A Luxurious Journey Information to Toronto, Canada: From Receiving Your ETA to Consuming and Lingering
Are you planning a trip to Canada in the New Year? From picturesque mountain landscapes and sparkling lakes to a thriving foodie scene and vibrant culture, there is plenty to see and do for luxury lovers in this North American nation. Since travelers from the UK do not require a visa, all they need is an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). However, if you’re struggling to pick just one city for your first Canadian getaway, Toronto is the place for you.
With an impressive skyline punctuated by skyscrapers and the iconic CN Tower, it’s a city that’s bustling with life any time of the day or night, and with its trendy Queens West neighborhood, it has quickly become a luxury shopping haven This cosmopolitan metropolis has many chic boutiques and restaurants.
If you only have a short time to spend in Toronto, when it comes to sifting through all of the must-sees and dos you may be wondering where to start. To help you plan, we’ve rounded up the best of luxury for a memorable trip, from accommodation and food to your limited time in the city.
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario
Before you go: apply for your eTA
UK visitors to Canada must apply for an Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) to enter the country. This is an entry requirement for visa-free foreigners traveling to Canada by air.
An eTA is electronically linked to your passport and is valid for up to five years. You can enter several times within this period once your passport has been secured. Use this simple eTA form to apply for a Canada eTA online before you fly.
Where to sleep
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto is located in a bright blue glass tower in the elegant Yorkville neighborhood and offers a chic, contemporary style of living. Photo credit: Four Seasons
Fortunately, Toronto has no shortage of opulent five-star hotels, and from Four Seasons to the Fairmont, you can expect to find all of the high-end brands you know and trust. There is also a wide range of lavish boutique hotels to choose from if something a little different is what you want – these are our top deals.
The Four Seasons Hotel Toronto
This 55-story five-star hotel in trendy Yorkville guarantees a luxurious stay in Canada. The highlight is the spectacular Royal Suite, which is located in 2012 and is located on the 21st floor and offers a breathtaking panoramic view over the city. The suite is the ultimate choice for travelers who refuse to do things in half. It has its own fully equipped kitchen and dining room, as well as three large bedrooms and an opulent marble bathroom.
With a state-of-the-art spa and delicious cuisine from international chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud at Café Boulud, it’s the perfect base for a relaxing break in Toronto.
Shangri-La Hotel Toronto
Whether traveling for business or pleasure, the elegant Shangri-La Hotel Toronto is ideally located to explore the city. Facilities between the city’s financial and entertainment districts include an indoor heated pool, hot tub and on-site restaurant. Expect floor-to-ceiling windows that allow guests to enjoy spectacular views of the Toronto cityscape.
The rooms have a Nespresso coffee machine and a 46-inch LCD TV. This is the perfect facility to help overcome jet lag on arrival. And for a morning pick-me-up, you can enjoy a vitamin-rich breakfast in the health club’s juice bar.
Where shall we eat
If you want to enjoy some delicious food, visit Alo on Queen and Spadina. Photo credit: Alo Restaurant
If you want to enjoy some delicious food, visit Alo on Queen and Spadina. The restaurant itself is housed in a sleek and elegant building with New York charm and serves delicious, internationally inspired cuisine courtesy of Chef Patrick Kriss. Multi-course tasting menus that celebrate the best seasonal ingredients are served “blind” in the dining room and start at USD 145 per guest. Prepare for a dining experience that you will likely never forget.
Canoe restaurant and bar
With the best views in Toronto, guests at Canoe Restaurant and Bar can admire the CN Tower on one side while planes land at the city airport on the other. Everyone enjoys an adventurous and surprising menu with flavors from all over Canada. Start with Ontario Burrata with birch pickled cucumbers and move on to the tea-smoked duck breast for the main course. Served with a duck liver mousse and poached Niagara pear, it is a taste experience that you won’t want to miss.
What should I do
No trip to Canada would be complete without a trip to the CN Tower – Toronto’s most famous landmark, which stands at 1,815 feet. Photo credit: gvictoria / Bigstock.com
No trip to Canada would be complete without a trip to the CN Tower – Toronto’s most famous landmark, which stands at 1,815 feet. The observation decks are the tallest free-standing structure in the world between 1976 and 2007 and the ultimate place to enjoy unparalleled views of the city. If you thought the ones in your hotel room were good, you will be blown away. Do you fancy splashing water? Treat yourself to a glass of the finest champagne cognac at the bar. At 1,600 US dollars per glass, it’s the ultimate in luxury.
Museum of Illusions
This minimalist room is a contemporary interpretation of the classic Funground Funhouse and offers many surprises. Located on Front Street East, it feels more like an art gallery taking visual tricks to a whole new level in a clever and somehow ingenious way.
Haven’t enough of the incredible city views Toronto has to offer? National Helicopters at Niagara District Airport just got better, taking you on an impressive 25-minute flight over the city and over Niagara Falls. Thanks to a glass floor, you can enjoy an incomparable view of this great wonder of the world – the icing on the cake for any luxury trip to Toronto that could possibly become the highlight of your visit.
With so much to see and do, Toronto could be your destination for 2021, and after 2020 we’ve all had, it’s time to treat yourself to a treat. Apply for your eTA early to avoid the queues before your departure date and book these world class flights.