When you fly from Windsor to Toronto with Porter, your plane lands just minutes from downtown.
As you fly into Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, you’ll pass the Rogers Centre, CN Tower, and dozens of towering buildings that make up the downtown core. A bustling business centre, experimental art galleries, a thriving culinary scene, and plenty of parkland add to the countless cool things to do in Toronto.
While new skyscrapers dominate the skyline, Toronto’s history shines at ground level. From the winding streets of Corktown, to the restored buildings of the Distillery District, the past is packed into Toronto’s older neighbourhoods.
Next door to the historic Grange House, stands the modern structure of the Art Gallery of Ontario. This Frank Gehry designed art gallery holds over 80,000 pieces, from the first century, through to the present day. Whether you’re up for a little or a lot of learning, a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum will give you your fill. Between these two collections, you’ll get a taste of Toronto’s extensive educational offerings.
The city’s parks are the perfect place to get some fresh air after a museum marathon. Between the refined designs of High Park and the challenging trails of the ravine system, Toronto’s parks have paths to suit casual strollers and hardcore hikers alike.
While the waterfront near Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport offers scenic city walking, Toronto’s shoreline really shines at the city’s beaches. Get some sand between your toes on Sugar Beach, or set off for the Toronto Islands to get closer at Lake Ontario.
If you’re in town from Windsor when the lake is frozen over, Toronto still has fun to offer. Lace up your skates at Nathan Phillips Square, or warm up in the evergreen Allan Gardens greenhouse, to see Toronto’s all-season appeal. Whenever you visit, Toronto’s points of interest are sure to impress.
See one of Toronto’s coolest neighbourhoods while you’re in town from Windsor, with a visit to West Queen West.
One of the first things you’ll notice in this neighbourhood is its fashionably dressed inhabitants. Unsurprisingly, this chic area is known for its shopping. With some of Toronto’s most stylish clothing stocked in its fashion boutiques, you can join the ranks of West Queen West’s best dressed while you’re visiting from Windsor.
Outside of the shops, West Queen West’s artists decorate the streets. Street art adds colour on almost every available surface in this neighbourhood. Paintings stretch down alleyways and onto traffic signal boxes in this artistically inspired area.
One of the area’s main artist hubs is the Gladstone Hotel. Even if you aren’t staying the night, you can enjoy hours of cultural activities in this hotel’s lounge. Built in 1889, the Gladstone has only gotten better with age and offers a handsome space for exhibitions. After admiring the art of the Gladstone, stop by the Drake Hotel’s all-season rooftop bar for a round of drinks.
Green is always in fashion in West Queen West, in Trinity Bellwoods Park. This century old green space acts as the neighbourhood’s backyard and meeting place, hosting everything from softball tournaments, to film screenings, to farmers’ markets. Whether you come for the flea markets, or the concerts, you’ll want to spend a few hours unwinding here while you’re away from Windsor.
While you’re visiting from Windsor, take the time to step outside the downtown core and explore the low-key, low-profile side of Toronto, in Corktown.
In the old Toronto neighbourhood of Corktown, the grid system that governs most of the city gives way to dead-end streets, narrow laneways, and concrete overpasses. The structure of this neighbourhood began to take shape during the 1800’s, when Irish immigrants started to settle in Corktown. The origin of this neighbourhood supposedly comes from these settlers, who hailed from County Cork, Ireland.
This now diverse neighbourhood documents its past on the pillars of the Corktown Underpass. Along this section of the Adelaide Street Underpass, the Frozen Moment Gallery displays the story of Corktown, from First Nations peoples, to Irish Settles, to present day locals. This permanent street art presentation is part art, part history, following Corktown from past, to present to ongoing urban developments.
In the Corktown Common, industrial land has been transformed into an innovative park. An oasis of hilly greenery, meandering trails, and lush marshland acts as a habitat for the area’s ducks, birds, and frogs. This eco-friendly ecosystem also prevents flooding, while sterilizing and recycling the stormwater. The park’s fountains and picnic tables offer an inviting escape from Toronto’s hustle and bustle during your trip from Windsor.
On the streets of Corktown, local fashion boutiques, quirky pop-up shops, and an apothecary or two make for a unique shopping experience. Alongside these stores, you’ll find trendy restaurants and cool cafés to keep you fueled as you explore the off-the-grid charm of Corktown.
Fly non-stop from Windsor International Airport (YQG) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Windsor to Toronto flight time is 1 hour on average. The distance from Windsor to Toronto is around 330 km / 205 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.