The Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

Greater Toronto Area (GTA) Quick Facts

  • Amalgamation occurred in 1998 to form the GTA.
  • Population: Approx. 6 million (Metro)
  • The GTA is considered the City of Toronto and the 4 regional municipalities that surround it: York, Halton, Durham and Peel Regions.

So what exactly is the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)? The GTA is comprised of the many regions that surround Toronto and include many towns and natural places. These areas include Durham, Halton, Peel and the York regions. The GTA is bounded by Lake Ontario in the south, Kawartha Lakes to the east, and the Niagara Escarpment in the west and Lake Simcoe to its north. A large part of these regions remain as forest or farmland and the place experiences warm summers and mild winters. The GTA is a notoriously underrated destination for many travellers. So plan a solo, group or family adventure and visit the Greater Toronto Area and you’ll be treated to a wonderful surprise!

The York Region has a variety of places of interest such as nature reserves, protected heritage areas, historical museums and also a giant amusement park – Canada’s Wonderland. Shoppers will also be well rewarded with many malls and centres to explore.

The Halton Region offers plenty of opportunity for fun with their rich and diverse landscape and natural water features with many outdoor attractions and activities. Take a tour down the Oakville trails or stop by a farm or the local farmers markets. Day trips incorporate Safari Niagara, the Ontario Science Centre, fishing trips canoeing in one of the conservation areas. And the Bruce Trail, Canada’s oldest and longest footpath, is a must visit when your here. Check out our travel directory of Halton and the Greater Toronto Area at the top of this page for more info that may help with your stay.

Reconnect with nature in the Durham Region with its more than 350 kilometres of bursting recreational trails and conservation areas. Its southern tip is beside Lake Ontario and it is largely suburbanised here. It is also brimming with history, inspiring arts, family-friendly attractions and delicious culinary choices. The Parkwood National Historic Site in Oshawa is a lovely day out or visit the botanic gardens, Regent Theatre or get away from it all in the nearby McLaughlin Bay Wildlife Reserve. The rich natural beauty of the Greater Toronto Area is something not to be missed when you make a trip to Canada.

In the Peel Region, you will also be treated to a wide range of attractions from Canada’s largest water park to many cultural venues to hundreds of parks (more than 480) in the area. And you can shop till you drop at Square One in Mississauga or the other centres while your here. Meanwhile, Caledon, a picturesque Ontario town, provides a convenient place to unwind. The GTA is a fast growing and vibrant set of parks and towns where we recommend taking a guided tour to see more of what the GTA has to offer.

The GTA offers a world of attractions and promises something for everyone all year round!


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