New transport links, food trends, restaurants, art and film festivalsToronto welcomed 14.3 million overnight visitors in 2014, the highest number of overseas visitors ever in the destination. Visitors from the United Kingdom totalled 217,232, an increase of 8.1 % from 2013.
Against a weakened Canadian dollar, the exchange rate is favourable for visitors from the UK. Great value for shopping - major North American brands such as Old Navy, The Gap, Victoria’s Secret, Levi Strauss &Co and Michael Kors to name a few, are approximately 12% less when purchased in Toronto, Canada.
Food trends that are dominating Toronto in 2015 include: Middle Eastern food (many drawing influence from culinary traditions across the Middle East); Restaurants within restaurants/bars (new restaurateurs launched multiple concepts per address); Gourmet late night eats (kitchens are staying open increasingly late with gourmet eats on offer until at least last call) and Tea cocktails (Tea based cocktails were prolific on bar menus citywide).
Launched on June 6, Union Pearson Express (UP Express) connects Toronto Pearson International Airport to downtown Toronto’s Union Station in just 25 minutes with departures every 15 minutes.
Travellers can forgo the 90-second ferry ride on their way to and from Toronto's Billy Bishop airport thanks to a new underground pedestrian tunnel that runs under Lake Ontario. The tunnel will provide the 2.4 million passengers who travel through Billy Bishop Airport each year with a reliable, predictable and convenient way to access the airport.
Waterfront Toronto's overhaul of Queens Quay - the revitalized street is highlighted by a new bike lane that stretches from Stadium Road all the way to Sugar Beach, which makes for a far safer ride across the waterfront but also a prettier one. The promenade on the south side of the streets has been beautified and will certainly encourage more visits to the lake.
One of the world's most well-known historic documents, the Magna Carta comes to Toronto this fall at the Fort York Visitor Centre, 250 Fort York Blvd. The Magna Carta and its companion document, the Charter of the Forest, set the groundwork for many concepts defining democratic life today and established principles of universal human rights. The exhibition will run from Oct 4 to Nov 7, 2015.
Chef Jamie Oliver and King Street Food Company partner to open the first North American location of Jamie’s Italian in Toronto. With restaurants in the UK and eight other international destinations including Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore, Jamie’s Italian’s simple, fresh and authentic menu and warm, welcoming, atmosphere is sure to charm Canadian diners.
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (September 10-20) will open with the world premiere of Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition (US). The preliminary line-up of galas and special presentations announced display a strong British presence.
Scotiabank Nuit Blanche celebrates 10 years this fall. On October 3, 2015, from sunset to sunrise the magic of Scotiabank Nuit Blanche returns. Locals and visitors alike come to experience Toronto transformed by contemporary art projects created by hundreds of artists for one night only.
Toronto Raptors (basketball) will play a regular-season game in London on January 14, 2016 against the Orlando Magic. It will be the sixth league game played at the O2 Arena. The trip will mark the Raptors' third European trip in team history.
First-time outside of the United States, the 2016 NBA All-Star Game will take place in Toronto on Sunday, February 14, 2016.