In one of our previous posts we’ve provided tips on how to prepare for your stay in Vancouver. And since Toronto is also a popular city for tourists and international students, we created this short Toronto city guide to get you started in this bustling city. So read on for useful information on public transportation, locations of free wifi hotspots and the best Toronto blogs to follow.
With a population of over 2.6 million, Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the capital of Ontario. Toronto is also an international centre of business, finance, arts and culture. 25 million tourists visit Toronto every year for its museums, historic sites, galleries and sports events. The climate is humid continental with warm and humid summers and cold winters.
In every city, commuting through public transportation could be a great experience. Toronto is certainly not that different. Public transportation in Toronto is handled by Toronto Transit Commission (aka TTC). TTC covers a range of commuting options, from subways, buses and streetcars. Subway trains and buses run every few minutes throughout the day and streetcars run 24 hours a day, every day. On TTC’s website you can get additional information on schedules, maps, passes, fares and bike – and – ride services.
If you have an emergency you can call 911. This applies for all emergency services (fire department, police, paramedic service and office of emergency management). When calling 911 make sure that you talk clearly, remain calm and identify the emergency service that you need (fire, police or ambulance).
How to get from the airport to city center
During your internship in Toronto you will need to know how to get around, especially how to get from the airport to the city center. Toronto Pearson International Airport is located about 22km northwest of Downtown Toronto and its the largest and busiest airport in Canada. Just like in Vancouver, you can get from the airport to the city center by Airport Taxi or Minivans, Airport Limo, Union Pearson Express (aka UP Express), TTC (public transit) or by rental cars. The fastest option would be using the UP Express. Trains leave every 15 minutes (from 5:30 am to 1 am) and it will take you about 25 minutes to get from the Pearson T1 Terminal to the Union Station located in Downtown Toronto. A one-way ticket will cost you $12 CAD. The cheapest option would be through public transit (one-way ticket is $3 CAD) and it’s most popular with airport workers and locals. Keep in mind that unlike the UP Express, there aren’t any luggage racks so this might not be an ideal option if you have a lot of baggage. The journey will take between 60 – 90 minutes. So based on these information, we would definitely recommend UP Express. It might cost more but you can get to Downtown Toronto faster, you have luggage rackets, the drivers will help you with your baggage and you have free WiFi and power ports at every seat.
Best Toronto blogs to follow for news, events and sightseeing
Some research suggest that there are 301 days of measurable sunshine in Toronto, so it’s best to make the most of it! Since Toronto is one of the biggest (and busiest) cities in Canada, there are plenty of things to do. For example, if you’re in Toronto during the summer, make sure that you don’t miss the Toronto Caribbean Carnival, also know as Caribana. The event was billed as the largest street festival in North America with over 1.3 million visitors each year, and on the final parade of the festival, the number of visitors can reach 2 million. There are about 8,000 restaurants in Toronto (yes you read that right) so there’s plenty to choose from. For more news on activities, events and guides, you can visit the Toronto Tourism Office and follow these blogs:
Free Wifi in Toronto
There’s no shortage of free wifi hotspots in Toronto. You have them on public transportation, subway stations and of course, Starbucks. The best cafes for free wifi are the ideal setting. You recharge yourself and your laptop. get top notch coffee, great snacks and plenty of power outlets. Visit Quantum Coffee on Spadina Avenue, Jimmy’s Coffee on Ossington Avenue, The Tampered Press on the corner of Crawford Street and Dundas Street West. In case you only need internet access and a power outlet, you can always go to the Toronto Public Library at City Hall.
Welcome to Toronto!
Thinking about taking an internship in Toronto? We’ve got you covered with our Student Internship Program and Charity Internship Program. Or are you looking for something that will get you out of the city and into the great Canadian wilderness? Try our Wilderness Volunteer Program!