There’s a thousand ways to fill 24 hours in this vivid city. Burn some energy walking, cycling and paddling Toronto’s roads, markets and waterways, or take in a show, feast on the multicultural cuisine and head to a hockey game. Here’s one way to spend a day and night in Toronto.
Wake up in the glamorous Hazelton Hotel, Toronto’s only member of The Leading Hotels of the World, based in the affluent Yorkville neighbourhood. Enjoy a leisurely breakfast and book in for a massage at the Hotel’s luxurious Valmont Spa.
Take a tour with Toronto Urban Adventures and go beyond the tourist hot spots. Feel an instant connection to the city as you discover how Kensington Market and Chinatown evolved from a Jewish market to the avant-garde enclave it is today. Become a pork enthusiast in the city historically known as ‘Hogtown’.
The best vantage point for panoramic city views is at the top of Toronto’s famed CN Tower, the tallest building in the western hemisphere. Take the ultimate selfie on the roof outside as you brave EdgeWalk, Toronto’s tallest urban adventure and the world’s highest hands-free walk.
Check out Kensington Market – the bohemian stomping ground with an international flare in a historic downtown neighbourhood. Old Victorian houses serve as vintage clothing outlets, scattered in between ethnic stores and restaurants.
Hungry? Make a beeline for Mexican eatery Torteria San Cosme at Kensington Market. Feast on sandwiches stacked with breaded chicken and Manchego cheese, or loaded with seared flat iron steak and panela cheese, with a side of churros.
Walk off lunch on a Toronto museum crawl. Start at the classic Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), then head to Canada’s largest museum of world cultures and natural history, the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). The quirky Bata Shoe Museum is just down the road, featuring thousands of shoes from diverse eras and cultures.
It’s dinner with a difference. Take a leisurely paddle to the Toronto Islands with Culinary Adventure Co, where you'll feast on a gourmet picnic. Watch the sun set over the island waterways and board your canoe as darkness falls, taking in the magnificent skyline as you return to the city.
Ice hockey is the game that defines Canada, and the 2016-2017 season marks the 100th Anniversary of the Toronto Maple Leafs. Grab tickets and head to the Air Canada Centre on Bay Street, or join the fans at Maple Leaf Square where games are broadcast live in the Ford Fan Zone.
The game leaves you buzzing and you’re ready to hit the town. Head to one of the hot night spots, like Early Mercy and The Citizen on King West, Sneaky Dees on College Street, or catch a hip hop show at Toronto’s best low capacity venue, The Underground at Drake Hotel.
You’re in the mood for comfort food before calling it a night. Poutine is more a religion than a food in Canada and Smoke’s Poutinerie serves over 30 mouth-watering varieties. Open until 4am on Queen Street West.