Four Days of Summer Fun in Toronto

posted on Tuesday, June 28, 2016 at 4:19:59 PM

It’s no wonder Toronto has been ranked among top “must-visit” destinations in the world. A rich history and a wide variety of things to do make this Canadian city an exciting vacation destination any time of year.

Whether you visit The Distillery Historic District, with roots tracing back to 1832, or attend the Toronto Film Festival, one of the most prestigious events in the world, there’s tons of fun to be had for travelers of all ages. Our Canada vacation packages and multi-day itinerary will have prepared for a once-in-a-lifetime getaway.

Day One: It’s early afternoon when you touch down at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ). You gather your things and take the train into downtown Toronto to find your home base for the next few days: Renaissance Toronto Downtown Hotel. There are few hotels on the planet with a more unique location than this one; it’s literally set inside of the Rogers Centre, home of Major League Baseball’s Toronto Blue Jays. You checked MLB.com before you booked the trip and have secured tickets to this evening’s game. So after a leisurely stroll around the city’s bustling entertainment district just outside, you make your way through the turnstiles and take your seats for some peanuts, crackerjack and root, root rooting – Canadian style! It might be a myth, but it seems like food just tastes better in a ballpark. You sit back, sip a beverage and enjoy the leisurely pace of the game while discussing your plans for the next several days. Your experience in Canada’s largest city is off to a pleasant start.

Day Two: You’re in no real hurry this morning and sleep in a bit, eventually heading downstairs to Arriba Restaurant for a leisurely breakfast. You’ve decided to spend the day getting to know the area and have a number of stops in mind. Up first: the mysterious, historic Casa Loma, a Gothic castle where you take your time touring the 5-acre gardens, work your way through tunnels, wander the grounds and explore inside the castle’s suites and hallways. It’s like taking a step back in time — and thoroughly enjoying it. Next, you hop aboard a Toronto Harbour Cruise and snap some pretty amazing pictures of the city skyline and nearby islands – one of which you’ll visit tomorrow. A little later, you take a walk around Queen’s Park and admire some of the many statues, then make your way to Kensington Market, where you visit several cool shops and take a seat at Supermarket to enjoy some cutting-edge, Asian-fusion cuisine for dinner.

Day Three: You wake this morning pleased with the forecast for a nice, warm summer day. Surrounded by Lake Ontario, the Island of Toronto is an urban escape that was at or near the top of your list when you began planning this trip, so you purchase an inexpensive ferry ticket and upon arrival make the 15-minute walk to pick up a rental bicycle. The sun is out and the scenery is beautiful as you pedal your way past cute cottages, beaches and gardens. You enjoy a late lunch at Rectory Café and make a stop back at the hotel later in the afternoon before heading out for a movie under the stars. The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the world’s most prestigious events, and summer screenings of film fest favorites are popular with locals. You take a seat at Pecaut Square at sunset, snuggle together and enjoy the film. Great weather and long days are cause for celebration in this community, and you’re happy to be a part of it.

Day Four: It’s your final day in Toronto, but before you return to the airport this evening, you’ve vowed to take a trip to the top of the CN Tower for a different perspective on the city. Rising 147 floors and more than 1,800 feet above Toronto, the tower is perhaps the city’s most recognizable structure. From the observation deck you’re able to identify many of the places you’ve visited the last few days. You snap a few pics (sure to be posted to Instagram soon) and eventually return to street level to spend a little time in The Distillery Historic District. You sample a seasonal craft beer at Mill Street Brew Pub, then pick up a few decadent chocolates at SOMA Chocolatemaker for the trip home. The New York Times article that ranked Toronto among its top 10 “must visit” destinations was right: The area is “remaking itself as Canada’s premier city” with cultural diversity and a wide variety of wonderful things to do and see.

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