Q: We’re thinking about heading up to Toronto for an end-of-summer, last-minute vacation. Any tips on family-friendly stuff to see and do? Thanks! ~ KD
A: Hi KD, Toronto’s been on my mind lately, too! I just took a Porter Airlines flight from Newark that had a layover at the tiny and oh-so-civilized Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ) and I couldn’t get over how beautiful the city skyline looked across Lake Ontario. The flight was an easy 85 minutes, and Porter won us over with free snacks and drinks in a free lounge BEFORE we even boarded and Canadian friendly service. So easy! (You could also drive to Toronto and turn your Canadian adventure into a great road trip with stops in the Niagara region and at the falls).
I’ve also been hearing about how family friendly Toronto is, and to prove the point, the city just launched a new interactive website Yo-Toronto.com geared just at kids (so cool!).
It has ‘must-see” lists (including the new Ripley’s Aquarium, the iconic CN Tower, Canada’s Wonderland theme park, and the popular Toronto Zoo), scavenger hunt-style games, and even a list of the top PokéStops in Toronto (you’re welcome).
For you, there’s the SeeTorontoNow.com tourism website which rounds up everything from great neighborhoods to top hotels, can’t-miss attractions to a global array of restaurants, and even includes tips from locals on things like where to spot the best street art or find the tastiest farm-to-table bites in town.
I’m going to try and use all these great tools to plan my own family trip to Toronto this Fall.