Lakes and Canada go together like Autumn and leaf chasers so it will come as no surprise that the country's largest city, Toronto, is located slap-bang on the shores of the magnificent Lake Ontario. As you'd expect, trips to the lake islands are ever-popular during the summer months and when combined with the city's waterfront district you won't be short of excuses to relax and explore outdoors. If the heavens do open then don't despair, Toronto boasts a vast shopping mall (the Eaton Centre) and an excellent natural history museum (the Royal Ontario) as well as plenty of other cultural hot spots to keep you happy and dry throughout your visit.
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CN Tower One of Toronto's most iconic landmarks is the CN Tower which shoots up to almost 2000 feet above the Downtown area making it the 5th tallest structure of its kind. Aside from experiencing the awesome 360 degree panoramas from the tower's restaurant you'll also be invited to step outside onto the EdgeWalk where the adage 'don't look down' is often mentioned but rarely heeded. On a clear day you can see from Toronto to Niagara Falls as well as the other side of Lake Ontario!
China Town If you are visiting Downtown and you feel the need for dim sum and dumplings then check out the bright lights and authentic restaurants of China Town which is one of the largest Chinese districts in the whole of North America. This is a great area to find out more about Toronto's diverse cultural heritage as well as checking out the huge variety of food stalls and bubble tea outlets that will do their best to tempt you at every corner.
Kensington Market Another distinctly diverse area of Toronto is Kensington Market which is one of the city's best-loved neighbourhoods and a popular hang-out for the Sunday morning papers and coffee lovers. Of course, as an actual market there's a wide range of fresh daily produce on display however, if you believe the locals, this is a complete and utter cultural hub with regular festivals and live acts helping to promote the counter-culture ethos as well as entertaining the crowds.
Lake Ontario Regular tours from Toronto onto the calm waters of Lake Ontario allow you to escape the hub-bub of the city for the day if you have time and with car-free islands and plenty of beaches to choose from this is an ideal way to rest and relax on a warm summer's day. The islands themselves are perfect for exploring on foot or by bike and have plenty of scenic waterways which make them popular with canoeists looking for a jolly good paddle.
In general you can expect to find conditions in Toronto to be relatively mild although it can get slightly humid during July and August. Winters are pretty darn chilly so pack accordingly and don't expect the city to shut down as there are loads of outdoor ice-skating rinks as well as lots of cosy cafes from where to snuggle up over a mug of hot choc. End of April to mid-June is probably one of the best times to visit as temperatures are pleasant and there are less crowds. The same can be said for September to mid-October although the evenings will be turning to the colder side.
if you're visiting during the summer you may wish to prepare for an explosive storm or two as the humidity builds to a brief deluge and those without macs will get a soaking.
As mentioned, the CN Tower is a spectacular eastern Canada landmark that is pretty difficult to miss no matter where you find yourself in Toronto. The best thing to do is to put yourself out of your misery straight away and take the glass-floored lift to the observation deck to experience the magical panoramas first-hand. The highest viewing area is the SkyPod which is just shy of 1500 feet up and promises unrivalled views of the city and beyond with the mists of Niagara reported to be visible on a clear day.
arrive before 11am or after 5pm to avoid the queues, unless you're booking in advance.
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Explore cosmopolitan cities, small country towns and picturesque landscapes, and discover the New World for yourself. Colonial New England and French Canadian culture offer a perfect mix of yesterday and today.
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