Expert tips for a super successful Toronto vacation


Visit Toronto 2

  • Visit Toronto 2
  • The reflection of Toronto skyline at dusk in Ontario, Canada.

Toronto is a beautiful city to vacation in with your family, offering not only the spectacular Niagara Falls, but also so much more in the city and surrounding areas.

Just the fact that especially during summer months, you are on Lake Ontario, because summers are quite hot and humid. The nice things about the Toronto are is it does get cold in winter, but Toronto isn’t known for getting a lot of snow. You do however, have to plan for cold and bring appropriate clothes.

A tasty way to escape the cold and get a picture of Toronto’s history is to visit the waterfront neighborhoods steeped in their distillery past. This is a location frequented by locals because it is just a very relaxing, “foot traffic” only bit of “time travel”. As you walk the original cobblestone paths you will swear you can hear the horse drawn buggies of the old days. Today the streets are lines with quaint little cafés, restaurants and shops, and even a brewery.

Any time of year, when touring Toronto, visiting it’s famous castle is always a treat. What castle you ask? Casa Loma. This 98-room massive castle was a lifetime dream of Sir Henry Pellatt, and in the 1800’s he built it. This spectacular castle features a massive wine cellar, horse stables, towers and even secret passageways to experience. In warm weather the five acre gardens are a joy to walk about and even plan a picnic. A favorite of visitors is the 800-foot underground tunnel connecting the stables to the castle.



2016 Toronto Events that will make you a “frequent flyer”!


The reflection of Toronto skyline at dusk in Ontario, Canada.

  • The reflection of Toronto skyline at dusk in Ontario, Canada.

There’s just something magical about Toronto, Canada, the crispness in the winter air, warm summer breezes and winter holiday cheer. One thing for sure, this city knows how to have a good time, and has annual events that will make you want to come back. Let’s take a look at some of the favorites, just remember we can’t cover them all, at least in this article, but sign up so you won’t miss the next.

I’m sure everyone is well aware that Canada is a sportsman and sportswoman country, with some of the best fishing and hunting on the continent. Nothing shows that more than the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show held between March 16-20th 2016. This year will be the 66th year in a row for this spectacular and ever popular show.

The reflection of Toronto skyline at dusk in Ontario, Canada.Whether you are a sportsman or not, there’s something for everyone, and if you brought the kids, this could be “the hook” to get them involved with outdoor sports. There’s everything from fishing and hunting equipment, to the latest and greatest ATV’s and don’t forget the chainsaw woodcarvers selling their carvings and giving demo’s. There’s lots of fun for all.

The month of June brings the NXNE, or North by Northwest Music & Film Festival to Toronto. This exciting event brings out the best of the best in the music and film world and has for the past twenty-one years. For five days, you will experience some awesome music as well as music-related films from around the world. This is the most popular music event in all of Canada, and brings both local and national music acts from 46 festival venues for you to experience. You will also experience some of the best of the best comedy, sketch artists, and art exhibits during your five days. Keep an eye out for the announcement of exact dates this year.

July is a special month in Toronto with food, music and beer being the main event!



Toronto fun and “free” things to do all year long


Toronto old building

  • Toronto old building
  • Toronto by night

It’s always a good idea to have a back up plan when visiting Toronto, or anywhere really on vacation, for things to do. Especially in places where it can rain or snow on a moment’s notice! We have compiled some excellent fun and interesting activities to help during those times, and best thing is they’re free.

When the weather is being kind and especially warm, you can always get your fill of sun and sand on the banks of Lake Ontario in Toronto offers you almost 1.7 miles of sandy beaches to make sand castles, play volleyball or take a cool swim. Like many other waterfront resort towns in North America, Toronto also offers a boardwalk with shopping boutiques, bars, restaurants and cafés to enjoy. If the temperatures are really warm and inviting, there’s also an extremely popular sandy beach at Hanlan’s Point located on the Toronto Islands. This does however come with a word of caution, that this beach isn’t really a place for families with children, as it’s a “clothing optional” waterfront.

Toronto old building BEACH Toronto by night

Another fun a free option during the summertime evenings is to enjoy one of the free outdoor movies offered throughout the city of Toronto. There’s Downsview Park’s “Movies under the stars”, Harbourfront Centre’s “Free Flicks Program”, and Yonge-Dundas Squares free movie program. These outdoor movies enjoy lineups of both classic and contemporary movies so the fun does not know what you will be enjoying, unless of course you check ahead. We suggest checking with your hotel front desk to see if they are happening while you are there.

A great place to browse about on any given day is the Kensington or St. Lawrence Market. The St Lawrence is especially unique because it’s located within the walls of a historic building. Within the walls you can find everything from bakery shops, fishmongers and butcher shops, conveniently located in the same building as some of the world’s most extensive culinary shops. A day spent in either of these shopping experiences can be a free experience, however you’ll find it quite difficult to browse without finding at least one item or more to purchase, so bring a few dollars at least.

Another fun place to do a “walk-a-bout” is the Distillery Historic District where you can experience Canada’s largest Victorian-era buildings in beautifully restored condition. Within the building you can also experience some awesome shops, art galleries and after a bit of walking, some great restaurants for a bite to eat.

And then there are Toronto’s parades, something this city is well known for, more than any other in this country. During the summer, the one especially worthwhile to experience is the Scotiabank Caribbean Carnival Toronto Parade, with entertainment galore on the streets. It lasts from mid-July to mid-August and for just the colored outfits and calypso music is well worth checking it out. An interesting fact, this parade has been going on for over 100 years, so you can well imagine it’s one to experience, especially if you have a love for parades.