InterContinental Toronto Centre
Start your day with a delicious shakshuka dish at Baro, steps from the hotel. This eclectic eatery is nestled in one of Toronto’s most popular neighborhoods – King West – with fine dining and stores. Walk over to Toronto’s iconic sites, including Ripley’s Aquarium Canada, with extraordinary marine life exhibits and a vast underwater tunnel with a moving sidewalk. Take a morning stroll along the Toronto Harbourfront on Lake Ontario. Explore the waterfront and walking trail backed by restaurants and shops or hop on one of Toronto's lake cruises. Enjoy your morning on a high note at the Sky Pod at the top of the CN Tower – Toronto's most iconic landmark. Towering above downtown, this Canadian icon wows with panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario. On clear days, you can see Niagara Falls and New York State. Experience the cultural energy of Yonge Dundas Square, a neon-lit public gathering space in downtown Toronto. The lively square offers seating areas, dancing fountains, and a stage for summer concerts. Stroll along the surrounding streets lined with restaurants and sidewalk cafés. Take the family to the Toronto Zoo, home to 5,000 animals from around the world. Encounter lions, tigers, hippos, giraffes, penguins, polar bears, and orangutans. Explore the Gorilla Rainforest, Tundra Trek, and the Great Barrier Reef at this amazing zoo on the Rouge River, 40 km from downtown. Discover fascinating marine life and inspiring underwater creatures from around the globe at the Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada.
Embark on an afternoon adventure at picturesque Evergreen Brick Works, a sustainable urban park in the heart of Toronto. This former quarry once provided bricks to the most famous landmarks in Toronto, such as Casa Loma and Massey Hall. Relax in the natural beauty of this city park with ponds, gardens, meadows, and hiking trails that wind through a mini forest, eventually leading to a hidden view of the Toronto skyline. Shop at Toronto’s largest farmers market or experience events like Summer Wednesdays with live music. If you love art, discover the Art Gallery of Ontario, one of the largest museums in North America. Browse an impressive collection of Canadian art, European masterpieces, and contemporary works. Tour the Royal Ontario Museum, which houses outstanding exhibits on natural history, art, and culture from across the globe. With the addition of a modern wing featuring glass and sharp angles, the museum is now one of Toronto's most distinctive buildings. Experience the cultural energy of Yonge Dundas Square, a neon-lit public gathering space in downtown Toronto. The lively square offers seating areas, dancing fountains, and a stage for summer concerts. Stroll along the surrounding streets lined with restaurants and sidewalk cafés.
Immerse yourself in Toronto's nightlife in the Distillery District, a restored historic area that has been transformed into a trendy entertainment, dining, and shopping district. Walk to charming boutiques, art galleries, and restaurants housed in 19-century buildings that embody Old Toronto. Stop for authentic margaritas and tacos at El Catrin with an outdoor patio, or throw back oysters at Pure Spirits, a former whiskey distillery that operated during Prohibition. Head to the Entertainment District in City Centre, Toronto’s top sites, like the CN Tower and Scotiabank Arena. See a baseball game or a big-name concert at the Rogers Centre. Enjoy an evening of live music and theatre at Roy Thomson Hall, home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, and see Broadway shows and musicals at the Royal Alexandra Theatre. Walk down King Street, considered Toronto's Fashion District, with trendy restaurants and designer boutiques, as well as Canada's Walk of Fame, Princess of Wales Theatre, and the St. Lawrence Market.
Ferry to the Toronto Islands
The beautiful Toronto Islands are only a few minutes away by ferry or water taxi from our hotel. The boats leave from the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, which takes you to 15 islands in Lake Ontario that are inter-connected through bridges and pathways that you can walk and bike across. Spanning 820 acres, Toronto Island Park is the city’s recreation and relaxation destination. Enjoy swimming and sunbathing on 11 beautiful beaches, including Hanlan’s Point Park. Play a game of disc golf on Ward’s Island and enjoy fun rides and games at the Centreville Amusement Park. Go kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding from the marina, or rent a boat from The Boat House. Enjoy a day of fishing on the trout pond, visit the 200-year-old lighthouse, and explore the island’s scenic biking paths. For a fun adventure, walk the William Meany Maze on Centre Island, with 1,200 Black Cedars planted in a unique winding design. It recreates the original Toronto Island maze, a landmark built in 1967 to honour Canada’s centennial year. If you are hungry, stop at one of the island’s restaurants, including the Island Café on Ward’s and the Toronto Island BBQ & Beer Co. on Centre Island.
Located around the corner from the hotel, the CN Tower is a symbol of Toronto and the city’s most famous landmark. Towering 553.3 meters above downtown, the CN Tower was the tallest freestanding building in the world until 2007. The Canadian icon can be seen from almost everywhere in the city and is a beacon for Torontonians with its ever-changing light displays. Take the elevators to one of the observation areas or restaurants for panoramic views of the city and Lake Ontario. Ride up to the Sky Pod, 447 meters above the city, with views that extend to Niagara Falls and New York State on clear days. Enjoy dinner at Restaurant 360 with a 72-minute rotational view of Toronto from a height of 1,151 feet. Get your heart racing on the Edge Walk, the world's highest full-circle, hands-free walk on the outside edge of the main pod of the tower high above the streets of downtown Toronto.
Toronto Events and Festivals
Toronto hosts many exciting events, festivals, and fairs that celebrate the city’s diverse art, music, food, and communities. No matter what brings you to Toronto, you’ll find incredible events in every neighborhood to spark your curiosity. The hotel is located near the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, which hosts many events, conventions, exhibitions, and trade shows throughout the year. Here are a few annual Toronto events curated by our hotel concierge: Toronto Pride Festival – June, Annual Beaches International Jazz Festival – July, FAN EXPO Canada – August, Toronto International Film Festival – September, Canadian International Auto Show – February.
PATH, Toronto’s Underground World
Experience Toronto’s underground pedestrian walkway in the city’s downtown core. The PATH spans more than 30 km of restaurants, shopping, services, and entertainment. The walkway also connects pedestrians to public transit, accommodating more than 200,000 commuters, residents, and tourists daily. The PATH features 1,200 restaurants, shops, and businesses and connects to more than 75 buildings, three major department stores, six subway stations, and Union Station – Toronto’s busiest transit hub. Located steps away from InterContinental® Toronto Centre, the PATH takes you to Toronto’s most popular tourist sites and entertainment venues, including the Roy Thomson Hall Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Centre, City Hall, and the CF Toronto Eaton Centre. For a unique sightseeing adventure, walk through the PATH from the waterfront to Downtown Yonge Dundas Square, and from the Entertainment District to Yonge Street. These all connect through Toronto’s Financial District, steps away.
Toronto Theatre District
Part of the Entertainment District in downtown, the Toronto Theatre District has the largest concentration of stage theatres in Canada. Bordered by King Street West and University Avenue, the district features many historic venues, including the Royal Alexandra Theatre, Princess of Whales Theatre, Tarragon Theatre, Roy Thomson Hall, and the Canadian Stage Company. Located on King Street West, the Princess of Wales Theatre is a 2,000-seat live theatre in downtown Toronto. Opened in May 1993 with a Canadian production of the Broadway show Miss Saigon, this modern 2000-seat theatre presents classic and contemporary musical productions and shows throughout the year. Featuring artwork by the brilliant Frank Stella, it was the first private, stand-alone theatre built in Canada since the historic Royal Alexandra Theatre, located just one block away, which opened in 1907. The theatre is known for the world premiere of the stage production of The Lord of the Rings in 2006. See the Toronto Symphony Orchestra perform at Roy Thomson Hall in the downtown Entertainment District. Opened in 1982, with a circular architectural design, the concert hall boasts incredible acoustics and seats 2,630 people.