When you fly from Pittsburgh to Toronto with Porter, you’ll land in the heart of all the action.
Canada’s largest city is more than just a hub for business. Even if you’re visiting for work, you’ll find plenty of things to do in Toronto during your downtime. Exciting attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower, and Canada’s Wonderland will entertain leisure and business travellers alike.
To really get to know Toronto, explore the city neighbourhood by neighbourhood. From the artsy Annex to quirky Corktown, each area shows off a different side of the city. Neighbourhoods are also your best guide to the best places to eat in Toronto. The historic Distillery District and upscale Yorkville are just the start of Toronto’s restaurant offerings.
For more multicultural tastes, try some of the dozens of dumpling varieties in Chinatown. Then, take a shopping trip in nearby Kensington Market. Street stalls and independent storefronts are the main appeal of this retail area. In Queen Street West, you can join the ranks of Toronto’s best dressed before returning to Pittsburgh, with a wide array of fashion boutiques.
Just outside the Toronto Eaton Centre shopping mall, Yonge-Dundas Square hosts cultural events and concerts year round. Big-name bands light up the stage at the ACC and Rogers Centre. For a smaller theatre experience, head to the historic, hundred-year-old Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres.
Before you return to Pittsburgh, make a pit stop at one of Toronto’s green spaces. From the rugged trails of the ravine system to the greenhouse of Allan Gardens, you’ll find somewhere to stretch your legs before taking a flight home.
With galleries, gardens, and great restaurants, the Financial District is far from strictly business.
For a little bit of Pittsburgh in Toronto, head to the Hockey Hall of Fame. Some of the Pittsburgh Penguins’ most notable players are commemorated in this shrine to ice hockey. When it comes to hockey history, the puck stops with this museum
At the Design Exchange, the art of design is on display. This museum aims to showcase how design affects our everyday lives. In the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, the stage is filled with everything from opera to dance.
Public art throughout the Financial District adds a touch of whimsy to this bustling neighbourhood. Statues of cows at pasture and wandering elephants can be seen alongside towering office buildings. On a more literal note, the area’s population is represented in a piece called “Businessman Walking”, in Commerce Court.
You’ll find a multimedia mural titled “Monument to Construction Workers” in an area called Cloud Gardens. This conservatory recreates the environment of a tropical rainforest, amidst concrete skyscrapers. In the conservatory’s greenhouse, there’s always something in bloom, whatever the season.
If you get hungry while you’re in the neighbourhood, grab lunch at one of the Financial District’s restaurants. Often upscale, these restaurants make for a luxe dining experience. Canadian fare and international options fill the menus of these high-end eateries.
After you’ve had your fill of the Financial District, head to the nearby St. Lawrence Market or to the Entertainment District, for more amazing stops on your trip from Pittsburgh.
Head west to see the best of Toronto’s fashion and art, in West Queen West.
Residents of this Toronto neighbourhood are known for their fashion sense. As you walk around West Queen West, you’ll see looks that seem more suited to a runway than the sidewalk. You can outfit yourself in something similarly chic before returning to Pittsburgh, in West Queen West’s fashion boutiques.
With some of Toronto’s best shopping, this neighbourhood is fully stocked with a wide range of styles, from monochromatic and minimalist, to colourful vintage garb.
This area’s creative spirit extends well beyond clothing. Almost every surface is fair game to become a canvas in West Queen West. With street art stretching from signal boxes to alleyways, to sidewalks, you’re never more than a few steps away from another masterpiece.
The Gladstone Hotel serves as one of the area’s main artist hubs. Even if you’re staying somewhere else during your trip from Pittsburgh, you can still enjoy the arts and cultural activities hosted by this hotel. In the lounge, exhibits add colour to this over 100-year-old hotel. If you miss out on a show, take in the picturesque view of the city from the rooftop bar of the nearby Drake Hotel.
While trends come and go in West Queen West, green is always in fashion. Trinity Bellwoods Park has been a neighbourhood gathering and green space for over a century. Acting as the area’s backyard, this park hosts everything from farmers’ markets, to film screenings, to softball tournaments.
Whether you come for the concerts or the flea markets, this park makes for a pleasant afternoon retreat during a busy visit from Pittsburgh.
Fly non-stop from Pittsburgh International Airport (PIT) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ). Pittsburgh to Toronto flight time is 1 hour on average. The distance from Pittsburgh to Toronto is around 360 km / 225 mi.
Enjoy complimentary drinks and snacks along the way.