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Destination guide

Discover multicultural Toronto with private holiday lets

Welcome to Toronto, a city alive with arts, culture, music, fashion and entertainment. The metropolis is considered Canada's multicultural melting pot, with roughly 200 languages spoken within its limits and a colourful food scene to match. Wondering where to stay? Toronto is a city of neighbourhoods and finding your niche is all part of the fun. From sleek studios in Queen Street West to heritage townhouses in the Distillery District, Toronto holiday lets promise a local experience in your favourite enclave.

History

Discover urban history with Toronto holiday rentals

Back in 1981 the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre was destined for demolition. That is, until historians stepped in and gave the much-loved Edwardian theatre a multi-million-dollar makeover. Today, tours offer a behind the scenes glimpse at the intricate rose-garden frescoes, beautifully made Belgian upholstery and hand-painted botanical murals. While ultra-modern condos are a treat, holiday homes in Toronto unlock access to a host of unique properties in historic neighbourhoods, like Cabbagetown.

Things to do

Top attractions near your Toronto holiday rental

The Royal Ontario Museum has been welcoming visitors for over 100 years. It houses a whopping 6 million specimens, including dinosaur fossils, grizzly bear skeletons, First Nations totems and ancient Egyptian mummies. The Art Gallery of Ontario showcases Quebecois sculptures, Inuit carvings and Group of Seven landscapes, while kids will love family-friendly attractions like Ripley's Aquarium of Canada and the LEGOLAND Discovery Centre. With so much to see and do it's worth staying local, with Toronto holiday rentals just steps from the city's top attractions.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around Toronto

Are you hoping to find top things to see and do while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and experience everything that makes Toronto a fun place to get away to. These are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • CN Tower (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Canada's Wonderland (15.6 mi / 25 km)
  • Toronto Zoo (15.6 mi / 25.1 km)
  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Ontario Place (2 mi / 3.1 km)
  • Centreville Amusement Park (2 mi / 3.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Toronto

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in Toronto. Here are a few of the area's most stunning features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Yonge-Dundas Square (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Grange Park (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • HTO Park (0.8 mi / 1.3 km)
  • Queen's Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Toronto Music Garden (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Allan Gardens (1 mi / 1.6 km)
How to get there

Travelling to and around Toronto

Fly into Toronto, ON (YTZ-Billy Bishop Toronto City), the closest airport, located 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.), which is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Toronto Union Station, Toronto Exhibition Station and Toronto Bloor Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can get around Toronto by catching a ride on the metro at St Andrew Station, King Station or Osgoode Station.

How to get around

Getting around Toronto from your holiday rental

Toronto is powered by the TTC, a citywide network of subways, buses and streetcars. Many of Toronto's pedestrian-friendly neighbourhoods are easy to explore on foot. In summer, Toronto Island Ferries depart from Queens Quay for Ward's Island and Hanlan's Point. Flights arrive at Toronto Pearson International, with the UP Express whisking passengers downtown in just 25 minutes.

Food & drink 

Savour Toronto's multicultural food scene with holiday lets

Toronto's multicultural population means you'll find flavours from across the globe. Chinatown's hole-in-the-wall eateries serve up the best dim sum this side of Shanghai, while The Annex cradles bohemian bars and vegan cafes. In the Distillery District, Victorian-era warehouses house a mix of artisan cafes, craft cocktail bars and farm-to-table bistros. Alternatively, take advantage of your holiday rentals kitchen and head to historic Saint Lawrence Market, where specialty stalls sell organic produce, artisan cheese, handmade pasta and other gourmet ingredients.

Essential info

Essential info for your Toronto holiday rentals stay

  • Stock up on Canadian dollars at local ATMs
  • Tipping is customary in Canada: 15% is considered standard
  • If you're visiting in winter, pack serious gear, as Toronto temperatures can be bitterly cold
  • For panoramic views over the city, ride the glass elevator to the CN Tower observation deck
  • Parking in the city can be a headache, so why not stay local with Toronto holiday rentals just steps from the city's top sights and attractions?

How many holiday rentals are available around Toronto?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 1,921 holiday lettings around Toronto. From 667 houses to 1,089 flats & apartments, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Toronto?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Toronto. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Downtown: 1,544 holiday homes
  • Trinity - Bellwoods: 366 holiday homes
  • The Beach: 53 holiday homes
  • Entertainment District: 913 holiday homes
  • North York: 2,035 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Toronto! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Toronto?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Toronto with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Brampton: 2,326 holiday lettings
  • Mississauga: 2,269 holiday lettings
  • Oshawa: 43 holiday lettings
  • Newmarket: 39 holiday lettings
  • Ajax: 60 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Toronto?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Toronto are:

  • City Centre Airport (YTZ): 2,406 self catering accommodations
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): 2,438 self catering accommodations
  • Buttonville Municipal Airport (YKZ): 2,314 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Toronto?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Toronto. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Toronto Union Station: 2,401 holiday rentals
  • Toronto Eaton Centre: 2,398 holiday rentals
  • Donlands Station: 2,366 holiday rentals
  • North York City Centre: 2,423 holiday rentals
  • John Booth Memorial Arena: 2,487 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Toronto listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

Explore destinations around Toronto

Brampton
2,326 holiday rentals
Mississauga
2,269 holiday rentals
Oshawa
43 holiday rentals
Newmarket
39 holiday rentals
Ajax
60 holiday rentals
Vaughan
2,369 holiday rentals
Milton
235 holiday rentals
Hamilton
151 holiday rentals
Burlington
92 holiday rentals
Whitby
48 holiday rentals
Markham
446 holiday rentals
Caledon
135 holiday rentals
Wilson
36 holiday rentals
Clarington
56 holiday rentals
Oakville
703 holiday rentals
Pickering
132 holiday rentals
Richmond Hill
2,209 holiday rentals
Aurora
71 holiday rentals
Bradford West Gwillimbury
76 holiday rentals
Halton Hills
217 holiday rentals