In North America’s 4th largest city, a Toronto urban break lets you explore more of the world while you’re seeing the world. Check out one of the most impressive international food scenes on the planet, theatre that’s second to none, an art gallery designed by Frank Gehry, music that spans continents and attractions that are literally sky high (EdgeWalk anyone?) Feel like daytripping? Niagara Falls, one of the world’s great natural wonders, is but 1.5 hours away. Read, watch and listen below to get some great ideas for your Toronto Stopover.
New! Getting Downtown From the Airport
UP Express departs from Toronto Pearson International Airport and Union Station every 15 minutes. Your journey takes just 25 minutes to downtown Toronto. It’s one of the fastest and most reliable ways to travel. And there’s free Wi-Fi!
Explore Pearson International Airport
Before heading downtown on the UP Express or while waiting for your flight after your fantastic Toronto getaway, we suggest you check out all the amenities that the newly-upgraded Pearson International Airport has to offer. The airport has fabulous shopping – like Gucci, Coach and MAC – or you could grab a cocktail at the stylish Apropos. The delicious dining program at Pearson features some of the most well-known names in the Toronto food scene like Zane Caplansky, Roger Mooking, Lynn Crawford, Susur Lee and Massimo Capra.
From a 24-hour marathon of all things Toronto to an extended urban getaway, check out what others are recommending to see, do and eat in Toronto. You’ll get some great ideas.
- A Perfect Day in Toronto – Lonely Planet
- In Two Days – Frommer’s
- The Ultimate 24-Hour Guide to Canada's Biggest City – Matador Network
- 36 Hours in Toronto – New York Times
- Toronto Travel Guide – Fodor’s Travel
“THERE’S something happening in Toronto… boutiques and restaurants seem to open every week in Toronto, and immigrant neighborhoods still feel linguistically, gastronomically, gloriously distinct. The cultural diversity and urbanity seem limitless. But it’s hardly an urban jungle. Toronto is filled with lush, insistent greenery and an abundance of parks. It’s hard to imagine a better city to explore in summer.” – New York Times
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Niagara Day Trips
One of the natural wonders of the world, Niagara Falls is only 1.5 hours away from Toronto and a perfect day trip option during your Toronto getaway. The Niagara region is also home to one of the premier wine producing regions in North America. Check out what to see and do around the falls and maybe hit up a winery or two!
Neighbourhoods to Explore
One of the best ways to explore the city is by picking a neighbourhood and digging in. Whether you’re looking for the busy downtown core with the powerful buildings of the Financial District and major gathering places like Nathan Phillips Square and Yonge Dundas Square, or the more bohemian vibe of Kensington Market, check “Neighbourhood Watch” for tips on photo opps, the smartest shops and restaurant stops.
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The great exchange rate means you get more for your money when you visit! Some examples (for illustration only): A luxury hotel room for $400 Canadian dollars would be $292 US dollars. Great seats at a Blue Jays game for $102 Canadian dollars would be $79 US dollars. A half-day at a luxury spa for $250 Canadian dollars would be $182 US dollars.