Today's Toronto is different than the Toronto of even a few years ago. It is more vibrant, less predictable. Flatly put, it is more interesting. If you live within driving distance -- and many Americans do -- now's a good time to take a trip up north.
Events, whether of an artistic or athletic nature, draw in big crowds and big bucks to their respective cities. They're also a great way to stamp the passport while immersing yourself in a themed celebration, surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts.