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Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

1. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

Step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor at Canada's majestic castle, Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto. Your entry ticket includes a documentary experience on Sir Henry Pellatt and access to the castle’s café and other features. Completed in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt and spanning over 200,000 square feet, Casa Loma is a must-see when visiting Toronto. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. Its unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television, and photoshoots. Casa Loma features permanent installations such as the Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit and the Classic Car Collection in Casa Loma’s stables. Casa Loma also curates special exhibits on a regular basis, pertaining to early Toronto and Canadian history. The Dark Side Tunnel ExhibitThe stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel that runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days, such as the Prohibition Era, the Great Depression, the plague, the Great Fire of Toronto, and Toronto’s first plane crash. Antique Car DisplayThe garage and carriage room feature an exhibition of vintage cars from the early 1900s, the period in which Sir Henry Pellatt would have inhabited Casa Loma. The collection includes a 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, 1924-1925 Ford Model T Touring, 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, and more. The RoomsYou’ll also get to explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the prominent Toronto financier, industrialist, and military man behind the origins of the castle. Sir Henry asked the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream – the creation of a medieval castle overlooking Toronto. Casa Loma features nearly 98 rooms, many of which exemplify the Edwardian era and are decorated with authentic period furnishings and antiques. Group of Seven CollectionLocated on the third floor of Casa Loma, this collection is comprised of artwork by various members of the Group of Seven. Active from 1920 to 1933, the Group of Seven (which eventually grew to ten members) was comprised of Canadian landscape painters. Hollywood Film GalleryLocated in the basement level of Casa Loma, the Hollywood Film Gallery highlights the castle as a prime location for major motion pictures, revealing glimpses behind the scenes. For over 30 years, Casa Loma has been a popular location for use in film and television. The Queen’s Own Rifles of CanadaThe Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum occupies a major part of the third floor of the Casa Loma.

Toronto: Day Trip to Niagara Falls with Optional Boat Cruise

2. Toronto: Day Trip to Niagara Falls with Optional Boat Cruise

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy historical and behind-the-scenes commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Your day will start with complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy 4 hours in summer or 3 hours in winter of free time to explore the falls. Add attractions to your tour package to experience the best of Niagara Falls. Take this tour in the summer and take the Hornblower Boat Cruise, the world-famous boat ride, formally called the Maid of the Mist. Get up close to the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and feel the mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. You can even enjoy this tour in the winter when the boat is not running. Add other famous experiences to your tour experience including the Skylon Tower, Journey Behind the Falls, or Niagara's Fury.  Explore Clifton Hill for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Pack a lunch to have a picnic by the waterfalls or order at a local restaurant. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock and the Niagara Power Station. Next, enjoy a maple syrup tour and tasting and try Canadian-inspired treats like homemade fudge, poutine, maple beer, or Niagara’s famous ice wine. Return to your original location in Toronto around 5 PM and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and time to plan an evening event for yourself.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

3. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Optional Boat Cruise

Embark on a guided tour of the Niagara Falls and marvel at the magnificent waterfalls with breathtaking views. Delight in the historical commentary from your knowledgeable and licensed local tour guide. The excursion starts with a complimentary pickup from selected central locations in Downtown Toronto. Start with a scenic drive through along the Niagara River and view Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids, and Floral Clock. You will arrive at Niagara Falls to explore the falls at your leisure for 4 hours. You can customize your tour package by adding attractions to make the most of your Niagara Falls experience. Enjoy a free maple syrup tour and tasting where you can indulge in treats like fudge, poutine, maple beer, or Niagara's famous ice wine (optional). Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 4 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls." This world-renowned boat ride will take you up close to the Niagara Gorge, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and the mist of the Canadian Horseshoe Falls. Make your tour more memorable by feeling the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower. Visit Niagara's Fury, Zipline, Hershey's Chocolate Factory, Botanical Garden, and the Butterfly conservatory. Explore Clifton Hill and partake in activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Casino, Ripley's Believe it or Not, and an arcade. Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

4. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and explore the Toronto Islands. Your captain will start the tour by taking you to view the Western Harbour before crossing into the lagoons to visit the Toronto Islands. Sites featured on this part of the tour include the historic Hanlan’s Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. During the second half of the tour, return to the Toronto Harbour where the crew will tell you about many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise & Lunch

5. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip with Optional Cruise & Lunch

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with a pickup from downtown Toronto. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls, or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines.  Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto.

Toronto: Premier Odyssey Cruise & Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

6. Toronto: Premier Odyssey Cruise & Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

Experience the best of Toronto with a premier brunch, lunch, or dinner cruise aboard the newly renovated luxury vessel, Toronto Odyssey. Enjoy a chef-prepared buffet menu, creative cocktails, distinctive service, and breathtaking views of Toronto’s skyline and attractions from the climate-controlled interior and open-air rooftop deck. Be greeted by the Captain and crew as you step aboard the boat at Queen's Quay West in downtown Toronto, where the ship's photographer will capture the moment. All vessels offer interior deck space with seating, outdoor strolling decks, dance floors, full-service bars, restrooms, and panoramic views. Once on deck, your host will greet you and escort you to your table. Relax and admire unobstructed views of passing landmarks like the Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Sugar Beach, the Redpath Sugar Refinery, and the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Savor a market-fresh buffet-style meal (either brunch, lunch, or dinner) that is freshly prepared onboard daily. The dinner cruise includes music provided by an onboard DJ. Complement your meal with a beverage from the fully stocked cash-bar offering beer, wine, and cocktail selections (own expense). Admire Toronto from the water and watch the city go by from your table on a harbor cruise. Step outside onto one of the outdoor observation decks to snap some pictures, take in the stunning views, and enjoy the fresh air. Sample lunch or dinner menu: Entrees: Oven-roasted fish fillet Pot roast Vegetable stir fry Honey sesame chicken Rolls and Salads: Assorted bread and rolls Pasta salad Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad Baby kale and spinach salad Vegetables, Potatoes, and Pasta: Oven-roasted potatoes Baked pasta dish Steamed seasonal vegetables Yellow Spanish rice Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea Sample brunch menu Cold Entrees: Continental bakery basket Freshly cut fruit Red skin potato salad Caesar salad Cold smoked salmon and Cedar hot smoked salmon Hot Entrees: Assortment of mini quiches Scrambled eggs Breakfast meats Signature French toast Oven-roasted red bliss potatoes Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea

Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

7. Toronto: Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise & Niagara-the-Lake

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake on your own. Take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway.  Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area.  When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum General Admission Voucher

8. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum General Admission Voucher

Discover towering dinosaur skeletons to awe-inspiring contemporary paintings at the Royal Ontario Museum. Explore the home to more than 13 million artworks, artifacts, and specimens from around the world and across the ages. Find yourself at the most visited museum in Canada—and one of the top ten museums in North America. Walk through some of the world's best exhibitions and Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Take in an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

9. From New York City: Niagara Falls & 1000 Islands 3-Day Tour

Experience the fury of Niagara Falls with a ride on the Maid of the Mist and cruise through the Thousand Islands on this three-day tour from New York City. Day 1: New York - Finger Lakes - Niagra Falls An early morning departure takes you north from the Big Apple as you pass the beautiful Delaware Gap to Watkins Glen State Park in the heart of the Finger Lakes region. Walk through Watkins Glen Canyon to visit the beautiful waterfalls and then continue to Niagara Falls, passing Seneca Lake, where you will arrive in the late afternoon. Tour the U.S. side of the falls including the American Falls, Goat Island, and Luna Island. At night, tour Niagara Falls where you can marvel at the colorful lighting of the waters while on board the Maid of the Mist. Overnight: Ramada by Wyndham. Day 2: Niagra Falls - Toronto - 1000 Islands Start the day with the Horseshoe Falls’ view followed by a visit to the picturesque village of Niagara on the Lake. We continue to Toronto, the financial capital of Canada. Visit the HTO Park, Brookfield Place, city hall, and The Distillery Historic District.  Towards the evening, take off from Toronto along the world-famous Lake Ontario for an evening arrival to the 1000 Islands area (in April, based on weather conditions, you may return to Niagara Falls to stay overnight). Overnight: Gananoque at Comfort Inn (April: Ramada by Wyndham). Day 3: 1000 Islands - New York  Start the day with a cruise through the amazing 1000 Islands along the St. Laurence River. See the houses of the rich and famous built atop private islands. After lunch, head to New York State. On the way, enjoy a shopping excursion at one of the large outlet malls where you can shop for bargains in name-brand stores before your return to New York City in the evening.

Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

10. Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Experience Toronto from above as you take to the skies and look down through the tall skyscrapers at what downtown has to offer. Select the 15-kilometer flight for approximate 7 minutes in the air above downtown Toronto. Alternatively, treat yourself to the 35-kilometer flight and see more with approximately 12 minutes in the air.  Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbour Front, Rogers Centre, and CN Tower. A friendly and easy check-in at the front desk will be followed by a short wait and a pre-flight briefing. Everyone will wear audio headsets complete with microphones so you can speak to each other on the tour.  The tour will make a perfect figure eight pattern over the city and you will see everything, a carefully designed tour route means everyone gets to see the city equally. At 2,000 feet, you will be as high as the second pod on the CN Tower and the view is incredible. Fly right over the downtown center with sights such as Ripley's Aquarium and the Rogers Center, on a clear day you may even see the mist coming off Niagara Falls. Averaging speeds of 100 miles per hour, you will be amazed at how far you can travel without congested streets and traffic lights. Take in the breathtaking views through the unique floor-to-ceiling glass from your guaranteed window seat. Your tour will conclude at your return to the helicopter base.

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Mayuri is the founder of ToSomePlaceNew, which covers European destinations and cultural travel. A history graduate and an MBA by qualification, she found her true calling in digging a city’s past and discovering their unique nuances. She is based in Canada, and travels with her husband. Find more about Toronto on her blog.

What should I do on my first trip to Toronto?

On your very first trip to Toronto, the CN Tower is not to be missed. It is one of the iconic landmarks in the city, and is located in the downtown core area. With a structure of 553.3 m-highs, this observation tower welcomes you to amazing views of Toronto and the harbourfront area. The thrilling EdgeWalk is a popular activity here for adrenaline junkies. Take a stroll along the Harbourfront, or canoeing on Lake Ontario. If you like castles, pay a visit to Casa Loma and don’t forget to snap a Instagrammable photo!

What are some hidden gems to see in Toronto?

The beauty of Toronto lies in its neighborhood vibes. Visit the Kensington Market area for one. Admire the colorful houses, boutiques and quirky cafes. Another cool neighborhood is Danforth (which is easily accessible by public transportation); it is home to Greek restaurants and from here you can also embark on easy hikes, and soak in city views from the Chesterhill Lookout point.

How much time should I spend in Toronto?

Plan to spend at least 3 days in Toronto to explore the city’s highlights. For your Toronto itinerary, set aside one day to discover the downtown core highlights like CN tower, Harbourfront, Casa Loma, Eaton Centre, Rogers Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, etc. Second day is all about picking a neighbourhood and exploring it intimately. My favoirtes are Kensington Market & Chinatown, and Distillery District (opt for a bike or food tour in this area). Leave the final day for a day trip to Niagara!

What food is Toronto known for?

Toronto's main dish is a veal sandwich. Other food items to try out are street food, poutine, peameal bacon sandwich, hot dog and sausages.

What is the best way to get around Toronto?

The best way to explore Toronto is a mix of public transportation, walking and tours. Use LRT and buses to get to various districts in Toronto. Public transportation is safe and reliable. Once you are in the neighbourhood, walking or bike tours are a great option to understand the city’s past!

What are the best months to visit Toronto?

The best time to visit Toronto is in late spring, and fall months, so that’s late April through May and September through October. During these months the weather is mild and lovely for outdoorsy activities like hikes, picnics and festivals. Summers are peak tourist season, and hotels and flights are usually pretty expensive.

What is Distillery District known for?

Distillery District is a hip neighborhood in Toronto. Once an industrial district (mills), it was opened in 2003 as a premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. From bike and history tours, to haunted ghost walks and stunning restaurants, this area is worth visiting and adding to your Toronto trip!

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

The best neighborhoods for food are Downtown Core (for all types of cuisines, cafes and fine dining), Distillery district (bars, restaurants), ChinaTown & Gerrard Street (Asian/Indian), Danforth (Greek restaurants).

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The best neighborhoods for shopping are Downtown Core/Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, ChinaTown, and Toronto Premium Outlets at Halton Hills.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Toronto?

The best area to stay in Toronto for a short trip is the Downtown Core. You can find luxury and mid budget hotels in Queens West and the Entertainment District for a comfortable stay, with easy access to restaurants, bars, shops and sightseeing attractions!

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Our tour with Marilyn was great! It was just the two of us with her so we were able to ask lots of questions and get a great idea of how it was living in this city. She took us around the downtown showing us the most iconic parts of the city and telling us plenty of different facts about every place. This is a great option for getting a first approach to the city and figuring out your next plans.

I went for the distillery district tour in order to learn something about the history. I was very surprised how much I learned and that the tour is kind of a walk through an outdoor museum including a lot of exhibitions, previous factory places and manufacturer tools. The tour is interesting and entertaining at the same time. So I can highly recommend the tour :)!

Salvatore was very informative and his guidance was clear. Amazing trip and seeing the falls in winter made the trip even more special surrounded by snow and ice. Well organised and any questions the team responded to quickly.

Giornata indimenticabile. Il nostro conducente/guida è stato più che gentile! Good job

Comfortable seating and good selection of food and drink/