Must-stops along the way
Even though you’ve left the solitude of the park (and we can’t blame you for wanting to stay longer), nature still abounds so embrace the great outdoors on the way to, or even when you arrive in Toronto.
- Arrowhead Provincial Park: With a trio of sandy beaches surrounding a swimmable lake plus nearly 15 kilometres of hiking trails, this park in the heart of Muskoka is worth a pit stop.
- Treetop Trekking: Stretch your legs in Huntsville and partake in a family friendly adventure of aerial trekking from tree to tree on a cable system suspended in the forest.
- Cycle the City: Discover Toronto’s top attractions on two wheels by pedaling the 17-kilometre route that links places like the Royal Ontario Museum, Kensington Market, Chinatown, and the Distillery District.
- Hit the Water: There’s nothing quite like the awe of seeing Toronto’s skyline from the vantage point of a canoe or kayak. The people at Harbourfront Canoe and Kayak Centre will get you geared up and gliding along the water in no time.
Toronto’s restaurant scene is ever-evolving, with a globe-trotting array of standout cuisines, often with a Canadian twists. So eat up — and repeat.
- Don Alfonso 1890: The name may sound ostentatious but this Financial District hotspot comes by it honestly. Michelin-star chefs Alfonso and Ernesto Iaccarino have brought their modern Mediterranean cuisine concept from Italy to their first North American location. Some menu items showcase Canadian ingredients like organic Manitoba bison.
- Antler Kitchen & Bar: Wild food and foraged cocktails are the cornerstone of this restaurant and bar that delivers deeply Canadian cuisine and beverages to its loyal patrons. During brunch find fare such as burgers made with wild boar, bison, and deer, and omelettes filled with foraged mushrooms.
- Pinky’s Ca Phe: Vietnam meets Philadelphia on this snack bar/restaurant’s inventive menu inspired by its owner’s cultural heritage and hometown. Expect amazing mashups like the chef’s take on French Dip that’s accompanied with a pho dipping sauce. Condé Nast Traveler magazine even put the affordable eatery on its 20 Best Restaurants in Toronto list in 2018.
End your day
Toronto’s nightlife is one of legends and its bar game has earned international acclaim. So don’t make your way to your hotel’s comfy bed before having a nightcap first.
- BarChef: The ultimate cocktail experience awaits at this Toronto institution that is constantly pushing the the limits with its homemade syrups and liquor infusions. Overwhelmed by what to order? Try the signature vanilla- and hickory-smoked Manhattan.
- Omni King Edward Hotel: If you’re going to splurge, here’s where to do it. The 1903 luxury hotel just underwent a $40 million renovation that brings modernity to this grande dame while preserving its heritage, including its tradition of serving afternoon tea.
- The Broadview Hotel: Chic meets cool at this 58-room boutique hotel housed in an 1891 Romanesque Revival landmark. Spin some vinyl on your in-suite record player and raid the minibar stocked with locally-sourced treats.
With so much to see and do, you might want to stretch out your itinerary a little longer and spend a couple of extra days discovering Ontario’s two largest cities and the stunning nature in between.