The United States’ neighbor to the North is a wondrous and beautiful country. Not far from the border of New York State you can rent a motorcoach into Toronto one of the most popular provinces toward a city of over two-and-a-half million residents. These citizens call the city of Toronto their home.
Toronto is also the provincial capital of Ontario, located along the shore of beautiful Lake Ontario. It is a city of skyscrapers with over 1,800 high-rises in the city; the famous CN Tower, the world’s tallest freestanding structure until 2007, is a signature tower that dots the Toronto skyline. Yet, Toronto has also been named the “City of Neighborhoods” as it has continually expanded into surrounding suburbs and retained a distinctly neighbor friendly-feel. Speaking of neighbors, Toronto is one of the most diverse cities in Canada, with nearly half of its residents born in other countries.
Tourism in Toronto runs year-round as the city experiences four distinct seasons, but keep in mind winters are cold and summers, while typically warm in the 70s and 80s, are particularly humid. Spring and fall may be an ideal time to visit for those sensitive to temperature extremes or ensure your charter bus rental has climate control via air conditioning and heating onboard the coach to stay comfortable in summer and winter.
Don a Toronto Maple Leafs cap in celebration of the 13 Stanley Cup titles the city’s hockey team has taken home. Take a look at some must-see attractions when visiting the city.
If the charter bus ride across the border left you yearning for a meal, make your first stop the St. Lawrence Market. Occupying two buildings, your group will find farmer’s and antique markets on the north side, while the south side houses a majority of restaurants, delis, bakeries and meat shops. It’s no wonder that National Geographic magazine named the St. Lawrence Market the number one food market in the world. After sampling the food, be sure to visit the St. Lawrence Market Gallery, which showcases exhibitions spotlighting Toronto’s history.
Architecture buffs will find plenty to appreciate in the city of Toronto, with the recently renovated Art Gallery of Ontario a must-see location. Located in Toronto’s Downtown Grange Park district, the museum features over 80,000 pieces of art available for viewing. The expansion, completed in 2008, positioned the gallery as one of Toronto’s best showpieces and increased the display space for artwork by nearly 50%. It is now one of the largest galleries in North America. In addition to the art exhibitions, check out the AGO’s classy restaurant and café, and don’t miss out on the gift shop.
It’s been over 180 years since the inception of the City of Toronto. A major tourist destination in the city to capture a bit of this historic past is within the Distillery District, a designated National Historic Site of Canada. Across 13 acres, restaurants, cafés, and shops now occupy the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery. This is the largest collection of industrial Victorian-era architecture in the continent. Industries such as sugar refineries, grain processing towers and more have been repurposed into a popular tourist destination for arts, culture, and entertainment. Stroll the streets here and you won’t find any chain restaurants—the buildings are occupied by one-of-a-kind shops. The Distillery District should be at the top of any group shopping excursion.