Destination guide

Experience Toronto from vacation home rentals

A patchwork of multicultural neighborhoods with a vibrant downtown core, Toronto has big city diversity and small town bonhomie. More than 140 languages are spoken here, and it's estimated that over half of Toronto's residents were born outside Canada. That means you can step out of your Toronto vacation rental and stumble onto something interesting any day of the week. During chilly winters, bundle up or head indoors to enjoy diverse dining options, theater, and movies. When the summer sun shines, relax on the area's many beaches, drink at patio bars, and stroll through botanical gardens.

Things to do

Places to visit near Toronto vacation homes

They don't call it "the city within a park" for nothing. Edwards Gardens and the Toronto Botanical Gardens are right next to each other and provide acres of colorful scenery, plus programs for the little ones. Speaking of kids, the Royal Ontario Museum is a paradise for curious children and adults. The permanent collection features 6 million artifacts of natural history and world culture, from dinosaur bones to Egyptian mummies. Afterwards, you can trade in the ancient for the modern at CN Tower, a feat of 1970s engineering that offers glass-elevator rides up to breathtaking views.

Activities

Activities near Toronto vacation rentals

Walking tours are a great way to have fun in Toronto, whether you're guided by a local expert or your nose. Toronto has some of best authentic multicultural cuisine on the planet, and there's a farmer's market somewhere almost every day. The Distillery District is a pedestrian-only village that offers fine dining, art galleries, and music festivals. Theater festivals are held throughout the year, too. If you want to get away from it all, never fear. Toronto's beaches are as diverse as its population, with quaint boardwalks and picnic areas, or scenic hiking trails and prime kiteboarding spots.

Weather

Climate for your stay in Toronto vacation homes

Summer in Toronto is warm, with highs in the 80s and the kind of humidity that makes you want to carry a mini-electric fan. Outdoor markets and festivals make this sunny season the most popular for vacationers. If you're looking to save on your Toronto vacation rental, take the advice of residents who wax poetic about spring and fall. With highs in the 70s and cool evenings, spring is an ideal time to enjoy the outdoors. In September and October, movie lovers can revel at the Toronto International Film Festival before the winter chill sets in.

Natural features

A jumping off point for a wilderness exploration

Toronto is more than just an urban landscape. You can find flora and fauna within city limits, or use your Toronto vacation rental as a starting point for exploring southern Ontario. The Kawartha Lakes region is an hour away and has some of the region's best fishing spots. The Muskoka area offers rolling hills, forests, and Georgian Bay, with its rocky inlets, wooded shores, and snowy ski slopes. For majestic views right in the city itself, head to Scarborough Park and its grassy meadow set high on the bluffs.

How to get there

Traveling to and around Toronto

Fly into Toronto, ON (YTZ-Billy Bishop Toronto City), the closest airport, located 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could book a flight to Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.), which is 11.7 mi (18.8 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, Toronto Union Station, Toronto Exhibition Station and Toronto Bloor Station are the main stations that serve the city. You can get around Toronto by catching a ride on the metro at St Andrew Station, King Station or Osgoode Station.

Family friendly

Family fun near Toronto vacation rentals

Kids will love the fun-filled attractions in Toronto. Vacation homes are available near places like High Park, a sprawling park with hiking trails, a zoo, ball fields, and a children’s playground, and the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada, an expansive aquarium with a variety of species and habitats on display. You could also visit Toronto Zoo, an immense zoo with a large botanical garden and outdoor pavilions housing global wildlife.

Good for couples

Romantic attractions near Toronto vacation homes

Toronto boasts many romantic spots to explore on a couple’s trip. Vacation rentals are available near places like Casa Loma, a stately castle with guided tours and vibrant gardens, and the Toronto Islands, a set of islands with sandy beaches and recreational activities. You could also visit the Art Gallery of Ontario, a large gallery with a Canadian and European masterworks collection.

Can I find a vacation rental around Toronto?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 2,185 vacation rentals near Toronto. From 1,211 Condos/Apartments to 841 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Toronto for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Toronto?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Toronto. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Downtown: 1,244 vacation rentals
  • Entertainment District: 666 vacation rentals
  • North York: 1,730 vacation rentals
  • Scarborough: 1,354 vacation rentals
  • The Beach: 50 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Toronto! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Toronto?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Toronto:

  • Mississauga: 1,897 rentals
  • Brampton: 2,002 rentals
  • Hamilton: 134 rentals
  • Oakville: 615 rentals
  • Burlington: 74 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Toronto?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Toronto are:

  • City Centre Airport (YTZ): 2,045 vacation rentals
  • Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ): 2,051 vacation rentals
  • Oshawa Airport (YOO): 72 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Toronto?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Toronto. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Toronto Eaton Centre: 2,069 rentals
  • Downsview Park: 2,081 rentals
  • Rogers Centre: 2,004 rentals
  • Toronto Union Station: 2,090 rentals
  • CN Tower: 2,094 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Toronto listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

Explore destinations around Toronto

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134 vacation rentals
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