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Our tips for Toronto

  • Fashionably Late. If you’d like a little elbowroom during your time inside the CN Tower, arrive after 6 p.m. Showing up before 11:00 a.m. works, as well.
  • Know When To Fold ‘Em. At the Royal Ontario Museum, you only need to fork over the additional cash for featured exhibits if your kids are going bonkers for it. Otherwise, general admission is more than sufficient.
  • Melting Pot. Don’t assume everyone who lives in Toronto is Canadian. Over half of Toronto’s residents were born elsewhere.

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Best time to visit

Nobody expects perfect weather during a Toronto vacation. But, if you research Toronto’s climate, you’ll find that summer is, without question, the best time to come. Then again, the crowds will grow to their largest of the year, along with the prices. When visiting many cities, the happy compromise comes in the form of the shoulder seasons. For Toronto, April/May and September/October bring decent weather and lower rates. Winter is snowy. But, there are tons of special events you can enjoy during the holidays. Warm up with some eggnog before you step outside!

Getting around
  • Renting a car is one option; but, parking can be difficult and the meter maids can be quite strict. The traffic in Toronto can come to a dead stop during rush hour, too.
  • For an easy-going Toronto daytrip, use the TTC! With a TTC Day Pass, you get unlimited use of the subway, busses, and streetcars for just $12.50. Weekly passes cost $43.75. A great value!
  • Using a Toronto Hop-On, Hop-Off Tour as your main mode of transportation can work quite well. It stops at all the important Toronto attractions and you don’t have to deal with the general public. It’s what to do in Toronto when you want to hop from attraction to attraction.
Stay Safe
  • Your safety will vary on a neighborhood by neighborhood basis. Crime maps of the city look like checkerboards; so, unavoidably, you will encounter some bad areas. But, don’t worry! On the whole, Toronto is very safe.
  • If you aren’t sure which neighborhoods are bad, just stay within the tourist areas. Police protection is quite good there.
  • Honestly, Toronto is in consideration for North America’s safest city almost every year. Just enjoy yourself.

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