants and even a mini waterfall!
If you’re tired from sightseeing, there are many parks around the city in which you can take a breather. Visit High Park and the Allan Gardens Conservatory, which is a historic landmark in the heart of the city with a collection of exotic plants and seasonal flower shows. Its historic, cast-iron and glass domed "Palm House" was built in 1910 and is designated under the Ontario Heritage Act.
For trips out of the city, visit the Toronto Islands, which are just a short ferry ride away from the city. If you have kids, visit the Centreville Amusement Park, or the Franklin Childrens’ Garden, which allows for hands on learning about animals and plants. Also don’t miss a trip to the oldest stone building in Toronto, the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse which is also the oldest surviving lighthouse on the Great Lakes.
Last but certainly not least, don’t miss out on a trip to the majestic Niagara Falls which you can visit via train. There are also many tours available, so be sure to do your research and get one that suits you best.
How to get there
Check Skyscanner for your preferred flight from major cities in New Zealand to Toronto Pearson International Airport. From there, its about 40km (about 30-40 minutes by car) from the city centre and there are buses, taxis and express airport shuttles to get you from the airport to the city.
How to get around
In the city of Toronto, there is a comprehensive transportation network with easy to navigate subways, buses and streetcars all under the Toronto Transport Commission (TTC).
Fares are cheaper if you buy tickets in bulk, so if you plan to travel around Toronto a lot, be sure to buy either a few tickets at once, or get a day pass that allows you unlimited travel for a certain period of time.