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Arrival in Toronto
Unless going downtown, with easy access to public transportation, a car is vital on arrival at Toronto Pearson International Airport. There are six international car rental agencies on Level 1 of the parking garages at Terminal 1 and Terminal 3: Avis, Budget, Dollar/Thrifty, Enterprise, Hertz, and National/Alamo.
Several rental agencies are available off-site. Take the train to Viscount Station for Discount Car and Truck Rentals/Ace Rent-a-Car, E-Z Trans Canada Car Rental, Jet Car Rental/Economy Rent-a-Car, Nu Car Rentals, Payless Car Rental, Roadstar/Mex Rent-a-Car, Routes Car and Truck Rental, TRAC Car Rental, and Zoom Rent-a-Car. U.S. Driver's Licenses are valid in Canada, but other visitors may need an International Driver's License. Proof of insurance is mandatory.
Driving in Toronto
In Ontario, cell phones must be hands-free, everyone must wear a seatbelt and drive their vehicles on the right-hand side of the road. Posted speed limits are in metric units — as a general rule, conversion is 31 mph in cities, 50 mph on two-lane highways, and 62 mph on major highways.
Traffic near Pearson International Airport is heaviest from 6 to 9 a.m. and 4 to 7 p.m. Allow at least an hour of extra time during snowfalls, especially during rush hour. Expect parking charges at hotels ranging from $20 to $40, in addition to rental charges.
Signs outside of the airport may cause confusion, as they feature highway numbers and directions instead of names of destinations. To get downtown, take Highway 427 South, followed by the Gardiner Expressway East. The skyscrapers mark the skyline to the east .
To get to North or East Toronto, take Highway 401 East, but watch for rush hour traffic.
Things to See and Do in Toronto
People who have seen Canadian Bacon have seen the CN Tower dominating the skyline at 1,815 feet. The world's tallest free-standing structure for 30 years, the CN Tower recently added the EdgeWalk, which allows adrenaline junkies to lean over the side of the main pod. At night, the Tower features several LED light schemes, including a UFO-themed one.
Canada plays rough! Hockey is a national obsession and Toronto is also home to the Backyard Axe Throwing League, which allows visitors to compete with their friends in an axe-throwing tournament. Also consider visiting Archery District, which offers a tag-like game involving paintball, foam-tipped arrows, and a post-apocalyptic arena.
No trip to Canada is complete without tasting poutine, a plate of fries with light brown gravy and cheese curds.
Niagara Falls is a 90-minute drive from Toronto. The Table Rock site near the top of Horseshoe Falls places visitors about a yard away from a cascading torrent of 750,000 gallons of water per second, while the Journey Behind the Falls descends by elevator through 124 feet of solid rock to stand behind the falls. Helicopter journeys above the falls are also available.
Returning The Car
There are several gas stations on Airport Road, so it's easy to return the car with a full tank of gas. Remember to allow for traffic as Toronto's Pearson International Airport is the busiest airport in Canada.
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