Toronto web guide: Travel Tools
TRAVEL TOOLS
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INTRODUCTION || GETTING THERE || AIR TRAVEL || TRAIN TRAVEL || BUS TRAVEL || CAR TRAVEL || CUSTOMS  || RESERVATIONS || TRAVEL AGENTS || TOUR COMPANIES || REGIONAL GUIDES || REGIONAL LINK LISTS || NIAGARA FALLS || WHERE TO STAY || TALK ABOUT IT || MONEY || BANKS || CREDIT CARDS || WEATHER || CONNECTIONS || SAFETY || NEWS || HISTORY || MOVING TO TORONTO || TRADE

TORONTO TRAVEL TOOLS
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INTRODUCTION
Ontario is Canada's richest and largest province, a place to appreciate the seasons and the great outdoors. The 30 million Canadians value their heritage, which is considerably different than their influential USA neighbor. Ontario holds four of the five Great Lakes, as well as rivers and the famous water spectacle, Niagara Falls. There has always been prosperity from its mineral resources, heavy industrialization, forestry and fishing. With Ottawa serving as the nation’s capital and Toronto as Canada’s largest and most important city, this is the province every one knows the best.
There is a vast amount of open space and wilderness which can be divided into three areas geographically. The more southern fertile lowlands along Lake Erie and Lake Ontario; the rocky Canadian Shield that begins north of the lakes and extends to the western part of the province; finally, the swampy lowlands along Hudson Bay in the far north.
 

Tourist Authority
The official City visitor's bureau. Call 1-800-363-1990 (in Toronto call 416-203-2500, or fax them at 416-203-6753)
Tourism Ontario 1-800-Ontario (668-2746).
In Toronto, visit them at the Eaton Centre on "Level 1 Below", near the Dundas Street entrance

Canadian Tourism Commission or CTC
Each lists address, telephone, fax, e-mail & website where available.

Destination Canada by Lonely Planet

Top Selling Canada & Toronto Travel Books at amazon.com and amazon.ca


 

Canadian Consumer Information Gateway - Travelers
ConsumerInformation.ca/ 
Find over 100 documents on travel in Canada

CUSTOMS
Bring your passport. If you're less than 18 and traveling without a parent you need to carry a letter of permission. 


Diplomatic representatives, consulates and missions in Canada. 

The Traveler's Aid Society 416-366-7788
A volunteer group which staffs Union Station and Pearson Airport. Call here for Ontario sales tax rebate forms. When all else fails, they can probably  help.

 

GETTING THERE

 

AIR:
A taxi to/from downtown is about $35. You can get an Airport-downtown irde and transfer to the extensive subway system at the Royal York Hotel (near Union station). Longest but cheapest route downtown is #58 bus to Lawrence West subway station (about 45 minutes). The Airport is just outside Metro in the city of Mississauga.
Air Canada
The major domestic airline. You can check to see if they've enhanced their special deals section. Remember to save money for the departure tax (>$40 US).

WestJet is one of the newer airlines promoting a hip, friendly image. They also have a number of items in their Special Offers category.
Zoom Airlines Leisure flights from Canada to southern vacation spots and to the United Kingdom. Commencing operations in May 2004.
Canadian airline info on about.com

An About.com SiteCanadian airline info on about.com
Global Travel Tools by Carnaval.com
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TRAIN:
VIA Rail Canada || Français
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There are three main rail routes from the USA: New York-Montreal, New York-Niagara Falls-Toronto and Chicago-Sarnia/Port Huron-Toronto which VIA and Amtrak jointly operate. Discover the 28,000 of passenger rails in North America.

BUS:
greyhound.ca
Greyhound Passenger Sales Center 1-800-661-TRIP (8747) or GCX (Courier Express) 800-661-1145.
Greyhound USA connects to most major Canadian destinations, with a border change of vehicles.

CAR:
Canada is a land of wide open spaces and great scenery, making car rental your best option for touring. A valid driver's license from any country is good in Canada for up to three months. Canadian road signs are in kilometers: 100 km/hr=60 m.p.h. Radar detectors are generally not allowed in Ontario.
Google results for car rentals near Toronto.
 

RESERVATIONS
Guide to Discount Air Travel on the Web
Our new section which combines our other travel tools pages, and is filled with tips and tricks for the savvy traveler.
 TRAVEL AGENTS
Canadian Travel Agency Web Site by us in our aForum
A large alphabetized list of links.

TOUR COMPANIES

Torontotours.com Since 1972. Includes tours of the City, Harbour and Niagara.
Torontotours.ca
features a Niagara helicopter tour and the Hippo Tour (in a land-water bus).
List of Toronto Tour Operators

 

REGIONAL GUIDES
TravelLinx Ontario by Bell Labs Canada 1-800-ONTARIO
Powerful Search engine and strong graphics
Your weekly guide ot what's happening outside Toronto.
VirtualNorth.com
Outdoor Adventures, Fishing, and Wilderness Expeditions. (Ambitious site to watch)

REGIONAL Link Lists
www.netour.com-Canada
Modest set of travel listings by City & type.
Guides to Ontario & Canadian Festivals and Events in our aforum 

Niagara Falls
An easy drive from Toronto, everyone should resolve to become become part of the magical mist of Niagara Falls at least once. Casino Niagara, open since 1998, is booming and spurring many new hotel rooms (2000 & counting) and other developments.  
|| || Fast Facts || Service  #'s 
Very comprehenive, insightful and authoritive 
Niagara Falls Visitors & Convention Bureau

Niagara-usa.com    
Agency for Official Niagara County, NY Tourism Promotion Order Information Online
1-800-338-7890 

Niagra Falls Attractions in our aForum.com

 

Places To Stay Ontario, Canada
 for TORONTO
Canada Bed & Breakfast (1600) || Ontario
Comprehensive descriptions and now w/ on-line reservations for some
Resorts-Ontario (over 200)  (1-800-363-7227)
Discover great options. Get the  Convention Planning Guide.
OntarioAccommodation.com Assoc. (800-461-1972)
Large list with good information sorted by region.
TALK ABOUT IT
An original media voice headed by Moses Znaimer and increasingly found further afield than its home base of Toronto also maintains some very busy Forums/message boards.

Calling is the same as in the USA: Dial 1 within and 011 without. Then dial 3-digit area code & 7 digit number.
Ontario Area Codes as of  July 2005: London & Windsor-519; North Bay & Sault Ste. Marie -705; Ottawa-613; Thunder Bay-807; Toronto Metro-416 ; Toronto Vicinity-905;

If you travel much with a fax or computer, you'll appreciate Help For World Travelers!: by kropla.com

Wide International
Hooking Up & Dial tones

The Electricity and TV signal match with the  USA 110/120V 60Hz and NTSC respectively. The USA is the only country not using the Metric system of weights & measures. (One of our secrets to success)

All of Ontario matches w/ USA's East Coast (Eastern Standard Time)

 

MONEY

As of July 2005, $1.00 CAD = $0.82 USD
 & $1.00 USD = $1.22 CAC The gap between the two currencies has closed substantially in recent years.
Universal Currency Converter by xexon
|| Full Currency (180)
Rates updated once per minute
Expedia Currency Converter


ATM's  (Automated Teller Machines)  

VisaVisa || Visa Travel Money || ATM Locator || ATM Portuguese || MasterCard Canada more than 529,000 ATMs worldwide

American Express.com/canada as well as credit cards offer increasing convenience and value for travelers.

Credit Card Use & Banks: Nearly all banks charge only a 1% fee for currency exchange when you use your credit or bank card -- far better than the average cost of 5% for traveler's checks, which are not as welcome as they once were. You may wish to make sure your preferred credit card is not one of the exceptions.

 Banks are generally open Mon-Fri., 10 am to 4 pm, with many now expanding hours to evenings & Saturday. US currency is often accepted by merchants at rates which vary significantly.

Tax Refund
Official information on the GST rebate for non-resident visitors to Canada. Regulations require an airline ticket or official dated receipt stamp if on ground travel, plus original receipts. Download the form or visit a duty free shop if you're able to stop at the border. 

 

WEATHER
The climate of Toronto is fairly predictable, like that of its neighboringClick for Toronto, Ontario Forecast American cities such as Chicago and Detroit. During  spring, summer or fall, it's a nice city to visit, but from November to early April, you take your chances with snow lasting from mid-December to mid-March. The colors of Spring and Autumn are brilliant.
Toronto Weather on the Weather Network
 
CONNECTIONS

Canadian Postal Code Lookup Service
Free service from direct mail house Westminster. They'll also help you look up American Zip Codes.
Look up www domain name registrations
555-1212.com Fast Area Code Look-up
Guide to Dialing code prefixes around the globe.

Business directories & Resources
Toronto's Yellow Pages
Canada-Ontario Business Call Centre
Community Business Resource Centre
Enterprise Toronto
: Serving entrepreneurs and small businesses
The Design Exchange
Information Technology Association of Canada

 

SAFETY
Travel Insurance | 1-800-ONTARIO

Crime Prevention Tips vy cpatoronto.org
Have someone you trust check your home while you are away on vacation. Ask them to pick up your mail and papers, or better still, ask for your mail to be held until you come back from your vacation

 
NEWS
Directory of Print Media Radio & TV Stations in aforum
A big & comprehensive list with links to similar pages too
The national paper known for business news is based in Toronto
The Globe & Mail

HISTORY & CULTURE

"It is interesting that Toronto has thrived in part due to it's proximity to New York, both now and back in the 1700s." 
Canada Information Office: 1-800-973-INFO (inside Canada) 
Heritage Toronto
Since 1960, Heritage advises the City Council on heritage matters, operates the City's historic site museums, and more.
Civilisations.ca || Françias
A Museum for the Global Village. 3.75 million artifacts which help define the national heritage, including an extensive collection of materials representing Canadian Indian, Inuit and Métis cultures. Over 40,000 items have been photographed. Check out the work of Archelas Poulin (1892-1969).
Moving to Toronto
The Toronto Real Estate Board has a powerful, easy to use search but slow loading at times!

Househunting Toronto
Toronto Internet Apartment Guide by rentcanada.com

Schools & Universities 
Toronto & Ontario Schools, Universities & Institutions

TRADE 

StrategisCanada's BUSINESS INFORMATION 
English || Françias
Searchable Events Calendar for global info trade shows. Deep & ambitious site for "Export Related Activities and Events for Trade & Investment."
ExpoWorld.net || MajorExhibitHalls.com ||ConventionBureaus.com  
Like us, a web directory to directories. Carnaval.com is proud to be one of their top 500 resources. Based in Toronto, serving global trade 

TorontoPort.com
"For the first time in Seaway history, maritime interests in the Great Lakes basin are working together to strategically plan for the future of the system and propel the Great lakes/St. Lawrence Seaway System into this century with renewed momentum" Guy Veronneau, President of The St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation


Disclaimer: While reasonably accurate at time compiled, no representations or endorsements are given or implied. We recommend confirming reservations before departure and having access to a personal travel agent should problems arise...In general, the toll free numbers listed (800 & 888) only work in the  USA & Canada.

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