Sprawling Toronto is awe-inspiring, and record-breaking. Flip through the Guinness Book of World Records, and you’re bound to see this city mentioned several times, either as the home of the (now second) tallest free-standing tower in the world; as the site of the largest underground shopping mall; or as the place where you’ll find the longest street in Canada. In other words, “big” is a big deal here — original city boundaries were forgotten by the mid-20th century, nearby suburbs were engulfed, and Toronto became North America’s fifth largest city. Take a trip to the top of the CN Tower to see what we’re talking about — you’ll see a host of shops, restaurants and nightlife sprawled out before you.
And it’s not just expanse that draws visitors — it’s also the Torontonians. According to the Toronto Tourism Board, more than half of this metropolis’ 2.5 million residents are immigrants. Dive deeper into the city and you’ll practically be able to call yourself a world traveler. Greektown, Little Italy, Koreatown, Roncesvalles Village, Little India, Chinatown are all Toronto neighborhoods worth exploring. And thanks to the city’s extensive public transportation system, getting from Europe to Asia is a breeze!
Keep in Mind…
– No dictionary is necessary You’re sure to hear a smorgasbord of tongues here, but the official language is English. While you may struggle with a small language barrier in the city’s ethnic neighborhoods, you don’t have to worry about packing a phrasebook.
– Pick your locale first With so many hotels to choose from, you’ll have an easier time finding a room if you decide on a neighborhood first. Try placing yourself near the attractions you wish to see or within walking distance of public transit.
– Don’t forget your CityPass Experiencing everything Toronto has to offer can get a little expensive. Start your trip in a budget-friendly way by purchasing a CityPass, which will save you 50 percent on admission to five of the city’s top attractions, including the CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum.
How To Save Money in Toronto
– Forget the car Unless you’re planning a daytrip to Niagara Falls, having a car will be both pricey and a pain. Instead of worrying about the price of gas or finding a parking space, rely on public transportation.
– Summer some other place Warm, sunny weather attracts hordes of tourists and drives hotel prices through the roof. You’ll find much lower rates during the winter and shoulder seasons.
– Dine on a dime Substitute at least one sit-down meal with a trip to the St. Lawrence Market, where vendors prepare local treats for a fraction of the prices found at restaurants.