Toronto – is one of the major cities in Canada. Its one of the most populous cities and boasts of multicultural city-dynamics.
Vibrant and colorful in terms of people, food and streets – Toronto is a must visit when in Canada.
For visiting most parts of the city, I recommend the Toronto City Pass that offers discounts on most of the tourist attractions. I got a similar (a wee bit cheaper deal) with Sight Seeing Toronto which offered the discounts on major tourist spots that I wished to visit.
Hotels: 3-star hotel averages $126, 5-star averages $355
Getting There: Toronto Pearson International Airport is a major Canadian airport and is well-connected to all major destinations from and to Canada
Sight Seeing: Toronto Transit (weekly/daily passes are available) and Hop on and hop off services are available to visit different areas in Toronto
Here is my suggested itinerary for Toronto.
DAY 1 ~ HOP ON AND HOP OFF : PART 1
I chose my Hop On and Hop off service from Sight Seeing Toronto. You can learn more about their services and prices here
My pick-up spot was Dundas Square. Depending on where you are staying you can either use Toronto transit or LRT. I bought a 48 hour ticket to explore Toronto.
- Free downtown pickup
- 21 great stops
- Discounted prices on entry fees to different tourist spots
Out of all the tourist stops, I opted for a few favorites in my 2 day travel (hop on and hop off pass)
Spot 1: CN Tower
CN Tower is an iconic symbol of the city of Toronto. Its name “CN” originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower. Currently its known as Canadian National Tower.
The tower was completed in 1976, becoming the world’s tallest free-standing structure and world’s tallest tower at the time. Currently, its world’s number 7th tallest tower.
CN Tower has an entry fee of $47 CAD for adults for tower experience. The elevator takes you up to the top – to the observation deck. There is a restaurant in the same floor (revolving restaurant named 360 restaurant)
Learn more about CN Tower experience rates here
You can enjoy thrilling walk on the gorilla glass floor. I am scared of heights, but braved this pose in the picture below
If you like adventure sports, CN Tower offers Edge Walk. Edge Walk offers adventure walk OUTSIDE – around the circumference of the roof of the CN Tower!
Spot 2: Casa Loma
Casa Loma is a castle built by Toronto businessman Henry Pallet in 1911. Its style of architecture is Gothic revival style. There is entry fee for the castle. $25 CAD for an adult entry. Learn more about Casa Loma fees and hours here
The castle has stories from the family of Henry Pallet. The castle has many rooms, gardens, cellar and stable to view.
I spent a few hours in the castle. I liked the place.(well, anything with history fascinates me- big or small)
Spot 3: Hockey Fall of Fame
Hockey Hall of Fame is located on Yonge Street in Toronto. Its dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup.
Adult entry fee is $18 CAD. I looked around the arena, but dint go inside the stadium or the museum.
Spot 4: Harbourfront
Located in core downtown Toronto, Harbourfront neighbourhood is iconic to this city. This neighbourhood is located on Lake Ontario and provides stunning views of the CN Tower and the downtown skyscrapers.
It was almost dusk when we reached the Harbourfront. Its a great place to hang out and spend a romantic evening! 🙂 I am so in love with this place ❤
DAY 2 ~ HOP ON AND HOP OFF : PART 2
Spot 5: Royal Ontario Museum
Next morning, we hopped on to our Day 2 trip. We got down at the Royal Ontario Museum, popularly known as ROM. ROM is known for its architectural beauty and is one of the largest museums in North America AND the largest one in Canada
Royal Ontario Museum is a museum of art, world culture and natural history in Toronto, Canada. Purchase ROM souvenirs from its gift shop.
Spot 6: Art Gallery of Ontario
Another museum/gallery close to ROM is Arts Gallery of Ontario. Its a massive gallery with about 45,000 square metres, making it one of the largest galleries in North America.
The Arts Gallery has arts displays, a library, student space, gallery workshop space, artist-in-residence, a high-end restaurant,cafeteria , research centre, theatre and lecture hall, gift shop,etc
Spot 7: Dundas Square
Yonge-Dundas Square is located within the Downtown Yonge Business Area. Its a space/square wherein public performances and other events are hosted on a regular basis. There are many cafe’s, restaurants and shopping areas close by. The square has seating areas and fountains and gives quite a metropolitan-feel in the evenings!
We had dinner at a nearby Hard-Rock Cafe and spent the rest of the evening in the Yonge-Dundas area.
DAY 3 ~MY SHOPPING DATE!
I love to shop. And Toronto is great for shopping. Yorkdale Mall, Eaton Centre, Scarborough Town Centre, Fairview Mall are some of the malls I hopped around in my last few days here.
Eaton Centre and Scarborough Town Centre are my favorites.
Eaton Centre is located in Downtown and Scarborough Town Centre is located in the Scarborough area. Both the malls are easily connected by Toronto LRT. I shopped and enjoyed the day to the fullest.
DAY 4 ~ IN AND AROUND TORONTO (NIAGARA FALLS)
There are many places in and around Toronto, that are very easily accessible and worth visiting. Bruce Peninsula (4 hrs), 1000 Islands (3.75 hrs), Niagara Falls (2 hrs), Ottawa (5 hrs), Montreal (6 hrs) – are some of the cities/areas that are worth visiting in your trip to Toronto.
I took a day trip to the world famous Niagara Falls and visited the falls and spent an entire day over there. More on the Niagara Fall trip will be up on another blog post. There are many tour services available from Toronto to Niagara Falls and undertaking this trip with be worthwhile.
DAY 5 – PICNIC AT THE TORONTO CENTRE ISLAND
The Centreville Amusement Park is a park located on Centre Island, which is a part of the Toronto Islands. This place is a must visit during summer season with over 30 rides, picnic areas, etc. We spent an entire day here,enjoying the Toronto sun. We took a ferry ride to the Centre Island from Queen’s Quay West.
Get your beach wear on, as you can experience the blue waters here.
DAY 6 ~ EXPLORING DOWNTOWN
This is my favourite part. I love exploring, walking around downtown/core areas of major cities. Toronto didnt disappoint me. Skyscrapers, malls, lights, side-cafes, busy-people everywhere.
In every corner of downtown Toronto, there are historical insights and amazing architecture. You can sign up for free walks around certain important areas like Union Station, Bay Street, Yonge-Dundas, University Ave, etc
There are many agencies that provide free walking tours. TourGuys.ca is one of them. Read more about their Toronto walking tours here
DAY 7 ~ PICK A LOCAL EVENT
A great way to experience local life is attending participating in local events. Lots of options to choose from like food fest, literary fest, hockey nights, Christmas Markets, etc
Visit seetorontonow.com for more information on the event dates. Link is here
I want to share an image of Corona Paint Party that happened in Downtown Toronto
As always, with every city – enjoy some peaceful time alone or just relaxing with a beer or a cup of coffee. Dont forget the food. Toronto has cuisines of all kinds. I was missing Indian food on my visit to Toronto, but the place didnt let me down. Gerard Street is full of fantastic Indian/Pakistani restaurants 🙂 a must visit if you like Indian food.