When I tell my friends in Toronto how much I love their city, they often say, “Really?” I always assume they imagine I’m just trying to be gracious, or perhaps — with characteristic Canadian modesty — they’re reluctant to acknowledge how easy their city is to love. But they also have a great deal of justifiable civic pride, and a clear sense of why Toronto is such a special and unusual place to live and visit. There’s more to this understated city than many people might realize. read more »
Traffic snarls, vague directions and unexpected one-way streets plague many a city traveler, and put a damper on precious vacation time. Instead of succumbing to road rage, take advantage of the public bike programs springing up in CityPASS destinations across North America. For a fee – $5 per day in Toronto, $6 in Boston and $10 in New York – these programs let you borrow bikes from docking stations strategically located throughout the central district. Designed with city cruising in mind, the bikes generally have rugged step-through frames with baskets or luggage racks, upright handle bars, responsive hand brakes, adjustable seats, three speeds, and the appropriate reflectors and safety lamps. read more »
Just east of downtown and a mere six minutes from Toronto’s celebrated CN Tower you’ll find another stunner: Toronto’s incredibly cool Distillery Historic District. The Distillery is where haute, hip and historic converge into one of most coveted arts, culture and entertainment destinations in all of Canada. read more »
It’s hard to top Toronto when it comes to wintertime activities. As the temperature cools down, this city of 2.5 million-plus really heats up. Not only are there a myriad of great attractions and over 7,000 places to dine throughout the city (Belgian fries or schnitzel anyone?), but according to Guinness World Records, Toronto is also home to the largest underground shopping complex, PATH, with 29 km (18 miles) of shopping arcades featuring 1,200 shops and services that will keep you busy and toasty warm as you traverse the largest, and what many view as the most metropolitan, city in all of Canada. There are also many spaces and places, many of them along the waterfront during Winterfest, offering all sorts of fun stuff to do. The following is just a few to help you get started on your winter tour of Toronto. read more »
If you live in a CityPASS town, you’ll be happy to learn that many are hailed as the top trick-or-treating cities in America. According to the real estate website Zillow, the number one city for devilish door knocking is San Francisco (which ironically has the least number of kids), followed by Boston, Honolulu, San Jose and Seattle. Los Angeles, Chicago, Washington, D.C, Portland, Ore., and Philadelphia. What do we mean by best? The rankings represent cities that will provide the most candy, with the fewest walking and safety risks. That means more full-sized Snickers bars and fewer wormy apples. But for those who feel a little bashful relegating their Halloween celebration to ringing doorbells like a spooky zealot, we offer a few mad pagan celebrations, located in CityPASS cities, for adults and families.
Perhaps your inner photographer is screaming to get out and be recognized. Or maybe you just want to share an amazing photo with other travelers just like YOU! CityPASS is hosting a photo contest right now called: CityPASS Vacation Photo Contest. Submit your best shot from your CityPASS trip. The photo with the most votes wins 2 CityPASS booklets to one of these great cities: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Hollywood, Houston, New York, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Seattle, or Toronto. CityPASS staff will also choose their favorite photo and the winner will get 2 booklets as well. read more »
One thing’s for sure: Niagara Falls hasn’t stopped flowing due to the U.S. Government shutdown; and Niagara Falls State Park is open for visitors who want to get away from all the nonstop dribble of dreary news and revel in the stunning autumn scenery. And lucky for Toronto CityPASS holders, it's a quick 80-mile/128-kilometer drive, making it an easy side trip for a day or even a weekend.
A visit to a major city often inspires wonder at the sight of the impressive skyline and the buildings it comprises. Two of the most beautiful cities in North America, New York and Toronto, boast amazing attractions that allow visitors to see each city from above the clouds: the Empire State Building and the CN Tower. Here is a look at how two of the world’s most amazing structures will grant you a view from the top of two distinctly different, albeit equally beautiful, urban settings on the North American continent.
The travel industry has come a long way in just a few short years. A little over a decade ago, travel meant hopping in the family car with a glove compartment full of maps or boarding a plane for several hours, touching down at a destination with loved ones far from home, phones, and television. The question of “Does our hotel have Wi-Fi?” likely never passed a traveler’s lips -- mostly because Wi-Fi didn’t even exist. read more »
It’s not everyday that you can spot a giant panda at the Toronto Zoo. In fact it’s been 28 years since the last time giant pandas were seen at the largest zoo in Canada—and at that time it was just for a short three-month stay. So you can just imagine the thrill when the Toronto Zoo found it would be the home away home for “Er Shun” and “Da Mao.” This pair of perky pandas arrived in Toronto from China earlier this spring as part of the official Giant Panda Cooperation Agreement, an agreement between China and Canada that will have them splitting the next decade between Toronto and Calgary. read more »