When you fly from North Bay to Toronto with Porter, you land in the heart of all the action.
After your flight from North Bay lands at Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, take advantage of Porter’s convenient downtown location to explore nearby attractions. With popular Toronto points of interest like the CN Tower, ACC, and Rogers Centre only minutes away, Porter gets you closer to the best things to do in Toronto.
Get to know Toronto better with a tour of its varied neighbourhoods. From the Victorian vibe of the Distillery District, to the upscale attractions of Yorkville, Toronto’s character changes in every area of the city.
The city’s neighbourhoods are also your best guide for finding the best places to eat in Toronto. From the refined dining of the Financial District, to the cozy Polish classics of Roncesvalles, and the Mexican-centric menus of the Annex, Toronto has something to suit every palate.
After a lunch of dumplings and dim sum in Toronto’s Chinatown, venture off the eaten path with a visit to the nearby Kensington Market. Everything old is new again in the vintage stores of this renowned Toronto shopping area. See what else the city has in store in the eclectic shops of Queen Street West. Bring a bit of Toronto street style back to North Bay with a trip to this boutique neighbourhood.
The city’s style offerings continue in its museums, including the Textile Museum of Canada and Bata Shoe Museum where wearable goods are in the spotlight. With plenty of educational attractions throughout the city, from the Royal Ontario Museum to the Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto has more museums than you’ll be able to see on any one trip from North Bay. But with Porter’s convenient flights, you can easily come back to explore more of Toronto.
The Toronto Islands will be within sight, as your plane from North Bay approaches Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. This haven in the Toronto Harbour is only a short ferry ride away from the mainland, making this urban oasis easily accessible.
Three interconnected islands make up the Toronto Islands. Bridges, paths, and boardwalks connect Ward’s, Algonquin, and Centre Island together, so you can stroll between the three to see all this island escape has to offer.
Although the islands are easily walkable, the best way to see them is from the water. Take a tour of the islands’ beaches, which include Centre Island Beach, Ward’s Island Beach, and Hanlan’s Point Beach.
While you’ll need to pack your swimsuit for the first two beaches, you can go au naturel on the clothing optional Hanlan’s Point Beach. One of only two clothing optional beaches in the country, Hanlan’s Point is your chance to get the skinny on skinny dipping in Lake Ontario.
Spot another one of the Toronto Islands’ points of interest at Gibraltar Point, with the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Dating back to 1808, this historic lighthouse is reportedly haunted. As the story goes, in 1815, its first lighthouse keeper died under mysterious circumstances, leaving behind a ghostly legend in this picturesque building.
Stay by the water, with a walk along the numerous boardwalks and piers that line the islands. Away from the sandy shores, the Toronto Islands are predominantly parkland. From the wooded area around the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse, to Toronto Island Park, green space covers a good deal of the islands.
While you’re away from the mainland, take advantage of the Toronto Islands’ other activities. At Centreville Theme Park, you can enjoy the ups and downs of the amusement rides in this whimsical attraction. Head to Far Enough Farm for a real change of pace from Toronto’s big city bustle. This farm features familiar farmyard animals and exotic birds, in a serene setting.
See a whole other side to the city on your trip from North Bay, with a visit to these idyllic islands.
With great restaurants, gardens, and galleries, the Financial District is stocked with things to do during your visit from North Bay.
The Financial District’s restaurants cater to the professional crowd of the neighbourhood. With upscale offerings, ranging from experimental international dishes to classic Canadian fare, the menus of theses high-end eateries are deliciously decadent.
After a luxe lunch, take a stroll through Cloud Gardens. In the midst of towering skyscrapers, this conservatory recreates a tropical rainforest. Exotic plants hang from the walls, adding a little wilderness to downtown Toronto.
Outside of this indoor oasis, the multimedia mural “Monument to Construction Workers” is one of many public art pieces scattered throughout the Financial District. From wandering elephants, to pasturing cows, these pieces add a touch of fun to this business-oriented neighbourhood. The area’s residents become the subject of the area’s art in Commerce Court’s “Businessman Walking” statue.
The Financial District’s cultural institutions add even more colour to the neighbourhood. The Design Exchange celebrates the applied arts, putting objects like kettles and chairs in the spotlight. On the stage of the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, dance, opera, and music light up the stage.
If you’re looking for great museums in the Financial District, the puck stops with the Hockey Hall of Fame. In this shrine to ice hockey, the history of Canada’s favourite sport is on display.
After a bustling afternoon in the Financial District, head to the nearby Entertainment District or St. Lawrence Market, to see more of Toronto on your trip from North Bay.
Fly non-stop from North Bay Jack Garland Airport (YYB) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). North Bay to Toronto flight time is 1 hour on average. The distance from North Bay to Toronto is around 305 km / 190 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.
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.
Ubers are available for pick-up and drop-off at the airport.
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.
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