Planning a trip to Toronto can be overwhelming: From endless trendy restaurants and bars to museums and live theater to gorgeous green space, “the 6ix” has a plethora of activities and attractions to discover. Make the most of your two-day vacation with this fun-filled 48-hour trip itinerary in Toronto.
Day 1: Urban Excursion
Not sure where to start? Devote day one to exploring the best of downtown Toronto.
8:00 am: St. Lawrence Market
Stuff your bag with everything from artisan breads and cheeses to local wines and homemade salsas at the St. Lawrence Market, rated the world’s best food market by National Geographic. For breakfast, bite into a peameal bacon sandwich – a market classic and arguably Toronto’s signature snack.
10:00 am: Toronto Islands
Walk 15 minutes to Harbourfront and board a ferry to the Toronto Islands – a cluster of breezy isles with unbeatable vistas of the city and Lake Ontario. Families love the amusement park and petting zoo, but a highlight is renting bikes and cycling the three-mile-long peninsula, ogling at four sandy beaches along the way.
12:00 pm: Pizza Pilgrimage
Grab a bite at Terroni Restaurant, a trendy Southern Italian trattoria in Old Toronto that makes phenomenal Neapolitan-style wood-oven pizza. Fun fact: The heritage building functioned as a courthouse from 1852–1900, and the basement wine cellars were once jail cells.
2:00 pm: Theater Time
Catch a matinee at The Young Centre for the Performing Arts – a stunning theater constructed into what was once a 19th-century industrial building. It’s a hub for viewing classic and contemporary cultural works performed by Soulpepper – Toronto’s largest not-for-profit theater company.
After the show, wander the cobblestone streets of the historic Distillery District – a cluster of Victorian factories converted into a pedestrian-only village containing 80 of the city’s coolest artisan shops, art galleries, and designer boutiques.
5:00 pm: Downtown Downtime
Check into the luxurious Hilton Toronto in the Financial District for a well-deserved break. Sip on craft beer or cocktails at Tundra Restaurant, or take a dip in the sublime pool overlooking skyscrapers.
7:00 pm: Supper and Spectacles
Ride the CN Tower’s high-speed elevator to 360 The Restaurant – a fine-dining establishment with incredible revolving city views that plummet more than 1,150 feet below. Bonus: With the purchase of a prix-fixe meal, get free access to the LookOut and Glass Floor levels. At 114 stories above ground, you’ll be treated to panoramic vistas of the GTA.
10:00 pm: Party in “The Village”
Got energy to burn? Taxi over to “The Village,” Canada’s largest LGBTQ community. Situated at Church and Wellesley Streets, this lively ‘hood is loaded with cool cafés, bars, nightclubs, queer theater, and quirky shops to explore. Dance ’til you drop at Buddies in Bad Times, or enjoy a drag performance at the legendary Crews and Tangos nightclub. A perfect way to end day one of your Toronto trip itinerary.
Day 2: Choose Your Own GTA Adventure
Toronto has a big backyard and you’ll need a full day to explore outside the GTA.
If you’re a thrill seeker, visit Canada’s Wonderland, a popular amusement park with more than 200 attractions and 70 rides, including 16 heart-pumping roller coasters, a 20-acre water park, and the Leviathan – Canada’s tallest and fastest coaster. Afterwards, relax at the nearby Hilton Toronto Airport Hotel & Suites in Mississauga. Located 20 minutes from the park, it has amazing amenities like an indoor pool, basketball nets, table tennis, and squash courts.
Nature lovers will adore the Royal Botanical Gardens in Burlington, the largest botanical garden in Canada. Surrounded by greenery and colorful florals, it’s a picturesque place perfect for Instagramming, especially on the 16 miles of nature trails. Afterward, check into the cozy Hilton Garden Inn Toronto/Burlington, just 15-minute drive from “the RBG.”