Canada doesn't announce itself as loudly as its neighbor to the south - but Toronto is big. And it's important. And it's full of life and vibrancy and lots of global influence, thanks to half its population being born elsewhere. That's an impressive figure, no?
Icelandair offers regular cheap flights to Toronto from Europe and the UK for business or pleasure - come for multiculturalism, food, and festivals, stay for a Niagara Falls excursion.
Before you visit the CN Tower and Niagara, how about viewing some iconic Icelandic waterfalls to set the scene? When you book flights to Toronto with Icelandair you have the opportunity to add a stopover in Iceland at no additional airfare.
To add to the estimated 230 nationalities found in Toronto, know this: the city has 140 official neighborhoods. Your experiences will vary just by walking a few blocks. The big-name sights are downtown - the 1814ft CN Tower is a must, then check out the redeveloped harborfront district and head inland for attractions like the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, and the castle and gardens of Casa Loma.
A few blocks east, you can take in the Hockey Hall of Fame (all you ever needed to know about Canada's favorite sport, and then some) and delicious flavors at St Lawrence Market. Further east you'll end up at the Distillery District, where stores, studios and theatres have made a home in a huge historic distillery.
All that multiculturalism finds expression in outstanding food options, and you can munch your way around the globe without leaving Toronto. Let the neighborhood dictate your choices - there are six (six!) Chinatowns in the Greater Toronto area. Plus: a Koreatown, Little Italy and Corso Italia, Little India and a Greektown (on the Danforth). Plus: Little Jamaica and Little Portugal. You get the idea…
If the city has a signature dish it's the peameal bacon sandwich, made from slices of cornmeal-coated bacon. The best place to try it - and one of the best places for a taste of food culture in the city - is St Lawrence Market. It's been going strong for two centuries, and today houses gourmet food stalls and a weekly farmers market.
Malls are big business in Toronto (you want somewhere warm when winter hits hard). The Eaton Centre is in the heart of downtown and is home to 250 stores, but that's chicken feed compared to the mall known as Vaughan Mills, about 25 miles north of downtown. This is one of Canada's largest retails spaces, handily placed next to theme park. Inside is a Lego-themed discovery centre, making this a family haven.
If malls aren't your thing, Kensington Market is a neighborhood full of diversity and browsing opportunities, plus ace eats. Queen West and West Queen West are Toronto's coolest 'hoods for shopping and eating, while the city's cashed-up elite live the high life in the Bloor-Yorkville area (it's nicknamed 'the Mink Mile'!).