Welcome to Toronto, the most populated metropolitan area in Canada at about 6 million people. But it ain't just sheer numbers that separates Toronto from other Canadian cities. Toronto has the Maple Leafs. Toronto produced the smoothly rhyming Drake. They've got the Toronto International Film Festival, which is one of the most prestigious on Earth. And they've also got a mayor whose crack habit was the country's biggest news in 2013, proving yet again that sensationalism is the most important factor in newsworthiness. Then again, every adventure should have an appreciation for the sensational, and Toronto provides plenty of avenues for sensation in its many forms, whether you're into bungee swings like that at Canada's Wonderland, sky walks like at the iconic CN Tower, or even skydiving.
Located on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario, this truly diverse city is home to many cultures and languages that have chosen to make Toronto their home. The aforementioned CN Tower is the center strut of the skyline, while downtown is rich with a range and quantity of entertainment options that will fit any traveler's tastes, although we'd argue that its greatest appeal is in its institutions. The Royal Ontario Museum and the Art Gallery of Toronto lock down the city's dedication to the arts, while the Air Canada Centre and the Hockey Hall of Fame are indispensable destinations for sports enthusiasts. Superclub Guvernment is an institution, while College Street and the parallel Queen and King Streets are nightlife destinations that shame other Canadian cities.
Then again, Toronto is the most expensive city in Canada, so you'll have to fork out some money for its biggest attractions. One way to offset costs is to purchase a CityPASS, a great alternative if you're planning on seeing the city's more popular attractions. As far as transportation is concerned, many of the old streetcar routes are still in service, while the subway system is by far your most cheap and efficient way to get where you're going. Toronto is a large city, so knowing the public transport schedule is a must.
For those who would like to enjoy the undisturbed world beyond Toronto's towering downtown, there are the Toronto Islands in Lake Ontario and the provincial parks and hiking paths that you'll find further north. The Bruce Trail encompasses the whole of the Niagara Escarpment and is by far the best way to explore the region as a whole, while the eight ski resorts within driving distance are also key options for the active traveler. There are also numerous beach and water based adventures on Lake Huron.
Toronto is also a great link if you're looking to chain a few great cities together, whether you head east to Ottawa and Montreal or cross the American border to see Chicago and New York City in under eight hours time. For much more on the adventures, culture, nightlife, and cuisine on tap in Toronto, browse our related pages and start planning your next set of great memories.