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Toronto tours and excursions

Toronto tours

Bus tours

Grayline Tours runs hop-on, hop-off tours of the city centre in open-topped double-decker buses. A full circuit lasts two hours and includes a complimentary boat tour of the Toronto Harbour and islands. The best places for passengers to hop on board are 123 Front Street West (corner of University Avenue) and the corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street. Book at least 48 hours in advance.

Tel: +1 800 594 3310.
Website: http://www.grayline.com

Wine tours

With four major established wine regions and a plethora of emerging areas, Ontario is making a name for itself on the world plonk scene. Most vineyards offer summer tasting experiences and tours, but Niagara Vintage Wine Tours runs trips around the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Escarpment areas. Choose between a half-day with cheese and charcuterie platter, an evening dinner tour or a tailored private tour.

Tel: +1 866 628 5428.
Website: http://www.niagaravintagewinetours.com

Toronto excursions

Algonquin Provincial Park

For many visitors, Algonquin Provincial Park captures the archetypal Canadian boreal landscape: shimmering blue lakes, towering pines and granite rock faces carved by the retreating glaciers. The park was established in 1893, in a rugged, region of southern Ontario some 300km (186 miles) north of Toronto, and quickly became popular with canoeists and outdoor enthusiasts.

Tel: +1 705 633 5572.
Website: http://www.algonquinpark.on.ca

Niagara Falls

World-renowned Niagara Falls has attracted visitors since the first human inhabitants set eyes upon it. Although Niagara is not the highest waterfall in the world, it carries a staggering 168,000 cubic metres (219,600 cubic yards) of water per minute over a drop of 51m (167ft). Niagara Falls is located 130km (81 miles) west of Toronto.

Tel: +1 800 563 2557.
Website: http://www.niagarafallstourism.com

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Hazelton Hotel

Since opening in 2007, the Hazelton in the ritzy Yorkville district has drawn a steady stream of actors and hipsters, many attracted by its proximity to luxury boutiques and Toronto International Film Festival events. Amenities include a lap pool, fitness centre, spa, private screening room and 24-hour room service.

The Westin Harbour Castle

This is a mammoth 38-storey, twin-towered hotel with 977 rooms that looks straight out onto Lake Ontario. As well as boasting spectacular views, the Harbour Castle features 70,000 square foot of meeting space, tennis courts, an indoor pool, whirlpool and giant windows throughout. The rooms are exceptionally comfortable and well equipped.

Fairmont Royal York Hotel

The tallest building in the British Empire when it opened in 1929, the massive Royal York even now is a prominent feature of Toronto's Lake Ontario skyline. Amenities include a business centre, indoor lap pool, 24-hour fitness centre, spa and children's wading pool.

The Strathcona

A popular budget hotel, The Strathcona is located directly across from the city's main railway hub, Union Station. Aiming itself at the budget business traveller, it provides corporate rooms with Wi-Fi access and has a full service meeting room and 24-hour business centre. All rooms are en suite.

The Gladstone Hotel

Built in 1889, The Gladstone is the oldest continuously operating hotel in Toronto and is now one of the city's most exciting, with artist-designed rooms and exhibition spaces. Guests have instant access to the Toronto art scene - either by going outside to enjoy the city's art and design neighbourhood, or simply by enjoying the paintings in their rooms.

Eaton Chelsea

Canada's largest hotel, the glass-clad, sky-high Eaton Chelsea tries to cater for everybody within its 1,590 guest rooms. For families, there are Nintendo games, a bottomless cookie jar and kids' discounts in the restaurants. While for business travellers, there is a dedicated floor of rooms equipped with cordless speaker telephones, faxes, well-stocked desks and back-friendly chairs.