Toronto is a sprawling Canadian metropolis created when six cities around Lake Ontario amalgamated in the late nineties. Perhaps because of the city’s past, the neighbourhoods and districts within Toronto are remarkably distinct and eclectic, with a wide variety of atmospheres and experiences on offer.
With over 2.6 million residents, Toronto is the most populous city in all of Canada and widely considered to be Canada’s cultural, entertainment and financial capital. It’s also the most culturally diverse city in Canada – and arguably the world – with over half the residents being born outside of Canada and some sixty recognised minorities.
Life in Toronto is largely dictated by the weather. During summer, sightseers and residents enjoy alfresco dining in the fine restaurants and cafes, browsing the stalls of the open-air markets, and soaking up the culture of the many outdoor festivals and events. The city does quieten down in winter as all outdoor areas are thickly blanketed in snow and ice. However, there are also many fascinating indoor tourism, arts and dining precincts that can be enjoyed when the weather turns cool.
Toronto’s International Marine Passenger Terminal is located in Toronto Harbour, on magnificent Lake Ontario and adjacent to the major downtown region. Cruise ships access Lake Ontario by cruising along Saint Lawrence River, passing Quebec City and Montréal en route.
The International Marine Passenger Terminal is a multi-purpose port facility built in 2005. In addition to welcoming Toronto’s international cruise guests, the port is also a popular filming destination and venue for large special events.
- Two-storey air-conditioned terminal building
- Public transport access
- Sail-in cinema.
How To Get Around
Toronto is a large city that is best explored by car or taxi, although the congestion will be experienced at all times of day. There is an efficient public transport network incorporating buses, subway, rapid transit and streetcars; however, the network does not reach many parts of the city.
- It is a 13 minute journey to downtown Toronto
- It is a 12 minute journey to Union Station
- It is a 12 minute journey to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport.
- It is an 8 minute journey to downtown Toronto (from Union Station).
- Currency - The currency in Toronto is the Canadian dollar (CAD). Coins come in 5¢, 10¢, 25¢, 50¢, CAD$1, and CAD$2 denominations. Notes come in CAD$5, CAD$10, CAD$20, CAD$50, and CAD$100 denominations.
- Time Zone - Toronto uses Eastern Standard Time (EST), which is five hours behind Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight savings applies between March and October – in this time the city is only four hours behind UTC.
- Weather – Toronto has a humid continental climate with four distinct seasons including a warm, humid summer and a cold, windy winter. Toronto is warmest in July with an average temperature of 22.3 degrees Celsius and coldest in January with an average temperature of -3.7 degrees Celsius.
- Distillery District - Once home to the British Empire’s largest distillery, the Distillery District is now the go-to destination for art and culture in Toronto. The red brick warehouses have been converted into chic galleries, studios, cafés and restaurants. The scene comes alive on weekends during the summer, when the cobblestone streets are lined with market stalls, jazz performers, art exhibitions and food vendors.
- Niagara Falls - One of the most iconic water spectacles in the world, Niagara Falls is just an hour and a half drive away from the centre of Toronto. If you can drag yourself away from the impressive sight of the icy water surging over the rocky cliff face, there’s an eccentric, Las Vegas-like downtown area to be explored.
- St Lawrence Market - For over 200 years, St Lawrence Market has been a vibrant meeting and shopping destination for Ontario locals and tourists. More than 50 specialty food vendors can be found inside the restored market hall, including bakeries, fromageries, butcheries, and patisseries. On Sundays, the market is home to one of the largest and most exciting antique fairs in Ontario.
- Casa Loma - Perched on top of a cliff overlooking the vibrant Annex neighbourhood, Casa Loma is a monstrous castle that curiously mixes Gothic and Victorian architecture and design. The hodgepodge of turrets, balconies, flagpoles and chimneys is truly unique – it’s hard to imagine a castle like this anywhere else in the world. The 98-room castle has never been home to royalty and was actually constructed just over 100 years ago as the family home for a wealthy local.