This post is sponsored by JustFly, an online travel agency.
Toronto, Ontario is easily the most well-known city in Canada. With a massive six million person population across the Greater Toronto Area, the city and its immediate surroundings account for nearly a fifth of Canada’s total population. With a city so large its hard to get a trip in where you feel like you’ve seen everything. While finding things to do is simple, getting them done can be difficult in Toronto. To get some pro tips on navigating the city I spoke with the online travel agency JustFly. They gave me some ground level tips on getting around the city of Toronto.
The TTC Is Your Friend
This will come as no surprise, but Toronto traffic is the worst in the country. Whether crawling across its major highways, or trudging through its overcapacity secondary streets, getting in a car in Toronto can be perilous. Luckily Toronto has a very functional transit network that not only gets you where you need to go, but also does so in a mostly new fleet of trains, streetcars, and buses according to JustFly’s review.
Your best bet is shelling out $12 for the weekend day pass. This allows either one parent and five children, two parents and four children, or two adults to ride the TTC as much as they want for the day. This rate only applies on Saturdays, Sundays, or statutory holidays. If you are travelling through the week you can still buy day passes, but will be required to pay the discounted child’s fee for any young ones.
Cycling Paths, Cycling Paths Everywhere
Are you part of a cycling family? Toronto may be the city for you. The city is highlighted by two massive bike paths, The Waterfront Trail and the Lower Don Trails. The Waterfront Trail runs along Lake Ontario and gives you awesome views of both the lake and the city. It’s East/West span allows for you to bike downtown and back with ease, avoiding cars and public transit. The Don Trail is designed for more advanced cyclers but carries you through the Don Valley on a North/South trajectory. The best part of this trail? Zooming past cars parked on the Don Valley Parkway.
Maps are available at libraries, community centers, online or even with handy apps for your smartphone. If you are looking for a bike you can take advantage of Bike Share Toronto, a pay per use bike rental program. 24 hour access to a bike costs just $7 so get out on the trails!
Focus On The Southern Half Of The City
While Toronto is large, the vast majority of attractions, neat neighbourhoods, and tourist attractions sit in its Southern half according to JustFly. Bloor Street, which runs West and East across the city should be viewed as something of dividing line. It’s nothing against Toronto’s North End, it’s just the Southern portion features more attractions and is generally considered a safer part of the city.
In addition to having more things to do, the Southern half of the city is better served by bike paths, transit routes, and is also home to the Toronto Island Airport (Toronto’s secondary airport), the VIA Rail train station, and the UP Express, which brings you directly to Lester B. Pearson Airport (Toronto’s primary airport). Using both VIA Rail, Canada’s most popular rail travel provider, and the UP Express, a quick train which brings you from the airport to downtown Toronto, make it very easy for travelers to get directly to the core of the city, jumpstarting your trip to Toronto!