Toronto

Travel Guide
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This vibrant multicultural metropolis on the banks of Lake Ontario is packed with world-class attractions.

Toronto, the largest city in Canada, is a magnet for international travellers all year round, with a wide variety of museums and art galleries, music festivals, sporting action, country parks and heritage buildings, not to mention its fabulous shopping and dining, and an excellent public transport system that offers easy access to all the main sights.

The city grew out of the late 18th-century British settlement of Town of York and was renamed Toronto in 1834. Since then, it has expanded dramatically both in size and scope, with a population today of almost three million people representing around 200 different ethnic groups. Individual communities in neighbourhoods such as Little Italy, Chinatown and Portugal Village all add their distinctive language, culture and cuisine to the city's cosmopolitan vibe.

Ride the lift to the top of the CN Tower to get your bearings with a bird’s-eye view of the city; on a clear day you can see as far as Niagara Falls, 60 kilometres away. Visit the Art Gallery of Ontario to familiarise yourself with the famous Toronto artist Tom Thomson and the work of his influential Group of Seven. Then check out the Hockey Hall of Fame to learn all about Canada’s favourite national sport and encounter some of its most legendary players.

Canadian winters can be harsh, limiting outdoor activities, but during the summer months there are plenty of open-air music festivals, markets and carnivals, while many attractions have longer opening times. Ontario Place has two live music venues promoting global superstars and the best of Canadian talent, as well as a range of other attractions which are currently undergoing major refurbishment in time for the country’s 150th anniversary celebrations in 2017. Spring and autumn are the best times to visit the Toronto Botanical Garden with many plants and trees at their finest in the milder climate.

Families will find plenty on offer for them in this friendly city too. Ride Canada’s tallest and fastest rollercoaster at Canada’s Wonderland, cool off in the Splash Works water park, make friends with the animals at Toronto Zoo, celebrated for its lifelike habitats, or learn about science the fun way at the interactive Ontario Science Centre.

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Where to stay in Toronto

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
3.5 out of 5
33 Gerrard St W, Toronto, ON
The price is NZ$178 per night from 27 Dec. to 27 Dec.
This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of Yonge-Dundas Square, Toronto Eaton Centre and Toronto ...
3.9/5 Good! (4,996 reviews)
"The food in the marketplace was very tasty and it was great to be a le to take it back to my room. The hotel staff were very welcoming, friendly and good at their jobs, from the front desk staff, to the marketplace staff and the maids cleaning my room. The only negative was when a young security ..."

Reviewed on 23 Nov. 2021

Chelsea Hotel, Toronto
One King West Hotel & Residence
One King West Hotel & Residence
4 out of 5
1 King Street West, Toronto, ON
The price is NZ$205 per night from 29 Nov. to 29 Nov.
Located in Financial District, this romantic hotel is within a 5-minute walk of PATH Underground Shopping Mall, Hockey Hall of Fame, and Queen Street. Toronto ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (4,997 reviews)
"Great place to stay in downtown Toronto...beautiful place and great location."

Reviewed on 26 Nov. 2021

One King West Hotel & Residence
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
4 out of 5
1 Harbour Sq, Toronto, ON
The price is NZ$236 per night from 26 Dec. to 26 Dec.
This family-friendly Toronto hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Scotiabank Arena and Harbourfront Centre. Ripley's Aquarium of Canada ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (2,284 reviews)
"Had a great experience. Very easy checkout."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

The Westin Harbour Castle, Toronto
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Sonesta ES Suites Toronto Markham
Sonesta ES Suites Toronto Markham
3 out of 5
355 South Park Rd, Markham, ON
The price is NZ$143 per night from 9 Dec. to 9 Dec.
Located in Thornhill, this aparthotel is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) from Seneca College - Markham Campus and 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from First Markham Place. Markham Pan Am Centre ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (1,070 reviews)
"It was a great place to stay! clean and kind front desk staff."

Reviewed on 19 Nov. 2021

Sonesta ES Suites Toronto Markham
Home2 Suites by Hilton Toronto Brampton
Home2 Suites by Hilton Toronto Brampton
3 out of 5
200 Steelwell Road, Brampton, ON
The price is NZ$146 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Located in Steeles Industrial, this aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Victoria Park Arena, Powerade Centre and Red Rose Convention Centre. Lester B. Pearson ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (258 reviews)
"Location, suite was comfortable"

Reviewed on 21 Nov. 2021

Home2 Suites by Hilton Toronto Brampton
Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre
Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre
3 out of 5
5515 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON
The price is NZ$202 per night from 30 Nov. to 30 Nov.
Located in Airport Corporate, this golf aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Centennial Park and within 6 miles (10 km) of Toronto Congress Centre and The International ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (1,048 reviews)
"We had a nice stay over the weekend. Can't think of anything negative to say about it. Staff was friendly and helpful."

Reviewed on 22 Nov. 2021

Homewood Suites by Hilton Toronto Airport Corporate Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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