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Toronto

A vibrant multicultural city

Overview

Toronto is Canada's east coast wonder city. Canada’s answer to Manhattan, the young and vibrant city is infectious. It's a top choice for a city break holiday and after just one visit you will want to pack your bags and move here! Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the easternmost of the Great Lakes, the surrounding Greater Toronto Area is the country’s cultural, financial and entertainment hub. This importance is what makes holidays to Toronto so attractive to people wanting to explore Canadian Culture.

Canada's largest city is buzzing and fast paced, alive with fun and excitement making for a very enjoyable holiday in Canada. When we think of Toronto, we think of two things: shopping and food. Toronto offers one of the best shopping areas in the world, so whether you are planning a shopping trip with friends or just want to squeeze in some retail therapy during your family getaway, the Eaton Centre should definitely be number one on your list. Yorkville and trendy Queen Street are also great shopping spots - one of many reasons to book your city break holiday in Toronto.

The St Lawrence Market is definitely worth a visit for all 'foodies', home to vendors, merchants and artisans for over 200 years. 'Greasy spoon' diners are big in Toronto culture, and The Patrician Grill on King St East is an old local classic, perfect for breakfast. The House, on Parliament in Cabbage Town, is a real local's neighbourhood place with eclectic staples and a British feel. Their quirky, homemade menu is ideal for casual but delicious dining.

The perfect add-on to any Toronto holiday is a trip to the Niagara Falls - the world-famous, thundering natural wonder. The falls are an easy 80 minute drive or transfer from downtown, so you can visit for a day trip or choose to stay for a night in a in a stylish Niagara Falls hotel. If your budget allows, we always recommend upgrading to a falls view room so you can enjoy the spectacular view right from your window. Lit up in amazing colours at night, make sure it is the first and last sight that you see each day.

Things to do

With the incredible mix of nationalities and cultures, of course hand in hand comes incredible cuisine! If you are in the mood for amazing Chinese food then look no further than Chinatown, where you will find exotic restaurants, grocery stores and fruit stands lining the colourful neighbourhood. If you fancy a little more spice, then look no further than the Gerrard Indian Bazaar, where spicy aromas spill out onto the street.

A trip to the famous St. Lawrence Market is an absolute must, and make sure that you visit with an appetite! The market is a bustling food Mecca located right in the heart of the downtown district, and the perfect way to spend an afternoon. There are so many delicious delicacies to try such as a legendary Veal Parmigiana Sandwich at Uno Mustachio, so huge it is big enough for two! Or a world famous Peameal Bacon on a Bun at Carousel Bakery, so tasty it has been raved about by many celebrities around the world. And make sure that you leave room for some incredible fresh Boston Blue Fish & Chips at Buster's Sea Cove, but you will have to join the queue as they are so popular!

What better way to work off some of your indulgencies than with a bit of cardio... best done by walking around the amazing shopping areas of the city! First stop must be the Eaton Centre with floor upon floor of designer boutiques and all of your favourite labels. If it is trendy boutiques you are after then head to quirky Yorkville or Queen Street. There are so many excellent shopping areas for you to explore, you won't have time for them all! The amazing shopping makes Toronto a top shopping break destination

Niagara Falls is just a short and easy 1.5-hour drive or transfer from Toronto, so a trip to the legendary sight fits perfectly with any Toronto city break holiday. Whether you choose to visit as a day trip or for a few nights break from the city, you are in for a treat. The Falls themselves are incredible, and will take your breath away the first time you lay eyes on them! Take a Journey Behind the Falls and a voyage on the Maid of the Mist to complete your Niagara experience, and if you choose to stay here for any length of time we always recommend treating yourself to a fallsview room

Popular things to do in Toronto

  • CN Tower Edgewalk (1.5 Hours)

    £155pp

    EdgeWalk is the “World’s Highest External Walk on a Building”, a full circle hands-free walk on a 5 ft (1.5 m) wide ledge encircling the top of the Tower’s main pod, 356m above the ground. Visitors walk in groups of six, while attached to an overhead safety rail via a trolley and harness system. Designed with the highest international safety and security standards in mind, EdgeWalk runs 1.5 hours, with the outdoor walk lasting approximately 30 minutes. Tickets include a keepsake video, photos and certificate of achievement. Participants also receive a CN Tower General Admission ticket that includes access to SkyPod.

    Minimum age 13 (passengers 13-17 must be accompanied) Minimum weight 34kg (75lb), maximum weight 140kg (310lb)

    Passengers may not participate in the EdgeWalk if: pregnant, have broken bones, have undergone surgery in the last 6 months or are experiencing ongoing symptoms, have experienced a seizure in the past 6 months and do not hold a driver's license for this reason, have chest pain or shortness of breath; under the influence of any drug (legal or illegal) or alcohol.

    Departure: May 1 - Oct 31

  • CN Tower Admission

    £21pp

    Standing 553.33 metres tall, and one of Canada’s major icons, this construction masterpiece offers sweeping panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario. This admission ticket provides elevation to the LookOut and Glass floor levels.

    Departures: daily except Dec 25

  • Deluxe Niagara Winery Tour D (8 Hours)

    £103pp

    This deluxe guided wine tour includes a delicious lunch at the world famous Queenston Heights restaurant overlooking the beautiful Niagara Escarpment. To compliment the entree, three flights of wine from various Niagara wineries are served. Once lunch is completed the tour continues to Chateau des Charmes Winery for a full guided tour with wine tastings. The second winery is a founding Niagara Winery, Inniskillin. Visitors will enjoy tastings of both red and white wines and the featured ice wine. After Inniskillin, journey via the historic Niagara parkway to the charming town of Niagara-on-the-Lake. Free time is provided to shop and browse this pretty town, the original Capital of Upper Canada. Return transportation to Toronto hotel is included. Lunch includes a main course with choices of: chicken, fresh fish or beef, soup or salad and fresh baked bread, finished off with a tasty dessert. (During the winter, lunch will take place at the historic Old Angel Inn located in Niagara-on-the-Lake. Lunch offers a choice of; beef, chicken or the fish entree, bread, soup and dessert. A full glass of red or white wine is included).

    Departures: May 1 - Apr 30 (Except May 18, Jul 1, Sep 7, Oct 12, Dec 25, 26, Jan 1, Apr 3, 5)

  • Hop-on-Hop-off City Tour of Toronto - 2 day pass

    £24pp

    Build your own Toronto experience with the freedom of our hop-on-hop-off city tour aboard a London-style double decker bus or trolley. Let the friendly and knowledgeable tour guides educate you on the fun facts and history of Toronto as they take you through the city with stops at / near all major hotels in the downtown area. The ticket also includes a free boat tour (available seasonally) of the Toronto Harbour and Islands. Let the tour company with over 100 years of experience introduce you the history and excitement that is Toronto!

    Departure: May 1 - Apr 30

  • Segway Distillery Spin

    £27pp

    A guided tour with a difference! After a few minutes training, you will easily glide through the district on your Segway for a tour with friendly and knowledgeable guides. Toronto was once home to the largest distillery in the British Empire and has the largest collection of industrial Victorian buildings in Canada. This district now has unique shops, galleries, cafes and restaurants.

    Departures: Tuesday to Sunday year round
    Duration: 30 minutes

  • Sightseeing Tour of Niagara Falls from Toronto

    £82pp

    Depart Toronto on this full day tour to Niagara Falls and experience one of Canada's most spectacular sights. Ample time will be spent at the Falls giving you excellent photo opportunities including taking the Voyage to the Falls boat cruise (included). Lunch is also included at the Sheraton on the Falls, whilst dining you can enjoy the panoramic views of the Falls from the restaurant. On your return to Toronto pass through Niagara on the Lake, voted Canada’s prettiest town.

    Departures: daily except Dec 25. Please note the Voyage to the Falls boat cruise will not operate during the Winter months and will be replaced with the Journey Behind the Falls. Duration: 8 hours

  • Toronto City Tour

    £24pp

    Discover what lies behind Toronto’s famous skyline whilst on this bus and guided walking city tour. Experience the sight and sounds of a cosmopolitan city as you explore the downtown areas, dynamic neighbourhoods, incredible waterfront and magnificent architecture.

    Departures: daily except Dec 25
    Duration: 2 hours

Holidays

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Top tips

Top tips for visiting Toronto

Top Tip 1

• The city is a foodie’s paradise! Visit Toronto’s amazing Chinatown, where you’ll find exotic restaurants, grocery and fruit stands lining the street, and some of the best Chinese food outside of Asia. If you fancy something a little hotter, try the Gerrard Indian Bazaar, where the fragrant and spicy aromas fill the street.


Top Tip 2

• A trip to the famous St Lawrence Market is also a must do whilst on holiday to Toronto. This bustling food Mecca is located in the centre of the downtown district, and is the ideal way to while away an afternoon. Try the Veal Parmigiana Sandwich at Uno Mustachio or the Peameal Bacon Bun at Carousel Bakery – delicious! Book in a weekend brunch at The Hot House Restaurant & Bar, which has been voted the city’s best Sunday brunch for five years running.


Top Tip 3

• Calling all shopaholics – Toronto has some amazing shopping areas, including the huge Eaton Centre mall, and the trendy districts of Yorkville and Queen Street. Hunt for a bargain in the stylish boutiques or flash your cash in one of the many designer stores. No matter what your style is, Toronto is a city known for its fantastic shopping.


Top Tip 4

• If you are looking for a great bar, look no further than Queen Street West. The street boasts bars like the Horseshoe Tavern, which once was host to legends like The Police, The Ramones and The Rolling Stones.


Top Tip 5

• If you’re visiting over New Year, brave the annual Polar Bear Dip. This 15 year old event welcomes hundreds of entrants each year, encourages fancy dress, and raises money for charity. The perfect way to welcome in the New Year!


Top Tip 6

• To distract yourself from the winter chill, why not attend the Maple Syrup Festival, which will get you all warm and fuzzy inside. A few minutes from downtown Toronto, Black Creek Pioneer Village recreates Canadian life in the 1860’s, complete with Victorian costumes, horse-drawn wagon rides and sugar bushes, which reveal the secrets of making your own maple syrup.


Top Tip 7

• If you’re on a family holiday to Toronto the ultimate destination has to be Centreville Amusement Park, with over thirty rides and attractions. Just a short ferry ride away, this makes for a fantastic day out – don’t forget to bring your picnic basket!

If you’d like more information about booking your holiday to Toronto, call one of our dedicated team of experts who will help you plan the trip of a lifetime.


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At a glance


  • Toronto is Canada’s largest and most popular city to explore
  • Packed with exciting things to see and do
  • Fly direct from London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow in under 7 hours

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At a glance


  • Toronto is Canada’s largest and most popular city to explore
  • Packed with exciting things to see and do
  • Fly direct from London, Birmingham, Manchester or Glasgow in under 7 hours

Trusted travel partner


Winner of British Travel Awards 2016

Silver award for Best Holiday Company to Canada (Large)


Fully Protected

We are members of ATOL, ABTA and IATA.

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