Visas: Citizens of dozens of countries – including the USA, most Western European countries, Australia, Japan and New Zealand – don’t need visas to enter Canada for stays of up to 180 days. US permanent residents are also exempt. Citizens of other countries must apply to the Canadian visa office in their home country for a temporary resident visa (TRV).
Local transportation: Toronto's streetcar rail, subway rail, and intercity rail services are clean and efficient but overcrowded and are often delayed. The subway system is faster and more efficient than the streetcars, and subway lines also extend wel into the suburbs. Rides on the network of trains, streetcars and buses cost $3.
Taxis are plentiful and safe, but not cheap. As with most big cities, driving a car downtown can be annoying; parking is often hard to find and expensive, and traffic along certain streets can make vehicle travel slower than mass transit. Uber is also available in Toronto.
Where to buy a SIM card: There are three main telcos in Canada - Bell, Telus and Rogers. You can purchase a SIM card at any distributor or at the telco shops in town or at 7-Eleven at the Toronto Pearson airport. Do note that you must have an unlocked phone, or the SIM card will not work.
Popular areas: Downtown, West End, Church/Wellesley, Cabbagetown, The Beach, Greektown, Leslieville
Popular food: As one of the most (if not the single most) multicultural cities in the world, Toronto has authentic cuisine from most of the world's cultural and ethnic groups.
Things not to do: Don't forget to tip your service staff. Many food servers depend on tips as an essential part of their wage - the average tip is 15% to 20% of the total meal cost. Fast food restaurants do not have tipping as there is no 'table service'.
Toronto is a melting pot of culture, and is one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world. As a result of this cultural mosaic, Toronto is home to many ethnic festivals throughout the year, and you will find cuisines of almost every nation in Toronto's many neighborhoods.
Women digital nomads should feel that Toronto is a safe city to live and visit, especially by North American standards. Avoid the areas around Parliament and Jarvis Sts.
There isn't a big digital nomads community in Toronto due to the high living cost.
The best times to visit Toronto are late April through May (Spring) and September through November (Fall). June to August offers a brief summer, which also marks Toronto's festival season, with Pride Week and Caribana drawing thousands of participants. However, this is also the peak season, so be prepared for heavy crowds and fewer deals. December to March are the winter months, which bring biting winds and snow. Average highs rest in the upper 20s and lower 30s, so come prepared with a warm hat and durable gloves.
Coworking Spaces in Toronto
Cafes with wifi
Don't want to work at a coworking space? Check out these cafes with wifi instead.