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A Toronto fixture since 1969, the OSC continues to break new ground and inspire creativity and innovation through fun, interactive exhibits, from KidSpark workshops, for younger kids, to awe-inspiring IMAX dome films. Take the guesswork out of planning your visit with their grade-specific school program guides.
Address: 770 Don Mills Rd, Toronto, ON M3C 1T3
Phone: +1 416-696-1000
A place where art, culture, and nature meet, the ROM is home to over 13 million works and artifacts covering all eras and every corner of the world. Kids will especially love touching stuff at the Gallery of Hands-On Biodiversity, and trying on costumes and digging up dinosaur bones at the CIBC Discovery Gallery.
Address: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6
Phone: +1 416-586-8000
Kids of all ages will go ape for watching – and maybe even interacting with – over 5,000 animals representing nearly 500 different species from around the world. A far cry from animals in cages, the Zoo is dedicated to animal enrichment, and offers students the opportunity for an up-close-and-personal view of animals exercising their natural instincts to graze, hunt, and play.
Address: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7
Phone: +1 416-392-5900
Shoot and score with a visit to the home of hockey. Students can revisit (or see for the first time) memorable hockey moments in history, learn more about their favourite players, and even pose for a pic with the most coveted trophy in sports, the Stanley Cup.
Address: 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8
Phone: +1 416-360-7765
Toronto’s most recognizable feature was until recently the tallest free-standing tower in the world, at over 1,800 feet. Students have the opportunity to walk amongst the clouds by standing on the famous glass floor, 147 floors above the city, and the bravest of the bunch can even attempt the Edge Walk, a hair-raising tour of the tower’s outdoor ledge.
Address: 290 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9
Phone: +1 416-86-TOWER
Plenty of options exist in and around Toronto for those who want to commune with nature while getting their blood pumping. From Kayaking on Lake Ontario, to ziplining on the shores of the Georgian Bay, there’s something for every level of outdoor-enthusiast. Getting to your destination shouldn’t get your blood pressure up, though, if you book a charter bus!
The Centerville Amusement Park is right downtown and offers a variety of vintage-style rides and midway games. If you’re looking for more of a rush, however, the obvious choice is Canada’s Wonderland, which currently boasts the highest roller coaster in the world. Hitting the Great White North in winter? TO’s got your covered with the indoor Fantasy Fair. Check out our blog post on theme parks around Toronto for more details and ideas!
Camping is a truly Canadian experience, and Ontario is no exception. From beachy spots to secluded wooded areas, there are loads of options anywhere from one to four hours away from Toronto. Of course, a charter bus rental is the best way to get your student group (and all its equipment) to your site under the stars.
On top of being named the top undergraduate research university in Canada in 2014, Ryerson also ranks #2 in reputation in the country. Its location in the heart of downtown TO gives it the added edge of offering students a full metropolitan experience.
Address: 350 Victoria St, Toronto, ON, M5B 2K3
Phone: +1 416-979-5000
Just a few blocks from Ryerson is U of T. Not only is it ranked one of the top 20 universities worldwide, with an exceptionally diverse student population of more than 90,000, its famed Hoskins Walk was named one of Condé Nast Traveler’s 18 most beautiful places in Canada.
Address: 27 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1
Phone: +1 416-978-2011
York’s claim to fame may be its world-renowned law school, but it doesn’t end there: it is home to the largest liberal arts program in Canada, as well as the only space engineering program in the country. Its location on the northern end of Toronto means plenty of open green space for students to enjoy.
Address: 4700 Keele St, Toronto, ON, M3J 1P3
Phone: +1 416-736-2100
Students have been known to run for the border for spring break, but might we suggest a different border? Canada is becoming increasingly popular as a spring break destination, with the American dollar stretching a lot further in recent years, and not to mention the lower legal drinking age. Let’s face it, spring break is party time for many students, and the ability to do so legally is a plus.
Another plus: late winter/early spring is the shoulder season in TO, meaning there are many deals to be had with regards to accommodations, as well as sights and attractions. It also makes for an especially economical charter bus rental. Picture this: no cramped airline seats, no $17 airport sandwiches, no lines, no waiting, no crying babies in the next row. Just you, your friends, and the open road. Make sure your trip goes off without a hitch with our guide to planning the perfect group spring break.
They don’t call it the Great White North for nothing. Canada’s got powder to spare, and some of the country’s most popular ski destinations are within driving range of the GTA.
Mont St-Louis Moonstone, Horseshoe Resort, and Blue Mountain Resort are all a two-hour drive or less from downtown Toronto. The classic yellow school bus will get you there in a jif,, but if you want a comfy ride with enugh storage space for your group’s ski equipment, a coach bus is your best bet – and not that much costlier. For packing and travel tips, refer to our ski trip planning checklist (and, by the by, Blue Mountain has a winter water park, so don’t forget your swimsuit!).
Your school’s got an away game in the 416. A sports rally is perfect for showing your rival school that, to paraphrase Toronto’s ersatz poet laureate and biggest sports fan, Drake, “you started from the bottom, now your whole team’s here. Get creative with your team spirit by making posters, painting faces, and practicing your team’s best (and loudest) rallying cries.
While there are other ways to travel to an out of town sports rally, we’d say renting a charter bus is the best way to get pumped without being a nuisance to other travelers. Your own personal bus gives your group the luxury to be as loud and proud as they want – and let that energy spill out into the stands.
With a little planning, you can also commission a custom wrap for your bus, so you can arrive in style, and leave the home team eating your dust. We’ve got loads of tricks and tips for planning your student sports rally trip here.
The largest city in Canada, Toronto is the north-of-the-border hub for pretty much any industry. From aerospace, to design, to film (Hollywood North is one of the city’s nicknames), students have the opportunity for face time with recruiters from the most sought-after companies in the country.
Of course, making a good impression at job fairs is paramount, and that includes everything from crisp attire and a wrinkle-free resume, to prompt thank you notes and follow-ups. Allow your students to take advantage of the spaciousness and WiFi of a coach bus or mini coach bus to get them to and from the venue without so much as a drop of sweat under the collar.
For groups on a stricter budget, even the minibus or school bus offers the peace of mind and reliability that public transportation lacks, so students can arrive cool, calm, collected, and confident that they’ll knock some socks off. Check out our in-depth guide to organizing transportation to job fairs here.