Set a course to land in the heart of it all, with flights from Stephenville to Toronto.
With Porter’s convenient location, you can start exploring popular Toronto points of interest as soon as your plane touches down in downtown. From the history of Fort York to the height of the CN Tower, the best things to do in Toronto are just around the corner from the airport.
Toronto’s waterfront awaits just steps away from Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. With cultural attractions like the Harbourfront Centre, and natural attractions like the Toronto Music Garden, the lakeside is the perfect place to spend leisure time.
Across the harbour, the Toronto Islands are one of the city’s most well-loved green spaces. The Island’s swaths of sandy beaches and wooden boardwalks are always bustling in the summer months. Throughout the city, parklands ranging from the Scarborough Bluffs to the carefully curated Edwards Gardens provide a variety of outdoor experiences.
To see nature indoors, pay a visit to the historic Allan Gardens greenhouse. Then, make your way to another century-old Toronto institution. The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres opened their curtains in 1913 and is the world’s last surviving stacked theatre. Between this playhouse, the more modern Princess of Wales Theatre, and the city’s other venues, Toronto’s theatres always provide beautiful backdrops for the city’s performing arts.
Before you fly back to Stephenville, sneak in one last activity at Toronto's two main sporting venues. Catch the Blue Jays hit a homerun in the Rogers Centre or watch the Maple Leafs take to the ice in the ACC, then head to Porter’s lounge for some post-game snacks.
After your flight from Stephenville arrives, take a tour of the hip and historic Annex neighbourhood.
Many of the Annex’s original Victorian and Edwardian houses still stand on the neighbourhood’s tree lined streets. Infused with history, the Annex has become one of the city’s coolest neighbourhoods.
With a variety of tasty eateries, serving everything from Mexican to Japanese food (and sometimes a hybrid of the two), the Annex always has something mouthwatering on the menu. Whether you’re looking for meat-centric Canadian fare or vegan-friendly food, you’ll find a table to suit your taste in the Annex’s restaurants.
For after-dinner drinks, try one of the neighbourhood’s bars. Both the Duke of York and Madison Avenue Pub have been favourites of the Annex’s student population for over 30 years. Enjoy your beverage alongside a bevvy of patrons from the University of Toronto, in these neighbourhood staples.
When U of T’s students aren’t enjoying a brew, they’re busy looking for books in the area’s bookstores. With Book City, Bakka Phoenix, and the BMV in the neighbourhood, the Annex has stacks of reading material for your flight back to Stephenville.
After picking up a volume or two to peruse, enjoy the Annex’s art offerings. For non-fiction films, get a ticket to the Hot Docs Ted Rogers Cinema. Beginning as the Bloor Cinema in 1913, this theatre shifted its focus to documentaries in 2012. At the Royal Conservatory of Music, the city’s emerging talents, as well as more established musicians, light up the stage.
Once you’ve explored all the Annex has to offer, use the neighbourhood’s central location to reach more amazing Toronto areas. Whether you head south into University for some of the city’s best museums, or north into Casa Loma, to see Toronto’s very own castle, you’ll have plenty of places to go to next after the Annex.
Though it’s not exactly a neighbourhood, this system of ravines and forests covering almost a fifth of the city’s total area is well worth a visit. After stepping off your plane from Stephenville, take a hike through this expanse of urban wilderness.
Crothers Woods spans 52 hectares near the Don Valley River. With cycling and walking trails throughout, this scenic stretch of woodland is easily accessible. However, if you want a challenge, the steep inclines of the Redway Road provides cyclists with a path said to resemble the Tour de France’s Alps section.
By walking along the Crothers Woods Trail, you can reach the Evergreen Brick Works. Cross Bayview Avenue to reach this converted brick factory, which is now home to a café, farmers market, and art installations, with scenic gardens and ponds around the back. The bricks produced by this former factory are incorporated in some of the most famous buildings in Toronto, including the Ontario Legislature and Casa Loma.
Once you’ve had your fill of the fresh food and artisanal goods at the Evergreen Brick Works, take the Moore Park Ravine to explore more of the city’s urban forests. Running between the Evergreen Brick Works and the hundred-and-fifty-year-old Mount Pleasant Cemetery, this ravine follows the path of Mud Creek.
Although Mud Creek sounds messy, the Beltline Trail that runs alongside this river will keep your feet dry. Trains once travelled along this trail, as part of the Toronto Belt Line Railway. Now a park, the Beltline is split into three parts: the Kay Gardner Beltline Park, York Beltline Trail, and Ravine Beltline Trail, which will take you through Moore Park.
Wherever you go next, starting your trip from Stephenville with a walk through these woods and trails will put a spring in your step.
Fly from Stephenville International Airport (YJT) to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport (YTZ), with stops in Halifax and Ottawa. Stephenville to Toronto flight time is 5 hours on average. The distance from Stephenville to Toronto is around 1,660 km / 1,150 mi.
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