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"Of Breathetaking Skylines and Skyscrapers"

Toronto Tourism

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is the most populous city of Canada and the fifth largest city in North America, is the financial capital of the county and one of the most mutli culturally diverse cities of the word. Located on shore of the beautiful Lake Ontario, the city is know for its skyscrapers, museums, theatre, music and festivals.

There is absolutely no paucity of the possibilities when it comes to truly experiencing the city of Toronto. With no dearth of places to visit, to enjoy a meal at, take a stroll, or simply sit back and admire the things around one, Toronto can easily be the very epitome of a dream city to live in. A curious mix of all things fun and intriguing, there is something for anyone and everyone here. The number of cuisines offered are mindboggling and have achieved a level where their very taste leaves an everlasting cherishable memory on your tongue.The Kesington and the St.Lawrence Market, Toronto Islands, an ultra-intriguing Ripley's Aquarium and a lengthy list to name, the places to visit are numerous, each with a different aura of its own. Festivals and exhibitions add more to the beautiful assortment of cultures and heritage.The Canadian International Autoshow puts forth a great display of mech muscle and automotive perfection.The Comicon is another realm in itself. To explore the world of mindblowing cosplays and indulge in a geekier version of you, the Comicon is the place to be.The International Festival of Authors and Canada's Walk of Fame are a league apart in the genre of festivals, Hence a must visit for literary and culture enthusiasts. A special treat for people who adore pandas, the Toronto zoo houses them to give its viewers a dose of pure innocence and adorable fluff!All in all, Toronto shall occupy a special place in your heart.

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Currency in Toronto

The only currency accpeted in Canada is Canadian Dollars, however some businesses might accpet American Dollars as a courtesy to American tourists. All overseas debit and credit are accpeted here.

Shopping in Toronto

Being the commerical capital has its own perks, Toronto has numerous shopping centres and malls, designer boutiques, vintage and antique stores and home d_cor. The city also has numerous flea markets offering a unique experince with their lively atmostphere. To name a few, do check Dr. Flea's Flea market, the Toronto Weston Flea market and the Parkdale Flea market for a satiating shopping experience.

Nightlife in Toronto

The city hones of a vibrant nightlife with lively nightclubs and after hour bars offering R&B, Hip Hop and mashup music. Late night parties, drinks, dance, mutli cuisine bars attract people from everywhere to the city.

History of Toronto

Born out of the flames of war, the city of Toronto has an intensely rich history . Originally inhabited by aboriginals, British made them surrender their lands in the late 18th century and established the town of York in 1793. The war of 1812 between the Unites States and British led to the sacking and plunder of the York town by US troops. As a result of this war, the city was renamed to its native name of Toronto in 1834. Much of the development took place in the 19th century and the city welcomed people of all religion and colour, immigrants and refugees from several countries post World War II moved to Toronto making it mutli cultural city that it is today with 50% of its population born outside Canada. The subsequent years and developments in the city made it Tornoto as a centre of finance and commerce, and a hub for theatre, music, arts and TV production.

Language of Toronto

The official Canadian languages are English and French. More than 160 languages are spoken in Toronto accredited to the diversity of the city. Other common spoken languages incldue Chinese, Italian, Tamil and Spanish.

Toronto Customs

Toronto being a diverse city, you are welcome to dress in casuals and comfortable clothing according to the weather. People in Canada are very polite and helpful, therefore, being polite and patient will be appreciated. Always acknowledge the locals for their help and adhering to common rules like not using phones or smoking in theatres will help avoid being frowned upon. Tipping in restuarants 15 - 20% pre tax bill is a customary practice and even though its your choice, unless asked for gratutity charge, make sure that you tip in restaurants and for servies in hotels, cabs etc.

Religion of Toronto

The largest religion in the city is Chritianity with Catholics comprising large numbers. Islam and Hinduism are the second and third largest religion in the city.

Daily Budget for Toronto

The average daily expense for a cheap budget travel is around CAD 60 which includes basic meal and accomodation, public transport and alchol. An average mid range budget will be CAD 150 which will offer better food, accomodation and trips to museums and shopping centres whereas a high end luxury travel budget can go as high as CAD 400

Exchanging Money in Toronto

Currency can be exchanged at the airport, exchange kiosks, banks and large shopping centres. All cards are accpeted though currency exchange rates vary, ATMs can be easily located at every corner for withdrawal, charging an additional fee of CAD 2 - 5.

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How to Reach Toronto

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Toronto is well connected by air, rail, and road having great inter city connectivity.

How to reach Toronto by flight

The city of Toronto is served by two airports, the Toronto Person International airport is country's principal airport and is well connected to all the continent. It also serves as the base hub of Air Canada. Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is one of the best urban airport with offering personal flying experience and links to destinations in Canada and the US

How to reach Toronto by road

Highways such as 2, 401 and 407, the Queen Elizabeth Linkway connect the city to other cities which are within a range of 300 - 700 kilometres.

How to reach Toronto by train

Rail networks such as VIA Rail and AMTRAK connect to the city's Union Station bringing passengers from different parts of Canada

How to reach Toronto by bus

The city is well connected to other prominent cities by highways as well as US - Canada border crossing, some of the bus services include Greyhound and Busbud.

How to reach Toronto by waterways

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Local transport in Toronto

Toronto is well connected by public transits provided by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) with a wide network of buses and subway. In addition to TTC, there is an internal train and bus network provided by GO Transit for Ontario region. A single fare allows you a one way trip, however using a pre credited smart card PRESTO card is cheaper and convenient to use costing CAD 2.90 per ride. You can always choose from taxis that have a pre determined, non-negotiable metered fare starting at base price of CAD 4. Toronto also offers ferry trips about 15-20 mintues for certain destination on the coastlines and pre booking is recommended during the holiday season.

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What is the best way to reach Toronto?

Toronto is well connected by air, rail, and road having great inter city connectivity.
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What are the places near Toronto?

The top places near to Toronto are Montreal which is 504 km from Toronto, Quebec city which is located 729 km from Toronto, New york city which is located 550 km from Toronto, Washington dc which is located 563 km from Toronto, Chicago which is located 701 km from Toronto

What are the things to do in Toronto?

The top things to do in Toronto are CN Tower , Toronto Islands, St. Lawrence Market, Hockey Hall of Fame, Royal Ontario Museum, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. You can see all the places to visit in Toronto here

What are the top hotels in Toronto?

There are 1325 in Toronto which can be booked through Holidify. The most popular hotels in Toronto are Kashaneh Hostel, Designer suite,City center right by CN Tower, Free Parking, Grand Home on Palmerston Blvd., Premium 2bdrm in Yorkville (Yonge & Bloor), Premium Suites - Furnished Apartments North York, iResidence in Toronto - 4 Bedroom Vacation Home. You can see all the hotels in Toronto here

What is the local food in Toronto?

Toronto has a set of dynamic and diverse cuisines owing to its multi cultural diversity. There are many internationally accliamed chefs based in Toronto and you can choose from a variety of cusisine such as Chinese, Japanses, Korean, Italian, Vietnamese, Carribean and Indian. The list of scrumptious,lip smacking edibles is ginormous though do give a shot to Big Brekafast at Fran's, Bymark burger and Tornoto's main dish Veal Sanwhich.
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What is the best time to visit Toronto?

Toronto has a lot to offer at any time of the year depending what kind of activity you are looking forward to. Toronto has four distinct seasons and Summers (from late June to August) are the peak tourist season hosting a myriad offestivals, parades and exhibitions. If you are more into outdoor actvities like street festivals, lake's shore, zoo etc then Summers is the perfect season for you, though it gets quite hot and humid. However, being the peak tourist season it gets a bit expensive, so make sure that all booking are done in advance. The weather during September to October is milder and its mid tourist season with beautiful colours and pleasant temperature (gets a bit chilly at night), also not being the peak season means cheap accomodations are available. There are few festivals that take place during this season like the International Film Festival in September. Late November to March is generally not considered a good time to visit, as winter creeps in and temperature drops below zero with fewer actvities to offer. This period is for those who love winter sports and activites, with an added advantage of discounted prices.
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Hearing the crashing waves and feeling the immense sprays of the Niagara falls on your face is an incomparable feeling. The Hornblower Cruise took us intimately closer to the falls, so that we could (Read More)experience the breathtaking power of the Niagara Falls. A tip for tourists: I would recommend not carrying any electronic devices or valuables!
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