Toronto

Toronto, the provincial capital of Ontario, is one of the most popular cities in Canada. It is often the setting for movies and TV Shows that are supposed to be filmed in the United States of America. This metropolis is also an international heart for business, finance, arts, and culture. According to The Economist, Toronto is the safest city in North America. In fact, it’s the 8th safest city in the world. Nonetheless, like any other big city, Toronto has crime problems and some areas that tourists wouldn’t normally visit.

SAFETY INDEX

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Yonge & Dundas

Often referred as “Toronto’s Time Square,” the Yonge-Dundas square is the unofficial center of downtown. Yonge Street is the longest street in the city, so if you are walking down the street, make sure to know exactly where you are going as it can take you through some not-very-safe parts of the city, especially after dark.

Yorkville

Yorkville is there la crème de la crème shop and dine, but it is also home to one of the city’s best attractions: the Royal Ontario Museum, the largest history museum in Canada.

Harbourfront & Corktown

The heart of tourism is here with the CN Tower, Rogers Centre stadium, and Ripley’s Aquarium. If what you are looking for is a more authentic view of Toronto, head to Corktown where you’ll find the oldest architecture as well as the St. Lawrence Market, galleries, boutiques, and cafés.

Entertainment District

As its name states it, this is where you’ll find the entertainment: from Toronto’s theaters, nightclubs, and restaurants, to the Bell Lightbox cinema – home of the Toronto International Film Festival. This district can get a bit messy after midnight with the drunken people leaving bars and clubs.

*Areas to Avoid

Although Toronto is a safe city, you should consider avoiding the following areas: Jane & Finch area, St. Jamestown, Regent Park & Moss Park, Cabbagetown (after dark), Kipling & Albion area, Neilson & Finch, and the Malvern area.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : LOW

Toronto is ranked as one of the top safest major cities in the world.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : MEDIUM

There have been some pickpocket reports in Toronto, especially at restaurants and cafés. A few simple precautions will minimize your chances of being pick pocketed.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : LOW

Toronto is a safe city regarding mugging and kidnapping risks, although some urban areas are best to be avoided at night.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : MEDIUM

There are some virtual scams reported for bargain hunters. When buying discounted tickets online, make sure the website you are using is secure or your credit card information can be stolen. It is recommended to always call the website selling the tickets to make sure the site is legitimate. Also, secure websites that protect your personal information often have a URL that begins with HTTPS. The added “S” means that the website is secure.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : LOW

Transports and taxis are generally very safe in Toronto.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : LOW

Natural disasters risks are rare.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

Possible but unlikely.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : LOW

Toronto is generally very safe for women travelers. However, it is preferable that you do not walk alone after dark around Parliament and Jarvis Sts.

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Useful Information

Citizens from the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Australia and other countries do not require a visa to enter Canada for stays of up to 180 days. An Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) is required (except for US residents/citizens). The eTA cost is $7 CAD, and you can request it online; the approval process only takes a few minutes. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The Canadian dollar is the currency of Canada. Canada can be explored on any budget. There are many free and inexpensive attractions, and low-cost food and drinks can be easily found.
With an average temperature of 21°C, July is the hottest month in Montreal. January is the coldest month reaching -9°C.
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page