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Metro Toronto: the multicultural city!






    • Casaloma—Toronto’s Castle
    • Royal Ontario Museum
    • Toronto Shopping
    • Festivals
    • Dining



        Metro Toronto is a truly multicultural experience – from the hundreds of international restaurants to the dozens of ethnic neighbourhoods - Toronto is a city where it is possible to tour the world’s food and culture in the space of a few blocks over a week long visit, from Greektown on the Danforth to little Korea and Chinatown. Toronto neighbourhoods even have their street signs in different languages. Sitting at a park bench or in a coffee shop you will see newspapers and magazines in dozens of languages.


        Toronto also has a large number of parks and an extensive waterfront on Lake Ontario. From the Beaches boardwalk to the cultural vibrancy of Harbourfront to the hundreds of kilometers of biking and walking trails, Toronto has lots of recreational options.


        Being the biggest and most diverse city in Canada, Toronto also has a lively cultural scene, from the glitz and glamour of the Toronto International Film Festival to the live music at pubs and taverns. From pubs like the Cameron House, the Rivoli and the Horseshoe Tavern to Roy Thompson Hall, the Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto is also the cultural heart of Canada. Film is represented at dozens of theatres – perhaps one of the most interesting being the Toronto Underground Cinema.  


        Toronto is also arguably the best shopping destination in Canada, from mega malls like the Eaton Centre and Yorkdale to chic designer boutiques in Yorkville and trendy stores scattered across the city’s neighbourhoods (Kensington, St Lawrence and Danforth) and downtown. From Honest Ed’s (the world’s biggest department store??? - certainly the most eccentric) to tiny specialty shops – Toronto has it all.


        Toronto is centrally located to explore Ontario; A train ride to the southwest and you’re at Niagara Falls and into Niagara wine country; head north and you’re in cottage country known as the Muskokas or Kawarthas.


        The Toronto Transit System is simple, fast and efficient. It can be crowded at rush hour but is the quickest way to get around the central part of Toronto. BIXI Toronto is a bike rental company where you rent a bike at any of 80 rental stations around the city. Casual users pay $5 for access to a rental bike for up to 72 hours. The first half hour of use is included in this fee, and for every half hour thereafter you start paying increasingly more.


        Travel tips:


        • Toronto’s Pearson International Airport is Canada’s biggest and busiest airport.
        • Toronto Island Airport is located on Centre Island—a short ferry ride into Harbourfront, but does not have international flights.

        From Pearson International Airport, a taxi or the Toronto Airport Express Shuttle is the most convenient way to get downtown. Of course there are rental cars at the airport as well.

        Train – Via Rail service from Montreal, Ottawa, the rest of Canada and in association with Amtrak, New York City.