When you fly from Thunder Bay to Toronto, only Porter puts you in the heart of downtown.
It’s always best to start your trip to Toronto on a high note. If you’re not afraid of heights, go way, way up to the top of the CN Tower, the centrepiece of Toronto’s skyline. From 457 m / 1,499 ft up you can survey the city’s intricate structure and get a glimpse of all its unique characteristics.
Back down below, wander through some of the city’s most unique offerings. Travel back in time at Casa Loma, Toronto’s early 20th-century gothic revival castle. Complete with four floors, 98 rooms, an underground tunnel, and gorgeous gardens, you’ll feel like you’re in a fairytale.
If you’re up for a little learning, visit the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM for short) and the Art Gallery of Ontario, two big favourites among art and history lovers alike.
If you’re ready for some outdoor action, you’ll find it almost everywhere. “The great outdoors” takes on a different meaning in this big city. For those who enjoy fast, choose to bike, swim, or skate through some of Toronto’s trails and parks. If you prefer to slow it down, enjoy plenty of sidewalk patios or take in the view from one of Toronto’s rooftop bars.
All summer long, cultural parades showcase Toronto’s diversity while a range of weekend-long music festivals will have you dancing for days.
During the winter, chill out at Nathan Philips Square. This popular spot is a delight during the holidays when sparkling stars decorate the ice rink’s overhead arches and a giant holiday tree brightens up the entire square. Rent a pair of skates and take to the ice where you can skate around in a giant circle in the Square under the twinkling lights.
Before heading back to Thunder Bay, stock up on all kinds of goods at St. Lawrence Market. Established in 1803, this market boasts artisan goods and a wide variety of snacks to nibble on as you peruse through countless vendors. If you happen to be there on the weekend, check out the gallery, or pick out great finds at the antique market on Sundays.
With so much to do inside and out, a trip from Thunder Bay to Toronto is a great idea all year-round.
The Danforth, also known as Greektown, owes its name to its history as home to one of the largest Greek immigrant communities in the world during the 1970’s and early 1980’s. Despite its name and wide selection of Greek eateries, Greektown offers dining options from all over the world.
Restaurants, cafés and specialty boutiques line the streets and are just steps away from each other making Greektown one of Toronto’s most walkable neighbourhoods. A quick subway ride away, east of downtown, makes getting to this cosmopolitan hub easy as pie.
Grab a healthy bite and hang out in The Great Common, the courtyard of The Big Carrot. This cooperatively-owned natural food store has been a Toronto staple since the early 1980’s. The Great Common, with its open air seating and multiple eco-friendly retailers, is a favourite hangout among the locals.
With all this good food and good company, you’ll want to say ‘Opa!’ to The Danforth when you book your next trip from Thunder Bay to Toronto.
Once you’ve left your seat on your Porter flight from Thunder Bay to Toronto, grab a front row seat to the Entertainment District. Minutes away from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, this area is sure to keep you entertained for days.
Home to Toronto’s nightclub districts, its nightlife is just one of the lively parts of this neighbourhood. It’s also the centre stage for a number of performing arts, music venues, and the Toronto International Film Festival (more commonly known as TIFF).
The Entertainment District isn’t playing around when it comes to sports either. Still known to native Torontonians as the SkyDome, the Rogers Centre with its retractable domed roof and a full capacity of 65,673, is the perfect place to watch the Toronto Blue Jays under blue skies. The Rogers Centre is also home plate for mega-concerts from the world’s top artists.
For hockey fans, watch the Toronto Maple Leafs take to the ice at the ACC. Or, watch hometown heros, the Raptors shoot hoops. Either way, you’re likely to spot someone famous sitting front row or courtside.
If you’re a little thirsty and a lot of hungry, clusters of multi-ethnic restaurants and bars along King Street West tie the Entertainment District together. You never have to wander outside this neighbourhood to find yourself a table or bar. Wherever you end up for the night, Toronto’s Entertainment District is always sure to entertain.
Fly non-stop from Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Thunder Bay to Toronto flight time is 2 hours on average. The distance from Thunder Bay to Toronto is around 930 km / 580 mi.
While onboard, sit back, relax, and enjoy our free drinks and snacks.
Porter’s check-in desk is located in departures, near security checkpoint A.
Thunder Bay International Airport (YQT) is about 5 km / 3 mi from downtown Thunder Bay.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Taxis from downtown cost about $30 CAD. Car service costs about $85 CAD.
Take the Thunder Bay Transit 3 Memorial / Airport bus to the airport stop. The fare is $2.65 CAD.
Several hotels offer complimentary shuttle bus service to the airport.
Porter Airlines lands you in Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), which is just 3 km / 2 mi away from downtown Toronto.
From the base of Bathurst, you can take the 511 streetcar to Bathurst subway station or the 509 streetcar to Union subway station. You can take the subway, GO Transit, PATH or UP Express to and from Union Station. TTC fare for subways, buses, and streetcars is $3.25 CAD.
You can choose to take the pedestrian tunnel to the mainland terminal of Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, or the 90-second ferry ride that runs every 15 minutes across Toronto’s inner harbour.
Hertz is conveniently located in-terminal at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport on the lower level.
Ubers are available for pick-up and drop-off at the airport.
Taxis to downtown cost about $10 CAD. Car service is about $40 CAD.
The shuttle pick-up is just outside the mainland terminal area, under the shuttle bus sign. The pick-up and drop-off location is by the west entrance of the Royal York Hotel on York Street.
The shuttle bus offers comfortable and complimentary service between Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport and downtown, approximately every 15 minutes. Times may vary due to traffic and road conditions.
The UP Express Train connects you between Union Station, Bloor Station, Weston Station and Pearson Airport. For ticket fares and schedules, visit upexpress.com