24 to 48 Hour Itinerary
24-Hour Toronto Itinerary: Just the Highlights
Toronto in a Day
Start your day early with a trip to Toronto’s historic St. Lawrence Market (92 Front Street East). This market complex traces 19th century roots and is a cornucopia of exotic and local foods. For breakfast, try Toronto’s signature peameal bacon sandwich, available at Carousel Bakery or Paddington’s Pump, both located inside the main market building.
Walking west along Front Street, you arrive at the Hockey Hall of Fame (30 Yonge Street). One of Toronto’s historic buildings and major tourism attractions, the Hockey Hall of Fame serves as both a museum and an interactive playhouse for Canada’s national winter sport. Try your wrist shot at indoor target practice or get a selfie with the legendary Stanley Cup, Canada’s most coveted sports trophy.
Your next Toronto destination, the CN Tower (301 Front Street West), stands at 553 metres (1,815 feet) making it the tallest free-standing structure in the Western Hemisphere. Best visited in the morning, for the clearest views and shortest lineups, the CN Tower is a must-see Toronto tourism attraction. Brave its high-altitude glass floor or go for a thrilling outdoor “Edgewalk” on the tower’s main pod.
After the Tower, head just next door to Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada (288 Bremner Boulevard), home to 16,000 aquatic specimens from all around the globe and North America’s longest underwater viewing tunnel. Over 100 interactive opportunities await. Check it out and check it off.
Walking down toward Lake Ontario you’ll encounter one of Toronto’s favourite watering holes, the Amsterdam BrewHouse (245 Queens Quay West). Located next to “Amsterdam Bridge,” commemorating our city’s long-standing close relationship with Holland, you can grab a bite and a cold pint on the scenic patio overlooking Toronto harbour.
While you digest your food, digest Toronto’s skyline from one of the Toronto Harbour Tours boats (145 Queens Quay West) departing Queens Quay every half-hour. These hour-long tours take you across Toronto harbour and through the Toronto Islands archipelago. Look for the illusion of trees growing in water from which our city allegedly acquired its name.
Back on shore why not pay a visit to one of Toronto’s rooftop patios to reflect on your day before dinner? Check out our Toronto rooftop guide to learn more about our city’s “top” hangouts.
For dinner, explore one of Toronto’s thousands of culinary treasures. Use our cuisine guide to help navigate the city’s vibrant culinary mosaic!
Looking for nightlife? We’ll help you navigate Toronto after dark.
Thinking of extending your stopover by another day? Read on for an extended itinerary.
Day II: The Big Walk
Start your second day of touring Toronto with a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum (“ROM” at 100 Queens Park). With the striking addition of the Lee-Chin Crystal, the world culture and natural history museum was transformed inside and out. Home to the largest collection of Burgess Shale fossils in the world, the ROM is the perfect way to begin your second day of touring Toronto.
After taking in the museum, wander down “Philosopher’s Walk,” a footpath adjacent to the ROM, which leads you through the University of Toronto, established 1827. Along the way you’ll pass by several Toronto landmarks, including the recently transformed Royal Conservatory of Music, Trinity College and, emerging behind Queen’s Park (111 Wellesley Street West), Ontario’s Legislative Assembly.
Following University Avenue, Toronto’s grand boulevard, a turn west on Dundas Street brings you to the Art Gallery of Ontario (“AGO” at 317 Dundas Street West). Here you can find a range of works by the world’s renowned artists. See “Lake Superior” by Group of Seven’s Lawren Harris or Monet’s “Charing Cross Bridge, Fog.” Stop for an espresso and a contemplative moment in the stunning Galleria Italia, a light-filled showcase of wood and glass that runs the entire length of the Gallery’s second level.
Hungry for lunch? Try FRANK, the AGO’s award-winning restaurant housed in a space designed by starchitect Frank Gehry. Its menu is always changing and features local cuisine at its best.
Or head over to Spadina Avenue to explore and nosh your way through Chinatown, one of the city’s many ethnic enclaves.
Or stroll behind the AGO and you’ll find Grange Park and the photo-worthy Ontario College of Art & Design (OCAD) building – a black and white “tabletop” perched on multi-colour steel legs.
Go a few blocks down McCaul Street and you’ll end up in the heart of Queen Street West, named the second coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue Magazine. Head east and pass more of our city’s landmarks, such as the Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts (145 Queen Street West) and Toronto City Hall (100 Queen Street West) a marvel of Mid-Century Modern architecture.
End your second day of touring Toronto at Toronto Eaton Centre (220 Yonge Street). A destination in itself, Named after Timothy Eaton, the proprietor of the site’s original department store, this stylish mall is now home to 330 shops, including the flagship store of the Hudson’s Bay Company, North America’s oldest company. Stop by Bannock (401 Bay Street), just across the street from the mall, for some authentic Canadian comfort food. The best way to end your stay!
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