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How to Spend an Extra Day in Toronto

The fourth-largest city in North America has no shortage of attractions

by Shivani Vora

April 4, 2024

Toronto / Photo: Caio Silva/Unsplash

The largest city in Canada and fourth-largest in North America, Toronto is a destination that celebrates diversity. It’s home to more than 200 ethnic groups who speak over 180 languages—in fact, only 56 percent of Torontonians consider English to be their primary language.

Situated on Lake Ontario in Eastern Canada, Toronto has no shortage of attractions. There’s the CN Tower, for one, which is the tallest freestanding structure in the Western Hemisphere, and the Path, the largest underground shopping complex on the planet.

But neighborhoods such as chic Yorkville, artsy Queen West and the energetic Entertainment District give the city its distinguishing character. The culinary scene here is also a highlight: From upscale restaurants serving refined dishes using local ingredients to fast-casual Thai, Indian and ramen joints, the tempting options to satisfy any craving are endless and line block after block. Hop on a streetcar to watch the appeal of the city unfold.

Tour Guys

Tour Guys / Photo: Courtesy of Lance McMillan/Toronto Star/via Getty Images

If you want to get up close with the qualities that make Toronto so special, a private walking excursion with the Tour Guys is the way to go. Founder Jason Kucherawy, who customizes the experience to your interests and time constraints, is a fount of knowledge and stories about every neighborhood.


Petros82 / Photo: Courtesy of Petros82

Escape to the Greek islands at Petros82, a see-and-be-seen eatery. Selecting a whole fish—branzino, perhaps, or black bass—is a signature part of the dining experience. The chefs, who cook in an open kitchen, grill and top the fillets with a lemon and olive-oil sauce. Other options include the daily crudo and grilled lamb chops.

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto

The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto / Photo: Courtesy of Chris Cypert

Located amid the entertainment and financial districts, The Ritz-Carlton imparts a sense of place. The main dining venues are in demand and perennially packed. Business travelers will appreciate the generously sized guest rooms and attentive service. The Club Lounge, featuring five food and drink presentations a day and a business center, is a standout.

EdgeWalk at CN Tower

EdgeWalk at CN Tower / Photo: Courtesy of EdgeWalk

A must, EdgeWalk at CN Tower is an opportunity to soar 116 stories above Toronto. If you’re bold enough to give the experience a try, you get to walk on a five-foot-wide ledge on top of the building’s main pod. You can tip forward and backward for an extra kick or stand still and take in the city skyscape from the tallest man-made perch in North America.

Casa Loma

Casa Loma / Photo: Courtesy of Buddy Mays/Alamy Stock Photo

The prominent financier Sir Henry Pellatt commissioned Casa Loma in the early 20th century to use as his residence, and the Gothic Revival mansion is a treasured heritage landmark today. Situated in midtown Toronto, it has picturesque gardens and hosts exhibitions throughout the year. It’s beloved by locals and should top the list of attractions for visitors.