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Where to Go with Your Tax Refund: Over the Border to Toronto

Where: Toronto, ON, Canada
April 17, 2014 at 3:08 PM | by | ()

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" trip—a 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.

Just don’t forget about Porter Airlines with their free up in the air drinks and complimentary airport lounges, as they fly into Toronto’s smaller city airport and do their thing from spots like Newark, Washington, Chicago-Midway, Boston, and Myrtle Beach. They even having a half-off airfare sale, and one-way options can be had for as low as $132—just book before today and fly before the end of July.

As far as stuff to do there’s plenty, so be sure to plan your time accordingly. Of course you can always try your best to search for Mayor Rob Ford. Other options include a ride to the top of the CN Tower, a Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre, a visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame, or get outdoors with a visit to Toronto Island or High Park. If you’re a foodie, St. Lawrence Market is the place for you, and we’d also recommend a side trip to Steam Whistle Brewery for sips, samples, and a tour.

Accommodations won’t set you back a fortune, but if your refund was extra generous then Park Hyatt, Four Seasons, Shangri-La, and Ritz-Carlton are all options and available. More affordable choices are certainly available—this isn’t New York—and we saw rates for Hilton, Marriott, Westin, and InterContinental brands for just north of $200 per night.

We’ve kind of convinced ourselves to visit Toronto again, so maybe we’ll see you at Tim Hortons—the double double and maple donut are on us!

[Photos: Mamonello & stu_spivack]

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