Toronto Ontario – a complete travel guide

Canada's largest city and top travel destination guide


Toronto Ontario, the great multicultural conglomeration on the shores of Lake Ontario is Canada’s largest city and is a vacation destination unto itself with enough attractions and activities to fill out any traveller’s busiest itineraries.

From world famous iconic landmarks to events that draw people from around the globe Toronto Ontario has it all…

Most visitors coming to Ontario Canada have a stop in Toronto on their schedule with Pearson International Airport being their primary gateway to entry. From the moment of landing visitors will notice the CN Tower, Toronto’s most enduring and recognizable landmark. Visible from miles away and from virtually any point in the city this building is a definite must see attraction.

The city itself is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario, the mighty lake for which the Province is named, first time visitors are usually amazed at both the cleanliness of the city and the warm hearted friendly nature of its citizens. Like most large cities it does have its less desireable areas but for the most part Toronto Ontario is one of the safest cities in the world.


Location of Toronto Ontario


How to get to Toronto:

For those travelers arriving in their own car you should be forewarned that parking is very expensive and you can expect long delays both getting into and around the city. The busiest highways in the country including the 401, QEW and 407 all lead to the centre of the city.

Getting around and about the city is relatively easy …

Public transportation is provided by the TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) which provides both a subway system and an overland bus and streetcar service. Given the terrible traffic congestion in the downtown core traveling on the TTC’s subway system is highly recommended. While not as extensive a system as other cities of similar size it does nonetheless offer connections to overland bus services that reach all parts of the city and its suburbs.

Check out the TTC’s site at for more information on routes and fares.

Insider Tip: The TTC offers day and week long passes that allow unlimited travel on all TTC services for one set low price. This is a great deal as a day pass is usually cheaper than a single parking fee at one of Toronto’s premier attractions.


Toronto Ontario Attractions and Activities

CN Tower

When most people think of Toronto Ontario Canada the CN Tower is likely one of the first images that comes to mind. A “must see” attracton for any visitor it offers incredible views of the sprawling city below. Find out everything you need to know about this world famous landmark on my CN Tower page.

Toronto Zoo

The Toronto Zoo is the largest zoo in Canada and one of largest in the world. It also consistently ranks as one of best zoos in the world. Find out everything you need to know about the Zoo on my Toronto Zoo page.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma is a huge Gothic mansion with period style decorated suites, an 800-foot long tunnel, secret passages, towers, stables and 5 acres of lush gardens. It is Toronto’s most romantic historic mansion and one of its most iconic and visited attractions. Find out everything you need to know about this Toronto landmark on my Casa Loma page.

Royal Ontario Museum

The Royal Ontario Museum or ROM as it is known to locals, consists of over 6 million items and forty galleries and is one of the world’s leading museums of natural history and world cultures. Find out everything you need to know about the ROM on my Royal Ontario Museum page.

Historic Fort York

Historic Fort York is the crown jewel of Toronto’s historic attractions. You can catch a glimpse into life from a bygone era right in the middle of this bustling metropolis. Find out everything you need to know about this historic Toronto landmark at my Fort York page.

Ontario Science Centre

Since opening in 1969 this innovative museum has been one of the city’s most popular tourist attractions. Taking a unique and interactive approach to displaying its science exhibits it makes for an interesting destination for people of all ages. To learn all that the Centre has to offer visit my Ontario Science Centre page.

Canadian National Exhibition

Traditionally marking the end of summer the CNE is Canada’s largest fair. Located right in the heart of the city at Exhibition Place the 18 days of fun and festivities has been a tradition for over 130 years. With so much to see and do if you are visiting Toronto while it is running it is highly recommended that you head on down to “The Ex” for an entertaining day. To learn everything The Ex has to offer visit my Canadian National Exhibition page.

Fort Rouille

Visit the spot where the City of Toronto began. Located on the present day Exhibition Place grounds little remains of the French outpost built in 1749 save for an obelisk memorializing the spot and a concrete outline of the fort itself. Worth visiting from a historical perspective get all the background information you need at my Fort Rouille page.

Scadding Cabin

The oldest existing structure in Toronto this small two storey one room wooden cabin was the former home of the administrative assistant to Lt. Governor John Graves Simcoe. Constructed in 1794 it was moved to its present location at Exhibition Place over 100 years ago and it gives visitors a realistic look into a bygone era. Check out my Scadding Cabin page for all the information you need when planning a visit.

Canadian International Air Show

The largest air show in Canada it has been an annual tradition at the CNE for over 50 years. With awesome aeronautical displays it truly is one of the highlights of “The Ex”. While the show can be seen from many spots accross the city it is best viewed from the Exhibition Place grounds. An event not to be missed get all the information you need about the show at my Canadian International Air Show page.

Toronto City Pass

Get into 5 of the most popular Toronto attractions for almost 1/2 price. A great way to see these great Toronto sights at a deep discount visit my Toronto City Pass review page to see how it works and find out if getting the pass is a worthwhile investment for you.


Leave a Comment