When you fly to Toronto, only Porter lands you in the heart of all the action. This top tourist destination is famous for its diversity, arts, culture, international dining and a mixture of historical and modern architecture.
The modern façade of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) gives way to halls and galleries filled with historical artifacts and art throughout the centuries. The ROM houses a wide variety of art and natural history collections as well as world-touring temporary collections.
Kids will love the replica indoor bat cave, diggable dinosaur fossils and other hands-on history exhibits. The ROM’s paintings and decorative arts from Asia, Europe, and the Americas entice art lovers of all ages.
Just a short ride north of downtown Toronto, you’ll feel like royalty roaming the halls, courtyard, and gardens of Casa Loma. This early 20th-century castle is a kingdom within itself with 98 rooms, decorated suites, and underground tunnels. Casa Loma also acts as an event space with starlit summer Toronto Concert Orchestra performances in the castle’s Glass Pavilion.
Another essential landmark takes you even closer to the stars. On a clear day from the lookouts at Toronto’s iconic CN Tower, you can see all the way to Niagara Falls. The view isn’t the only thing that will keep you entertained. The CN Tower also includes the revolving 360 Restaurant. Enjoy seasonal fine dining and an award-winning wine selection from 1,151feet above the city.
Make sure you don’t spend your entire stay indoors. Torontonians know how to do summer, and the city heats up with countless cultural festivals, food festivals, and a steadily growing collection of weekend-long music festivals covering every genre.
For great weekend getaways, Toronto’s best blue flag beaches are just a short ferry ride away. Soak up some sun at The Toronto Islands with 5 km of bike paths, an amusement park, tons of swimming spots, and picnic areas all across the islands. It’s an easy day trip and a perfect place for spotting incredible views of the skyline.
That world famous Canadian friendliness keeps the city warm in the winter months. There’s no shortage of things to do and see, whatever the weather. Embrace the holiday spirit at the Distillery District’s holiday market. This annual outdoor market has everything from sweet treats and artisan goods to handmade crafts all against a backdrop of perfectly preserved Victorian industrial architecture.
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West end grit, contemporary art galleries, and a growing landscape of interesting eateries and unique bars are the focal points of Parkdale. This neighbourhood has a vibrant, diverse, and laid back nightlife.
Gourmet restaurants offering international cuisine come alive and transform into music venues and lively basement parties. All along this strip of Queen Street West, you’ll find stripped down venues for showing off your best moves and hanging with the locals.
Parkdale is full of new, trendy, and buzz-worthy bars as well as longstanding ones beloved by the locals. Raise your glass to a vast selection of locally brewed, craft or imported beers along the way.
During regular business hours, visit vintage clothing shops, cozy cafés, tattoo shops, and more.
Just a short trip southwest is where locals love to stroll along the boardwalk at Sunnyside Beach. Take a dip in the Sunnyside Gus Ryder Outdoor Pool, have a shaded picnic right on the lakefront, or enjoy views from the Sunnyside Pavilion café.
Cozy nooks and hipster hangouts keep this neighbourhood’s inhabitants happy. For visitors, getting around Parkdale is easy. All of the shops, cafés, restaurants, and bars are easily accessible by foot. You might even start to feel like a real Torontonian mastering the streetcar routes on Queen Street West.
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Toronto’s Distillery District is home to the largest and best-preserved Victorian industrial architecture in North America. Centred on the Gooderham and Worts Distillery (established in 1832), which was the largest distillery in the world in its prime, the area expanded to include venues for arts, culture, food, and entertainment in the early 2000s.
Today, this pedestrian-only district is a prime spot for some of the city’s best patios. Whether you’re in search of a romantic dinner or a fun night out with friends, the Distillery District delivers. International cuisine, chocolate makers, wine bars, oyster bars, brewpubs, and speciality coffee shops are scattered throughout the area.
With Victorian buildings, cobblestone streets, and contemporary sculptures spread throughout the area, the Distillery District remains a perfect example of Toronto’s balance of both historical and modern. This district is packed with tons of performing arts theatres, art retailers, and galleries.
Case Goods Warehouse is a must-visit space and essential to the preservation of the area’s beautiful architecture. It’s part of a not-for-profit organization, the Artscape Project, which works to restore and protect historical sites around Toronto. Case Goods Warehouse highlights the importance of these historical buildings by using them as art spaces which encourage visitors to explore and interact with the spaces.
For an even more adventurous way to explore this area, try a lantern-lit haunted walk through the district. With its long history, The Distillery District is said to be one of Toronto’s most haunted neighbourhoods.
The annual holiday market transforms this already gorgeous historical district into a winter wonderland. Bright lights hang over patios and cobblestone sidewalks while a towering evergreen tree illuminates the centre square. The whole family will love the holiday market’s sweet and toasty treats, handmade goods, and horse-drawn carriages.
Porter’s check-in desk is located on the second floor, in the departures area.
Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ) is about 3 km / 2 mi from downtown Toronto.
Taxis from downtown cost about $10 CAD. Car service is about $40 CAD.
Please allow sufficient time to drop off your car rental before your departing flight.
Ubers are available for pick-up and drop-off at the airport.
The shuttle pick-up and drop-off location downtown is by the west entrance of the Royal York Hotel on York Street.
The shuttle bus offers comfortable and complimentary service between downtown and Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, approximately every 15 minutes. Times may vary due to traffic and road conditions.
You can choose to take the pedestrian tunnel to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport or the 90-second ferry ride that runs every 15 minutes across Toronto’s inner harbour.
All roads and rails lead to Porter. Located at the base of Bathurst Street, Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport is easily accessible by streetcar (the 511 streetcar via Bathurst subway station and the 509 streetcar via Union Station). You can take the subway, GO Transit, PATH or UP Express to and from Union Station and then hop on the free shuttle bus service to get you to Porter as well.
The UP Express Train connects you between Union Station, Bloor Station, Weston Station and Pearson Airport. For ticket fares and schedules, visit upexpress.com