Toronto is the provincial capital of Ontario and the largest and most populous city in Canada.  The city is situated at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area, also known as the Golden Horseshoe. The accommodating nature of the city has attracted numerous communities from around the globe and over time has transformed it into one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world. Toronto not only offers multiple tourist attractions within the city but also serves as the gateway to several interesting locations in close proximity including the stunning Niagra Falls.


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Popularly known as the “city of neighborhoods”, Toronto is made up of 140 officially recognized neighborhoods: 


Old Toronto

This area represents the city of Toronto before the amalgamation of 1998 and includes the following neighborhoods:

  • Downtown
  • Midtown
    • Though Midtown has preserved a reasonable share of its village charm, the natural scenery of this area is slowly developing into a big city landscape. Still it’s one of the most beautiful neighborhoods in Toronto.
    • Main attractions and landmarks include:
  • West End
  • North Toronto
    • Away from the hustle and bustle of the city, this part of Toronto is quite peaceful and is known for its mansion-lined gardens, cemeteries and interesting museums.
    • Main attractions and landmarks include:
  • East Toronto
    • This area carries an old school charm with small town neighborhoods and quiet streets canopied by lines of trees.Main attractions and landmarks include:


East York

  • East York was the only borough in Canada before it was amalgamated into the new “megacity” of Toronto in 1998.
  • It is further divided into two zones, the Old East York that mainly consists of Edwardian urban neighborhoods and the Suburban East York.
  • East York is home to various sports activities such as Hockey, Skateboarding, Soccer, Baseball, etc.



  • Etobicoke is further divided into three large areas namely the Lakeshore, Central Etobicoke and Rexdale (Etobicoke North)
  • An area with the least population density, Etobicoke is a peaceful neighborhood that consists of numerous public parks and golf courses.



  • Scarborough consists of various religious groups and places of worship, it is considered to be one of the most culturally diverse areas of the Toronto.
  • The Highland creek covers almost 70% of Scarborough and with natural landmarks such as the Scarborough Bluffs and Rouge Park, this neighborhood is said to be the greenest part of Toronto.


North York 

Getting around

General info

Getting to the city from the airport:

  • Toronto is served by the Pearson International Airport which is approximately 27 Km from the Toronto Downtown.
  • There are multiple options of getting from the Toronto Airport to the city including:
    • Bus
      • The 192 Airport Rocket route provides all-day accessible express bus service between Kipling Station and Pearson International Airport.
      • The service is available from 5:30 am to 2:00 am on weekdays and 8:15 am to 2:15 am on Sundays.
      • The trip takes approximately 20 and 25 minutes depending on traffic.
      • There are several other routes as well to the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
      • Check here for exploring other bus services from the Toronto Pearson International Airport.
    • Taxi & Limousine
      • A network of 360 taxis and 276 limousines is available to serve you at the Pearson Airport.
      • The fare is predetermined based on the time and distance to your destination.
      • For more information you can refer to the Pearson Airport Pearson International Airport website.


Traveling within the city

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) serves the transport needs of the system by offering an efficient public transit system (bus and metro). As a visitor you might consider using the following fare passes:

  • Weekly Pass:
    • Unlimited travel in a specific week.
    • It costs CAD 39.25.
  • 1-Day Pass:
    • Unlimited travel until 5:30 am the next day.
    • A single pass can be used on any day of the week. A family pass can be used only for weekends or statutory holidays.
    • It costs CAD 11.00.
  • GTA Weekly Pass:
    • Unlimited travel throughout all the municipalities in a specific week, valid from 12:01 am on Mondays, until the morning service starts on the following Monday.

For your public transport requirements throughout Greater Toronto, Hamilton Area (GTHA) and Ottawa you could also use the Presto card - which is a smart card with a flexibility to add a variety of different products to your card.  

For more information on tariffs refer to the TTC website.


  • Comprising of 11 different routes, the streetcar service is primarily available in the downtown area and near the waterfront. These streetcars can also be stopped at demand on frequent stops.
  • For details of various streetcar routes refer to the TTC website.


  • Toronto has an extensive bus network providing service 24 hours across the city.
  • The TTC website has details of various bus lines and routes. 



  • Taxis are generally easily available in Toronto and can be hailed on the street or found at taxi stands across the city.
  • Bear in mind that while almost all drivers would understand addresses in English some of them might have a limited knowledge of the language.
  • Taxi drivers, in general, only accept cash.
  • Refer to the website for a list of taxi companies in Toronto.
  • Fares are standard, metered and non-negotiable.
  • You can find taxi fares in Toronto on the website.

Staying connected

  • Canada uses the GSM 850 and 1900 frequency bands. For 3G carriers use the 850 /2100, 850 /1900 and 1700 bands. Bell Canada and Rogers are providing 4G services in the country now.
  • International visitors must have a tri-band or quad-band GSM phone, or a 3G phone supporting 1900Mhz to be compatible with Canadian carriers. Also the phone must be “Unlocked” to be able to accept a Canadian SIM card.
  • There are multiple service providers in Canada that offer prepaid SIM / Pay As You Go options.
    • Major national carriers:
      • Bell
      • Fido
      • Rogers
      • Telus
    • Discounted Brands
      • Virgin Mobile
      • Koodo

Eat / Drink


The cuisine of Toronto is a blend of diverse cultures of various immigrant groups that have over the years made the city their home. Some typical food items that you should try out while visiting Toronto are: 

  • Pasta: Little Italy and Corso Italia, the two Italian-centric neighborhoods carry the legacy of their Italian ancestry. The award-winning pasta manufacturer Primo is based out of Toronto.
  • Jerk Chicken: A delicacy from the Caribbean heritage, Jerk Chicken and Roti are available in the various West Indian neighborhoods.
  • Curried Goat: Ontario has developed its own goat farming industry for Toronto Caribbean community. While in the Caribbean neighborhood you should try the fresh curried goat.


Some notable local restaurants for Canadian cuisine are:


Toronto’s cuisine reflects its multicultural population and is an elegant mixture of various cultures:


  • 360 The Restaurant
    • Cuisine: Canadian, International
    • Certificate of Excellence 2013
    • World’s highest wine cellar


  • Rosewater
    • Cuisine: International
    • Certificate of Excellence 2013


  • Sassafraz
    • Cuisine: European
    • Certificate of Excellence 2013



  • Origin
    • Cuisine: Tapas
    • Certificate of Excellence 2013





The craft beer culture has been rapidly flourishing in Toronto. Some of the well known breweries include:


Tipping is typically expected in Canada as a means to encourage better service.

  • Hotels: Tip your porter CAD 1.00 - 2.00 per bag depending on the bag weight. Housekeeping can be tipped CAD 2.00 – 3.00 per day.
  • Restaurants: Tip your server 15% to 20% of the bill before taxes.
  • Bars: Tip the barman CAD 0.50 to 2.00 depending on the cost of your drink.
  • Counter service: Tips are not generally expected.
  • Taxi: Tip your driver about 10% of the total fare.

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