Canada may be famous for its vast expanses of wilderness, but it's also home to extremely cosmopolitan cities. Perhaps the best example is the biggest city in Canada, and the capital of the province of Ontario - Toronto. This is a city with historic charm, modern polish, natural beauty, and a reputation as an excellent place to call home. For visitors, Toronto packs quite a punch - its diversity makes travellers feel like they've covered much more ground than just one city.
The metro area of Toronto includes several formerly independent cities, so lodging options can be quite spread out. Generally speaking, most visitors will want to concentrate their search for Toronto hotels around downtown, also commonly called Old Toronto. Although it's the city centre in terms of tourism, downtown is heavily residential and there aren't as many hotel options as you might expect. Finding accommodation that's near downtown, then, remains a good option for most people. You can find cheaper options if you look in other neighbourhoods. Just pay attention to the location so you know how far you'll be travelling each day.
For a bird's eye view of Toronto, head for the iconic CN Tower, visible from just about anywhere in the city. Back on solid ground, you can enjoy the Royal Ontario Museum (both inside and out), the city's huge zoo and a number of art galleries. Indulge yourself with some boutique shopping followed by dinner in one of Toronto's upscale restaurants, and then give in to more modest pursuits by cheering on one of the many home teams (pick your sport - ice hockey, baseball, basketball, and soccer are all represented here). You can also explore what makes Toronto so "liveable" by wandering aimlessly through its many charming neighbourhoods.
While most wouldn't consider Toronto a "beach" destination thanks to its northerly location, the city is located on Lake Ontario and does have a few popular beaches. Besides, the weather is milder than you might expect, so they can be a great place to get a little relief from Toronto's typically humid summers.