The best time to book flights to Toronto is from June to early October. During this time there are numerous festivals and events taking place. Thousands of colourfully costumed partygoers descend on Toronto in late July or early August for Caribana, North America’s largest Caribbean festival, celebrating their culture and traditions. Over a million tourists fill the various venues for the festivities, including the parade on Lake Shore Boulevard and arts festival on Olympic Island. Other event taking place during these months are the Canada Day celebrations (July 1), Toronto Jazz Festival and the Beaches International Jazz Festival.
In July and August the city can be muggy and humid.
Autumn (September to November) is a nice time to visit when temperatures are mild and the sun is still shining. The Toronto International Film Festival also takes place during this season, in September. It is the most successful public film festival in the world and playing host to everything from Hollywood blockbusters to obscure films, this festival is sure to have something for everyone. Public screenings usually start in the late evening and some go past midnight, depending on the venue.
Although winters are cold, the city is still active playing host to numerous holiday festivities. This may be the perfect time to visit if you don’t mind the colder weather and cheap flights to Toronto may be easier to come.
Toronto, situated on Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore, is Canada’s largest city. For travellers arriving on cheap flights to Toronto, it’s a city of sights, smells and flavours. The Chinese, Greek, Indian, Irish, Brazilian, Polish and Portuguese communities, to name just some of the groups who have made the city their home give Toronto its profusion of flavours.
Take a flight to Toronto and visit The Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts on Queen West is a glittering world-class space. The Art Gallery of Ontario near Chinatown has been transformed by Frank Gehry. The Royal Ontario Museum in Yorkeville has a newish Daniel Libeskind-designed wing. The Gardiner Museum, across from the Royal Ontario Museum, is Canada’s only ceramics museum. The Distillery District is the name given to the old Gooderham and Worts Distillery. Its Victorian red-brick buildings and warehouses have been given a new lease on life and are now artist studios, galleries, boutiques, cafes and brasseries.
When Toronto gets too busy, Dundas Square or the Beaches are great places to catch a breather. The Toronto Islands are just a ten-minute ferry journey from the Harbourfront.
Its location in southern Canada and its closeness to Lake Ontario ensures that Toronto’s climate is milder than lots of other parts of the country. Summers are warm and humid, while winters are cold with some snow. Rain falls year round. Temperatures during the first half of the year hover between 15 and 25 degrees Celsius. In the winter, the average daytime temperature is about freezing, but snowfall of more than 10cm is not usual.
It’s not necessary to rent a car to get around Toronto, the public transport system is excellent and includes subway, buses and streetcars. A single fare costs about $3, but remember to get a transfer when you buy your ticket.
Go Transit links Toronto with the Greater Toronto Area (Halton, Peel, York, Durham, Hamilton and into Simcoe, Dufferin, and Wellington Counties).
Cycling is a great way to experience Toronto. There are lots of clearly marked bike paths.
Car-rental with companies such as Avis, Budget and Hertz is available at Toronto Pearson International (YYZ). Licensed taxis and limousines are available too. Taxi fares downtown cost between $40 and $50.
There are several options as far as public transport is concerned. The Toronto Transit Commission offers bus and subway service to downtown, GO Transit operates bus and train service to downtown and Toronto’s suburbs, Mississauga Transit offers bus service within Mississauga, Brampton Transit bus service within Brampton and Pacific Western Airport Express is an airport-to-downtown service. Tickets on the airport express bus cost about $20 one way.
From Toronto City Centre Airport (YTZ), there is TCCA 1 – a passenger and vehicle ferry – that travels across the 121-metre-wide Western Channel every 15 minutes during airport opening hours. The journey is also the world’s shortest ferry ride.