Toronto

4-DAY Toronto, Ontario | Canada ITINERARY

Toronto, the capital of the province of Ontario, is a major Canadian city along Lake Ontario’s northwestern shore. It's a dynamic metropolis with a core of soaring skyscrapers, all dwarfed by the iconic, free-standing CN Tower. Toronto also has many green spaces, from the orderly oval of Queen’s Park to 400-acre High Park and its trails, sports facilities and zoo, per Google.

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Must do, must see, must try:

ALEXANDER KEITH'S

Founded in 1820, this brewery is among the oldest commercial breweries in North America.

FOOD MUST: POUTINE

A staple local snack made of cheese curds and gravy on fries.

LOCK IT DOWN

Inside of the Distillery District is an art installation that you will truly LOVE.

The 4-Day Toronto Itinerary

ACCOMMODATIONS

AirBnB close to Downtown Toronto or quiet Moss Park

Hotel: Thompson Toronto ($$$), Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel ($$)

CLIMATE

For pleasant, nice outdoor weather, visit between late April through May, or from mid-September through mid-October. November to March offers a cold winter wonderland.

TRANSPORTATION

Rent a car if you are able. The itinerary does make it so you can part and then walk around to experience Toronto. Use Lyft in the evenings.

ENVIRONMENT

Language is English

Currency: Canadian Dollar (CAD); if your exchange rate here

LIFESTYLE

Great city for a family vacation or friendly getaway. A lot of day and night time activities that won't break the bank. 

Toronto, visited by thousands of tourist a year. Besides the 9.98 million square kilometers that makes up Canada, Toronto offers a charming downtown scene, a touch of French history and lively bars, eateries and more. Bundle up in the cold, or tan in the summers - Toronto should be on your list to visit, eh? Don't ya say?

Day one

Flew in the evening prior

9 AM - Start the morning at the CN Tower; get here early to jump in line – pre-bought tickets will push you through faster

  • Enjoy the observatory; purchase the Tower Experience, time spent is 1 hour, $41

  • If you’re adventurous do the EdgeWalk, experience the world’s highest hands free external walk on a building; time spent is 1.5 hours, $225

10:30 AM - Distillery District, this old whiskey distillery features Canadian artists, jewelry, music and more

  • Wear flats, the cobblestones streets are not friendly toward heels

  • Have a cute moment by the ‘Love Sign’ at the Love Installation

Noon - Explore Kensington Market/China Town, a bohemian neighborhood featuring vintage boutiques, art spaces, bakeries, cheese and more

  • Window shop down Bloor Street/Yorkville

  • If you want to shop in the mall, go to Eaton Centre – try to venture here to see the all glass ceiling

1:30 PM - Stop for lunch anywhere on Bloor – my vote is for sushi or an oyster bar

Check out the building of the Royal Ontario Museum at the back of Queen’s Park

  • If you want, stay here and check out the natural history museum; time spent is 2-3 hours, $20

  • Shoe lovers - pop over the Bata Shoe Museum to see 4,500-year history of footwear

  • One of the largest Canadian collections, Art Gallery of Ontario

Walk through Yorkville

Afternoon treat at the Poop Café ($, Dessert) in Koreatown

  • Sit on a toilet-shaped seat as you enjoy your ice cream

Back to the hotel to clean up

7:30 PM - Dinner at Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament ($$, Dinner Tournament), the Royalty Package

Day Two

Want a day trip?

  • Venture out to Canada’s Wonderland and ride the Leviathan, the highest roller coaster in all of Canada – check out Wonder Mountain just down the road

  • Toronto Zoo

8:30 AM - Pop around the corner for breakfast at Eggspectation ($$, Breakfast & Brunch)

10 AM - Explore the 18th-century castle Casa Loma; time spent is 3 hours, $30

  • Self-guided audio tour is included in your ticket, this tour takes 2 hours

  • Have a noon lunch at Terrace Grill

1:30 PM - Tour the Steam Whistle Brewery ($$, Brewery); time spent is 1-2 hours, $9.60

Head to Toronto Island and walk around – take the Centre Island Ferry

  • Visit the 200-year-old lighthouse

  • Maybe visit the clothing-option Hanlan’s Point Beach

  • Rent a bike and ride around the island

Head back to the Waterfront for dinner and drinks

5:30 PM - Drinks at Amsterdam BrewHouse ($$, Brewpub), stay here for dinner or move on

  • Stroll down the Simcoe WaveDeck

7 PM - Dinner at Pearl Harbourfront Chinese Cuisine ($$$, Chinese)

Walk part of the 28 miles of the waterfront, Lake Ontario

Evening options – Maple Leaf’s hockey game or Blue Jays baseball game

Day Three - Niagara Falls

8 AM - Niagara Falls Tour from Downtown Toronto; time spent is 8 hours, $92

  • Includes pick up and return, and a tour guide. As a bonus, includes the town and Niagara-on-the-Lake Winery with sampling options.

  • Bring snacks and lunch, change of clothes or small towel to dry off with

  • See more about Niagara Falls → here

5 PM - Return to the hotel to freshen up

7 PM - Dinner at Canoe Restaurant & Bar ($$$$, Canadian cuisine)

Followed by a Second City Show

Day four

9 AM - Grab breakfast and shop among the 100+ vendors, bakers, butchers and more at St. Lawrence Market; it’s comprised of 3 buildings:

  • South Market, main and lower levels are specialty vendors. Second floor is the Market Gallery, and art

  • North Market, commonly known as the Saturday Farmers’ Market

  • St. Laurence Hall, specialty vendors and sometimes antique showings

Find Carousel Bakery ($, Bakery) and order their famous peameal bacon sandwich

11:30 AM - Swing by the Hockey Hall of Fame and gaze at the beautiful building that houses a vast collection of hockey memorabilia and the famous Stanley Cup

Back to the hotel to pack and check out for the afternoon flight home

Goodbye Toronto. Head home.

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