Ontario

 

From the Great Lakes and the United States border in the south to Hudson Bay in the north, the province of Ontario is home to almost 40% of Canadians. Toronto is the country’s most populous city: around four out of every five Ontario residents make it their home.

 

Toronto is dominated by the CN Tower soaring over 550 m above ground level, while below the streets of the central city the PATH leads residents and visitors alike to the world’s largest underground shopping complex.

 

  • Completed in 1976, the CN Tower remains in the top 10 of the world’s tallest structures. It features the 360 Restaurant at a height of 350m; the heart-stopping Edgewalk, 116 floors up; and a bistro and café. And there’s only one word for the views: AMAZING!

  •  PATH is Downtown Toronto’s underground pedestrian walkway, accessing – among many other facilities and attractions - around 1200 shops, six subway stations, two major department stores, eight major hotels and a railway terminal. It’s a comfortable haven from and cold and snow of Winter and the heat of Summer.

  • The St Lawrence market, open Tuesday through Sunday, has special emphasis on its Saturday Farmers’ Market, and an antique market on Sundays.

  • High Park is a year-round attraction with ice skating in winter and swimming and picnic facilities in Summer. There’s also a small childrens’ zoo.

  • Hop-on, hop-off bus tours will take you around Toronto’s major attractions and historic buildings. Some include a boat tour on Toronto Harbour.

  • Take a day excursion to Niagara from Toronto to see and experience the iconic falls close up from the viewing platforms or the boat trip that gets you right under the spray. Many tours also visit the picturesque village of Niagara-on-the-Lake; take an opportunity to taste and enjoy the regional wines.

 

Ottawa is Canada’s Government and Diplomatic capital – and a city that offers visitors a rich cultural experience, many green spaces where you can take a break from the hustle and bustle - a year-round destination for travelers.

 

  • With no fewer than seven national museums and galleries there’s something of interest for all – among them the Canadian War Museum, the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, the Museum of Nature, the National Gallery of Canada, the Science and Technology Museum … and even on a much more specialized subject the Currency Museum

  • The Arboretum, with more than 2400 varieties of trees and shrubs, is an attraction for garden enthusiasts while nearby Gatineau Park has a network of trails for the hiking enthusiast and keen naturalist.

  • The buildings on Parliament Hill surround the Centre Block – dominated by the Peace Tower – and including the House of Commons, the Senate Chamber and the Parliamentary Library. Guided tours are available. The Changing of the Guard ceremony takes place here every morning from May to August.

  • There are festivals and celebrations throughout the year, among them the Springtime Tulip Festival in May, Winterlude in February, an annual Air Show, and the International Jazz Festival. The Rideau Canal is a venue for many events.