Toronto Basic Information
The gateway to nearby Niagara Falls and a popular destination for millions of travellers, Toronto is a bold, multicultural city pushing the point of being tolerant and accepting. Go up the CN Tower and take in the vast quantity of sights all at once. Behind the modern facade, Toronto also has historic and architectural works of art around every corner with its cultural diversity at the forefront for all to see and appreciate. To get the most out of your Toronto holiday, here's some top tips.
Australian passport holders are eligible to holiday in Canada for up to 6 months without a visa. In order to travel under these terms, you must hold a valid passport for the dates you are travelling within. If you're between the ages of 18 and 30, Aussies may also be eligible to work and stay in Canada for up to 2 years with a temporary work permit as part of International Experience Canada. Please be aware that these details are only a guideline. For up-to-the-minute visa information, contact your local embassy or consulate of Canada.
The currency in Canada is the Canadian Dollar. The exchange rate between the Australian Dollar and the Canadian Dollar fluctuates constantly, so it's a good idea to monitor the rate before purchasing cash. For safe spending while overseas, consider bringing a credit card or travel money card with you.
With almost too much choice, Toronto's chefs have brought a new dimension to compete and stand out from the crowd in this culinary hotspot. Sourcing vegetables from local suppliers has been deemed too far for some establishments so they have adopted a self-grow program as well as nose-to-tail cooking, which has been impressively mastered, most notably, at The Black Hoof. From simplistic pizzas to luxuriously rich classic dishes, Toronto has no gastronomic boundaries. Unquestionably, this city has the most excitingly fast-paced and evolutionary catering scene in Canada and it is hard to predict what direction it will turn next. With such a multicultural society in a modern city, you'll also find a huge variety of international cuisines from around the world, as well as all your fast food faves and interesting street food vendors.
Once the sun goes down, the entertainment really kicks off in the city. Live bands, drama performances, bars and clubs from high-end formal affairs to basement dives open for the night and continue well into the morning. Much of the city's club scene has moved over to Queen Street West, Parkdale and Ossington with The Horseshoe Tavern on Queen Street West historically being the venue of choise for musical icons. This establishment is the veteran of the strip, not losing any of its sharpness over the years. Parkdale, which follows on from Queen Street West, is a rising star competing to stamp its own mark on Toronto's nightlife scene. Open 7 days a week, Not My Dog (yes, that's its name) is a great little find serving local beers and introducing many unsigned bands to the stage. Be prepared to stand on a Friday and Saturday as this popular joint gets busy.