Destination Information: Toronto, ON Canada (YTO)

by Kerwin McKenzie on June 17, 2016

Toronto, ON Canada, our (the U.S.) neighbor in the north. Such a beautiful city, but I don’t visit often enough. Last time was in 2013! I’ll have to fix that soon. I’ve been to Vancouver though, does that count?

 

Toronto at night Toronto at night

 

The home of Air Canada (AC) and Porter Airlines (PD) and two beautiful airports, Lester B. Pearson (YYZ) in the suburbs and Billy Bishop (YTZ) in the city centre. Perhaps one of the most beautiful approaches to an airport you could ever have. I’ve only watched it from outside of an airplane though as I have yet to log YTZ. Soon…

 

Toronto - Porter Airlines Q400 landing at Billy Bishop Toronto – Porter Airlines Q400 landing at Billy Bishop

 

Here’s some information about this fine city:

 

  • Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Lester B. Pearson Airport, Toronto, ON Canada (YYZ): Aeromexico (AM), Air Canada (AC), Air France (AF), Air Transat (TS), Alitalia (AZ), American Airlines (AA), Austrian Airlines (OS), Avianca (AV), brussels airlines (SN), Caribbean Airlines (BW), China Eastern Airlines (MU), Condor (DE), Copa Airlines (CM), Delta Airlines (DL), EgyptAir (MS), El Al (LY), Etihad (EY), Ethiopian (ET), Emirates (EK), EvaAir (BR), Fly Jamaica (OJ), Hainan Airlines (HU), Icelandiar (FI), Jet Airways (9W), KLM (KL), Korean Airlines (KE), LOT Polish (LO), Lufthansa (LH), Pakistan International Airlines (PK), Porter Airlines (PD), SATA International (S4), Saudi Arabian Airlines (SV), Sunwing Airlines (WG), TAM (JJ), Turkish Airlines (TK), United Airlines (UA), WestJet (WS), WOW Air (WW).
  • National Airlines: Air Canada (AC), Air Transat (TS), Sunwing Airlines (WG), Westjet (WS)
  • Airfare Tip: If looking for a low fare, book at the Web sites for the low cost carriers as you’ll more than likely get the best value there. Try my partner SkyScanner.
  • Airport Lounges: Air Canada (AC) Maple Leaf Lounge – Terminal 1 (Star Alliance), Air France/KLM Lounge (SkyTeam) – Terminal 3, American Airlines Admirals Club (oneworld) – Terminal 3, British Airways Galleries/First Lounge (oneworld)- Terminal 3, GoodLife Fitness – Terminal 1, Plaza Premium Lounge – Terminal 1 and 3. You can refer to the LoungeBuddy App for more details.
  • Airport To The City: There are a few ways to get this done, but the best and newest is taking the train into Union station (you used to have to take a bus). It’s called the Up Express. Not sure if they offer an airline discount, but present your badge and see what they say. It leaves from Terminal 1 to the City, but if you are in Terminal 3, you can take the terminal link to Terminal 1. More details about all ground transportation items are at http://www.torontopearson.com/en/toandfrom/ground/.
  • Airport Area Hotels – There are a few located within the airport vicinity. Use the widget below to find one. You can always call and ask for the airline/travel industry rate and determine which one works best.

  • Scheduled Service Airlines Serving Billy Bishop Airport, Toronto, ON Canada (YTZ): Air Canada (AC), Porter Airlines (PD).
  • Airport Lounges:  Porter Airlines Lounge. It’s not much, but you can find some more information here.
  • Airport To The City: You can walk using the foot tunnel, take the free ferry (you have to pay for your car) or take the complimentary shuttle. They also encourage you to bik over as well. And of course you can take a taxi as soon as you get to the mainland.
  • Airport Area Hotels

 

 

Food

Lots of different kind of foods in Toronto as they have a very diverse population. There’s Jamaican food, Chinese food, Indian food, it just goes on and on. And yes, there’s poutine as well. In the city itself, just walk down Yonge Street and you will not be disappointed. Also head over to St. Lawrence Market for some really good eats. Here are some photos to get your appetite whet.

 

 

Toronto poutine Toronto poutine

 

 

Toronto - St. Lawrence Market in Toronto ON Canada Toronto – St. Lawrence Market in Toronto ON Canada

 

Buster's Sea Cove for Fish and Chips Buster’s Sea Cove for Fish and Chips

 

Toronto - Ritz Caribbean Food - ackee and salted fish Toronto – Ritz Caribbean Food – ackee and salted fish

 

 

Where to Stay

There is no shortage of accommodations in Toronto. Here are some different choices:

  • Airbnb – If you sign up for AirBnb using my link, you will get a $25 credit which you can use when you book.
  • Homestay – You can list your own home here similar to Airbnb and also find a place to stay.
  • Hotel Choices – Use this handy link to book hotels anywhere in Toronto, ON Canada

 

Toronto - some of the homes in the inner city Toronto – some of the homes in the inner city

 

Things To Do in Toronto:

There’s lots to do in this city. So I’ve asked my friend Will who lives there and also the Toronto Tourist Board for some recommendations. My recommendations are the obvious:

  1. Billy Bishop Airport – If you are an aviation geek, then you really must head over to the island airport.
  2. CN Tower – It’s the highest point in the city, so head up there and have a look around. It’s also even nicer if there’s a game going on at the stadium below it.
  3. Toronto Island – Jump on the ferries and take the journey across. Maybe you’ll get lucky and catch a Q400 landing at Billy Bishop.
  4. Visit a Park – The city has many parks, just go relax in one of them
  5. Take a Tram – There are also trams to take you everywhere hop on the 501 as its the most famous one.

 

I’ve also added a few videos as well.

 

 

 

 

Have you made it to Toronto? How did you like it?

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avatar William Tang June 28, 2016 at 2:56 am

Thanks so much for the feature Kevin! There’s so much to do in Toronto as you’ve detailed out. I hope your visitors get the enjoy everything my city has to offer 🙂

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avatar Kerwin McKenzie June 28, 2016 at 3:17 am

Hi William,

Thanks for the comment. I was more than happy to share the information you wrote about your city for my readers. I learned a few things as well :-).
I guess I need to come visit soon.

Kerwin.

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