Experience the best of Toronto, Canada this fall

Canada’s largest and most cosmopolitan city is a vibrant, multicultural mosaic of art, heritage, cuisine and entertainment.

And the short but stunning season between summer and winter is one of the best times to visit.

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From renowned art galleries to contemporary urban art, haute couture to vintage shopping and MICHELIN star dining to market food stalls, Toronto embraces its diversity.

Enjoy top theatre, pro-sports, world-class attractions, events and celebrations and one-of-a-kind shopping experiences. And explore diverse neighbourhoods, parks and tranquil islands that make this city so unique.

And the best part? You’ll love how much more value your dollar has in Ontario, Canada.

Getting here and around

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Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ): Conveniently located along Toronto’s waterfront just minutes from downtown, Porter Airlines provides flight service between New York City, Boston, Chicago and Washington D.C.

Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): The majority of flights into Toronto land at Pearson, approximately 18 miles (30 kilometres) northwest of the city centre. Several major car rental companies provide service from Terminal 1 or travel downtown by taxi, Uber or Lyft. 

UP Express: Connecting Toronto Pearson International Airport to Union Station in just 25 minutes, UP Express is a swift and convenient way to travel to and from the airport.

Toronto’s Transit Commission (TTC): The TTC provides transportation around the city by subway, streetcar and bus, including the airport bus. Buy a TTC Day Pass to get around at your leisure.

Bike Share Toronto: Bicycle rental kiosks are located across downtown Toronto.

Where to stay

St. Regis Toronto: A five-star property with all the luxury services and amenities you’d expect and then some like the white-glove butler service and a daily Champagne sabering ritual.
Location: 325 Bay Street, Toronto

Park Hyatt Toronto: Located across the street from the Royal Ontario Museum and a short walk to Yorkville, one of Toronto’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The cityscape view from the rooftop lounge is outstanding.
Location: 4 Avenue Road, Toronto

Ace Hotel Toronto: Stylish rooms, craft cocktails and skyline city views put this downtown spot on Travel + Leisure’s top 100 new hotels in the world.
Location: 51 Camden Street, Toronto

Hotel X: Toronto’s first luxury resort-style hotel that features tennis courts, a movie theatre, rooftop pool and bar and even deluxe picnic packages.
Location: 111 Princes' Boulevard, Toronto

1 Hotel Toronto: Strike the perfect balance between urban and cottage chic with reclaimed and upcycled materials, natural design elements and high-end perks like a rooftop pool.
Location: 550 Wellington Street West, Toronto 

Shangri-La Toronto: Stylish décor, top-notch service, signature cocktails and the upscale Miraj Hamman Spa.
Location: 188 University Avenue, Toronto

Bisha Hotel: A mix of hotel and residences in Toronto’s Entertainment District with select suites designed by artist Lenny Kravitz. And don’t forget to try KOST Restaurant, located on the 44th floor.
Location: 80 Blue Jays Way, Toronto

Le Germain Hotel Maple Leaf Square: Steps away from the Scotiabank Arena and the Rogers Centre, which is convenient if you plan to see a show or catch a game.
Location: 75 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

Fairmount Royal York: Toronto’s landmark heritage hotel is within walking distance of most downtown sports and nightlife.
Location: 100 Front Street West, Toronto

Things to do

Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO): Explore a wide range of permanent and visiting exhibitions at one of North America’s largest art collections.
Location: 317 Dundas Street West, Toronto

Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA): Showcasing art that is innovative, interesting and thought-provoking.
Locations: 158 Sterling Road, #100, Toronto

Bata Shoe Museum: Follow the history of shoes with more than 13,000 exhibits spanning 4,500 years. 
Location: 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto

Aga Khan Museum: The beautiful museum and garden showcase the range and significance of Islamic arts.
Location: 77 Wynford Drive, Toronto

Royal Ontario Museum: Canada’s largest museum explores culture, art and natural history from around the world.
Location: 10 Queens Park, Toronto

Toronto Shopping Guide: From high fashion to vintage markets, there’s a shopping experience for just about every whim and fancy.

Toronto Heli Rides: Take in the sights of the city from above on a helicopter tour.
Location: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport Hangar 1, 2 Eireann Quay, Toronto

Toronto Bicycle Tours: Guided bicycle tours along downtown routes and to Toronto Islands.
Location: 275 Dundas Street West, Toronto

CN Tower: Don’t miss Toronto’s most iconic attraction, featuring unmatched city views from observation platforms, a revolving 360 Restaurant 1,150 feet (350 metres) up and EdgeWalk, an exciting daredevil walk around the outside of the top needle of the tower.
Location: 290 Bremner Boulevard, Toronto

Events and entertainment

Canadian National Exhibition (CNE): Marking the transition from summer to fall, the CNE is a long-standing Toronto tradition. This multi-day, carnival-style event features rides, games, food, shopping and entertainment.
Dates: August 18-September 4, 2023
Location: Exhibition Place, Toronto

Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF): Each September Toronto hosts one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world with 10 days of celebrity sightings and film viewing all over the city.
Dates: September 7-17, 2023

Nuit Blanche: Explore over 100 contemporary art installations and exhibits displayed across the city for one full night from 7:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m.
Date: September 23, 2023

Pro-sports games: Major league baseball (MLB) season wraps up at the end of September, followed by the Canadian Football League (CFL). In October, professional basketball (NBA) and hockey (NHL) seasons begin.

Just For Laughs Toronto: Some of today’s funniest comedians take to the stage during this famous festival of comedy.
Dates: September 21-24, 2023
Locations: various venues across the city

The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair: The country comes to the city for almost two weeks every year, delivering the best in agricultural achievements, local food, crafts, entertainment and equestrian shows.
Dates: November 3-12, 2023
Location: Exhibition Place, Toronto

Where to eat and drink

Toronto restaurants, cafes and eateries don’t disappoint: With over 7,500 restaurants and over a dozen craft breweries, you’ll never run out of great food and drink options in this city. 

MICHELIN starred restaurants: Toronto is the first Canadian city to be recognized in the MICHELIN Guide with over a dozen restaurants starred.

MICHELIN Bib Gourmand restaurants: Seventeen restaurants across the city were recognized for superb menus at a great value.

The Distillery District: A pedestrian-only neighbourhood with Victorian industrial architecture, cobblestone streets and a cluster of bars, cafés, restaurants, bakeries, brewpubs and a chocolate-maker. Naturally, there’s also a distillery in the district, enjoy a tour and tasting at Spirit of York Distillery
Location: Parliament Street to Cherry Street, south of Front Street East, Toronto

Bloor and Yorkville: Once a bohemian hub, this neighbourhood is now known for its high-end retail shopping and some of Toronto’s finest restaurants, such as Sassafraz, Buca Osteria & Bar, Café Boulud and Alobar.
Location: East of Avenue Road and north of Bloor Street East, Toronto

St. Lawrence Market: A large, historic brick building bustling with organic groceries, bakeries, cheese and olive vendors, restaurants and food stalls. Try the famous peameal bacon sandwich from Carousel Bakery or Paddington’s Pump.
Location: 93 Front Street East, Toronto

Kensington Market: One of the city’s most eclectic, colourful and fiercely local neighborhoods is a mix of boho, vintage shops, fresh vegetable stalls, cheese and spice shops, bakeries and an array of fusion restaurants tucked into the historic Victorian architecture. You’ll find everything from Jamaican patties, Chilean empanadas and even a pie shop called Wanda’s Pie In The Sky.
Locations: Bordered by Spadina Avenue, Dundas Street, Bathurst Street and College Street, Toronto
Wanda’s Pie In the Sky, 287 Augusta Avenue, Toronto

Ossington Strip: This west side street has flourished into a hip foodie destination with cool brewpubs, bars and bistros.
Location: Ossington Street

Little India: From tandoori barbeque, curries and thalis to chai shops and sari boutiques, the flavours and colours of Southeast Asia come alive in this exciting neighbourhood.
Location: Gerrard Street East

Discover more to see, do and taste in Toronto. And extend your trip to Toronto with a road trip to Muskoka, Niagara or Prince Edward County.

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Last updated: February 22, 2024

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