GETTING AROUND: Use public transit, unless you are physically challenged (subways have a lot of stairs and walking).
LODGING: Toronto is the biggest city in Canada, with major metropolitan city prices to match. Lodging is generally $180 to $350 a night. Make sure any hotel-rate quote includes taxes and fees.
DINING: Toronto's varied dining scene means you can try high-end restaurants every night or choose tiny ethnic restaurants (my preference). Lots of Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese, hole-in-the wall spots save your budget without sacrificing flavor.
MONEY AND PHONES: The Canadian and U.S. dollars are of equal value, so don't expect a discount. Beware of international roaming charges on your cellphone; contact your carrier to confirm service and rates.
CROSSING THE BORDER: Visitors ages 16 and older must show a passport, enhanced driver's license or Nexus card at the border. Bring birth certificates for younger children.
New in Toronto
Ripley's Aquarium: Set to open sometime this summer at 288 Bremner Blvd., next to the CN Tower. Admission not yet set, but other Ripley's Aquariums are $24.99, $12.99 for children ages 3-11 (www.ripleyaquariums.com/canada/, 647-351-3474).
Christian Louboutin Retrospective: You can see this exhibit on the history of the elite shoes and their designer at Design Exchange, June 21-Sept. 15; $10, $8 for students and free for ages 6 and under (www.dx.org, 416-363-6121).
"Game On 2.0": Check out an exhibit on the history of video games at the Ontario Science Centre. Now through Sept. 2; $22, $13 for ages 4-12 and free for ages 3 and under (www.ontariosciencecentre.ca, 416-696-1000).
CN Tower EdgeWalk: Season Three is now open for those who want to walk on the outside ledge of the tower (www.cntower.ca, 416-868-6937).
Legoland Discovery Centre: This just opened near Canada's Wonderland. It's an indoor playland, with rides, LEGO building areas and replicas of the Toronto skyline built of LEGO blocks; $22, $18 for ages 3-13, free for ages 2 and younger (www.legolanddiscoverycentre.ca/toronto/).
Summer events in Toronto
June 20-23: Redpath Waterfront Festival includes fleet of tall ships commemorating the War of 1812.
June 20-29: Toronto Jazz Festival
June 21-30 (especially June 28-30): Toronto Pride
July 3-14: Toronto Fringe Festival
Aug. 1-4: Caribbean Carnival (Caribana)
Aug. 3-11: Rogers Cup
Aug. 22-25: Toronto BuskerFest
For details on all these and other events, visit www.seetorontonow.com.