Toronto is a vibrant and colourful city and one that can easily be combined as a twin centre with many cities in Canada and North America. Take in the views from the sky-high CN Tower, or take a ferry across to the Toronto Islands for a picnic in the park. One must on a visit to Toronto is a trip to Niagara Falls. Marvel at the thundering white water as you take a cruise on the Maid of the Mist or take a tour behind the curtain of water. On the way back to Toronto stop at Niagara-on-the-lake for something a little bit special and dont forget to visit the local wineries.
The city's greatest natural asset is the Waterfront, so head towards attractions such as the Harbourfront Centre, next to Queens Quay, with its outdoor performance spaces. If you're accompanied by children, keep going west for Ontario Place, where the rides and attractions will involve getting at least a little wet. It may not have all the bells and whistles of Canada's Wonderland, but it's much more easy to reach and in the heart of the city.
Just about everyone can ice-skate in Canada, don't let that put you off having a few tumbles at Toronto's 50 or so outdoor rinks – the two most popular ones are at the Harbourfront Centre and Nathan Phillips Square.
This is a shopping city, and it's the heavyweights that attract the numbers. Holt Renfrew, in exclusive shopping district Yorkville, is Toronto's show-off department store, where visiting celebrities have their own private shopping suites. Toronto Eaton Centre has hundreds of shops full of bargain-hungry Americans spending their dollars. The rather more scrubbed up Yorkdale – the first mall in North America – has a humbler Holt Renfrew inside.