Toronto Travel Guide
As a major Air Canada hub, Toronto-Pearson International Airport (YYZ) is well outfitted with lounges for the airline's premium travelers. Aside from a Maple Leaf lounge for domestic Canadian flights and another dedicated to Transborder (Canada-USA) travel, YYZ boasts a spacious International Maple Leaf Lounge located in Terminal 1, Concourse F.
Elite Air Canada flyers and those holding Business Class tickets are privy to the free WiFi, modern and comfortable seating, complimentary hot food, snacks, beverages, and alcohol (including all the ingredients for a great Bloody Mary), plus private shower rooms.
Since Air Canada is proud of their status as one of the founding members of the Star Alliance, you can also bet that elite travelers on other Star Alliance international flights (and holders of Star Alliance Gold status) will be welcomed into the classy digs.
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[Also check out Part 1, Business Class]
Premium Economy is so hot right now.
Or, rather, the class between Economy and Business has been a popular addition to aircraft for many years now, every since Virgin Atlantic introduced it way, way back in 1992(!!), but some airlines have held off and, in turn, benefitted from the wait by introducing Premium Economy classes with all the latest bells and whistles.
Flying AC00611 hours back from Tokyo-Haneda to Toronto-Pearsonwe settled into a window seat and experienced what this new class for Air Canada was all about.
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[Also check out Part 2, Premium Economy and Economy]
"Whoever said man wasn't meant to fly didn't see this coming."
These were the words printed on a banner welcoming passengers to gate 172 at Toronto's Pearson International Airport on July 15, 2014.
Outside the windows was one of Air Canada's airplanes, sitting chill in her ice blue livery and scarlet maple leaf logo while a flurry of ground vehicles prepared her for a 12-hour flight to Tokyo. Passengers waiting to board forwent selfies and instead pointed their cameras outside, at this aircraft which stars in the celebration of a new era for Canadian aviation.
But, um, hasn't Air Canada been flying from Toronto to Tokyo for, like, decades? Yes, yes they have, but never before to the Japanese capital's other, very recently updated and better located airport of Haneda, and never before with a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
Flight AC005 is non-stop from YYZ to HND, a lengthy trip which gives the benefits of the 787the greater cabin humidity, lower altitude level, improved personal space, and fuel efficiencya chance to strut their stuff. It was, in fact, the longest flight we've ever done in a 787, and absolutely one of the best in our own travel log.
Now, let's delve into the delicious details:
Just For Laughs is returning to Toronto on September 19-28 with 42 acts selected by fans, along with headliners Seth Meyers, Lena Dunham, Amy Schumer, Wanda Sykes, Joe Rogan, and Nick Offerman.
This year fans can choose from three unique ticket packages, all of which are on sale now.
Game of Thrones fans are getting a chance to immerse themselves into the world of Westeros through a new touring exhibit.
The exhibition has already stopped in NYC, Mexico City, Austin, and Rio De Janeiro. Next, it will hit Oslo (4/26 - 4/30), Toronto (5/14 - 5/18), Belfast (6/11 – 6/15), and Vancouver (8/16 - 9/1).
Tax day is here, and you're probably excited...but not because you love sifting through receipts and credit card statements. You're excited because you're getting a fat refund. Probably. The economy may be on its way back up, but you should try to stretch that tax refund as far as you can...like with a little "you did a great job last year" tripa Tax Refund Vacation.
Sure you’ve been to New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago, but there’s another big city in North America worth visiting—and this one has nothing to do with your adjusted gross income or itemized deductions. Up in Canada you’re outside of Uncle Sam’s jurisdiction, so we think a weekend in Toronto could be a great way to blow that tax refund.
Thanks to business travelers and a decent demand there’s usually a nonstop flight to or from somewhere nearby, and maybe even your local airport. All the big city airports and hubs do the nonstop thing, and Air Canada is always a good place to start. Sometimes the international taxes ruin the fun, but if you scored close to $3,000 like other people you should be okay.
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At this time last year, spotting a Boeing 787 Dreamliner in the skies was quite the rare occurrence. But as the aircraft's teething problems have calmed and more tails roll off the factory floor, airlines are more eager than ever to welcome the efficient jet into the fold.
LAN became the first airline in the Americas to add 787s to their fleet, welcoming the aircraft back in early September 2012. United soon followed, with the title of first in North America that November. Since then, however, no other American airlines have picked up the keys to a Dreamliner.
Air Canada is about to break that dry spell as they prepare their hangars for 787s, to be delivered in spring 2014 and running test routes both domestic and transatlantic until summer. The initial regular routeToronto to Tel Avivcommences in July, 2014 and seats are already on sale, beginning at $1,400 roundtrip (we even found availability in all classes for July 1 on AC084).
[Update 8am December 6, 2013: Air Canada has just announced that also beginning July 1, 2014 will be nonstop flights on the 787 from Toronto to Tokyo-Haneda! This will be the only daytime flight from North American to Haneda, and the only nonstop from a Canadian airport to Haneda, which is a more convenient airport to downtown Tokyo than Narita.]
By 2019, the airline will have 37 total 787s in the skies (15 787-8 and 22 of the stretched 787-9s), so Toronto to Tel Aviv is only just the tip of the route map.
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Things are moving along slowly but surely over at Bombardier, as the airline manufacturer gets ready to send their new C100s into the friendly skies. There’s already a few orders here and there, and now a local—as in one from Canada—is looking to get in on the new airplane smell.
As of now Porter Airlines is strictly a fan of propeller power, but it looks like they’re sold on the goings-on over at Bombardier. A little jet power could propel the carrier to spots beyond their usual range in and out of the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, but before the planes and people can get to 35,000-feet there’s a lot of discussions that need to take place.
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By now, many of you have probably heard about a fad in photography called "rooftopping" in which brave souls find a way to the top of a skyscraper to snap a few photos.
Most of the buildings the photographers are scaling are apparently "off limits" to the public, a factor that plays up the idea of rooftopping as somewhat of an underground, rebellious endeavor (see sensationalized headline here). That said, considering the willingness of photographer Tom Ryaboi to put his name all over the photos and sit down for interviews after his recent visit to Toronto, we're guessing the security teams at these buildings don't take themselves too seriously.
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Jessica Chastain drew a crowd at the airport on Sunday but it wasn't just because fans were hoping to get her autograph. Jessica, who is promoting The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby at the fest this week, brought her best friend along for the trip: a three-legged rescue dog named Chaplin.
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Any frequent traveler from Newark Airport has seen the cute little prop planes of Porter Airlines on their frequent and friendly routes to Toronto’s more convenient airport—the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport. It looks like flights to and from the airport might be even more fun in the near future, as the city is hard at work constructing a tunnel to whisk passengers from the airport to the city center.
Our bad for not mentioning this earlier, but we just found out about the plans for the Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport pedestrian tunnel. The plan is to connect the airport on the Toronto Islands with the mainland, and the project just hit a pretty big milestone. Last week, workers finished off the hardest part of the construction, as they finally broke through—and saw the light—from one end of the tunnel to the other.
Fan Expo Canada 2013 wrapped up on Sunday, but not before more than 100,000 fans got their cosplay on, tried out dozens of new video games, saw their favorite celebs up close, and bought lots and lots of comic books.
We've already deemed it better than San Diego Comic Con, but now you can see why.
Check out our gallery of photos from this year's Expo, which took place Aug. 22 - 25 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre: