Luxury holidays in Ontario
When to go
During spring (May through June), keep an eye out for moose, loons and the occasional black bear in Ontario’s national parks. July is the rainiest month, but it also marks the start of Toronto’s festival season, which stretches into September. Autumn leaves are at their most vibrant in October and November, and you’ll need to pack your parka for frigid winter visits from December through March.
PlanesFlights from across Canada and the US land at Toronto Pearson International Airport; you can catch direct international flights from London, Paris, Amsterdam and Rome. Toronto’s smaller Billy Bishop airport is the regional hub and welcomes flights from New York, Chicago, Boston and 20 Canadian cities. Direct flights from London, Frankfurt and New York land at Ottawa’s Macdonald–Cartier International Airport.
TrainsVia Rail operates an east-west service between Toronto and Vancouver, with stops including Winnipeg, Edmonton and Jasper: it’s the scenic-route option, and will take four days all in. There’s also a service that runs between Toronto and Ottawa’s main station, then on again to Montréal in neighbouring Québec. Via Rail also connects Toronto with the Amtrak system via Niagara Falls.
AutomobilesThe roads are easy to navigate (if, at times, long); hire a four-wheel drive if you’re visiting during snow-filled Canadian winters.