What to do in Toronto over the Labour Day weekend?
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)
The famous Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) will be open when you are in Toronto!
This huge urban fair is known for its rides, wacky food, various shows, dog show and games.
Their food offering has always been crazy. There has been rainbow grilled cheese, pickle lemonade, cotton candy fried Oreos and the famous fried Mars bar in recent years.
This year, will you have the courage to try the:
- soft ice cream with ketchup (served with a French fry)
- or soft ice cream with mustard (served with a pretzel)?
Canadian International Air Show
At the same time as the CNE and almost at the same place, the Canadian International Air Show takes place. It consists of aerial shows and aerial acrobatics of parachutists.
In Vaughan, north of Toronto, Canada’s Wonderland offers 70 rides. If the weather is warm, you can enjoy their water park.
Tip: For discounts on tickets to Canada’s Wonderland, visit the AAC website. Or you can buy them here with your AIR MILES Dream Miles.
Toronto Dragon Festival
At Nathan Phillips Square, the Toronto Dragon Festival offers free dragon dance performances, street food and Chinese arts demonstrations.
What to do in Toronto - Main attractions
The CN Tower always attracts many visitors. The view of the city and Lake Ontario is impressive. Try walking fearlessly on the glass floor and looking down at the ground, 114 floors below!
Ripley's Aquarium of Canada
After visiting the CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is right next door.
With or without children, the experience is spectacular. One of the highlights is the passage through the underwater tunnel Dangerous Lagoon, when sharks and sawfish swim overhead.
The Toronto Islands
On the Toronto Islands, just minutes south of downtown, you can get away from the pace of the city. A ferry takes us there in 15 minutes, from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
Toronto Island Park is famous for its view of downtown. Then, the Centreville Amusement Park will keep you entertained for a few hours with its rides.
In the southern part of the islands, near Centre Island Beach, rent a bike to explore the islands. To the east, take the opportunity to visit the 262 charming homes hidden in Algonquin and Ward’s Islands.
Field hockey Hall of Fame
To get in the mood for the upcoming field hockey season, plan your visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame. The Stanley Cup is waiting for you to take a picture with it.
Ontario Science Centre
Northeast of the city, the Ontario Science Centre is an interactive museum of science, society and technology.
A little further east is the Toronto Zoo. See more than 5,000 animals from Africa, the Americas, Eurasia, Indo-Malaya and Australia.
Tip: AIR MILES Dream Miles can be used here too, to get free admission to the Toronto Zoo.
The Casa Loma castle was built in the middle of the city and is fascinating for architecture lovers. You can visit the main building, as well as the stables and gardens.
Book with Viator
Here are some examples of activities in and around Toronto to book with Viator:
How to get there
Located on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city of Toronto is about a 6-hour drive from Montreal.
By plane, the duration of the flight is about 1h20 from Montreal, without stopover.
If you have Friday off, you can go for 9,900 Aeroplan points + $89 . The flight is from Montreal to Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ), the closest airport to downtown. Paying for such a flight in cash costs $314.
A Saturday morning flight from Montreal to Toronto (YYZ) and return from Billy Bishop Airport (YTZ) costs 24,600 Aeroplan points and $89.
From Quebec City
Frequent, non-stop flights of 1.5 hours duration avoid an 8-hour drive from Quebec City (YQB).
For 17,000 Aeroplan points and $90,a flight from Quebec City to Toronto (YYZ) will get you to the Queen City faster. The dollar equivalent is $704.
Best Aeroplan credit card offers
Here are the best Aeroplan credit card offers available today:
Where to sleep in Toronto
For a visit with activities mainly located downtown such as the CNE, the CN Tower and the Toronto Islands, there are interesting Marriott hotels:
But if you prefer the north or east side of the city of Toronto with visits to Canada’s Wonderland or the Toronto Zoo, there are affordable hotels in Vaughan and Markham.
For example, SpringHill Suites Toronto Vaughan and Residence Inn Toronto Vaughan allow you to use your free night certificate in combination with 5,000 points.
In Markham, the TownePlace Suites Toronto Northeast/Markham still has availability to use the free night certificate on the same basis.
All these hotels offer free breakfast to all.
Best credit cards for hotels
Here are the best credit cards to earn points redeemable for free hotel nights:
Ulysse has two guidebooks covering Toronto and its region:
There are ways to reduce the bill on this Toronto getaway. Don’t hesitate to use your Aeroplan or Marriott Bonvoy points, your AIR MILES Reward Miles and your travel points to reduce the cost!
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