Flights to Toronto
Toronto is the largest city in Canada, and is the provincial capital of the province of Ontario. It is situated on the shores of Lake Ontario and is a popular tourist destination as well as being a popular city for immigrants from around the world.
Flights from South Africa to Toronto land at its main airport, Lester B. Pearson International Airport (airport code YYZ) which is about a 45 minute car ride from the city centre. Unfortunately you cannot get a direct flight to Toronto from South Africa though you can choose a good variety of airlines and get a connecting flight through various cities.
The following airlines fly from South Africa to Toronto – South African Airways (SAA), British Airways (BA), Virgin Atlantic, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, United Airlines and Swiss Air and connecting flights are offered through Heathrow, Frankfurt, Paris, Amsterdam, Washington and Paris to New York.
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The Tourist Attractions of Toronto:
Toronto is a large, friendly and diverse city, full of people from all around the world who have come here to settle permanently. About 49% of the population are not Canadian-born, and this has really helped to establish Toronto as a culturally and ethnically rich city. Due to this, there are many areas of the city which have built up as a result of its immigrants: Chinatown, Greektown, Cabbagetown (once home to many Irish), Little Italy, Koreatown, Little India and Little Jamaica are the main ones.
There are hundreds of things to see and do in Toronto, though here are just a few of the ones which you really must do!…
The CN Tower – This is usually top of most people’s lists of things to do in Toronto! The CN Tower is still currently the world’s tallest building at 553.33 metres (1815 ft 5”). Unlike many other tall towers which are built for dual purposes, this was built solely as a major attraction for the city of Toronto. A glass elevator takes you rapidly to the top, giving amazing views as you climb at 15 mph (22 kph).
There are two observation levels. The first one is the Look Out Level where you can walk outside to feel the wind, or walk on the Glass Floor if you dare! You can then take another elevator to the next level, another 33 floors up, to the Sky Pod. Try to visit on a clear day when you can see up to 100 miles (160km) into the distance, including Niagara Falls. There is also the 360 Restaurant here which rotates as you dine giving you uninterrupted views of the city.
Toronto Islands – In Toronto Harbour are a small chain of islands popular during the summer for their beaches. You can take a ferry ride direct to the islands, or choose a harbour tour boat trip which takes you around the islands and the harbour.
The advantage with taking a guided boat trip is that there’s a detailed commentary of all the sights you’re passing and you also get some amazing views of the Toronto skyline.
Casa Loma is a little further out from the downtown area, but well worth the visit. This is essentially a castle which was built in the 1920’s by Sir Henry Pellatt, a popular businessman and entrepreneur. It looks quite out of place on the streets of Toronto and the architecture was actually influenced by trips to Europe.
You can take a tour of this fascinating property which is sure to inform and entertain you. Great views back toward downtown Toronto can be seen from the towers and you can also enjoy a tour around the gardens.
Toronto also has many museums, the Art Gallery of Ontario and numerous other attractions to keep you occupied as well.
When Should You Visit?:
If you don’t like the icy cold winds which come off of Lake Ontario in the winter, this isn’t a good time to visit! Summers get really quite warm with temperatures averaging about 26.5C (80F) in the mid-summer months although this is also when Toronto is busiest. The best times of year to visit to avoid too many crowds and for pleasant weather are late spring and early autumn.