Holidays in Toronto

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Toronto will renew your sense of curiosity in life. As the largest city in Canada, Toronto is the heart of the Canadian travel experience. Shopping, restuarants, pro sports, theatres, arts, festivals, nightlife and culture by the bucket-load all await your arrival. Perfect at any time of the year, Toronto is a great destination for a winter getaway - take a visit for some pre-christmas shopping or even to see in the New Year in style.

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Do I need a visa?

Yes. If you’re arriving into or transiting through Canada by air from either the UK or another destination e.g. the USA, you’ll need an eTA. 

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Shopping in Toronto

Ethnically diverse with distinctive districts, shopping is a unique experience with 5 Chinatowns, Little Italy, Little Portugal, and the Gerrard India Bazaar to explore. There is also fantastic shopping at the Eaton Centre.

Highlights of Toronto

Be a part of this city, even if just for a brief moment and experience the people, neighbourhoods, attractions, nightlife, cuisine, culture and sports. Here are some of Toronto’s not-to-be-missed attractions:

Options abound for symphonic music fans. Start with the line-up at Roy Thomson Hall, home to the renowned Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Or enjoy an eclectic program of jazz, classical and world music at the gorgeous Koerner Hall. The sleek Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts is where you can take in the grandeur of The Canadian Opera Company or marvel at the beauty of the National Ballet of Canada. Toronto’s theatre district features a mix of historic venues such as The Royal Alexandra Theatre and the newer Princess of Wales Theatre. Smaller niche theatres dot the city from the Famous People Players, on the city’s Westside, to The Canadian Stage and the Soulpepper Theatre Company in the Distillery District, which presents hundreds of events each year including dramatic plays comedies, classics and cabaret.

About a 90-minute drive from downtown Toronto, you’ll find the awe-inspiring Niagara Falls. Hornblower Niagara Cruises offers catamaran tours, bringing you to the heart of the action. For a higher, dryer but equally breathtaking tour, try a helicopter ride. Niagara Helicopters flies passengers close enough to feel the power of the Falls as more than 168,000 cubic metres of water spill over the edge every minute. Blessed with rich soils and unique microclimates, Niagara’s wine country is Canada’s largest and most prestigious. With more than 90 wineries throughout the region, touring by car—or, better yet, bike—is an enjoyable way to pass the day.

In Toronto you’ll find a very different kind of luxury travel. Enriching experiences that are Canadian to the core – unpretentious, quirky, open-hearted – and worthy of your precious time and attention.

The fusion of cultures and the acceptance of all ways of life lend a depth and eclecticism to everything here – exclusive dining can mean a canoe-ride to the Toronto islands for a sumptuous picnic or dinner in the sky-high Canoe restaurant. You can shop for modern Indigenous artefacts and fashion or charter a flight to see the one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Toronto has incredible culinary experiences for every taste. A true food lover’s city, Toronto offers boundless options from sun-up until way past sundown. Whether you’re looking for a quick bite or a sumptuous, multi-course tasting menu, the city’s kitchens are renowned for their global influences and extraordinary cooking talent.  Toronto’s thriving bar, lounge and club culture contribute to a vibrant nightlife, while buzzing café and craft-brewery scenes offer the perfect inroads to neighbourhood exploration.

Live performances, incredible exhibits and cool pop-ups are happening all over Toronto this time of year. Here are just a few of the many you don't want to miss.

  • Feb/Mar: Toronto’s Light Festival artfully illuminates the Distillery Historic District
  • Apr/May: Hot Docs
  • Jun: North by Northeast & Pride
  • Jul: Join 500,000 music lovers for The Beaches Jazz Festival
  • Jul/Aug: Toronto Caribbean Carnival
  • Sep: More than 300 films are screened for the Toronto International Film Festival
  • Nov/Dec: Enjoy the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, right in the heart of Toronto.

After an exhilarating day of shopping or urban skating, watch the lights set the city aglow as evening sets in. There’s extra time now to revel in long evenings with your favourite people, taking comfort in a delicious meal or cocktail, exploring Toronto’s unique museum nights or enjoying great seats at a hockey game or theatre production.

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