Canada, with its modern, cosmopolitan cities and its breath-taking natural beauty, has become a very popular tourist destination in recent years. One of the most popular places to visit in this amazing country is Toronto, Ontario. The sheer amount to see and do in this metropolis can be a little overwhelming for the first-time visitor, so here are a few helpful tips for planning your trip…
When to Go?
Once you’ve drafted a solid budget and sorted out your entry to the country through the Canadian ETA website, the next thing you need to do is settle on a time to visit. Even though southern Ontario’s weather is fairly mild as far as Canada goes, it still pays to take the weather into consideration when you’re planning your trip. The temperature’s going to be well below freezing with a lot of snow pretty much from November through to March. If you’re planning to visit some ski resorts just north of the city, then this is the time to go, as many hotels will cut their prices for the off-season. However, if you want to get the best weather and the majority of the big events going on in the main city, it’s best to come some time in the late spring or early autumn. There’ll be more crowds and higher prices, but you’ll have much more to see and do.
Big Attractions
There are countless attractions that bring travellers to Toronto, but there are a handful of major ones you should really make a point to see if you can get them into your schedule. The CN tower is the city’s most famous landmark, and though a little “touristy”, it’s definitely something that should make your list. The elevator ride to the top is incredible in itself, and after that, you can soak in some incredible 360-degree views of the city and the surrounding country. The Royal Ontario Museum is one of the most intriguing natural history and culture museums the world over, and it’s certainly worth checking out if it fits with your itinerary. If you’re not much of a history buff, you may want to check out the Hockey Hall of Fame instead. This is a huge landmark for ice hockey fans the world over, and even if you’re not that into sports, you’re sure to learn something interesting.
Getting Around
If you’re planning to stick mainly to the city itself, you really don’t need to worry about renting a car. You don’t want all those hefty downtown parking fees to eat into your budget too much. That is, if you’re lucky enough to find parking at all! There are plenty of taxis to flag down, along with reliable streetcar and bus services that can get you from place to place on the cheap. The subway system is also quite economical for travellers, and has stops all over the city. However, it can be a bit of a headache to navigate, even if you’re an expert on the London Underground!

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