Why go? (above the obvious reason to attend Social Connections 😉 )
Toronto is one of the world’s most culturally diverse cities, and proudly so. You’ll hear more than 140 languages and dialects spoken on the streets in this “City of Neighborhoods.” Toronto has a few Chinatowns, a Greek Town, Little Italy (and a Corso Italia), a Koreatown and a Little Portugal, to name a few. It’s the most populous city in Canada with more than 5 million in the Greater Toronto Area. Toronto has green spaces, a lakeside waterfront, global eats, and a treasure trove of things to experience.
Put simply: Toronto is fun. With classy restaurants and top-notch theatre, opera, museums and art galleries, there is plenty to see and do.
To and from the airport
Union Pearson Express (upexpress.com), leaves Toronto Pearson International Airport for downtown Toronto every 15 minutes. The journey takes 25 minutes; C$ 27.50 one way.
It is also easy to get around. Toronto has an efficient and well-priced transport system. The TTC, Toronto Transit Commission (ttc.ca), is one of North America’s most comprehensive public transport networks, with buses, streetcars and subway trains. Buy a Day Pass for C$11.50 per person. In bad weather, locals use PATH, a 18-mile network of underground walkways linking shops, restaurants and office blocks.
Things to do
Toronto’s variety is surprising. The 1,815-ft CN Tower (cntower.ca) provides astonishing views over Lake Ontario. Classy museums include the Art Gallery of Ontario (ago.net), the Royal Ontario Museum (rom.on.ca) and the quirky Bata Museum, all about shoes (batashoemuseum.ca). Have fun in the Distillery District (thedistillerydistrict.com); buy fashion along Queen Street West (queenstwestbia.ca); munch your way round Kensington Market (kensington-market.ca) and St Lawrence Market (oldtowntoronto.ca).
Things to know
Canada is introducing an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) for certain international travellers flying to Canada. Under the eTA programme, citizens from countries who do not need a visa to enter Canada, will need to obtain an online authorization before flying to Canada. (Travellers do not need an eTA when entering Canada by land or sea). eTA is a similar program to USA’s ESTA. eTA is mandatory from March 15, 2016. To apply for eTA, go to canada.ca. The earlier you get your eTA, the sooner you know you have been pre-screened to enter Canada. Use only this official site. Applying for an eTA online costs C$7, takes just a few minutes, is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for up to five years.