directions

Toronto is a short trip away from Ottawa, Montreal, and New York. You can drive, fly or take a train here, and follow the instructions below.

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

fly

If you are flying into Pearson Airport, you have a couple of options to get downtown. Jump on the UP Express train which will take you right to Union Station in the heart of downtown, or grab a cab and ask the driver to take the 427 Highway into the city. If you are flying into Billy Bishop City Airport, just walk the tunnel under the lake and your at the foot of Queen Quay Blvd. Hop the streetcar northbound to King and your right in the center of the city.

 

Drive

Driving into the city, there are a few options to get you downtown. If your coming from the New York, Buffalo, Hamilton areas, stick to the Queensway until it merges into the Gardiner Expressway. This main artery will take you right to the York and Bay Street exits, and your here! If you are arriving from the Ottawa, Montreal, Kingston areas, you'll be coming in on the 401 Highway. Take this route until you hit the Don Valley Pkwy southbound, and then exit onto Richmond Street.

 

bus/train

Taking the train will land you in the most central part of the city for your arrival: Union Station. From here, you can remain downtown or hop on the subway to get you to any northern part of the GTA. The bus will also get you right into the heart of the city, with major bus stops at Union Station and the Greyhound station on Bay Street. Either way, you can grab the streetcar or subway to get you anywhere you'd like in the city.

Looking to plan a trip to Toronto and wondering about where to find a more curated, low-key place to rest your head? Toronto's vast hospitality options can be overwhelming and exhausting, so we most definitely recommend looking at these two accommodations. Each hotel is a fantastic, smaller-scale spot and allows you to stay in some of the best, central neighbourhoods in the city. The bonus? They are just a step from some of the best restaurants too. If your looking for a few more options, check out our city guide on Toronto!

 

 

the templar hotel

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348 Adelaide Street West
M5V 1R7 Toronto
416-479-0847

the drake hotel

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1150 Queen Street West
M6J 1J3 Toronto
416-531-5042

 
 

Toronto's location on the shore of Lake Ontario has made it an incredibly dynamic city, with great pocket neighborhoods sprawling east and west of the downtown core. No amount of time is enough to absorb a good amount of what the city has to offer, so here's a small sampling of the things you can do in the area that we love. You'll most likely even spot us at one of these city staples! If you like this and want a little more, have a look at our Toronto city guide with recommended spots for eating, drinking, visiting, and exploring. 

 

 

Eat & Drink

The city with a thousand food options; it's always difficult to make a pick. For an early breakfast or late brunch, be sure to check out Bar Buca with its incredibly curated Italian ingredients and finessed interior space. Great lunch options, coffee, and pastries can be found at Nadege Patisserie or NEO Coffee Bar, both smaller intimate spots in lovely neighborhoods. For dinner, don't miss Dandylion for a quieter, more curated food experience or Momofuku Daisho for an elaborate and trendy atmosphere. For drinks head over to the always hopping Oddseoul for a more youthful and busy scene, or Bar Raval for hip, Spanish libations.

visit & shop

For those searching for a quiet day of lazy exploring, there is no better place than the Gehry-designed Art Gallery of Ontario, filled with some incredible pieces and always riveting exhibits. Along the same stream are the Gardiner Museum for Ceramic Art, and the nearby Royal Ontario Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. For those with a shopping itch and a deep wallet to empty, Yorkville is filled with high-end shops and trendy finds. For a more casual experience, a walk along Queen West will provide great independent shops and go-to retail. Some favourites include the Old Faithful Shop, Oak+Fort, and the Aesop Store.

Explore & wander

With a vast amount of incredible neighborhoods that make up Toronto, it's easy to start off exploring one and end up across the city in just a few short hours. Start off in Old Town for some of the lovely, historic, red-brick architecture and a visit to the St.Lawrence Market Hall. Migrate over to the Distillery District for intimate cobblestone streets, great vintage shops, and quaint restaurants. Walk or bike along the newly redeveloped Queens Quay Waterfront and check out the urban Sugar Beach and the Simcoe Wave Deck. Hang around Fashion District and West Queen West for some shopping and the evening food and bar scene.