Toronto Pearson International Airport is the largest and busiest airport in Canada, serving Toronto, Ontario and various cities. It is also named after the 14th Prime Minister and Nobel Peace Prize winner Lester B. Pearson. Toronto Pearson International Airport acts as a major airport with over 75 airlines flying to over 155 destinations in all six inhabited continents of the world. Interestingly, the airport has 2 terminals, namely Terminal 1 and Terminal 3. Terminal 2 was originally opened in the early 1970s for freight services and to ease the overloaded Terminal 1, but closed in 2007 when it had served its purpose and was demolished in 2008 with the space taken over by an enlarged Terminal 1.
The Toronto Pearson International Airport provides various services such as free WiFi and the Aviation Interfaith Ministry which provides prayer rooms, Catholic Mass and Christian worship places. American Express cardholders can also enjoy Cloud 10, a variety of services including priority limo services and the use of the premium lounges. A number of permanent and changing art exhibitions are available all around the airport for a calming experience before you fly. One exhibition that may excite travellers of any age are the two dinosaurs at Terminal 1.
Travelling between Terminal 1, Terminal 3 and Viscount Station can be done via the Link Train, which is free and fully wheelchair accessible. However, many other options are available, like the economical Downtown Express, Out of Town Van Services, public buses and of course, taxis. The journey to downtown Toronto usually takes less than an hour.
What to do and see
Toronto is the most populous city in Canada, and fifth most populous city in North America. With four distinct seasons, its summers are hot and humid while its winters are cold and dry. As it is a highly urbanised city, the temperature difference between day and night is minimal due to the heat trapped between the buildings. You will not want to miss out on a show by the National Ballet of Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, or the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.
Only 18 minutes from the airport by taxi, do not miss out on visiting the engineering wonder that is CN Tower, which is not just a typical sightseeing tower but also filled with various restaurants, shopping and theatres. The adventurer in you may want to walk on the world-famous glass floor or around the 'hands-free' walk which will send chills down your spine.
If the tower is not your cup of tea, nearby is the Distillery District which houses Toronto's history within its cobblestoned walkways and old architecture, making it a splendid photo opportunity for tourists. Shoppers may be happy to know that St. Lawrence Market, Front Street and King Street are housed in the Distillery District too.
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