July 20-24, 2016

Toronto, Ontario

Destination

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About Toronto

One of Canada’s best kept secrets, Toronto is on par with New York City, San Francisco and Chicago when it comes to cultural attractions and urban sophistication.

The landmark CN Tower is the tallest freestanding structure in the world. The elevator to the top for a breathtaking view of the city, Lake Ontario and more. Stroll next door and experience Ripley’s Aquarium as you explore the wonders of the sea or a catch a Blue Jays Baseball game at Rogers Centre or just walk around the massive engineering marvel. Check out the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest in Canada with its fascinating archaeology and natural history exhibits, and the Art Gallery of Ontario, with a fine collection of European and Canadian works. You won’t want to miss the electric shops and restaurants on Queen Street West or the elegant boutiques and fine restaurants in Yorkville.

And there’s more: harbourfront is a complex of unique shops and restaurants right on beautiful Lake Ontario. From harbour front you can hop on a ferry to the Toronto Islands for a picnic and outdoor recreation such as beach volleyball.

Explore the area and take a day trip to another wonder of the world and experience Niagara Falls or take a break right next door and experience Ontario’s wine country. Toronto and the surrounding areas are a great family destination and most attractions are child-friendly. The city itself is clean, safe and easy to explore either on foot or by public transportation.

For more information on Toronto, please visit the official website. Visitor information at The official website of Tourism Toronto.

Location, location, location

Situated 566 feet above sea level on the northern shore of Lake Ontario (part of the Great Lakes system), Toronto is one of the most southern cities in Canada. In fact, it has the same latitude as northern California.

Toronto Fast Facts

  • Home to more than 100 languages spoken on the streets daily, Toronto truly is multicultural
  • With a population of 5.5 million, Toronto is Canada’s largest city
  • Toronto is the 4th-largest city in North America, after Mexico City, New York and Los Angeles
  • One-quarter of Canada’s population is located within 160 km (100 miles) of the city
  • More than 60% of the population of the United States is within a 90-minute flight of the city

Languages Spoken

The are two official languages in Canada – English and French.

Getting to Toronto

Located on the Canadian side of Lake Ontario, Toronto is one of the most accessible cities in North America by road, air, rail and water. Toronto is only a one-hour drive away for about five (5) million Canadians, and within a 90 minute flight for 60% of the US population.

By Air:

Toronto has two major airports: Toronto Pearson International Airport, located in the suburbs about 30 minutes away from the city centre, and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, also known as Toronto Island Airport.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)
  • Canada’s busiest airport providing service to over 180 destinations around the world
  • Distance from city centre: 27 km / 17 miles (approx. 30 minutes)
  • For more information, visit the Toronto Pearson International Airport website
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ)
  • Located minutes from the heart of downtown Toronto
  • Offers service to over 18 cities in Canada and the US, with connections to more than 80 international destinations
  • For more information, visit the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport website
Customs

Visitors entering Canada must clear Canada Customers border security upon entry. For visitors travelling by road, Toronto’s nearest Canada-US border crossing are Niagara Falls, Fort Erie and Windsor.

Entry into Canada

Visitors to Canada require a valid passport and many require a visitor’s visa. For information on visa requirements and exemptions please check with the nearest Canadian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate.

To check online – go to: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/index.asp and click “Visit” from the menu. Attendees from the USA may check entry / exit requirements to Canada outlined in the U.S. Department of State Consular Information website. Proof of citizenship must be provided.

Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA)

Canada has introduced a new entry requirement, known as an eTA, for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air. Exceptions include U.S. citizens and travellers with a valid visa. Entry requirements for other methods of travel (land, sea) have not changed. Starting August 1, 2015, eligible travellers can apply online for an eTA. On March 15, 2016, this entry requirement will become mandatory and travellers will need an eTA before they can board a flight to Canada.

Find out more about Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA).

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