Welcome to Toronto

Canada's Downtown

As the nation’s largest city, Toronto boasts both a larger than life look and personality.

Exciting on the inside and out, the city offers everything from a vibrant skyline to friendly dwellers. Praised as the “One of the world’s most livable cities,” you’ll experience a breadth of entertainment and culture.

While you’re in Toronto, make sure to save time for play. With entertainment ranging from lively exhibits to popular festivals, spring is an exciting time in Toronto.

Explore Some of Toronto's Neighbourhoods

With eclectic neighbourhoods at every turn that house over 140 languages and dialects from 230 nationalities, the cultural diversity is a warm welcome for all visitors. Not to mention the renowned cuisine that comes of it. There’s something for all tastes whether it’s artistically, leisurely, or literally.

Entertainment District

The Toronto Entertainment District is home to theatres and performing arts centres both traditional and cutting edge, the venues for five major league sports teams and an array of cultural and family attractions.

The Gay Village

Toronto is home to Canada’s largest gay community and welcomes visitors from all walks of life. The Gay Village, or “The Village” as the locals call it, is a predominantly gay neighbourhood nestled within Toronto’s downtown core. Centred at the intersection of Church and Wellesley Streets, the area is packed with cafés, restaurants, gay-oriented shops and a vast array of hot bars and nightspots.


Toronto’s Harbourfront neighbourhood is a diverse community with picturesque views of Lake Ontario and the Toronto Islands. Once a busy shipping terminal, the area is undergoing a massive, multi-year transformation.

Queen West

Set against a backdrop of historic buildings, Queen West has one of the trendiest shopping scenes in Toronto.

Toronto’s Art and Design District boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage, shoe stores and craft and sewing supplies. It’s a goldmine for the fashion-hungry! At night the neighbourhood offers lively patios and bars and a variety of live music ranging from roots to rock at internationally-renowned venues like the Cameron House, the Horseshoe and the Rex. Re-charge with food from around the world at unique restaurants and cafes that are often open late.

Toronto Island

Just a stately 10-minute ferry ride across Toronto’s inner harbor will bring you to another world of tree-filled picnic spots, car-free streets, quaint old cottages and beachfront attractions.

The Annex

Bohemia and academia meet head on in this lively downtown community surrounding the University of Toronto. Stretching for a kilometre along Bloor Street West the Annex offers visitors an intoxicating blend of beautiful old homes, art galleries, theatres, beatnik coffee shops, bookstores, discount stores, restaurants and bars.

Old Town

Old Town is an important historical area that dates back to Toronto’s beginnings in the early 19th century, when horse-drawn carriages were the popular mode of transportation. Nine neighbourhoods in Toronto’s lower east end make up what is affectionately referred to as Old Town.


Once a hippie hangout where famous folk singers flocked in the 60s, this is now one of Toronto’s most elegant shopping and dining areas. The neighbourhood features many small courtyards, alleyways and charming Victorian homes plus first class designer boutiques, antique shops and galleries. A contemporary park located in the very heart of the neighbourhood features a giant granite boulder, which brings the raw beauty of the Canadian Shield right into Toronto’s urban centre. It’s a perfect place to people watch and rest between shopping bouts.

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