Holidays to Toronto from Ireland
The capital of Ontario, Toronto is Canada's largest city, located on the edge of Lake Ontario bordering the US. It's a bustling cosmopolitan city with plenty to see, do and experience.
The Old City, also known as Downtown, has many wealthy areas and quirky neighbourhoods like Koreatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Portugal Village, Cabbagetown, The Annex, Little India and more! There's even Distillery District, a national heritage site, but today, the city still has a thriving microbrewery industry. Take a quick 10-minute ferry ride to the Toronto Islands for great views of the city's skyline or stay lakeside to enjoy waterfront entertainment.
Some wonderful attractions include the CN Tower (recently nominated One of the Seven Wonders of the Modern World) where thrill-seekers can do the "Edgewalk" and walk hands-free on the outer ledge of the Tower; Roger's Centre with its retractable roof as a venue for sports and concerts; Eaton Centre, the largest shopping mall in the city and St Lawrence Market, deemed one of the world's 25 best food markets by Food & Wine magazine. Get a taste of its unique and diverse shopping in the vintage shops of Kensington Market, the Garment District along Queen Street or browse the windows of its most expensive shops along Bloor Street.
Culturally rich, Toronto's fantastic performing arts scene has theatres, galleries, 2 symphony orchestras, museums, opera, ballet, ceramics, textiles and Inuit art. The Royal Ontario Museum, AGO and Toronto Zoo are worth a visit. The city has wonderful public spaces including squares (Nathan Phillips Square, Yonge-Dundas Square and Harbourfront Square) and public parks.
Don't forget a day trip to Niagara Falls (aboard 'Hornblower') is the chance of a lifetime to see another of the world's natural wonders and is easily accessible from Toronto.
Did you know..?
The only true castle in North America is in Toronto (Casa Loma)
At 1,896 km long, it has the longest street in the world (Yonge Street)
There are 1,600 named parks in Toronto
Top Reasons to Visit Toronto
- World-Class Attractions
- The Nature
- Its Neighbourhoods
CN Tower: The CN Tower is the icon of Toronto's skyline. Reaching heights of 553m, it offers unparalleled views of Toronto from its 360° Restaurant, LookOut or braving the elements leaning off the very edge on the EdgeWalk.
Ripley's Aquarium: Opened in 2013, Ripley's Aquarium, located beside the CN Tower, has fast become one of Toronto's top attractions. Walk through its impressive underwater tunnel and gaze at the sea life surrounding you, go to the Touch Tank to get really up close and personal with stingrays and sharks or on the second Friday of the month, combine your visit with their Jazz Night!
Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): ROM is a must-visit in Toronto. It's one of Canada's biggest museums and has a fascinating mix of exhibits from dinosaurs to photography and toy soldiers. Located in Downtown Toronto, you'll easily lose yourself in the exhibits and spend a few hours immersed in art and culture.
Rogers Centre: The first stadium to have a fully retractable motorised roof, Rogers Centre is home to Toronto's baseball team, the Blue Jays. If you can take in a ball game here during your visit or head to the Scotiabank Arena to see Toronto's ice-hockey team, the Maple Leafs.
Niagara Falls: A day trip to Niagara should be on your itinerary for your Toronto holiday. The natural beauty of Niagara Fall is breathtaking and will be a memorable part of your trip as you can cruise into the Falls or even go behind them.
Toronto Islands: A quick 10-minute ferry trip will bring you from Downtown Toronto to the serenity of Toronto Islands. From thrilling theme park attractions to beautiful nature-fulled walks and watching the waves lap up on the shores of its beaches, it's a great alternative to city exploration.
The Parks: With over 1,600 parks in Toronto, you're never far from a green space. Head to High Park for a lovely stroll throught its 395-acres of sunken gardens, walking trails, playgrounds and pools.
Distillery District: With gorgeous brick buildings, cobblestone paths and over 40 one-off shops and boutiques, this pedestrianised area is perfect for leisurely strolls. It has some amazing bars, pubs and restaurants lending to its buzzing atmosphere.
Kensington Market: Tucked off to the side of Chinatown on Spadina Avenue, Kensington Market is the definition of hip and vibrant. It has amazing street art, dozens of vintage shops, cute cafes and a laid-back feel.
Entertainment District: From theatres to nightclubs, the Entertainement District is the place to go once the sun goes down. It's also the home of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) and the Toronto Walk of Fame!
Toronto Airport Transfer & Weather
Toronto Pearson International Airport
The cheapest and fastest way to get to Toronto from Pearson is the Union Pearson Express. Departing every 15mins, this takes approx. 25mins and costs $13 per journey.
You can also get your own private transfer which takes approx. 30mins and costs approx. €60pp return based on 2 people sharing.
* Prices and times for transport from the airport are subject to change