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.
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
Travel documentation: Travellers to Canada must present a valid passport or NEXUS card. Learn what else you’ll need to know to fly into Canada.
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.
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
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
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
Things to do
Toronto Shopping Guide: From high fashion to vintage markets, there’s a shopping experience for just about every whim and fancy.
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
Last updated: August 22, 2023