Land minutes from away from downtown, when you fly from Sudbury to Toronto with Porter.
After you arrive at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, it’s just a short trip to Toronto’s bustling business centre. Both business and leisure travellers are sure to find plenty of fun things to do in Toronto. Whether you have a few minutes between meetings, or a whole weekend to spend in the city, Toronto’s points of interest can point you in the right direction.
With big name brands and boutiques equally available throughout the city, Toronto’s shopping is its own attraction. The high-end stores of Yorkville and the independent storefronts of Queen Street West and Kensington Market are fully stocked with unique wares.
While you’re in Kensington Market, keep an eye out for where the neighbourhood turns into Toronto’s Chinatown. This adjacent area carries an almost unimaginable variety of Chinese food, from braised abalone, to Zhangcha, or tea-smoked, duck. With St. Lawrence Market and the Distillery District both dedicated to food and drink, you can explore Toronto as you eat.
Get your greenery from Toronto’s outdoors. From the cliffside views of the Scarborough Bluffs, to the trees of High Park, you’ll want to spend hours wandering through Toronto’s park systems. If the weather isn’t in your favour, enjoy the all-season appeal of the Allan Gardens greenhouse. It’s always summer in this century old botanical garden.
You won’t find any plants in the Gardiner Museum, but what you will find is a vast collection of earthenware and stoneware in this specialty pottery museum. After kilning time in the Gardiner, you can explore more general interests at the Royal Ontario Museum, or go into museum overtime at the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Wherever your trip from Sudbury to Toronto takes you, Porter’s convenient downtown location is the perfect start.
As you fly into Toronto from Sudbury, you’ll likely notice the towering condos and office buildings dominating the skyline. But once you get away from downtown, a more low-key side to the city emerges, excellent for exploring on foot.
In this old Toronto neighbourhood of Corktown, the grid falls away to make way for concrete overpasses, dead-end streets, and narrow laneways. This neighbourhood’s structure arose in the 1800s, when Corktown was settled by an influx of Irish immigrants from County Cork, reportedly giving the neighbourhood its name.
Today, you can read the history of this now diverse neighbourhood along the Corktown Underpass. The paintings, making up the Frozen Moments series, are part of a permanent street art gallery, depicting the past, present, and future of Corktown, along four pillars of the Adelaide Street underpass. Following Corktown’s history from First Nations people to the Irish settlers, and into recent urban developments, these murals are part art, part history.
The Corktown Common is a reinvention of remediated industrial land. This oasis of lush marshland, meandering trails, and hilly greenery also acts as an eco-friendly flood prevention system. Recycling and sterilizing stormwater for the park’s use, the area’s ecosystem provides an improved home for the area’s frogs, ducks, and birds. Sit beside a water fountain, or settle in for a picnic to unwind during your trip from Sudbury.
Corktown’s quirky shopping scene is full of pop-up shops, local fashion goods, and the occasional apothecary. These unique shopping offerings are balanced with a wealth of cafés and new restaurants to keep you full as you fill up your shopping bags in this off the grid neighbourhood.
With a quick streetcar ride from Toronto’s downtown core, you can experience the small town feel of Roncesvalles Village on your visit from Sudbury.
Toronto’s tastiest places to eat reside in Roncesvalles. Featuring everything from artisanal ice cream to Polish Paczki doughnuts, Roncesvalles restaurants are sure to please your palate. Refined and retro fare are combined in equal proportions, creating a uniquely delicious neighbourhood.
If all this food has you thirsty, settle in for a pint (or experimental cocktail) in one of Roncesvalles bars. Live music adds ambience to many of these establishments, with the sounds of jazz playing throughout Roncesvalles.
As you wander through Roncesvalles, the area’s parks all beckon with expansive green spaces and historical buildings. Hang out in the neighbourhood’s backyard, High Park, to enjoy 400 acres of easygoing Roncesvalles activities.
From the animals at the High Park Zoo, to the entertainment of the outdoor amphitheatre, there’s always something exciting happening in High Park. See a slice of Old Toronto in the Colborne Lodge, built by High Park’s founders. This historic 1837 house was once home to John Howard and Jemima Meikle, with many of Howard’s watercolours still decorating its walls.
Before leaving the area make sure to explore Roncesvalles’ retail offerings. Locally made accessories and clothing are a Roncesvalles specialty, so you can outfit yourself for the rest of your Toronto trip and your return to Sudbury.
Fly non-stop from Greater Sudbury Airport (YSB) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Sudbury to Toronto flight time is 1 hour on average. The distance from Sudbury to Toronto is around 350 km / 220 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.