Province/Territory: Ontario

Ontario's Provincial Capital and Vibrant Urban Centre

  • 5,583,064 population
  • 05th largest metropolitan area in North America
  • 128 languages and dialects can be heard on the streets of Toronto.

Toronto, the capital city of Ontario, is a vibrant, multi-cultural city that boasts an incredible range of attractions and events. Perhaps its best known landmark is the world-famous CN Tower, a national icon and one of the world’s tallest buildings. Visitors rocket to the top at 15 mph in a dizzying, 58-second elevator ride then enjoy 360-degree city views from the fine dining restaurant at the pinnacle. Visitors to Toronto can enjoy discovering the artwork and all the action in the boutiques, galleries, theaters and cafés of the pedestrian-only Distillery District, or hit the high-end boutiques on Bloor Street or at the Eaton's Centre. Later they can take in world-class theatre, opera, symphony and more in the booming theatre district or head for the Beaches, the city’s popular lakefront neighborhood where sidewalk cafés, trendy restaurants and pubs welcome everyone from bohemian artists to financiers.

Urban adventures

  • Strap in and experience the thrill of an Edgewalk at the CN Tower, high above the city.
  • In summer, enjoy the fun of Centre Island's amusement area or paddle and swim on the sandy beaches of Lake Ontario.
  • In winter, skate at Kew Gardens or Nathan Phillips Square, stroll the boardwalks to see ice formations sparkle on the shoreline, then warm up with a hot toddy inside a cozy bistro.
  • Dine at the Distillery Historic District, boasting some of the best-preserved Victorian industrial architecture in North America.

Arts & Culture

  • Discover the coolest architecture and design trends in Canada’s megacity, bursting with immensely creative projects that are redefining the cityscape.
  • View the striking Art Gallery of Ontario, redesigned by visionary architect Frank Gehry and housing works by the Group of Seven as well as the 2,000-piece collection donated by businessman Ken Thomson.
  • Explore the treasures housed at the Royal Ontario Museum, which has not only a stunning resident collection from Canada and around the world, but also hosts world-class visiting exhibitons.
  • Visit the fascinating Bata Shoe Museum to see 10,000 pairs of footwear including Marilyn Monroe’s red pumps and Elton John’s 1973 silver platform boots.
  • Enjoy world-class theatre, symphony, opera and more at Roy Thompson Hall, the Canadian Opera House, the Ed Mirvish Theatre the Royal Alexandra Theatre and more.

Events & Festivals

  • Stargaze at the annual Toronto International Film Festival, when celebrities line the sidewalks to celebrate the best of cinema.
  • Revel in the glory of spectacular fireworks, art and musicial displays at the multi-day Luminato Festival.
  • Heat up with the cool vibe at Toronto's Jazz Festival.
  • Celebrate equality at Toronto's Pride Week.
  • Visit the Air Canada Centre to cheer on Toronto's Raptors or Maple Leafs or the Toronto Rock Lacross team, or head for the Rogers Centre to watch the Blue Jays hit one out of the park or see the Toronto Argos score a touch down. There's something for every sports lover.

Food & Drink

  • Sample local flavors at the St. Lawrence Market home to great locally grown produce and more.
  • Nosh your way around the world in Toronto's ethnic neighbourhoods. Share a heaping plate of Greek calamari, dig into a mountain of handcrafted pasta cooked by a mama who still speaks Italian or venture into “newer” ethnic enclaves around the city.
  • Quiz the sommelier in the world’s highest wine cellar atop the CN Tower.

Accommodation & Relaxation

  • Treat yourself to the elegant hospitality of the historic Fairmont Royal York Hotel, check into the newly completed Shangri La, the stately King Edward or the Ritz Carlton where luxury is a staple.
  • Enjoy the witty charm of boutique hotels like the Gladstone, where every room is an artist's masterpiece of murals and clever decor.
  • Find your happy place at yoga and pilates studios, health clubs and spas across the city.

Weather

  • Warm summer weather extends from late-May until late September.
  • Winter, from December until April, brings cold weather - often well below 0°C - and snow. Be sure to bring warm boots and coats to ensure that you can explore the city in comfort.
  • Spring stretches from late March until early June, and brings milder temperatures, ideal for dining at the many outdoor cafes.
  • Discover local weather information. Research local weather patterns at Environment Canada's Canadian Climate Website.
Quick facts

Area:The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) stretches over 7,000 sq. km. and encompasses 25 municipalities along the northern shore of Lake Ontario.
Largest City: Toronto
Total Population (GTA): 5,583,064

When to go
  • Toronto is one of Canada's most exciting, multi-cultural cities and offers something for every taste, in every season.
  • Toronto is a four season destination and while winter is chilly, there are thousands of shops, museums, restaurants and cafes inviting you inside to warm up.
  • Spring and summer are a great time to explore the Toronto waterfront, Centre Island, Ontario Place and more.
  • Fall, from late-September to November, brings cooler weather and smaller crowds at popular attractions such as the CN Tower, Ontario Place, Canada's Wonderland, and the Metro Toronto Zoo.
Getting Here
Getting around
  • Find information on getting around Toronto.
  • Explore Toronto using the TTC, a transit system that includes a subway, buses and street cars linking all parts of the city.
  • Convenient bike rentals are available in many parts of the city.