Toronto is the most assorted multicultural city on the planet where over 140 languages are spoken and the city’s motto is “Diversity Our Strength”. It’s the safest metropolitan area in North America and the ideal city to explore as an Au Pair. Toronto is a global centre for business, finance, arts and culture and is consistently ranked as one of the world’s most livable cities. If you’re looking for the urban feel of New York City with the charm of Canada, you’ve come to the right place!
Get to know Toronto by exploring its rich History.
There are multiple ways to get to know the city from a historical point. Toronto is home to the largest museum in Canada and the preeminent spot to explore the natural world and humankind’s cultural past, The Royal Ontario Museum. But if world-renowned collections, innovative programs, and galleries are not the experience you’re looking for, discover the rich cultural background of Toronto with a visit to Casa Loma – Canada’s majestic castle, complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens. Don’t forget to snap a few pictures to make your Au Pair friends jealous!
Enjoy Toronto’s tourism with a 13min ferry ride to the Toronto Island!
The island is approximately 5 kms long from Ward’s Island to Hanlan’s Point and is actually a group of 15 islands inter-connected by pathways and bridges. You can walk from one end of the Island to the other. Kids and adults of all ages can find something to do or see on the Island. There are beautiful swimming beaches (including a Clothing Optional Beach on Hanlan’s Point!), sports facilities, bike, canoe and kayak rentals, a boating marina, large grassy fields for picnics, a theatre, nature paths, an amusement park and a charming 150 year-old community of 600 people living year-round in cottage-like homes. This is the perfect place to bring your host family for a day of adventure and fun!
Discover the contrast to the city’s urban rush by adventuring into Toronto’s beautiful Nature.
Toronto has a plethora of natural experiences for you to enjoy! Spend a day exploring Riverdale Farm – home to a variety of domestic farm animals. A visit to the farm is a great experience, particularly in spring when we welcome new additions to the animal family.
Take in the spectacular with a tour of Niagara Falls! The falls form the highest flow rate of any waterfall in the world that has a vertical drop of more than 165 feet (50 m). You will also get to experience the beautiful town of Niagara-on-the-Lake.
View over 2000 butterflies made up of over 40 different species at the Butterfly Conservatory located on the grounds of the Niagara Parks Botanical Gardens. Visitors to the Butterfly Conservatory are transported to a tropical paradise full of lush vegetation, trickling waterfalls and thousands of vibrantly coloured butterflies.
Celebrate and experience some of the world’s best Festivals!
The city is alive with celebrations of culture and diversity year round – but don’t take our word for it! Check out a few of the fantastic festivities Toronto has to offer and join in the merriment: The Toronto Caribbean Carnival, an exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, revelry and visual and performing arts; the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America. The Toronto Summer Music Festival, bringing world-renowned performing artists to Toronto for an unparalleled combination of concerts, guest lectures and masterclasses. The Candian National Exhibition, this annual fair is fun for the entire family! Midway rides bring chills and thrills. The National Trade Centre boasts an International Marketplace with goods spanning the globe along with innovative products. Horse shows and dog shows entertain both young and old. The Toronto International Film Festival, the world’s largest public film festival, screening more than 300 films from around the world in venues across the city. The Toronto Christmas Market, inspired by the Old World and influenced by the New, this annual event captures all of the tradition, heritage and charm of a European Christmas Market, while showcasing hundreds of unique and local handcrafted products. The TD Toronto Jazz Festival, delivering the sounds of the world’s greatest jazz musicians from the quaint and most intimate of venues to large concert halls. And many more!
Bundle up and get ready for some fun in the Toronto Snow.
Winter is cool! And Toronto is an exciting place no matter what the season, but when the weather gets chilly Torontonians get creative and gear up for some frosty fun! If you like to skate, get your groove on at the Harbourfront with free skating every Saturday night and DJs spinning different genres to keep the party going. You could also check out the city’s first skating trail at the Colonel Samuel Smith Park. If skiing and snowboarding is more your speed you’ll be thrilled to know that you can do so within the city’s limits! Centennial Park and Earl Bales Park are home to urban Ski & Snowboard Centres. Both locations offer a variety of hourly, daily and seasonal passes and programming to suit your needs so you can get the most out of the sport you love! Warm up after with a cup of the best Hot Chocolate in Toronto! Epic hot chocolate drinks are the newest thing in Toronto and local shops are taking the winter staple to new heights with wild ingredients and preparations. Grab one to go and if you feel like trying something new, rent a heated hut and learn the art of ice-fishing. The sport is currently witnessing renewed interest, so if you’re game to bundle up this winter to catch some fish, then now might be the time to take the plunge.
Toronto is alive with unforgettable experiences! It embodies the friendliness of Canada through its multiculturalism and celebration of diversity and is the perfect balance of a fast paced city with easily accessible nature at your fingertips. There is so much to do and see in this remarkable metropolitan that you will be hard pressed to cram it all into your year as an Au Pair and may have to return again and again!