4 Days Toronto Itinerary – All in 1 Guide!

First time in Toronto and have no idea what to do? Here's is our recommended 4 days itinerary that brings you on an adventure to Toronto's major tourist attractions!

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Introduction

Toronto is the capital of Ontario and the largest city in Canada. Home to a dynamic mix of tourist attractions from museums to nature parks, it is definitely not a city to be missed!

Planning your way around these attractions can be messy and difficult, especially if it is your first time visiting. To help you organise your trip, we have compiled an easy-to-followexciting 4 days itinerary that would bring you to most of Toronto’s famous tourist spots!

Before we Start:

To maximise your time and money, here are some things you should consider before embarking on your journey in Toronto:

Modes of Transport

If you would like to save on transport cost, you might want to consider getting a concession pass on the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). If you would prefer cabbing, there are many different cab companies available, as well as the option of Grab. Of course, some tourist attractions are of such close proximity you can chose to skip the ride and walk instead!

TorontoCityPass

You might want to consider getting a Toronto CityPASS which allows you to save 34% or more at Toronto’s top 5 attractions, plus skip most lines. Toronto CityPASS includes admission to:

  • Toronto Zoo OR Ontario Science Centre
  • CN Tower
  • Casa Loma
  • Royal Ontario Museum
  • Ripley’s Aquarium

CityPASS tickets are valid for nine days beginning with the first day of use.

Day 1:

Casa Loma > Yorkville > Royal Ontario Museum > Kensington Market > Chinatown > Graffiti Alley

Casa Loma

Start your day by going back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor and get enchanted by the views of Casa Loma — a Gothic Revival style mansion that is now a historic house museum and landmark. Don’t forget to grab a multimedia audio tour for free (available on a first-come, first-served basis) while going on your self guided tour. Lifts are not available in the compound but if you are up for the challenge, we highly recommend you to climb to the top of the castle, as you will be rewarded with the breathtaking view of the Toronto skyline.

Did you know? Casa Loma means ‘Hill House’ in Spanish. 

Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON

Opening Hours: 

9.30am – 5.00pm daily (Last guest admission: 4.30pm)

Christmas Eve: 9:30am – 4:00pm,

Closed on Christmas Day

To find out more about ticket prices, click here.

Yorkville

After relishing in the fairytale dream of being in a castle, continue living your royalty fantasy by taking a 7min drive to the Yorkville, an upscale neighborhood.

Here, you will find high-end boutiques, galleries and design studios, especially on Bloor Street’s “Mink Mile.” This area features chic cafes, polished bars and fine-dining restaurants.

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Royal Ontario Museum

Next, make your way down to The Royal Ontario Museum which is a 5 minutes walk away. With 6 million objects in its 40 galleries, you can immerse yourself in the world of art, world culture, and natural history.

Dinosaurs, mummies and ancient costumes are just a few things you’ll see at Royal Ontario Museum.

To find out more about ticket prices, click here.

Address: 100 Queen’s Park, Toronto,ON  M5S 2C6

Opening Hours: 10am – 5.30am daily, closed on 25Dec.

p.s. ROM offers free general admission during extended hours from 5.30pm – 8:30pm on third Mon nights. Don’t say bojio!

Kensington Market

When you’re ready to leave, head over to Kensington Market which is a 6 minute drive away. Kensington Market is a walk-able bohemian neighbourhood that offers an array of shops ranging from vintage boutiques and indie shops to specialty grocers and bakeries. It also contains trendy hipster bars and cafes. While here, be sure to check out the on the fish tacos at Seven Lives and the churros from Pancho’s Bakery.

Chinatown

Just 9 minutes walk away from Kensington Market is Chinatown, a neighbourhood that hosts a variety of Chinese, Vietnamese, Thai and Japanese restaurants that range from dim sum and pho to modern fusion. Take some time here to explore the streets of Chinatown and try a few Asian dishes here, you will be pleasantly surprised at how amazing some of these dishes are!

To end off your tour at Chinatown, we highly recommend you to pop by the Graffiti Alley to take amazing OOTD shots. Whip your phone out and snap away!

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Day 2:

CN Tower > Ripley’s Aquarium > Fort York > West Queen West

CN Tower

Start off your day by visiting the CN tower. The CN Tower is easily the most recognizable and iconic landmark of Canada. Standing at 553.3 m-high, it is an internationally renowned symbol of engineering masterclass.

This spectacular tower is not one to be missed, after all, can you really claim to have been to Toronto if you did not visit the CN tower?

Did you know? “CN” in CN Tower originally referred to Canadian National, the railway company that built the tower.

Address: 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6, Canada

Opening Hours: 9am – 10.30pm daily

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Just a 2 minutes walk away lies Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada. Ripley’s Aquarium is Canada’s largest indoor aquarium that houses more than 16,000 exotic sea and freshwater specimens from more than 450 species.

Feeling adventurous? Get your hands wet and touch bamboo sharks or interact with stingrays.

You will definitely not want to miss the daily live dive shows too!

To find out more about ticket prices, click here.

Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9, Canada

Opening Hours: 9am-11pm daily (Do check the calendar of events for occasional early closure)

Fort York

Fort York is a 6 minutes drive away from Ripley’s Aquarium. The founding landscape of Toronto and a registered archaeological site, Fort York is home to Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings.

To find out more about admission tickets, click here.

Address: 250 Fort York Blvd

Opening Hours:

Sep to May: Mon-Fri: 10am-4pm. Sat, Sun: 10am-5pm

Jun to Aug: 10am-5pm daily. Closed on 1Jan, 30Mar & 24Dec-26Dec

West Queen West

End of the day at West Queen West, which is about a 6 minutes drive away from Fort York. Similar to Kensington Market, West Queen West is a trendy neighbourhood that houses vibrant bars, cafes and bistros. It is also known for its offbeat street fashion.

If you’re feeling tired, you can also relax at Trinity Bellwoods Park, the top leisure spot for families and dog owners.

Day 3:

Hockey Hall of Fame > St. Lawrence Market > Distillery District > Yonge-Dundas Square > Nathan Phillips Square > Art Gallery of Ontario

Hockey Hall of Fame

Start your day off at the Hockey Hall of Fame.The hockey hall of fame is an ice hockey museum located in Toronto. Not only is it dedicated to the history of ice hockey, The Hockey Hall of Fame also holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records and has the largest collection of hockey memorabilia in the world!

Find museums boring? Perhaps the Hockey Hall of Fame will change your mind! Get first hand experience of being a goalie, take shots or even put your knowledge to the test at the Game Time Trivia as part of the interactive activities found in the museum.

Address: 30 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E 1X8, Canada

Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri: 10am – 5pm

Sat: 9.30am – 6pm

Sun: 10.30am – 5pm

*timing differs based on season* To find out more about opening hours and admission tickets, click here.

Did you know? Ice hockey is the official winter sport of Canada.

St. Lawrence Market

It should be around lunch time by the time you are done exploring the Hockey Hall of Fame. Make your way down to the St. Lawrence Market, which is a 7 minute walk away.

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Ranked the best food market in the world by National Geographic, you are bound to find something to satisfy your tummy!

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From fresh produce and artisan cheeses, to prepared foods, baked goods and meat, you name it, they have it.

Address: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3, Canada

Hours:

Tue to Thu: 8 am to 6 pm
Fri: 8 am to 7 pm
Sat: 5 am to 5 pm. (South Market and Farmer’s Market)
Closed on Sun & Mon

Did you know? Until 2015 there were 2 buildings in the St. Lawrence complex, both with different purposes, but they were demolished to make way for redevelopment. 

Distillery District

After stuffing yourself with yummy goods at the St. Lawrence market, take a 5 minute drive and you will arrive at the Distillery District — a pedestrian-only village featuring Victorian-era heritage buildings. Here, you can find fashion items, good food and even art galleries and performances.

Yonge-Dundas Square

Once done exploring, hop on Toronto’s TTC public transport service and take a 30 minute ride to Dundas Station. Right outside the Dundas Subway Station you’ll find Yonge-Dundas Square, one of the city’s prime tourist location.

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While here, take some time to visit other major landmarks nearby such as the Toronto Eaton Centre to do some shopping, or visit the Ed Mirvish Theatre to catch a show.

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Address:1 Dundas St E, Toronto, ON M5B 2R8, Canada

Hours: 24h

Nathan Phillips Square

Another famous square you have to visit it the Nathan Phillip Square which is about a 7 minute walk away. The Nathan Phillips Square is a public urban plaza located directly in front of Toronto’s New City Hall building and is home to various free outdoor concerts and shows. New Year’s Eve celebrations, concerts, charity events, speeches and demonstrations are all held at this square.

While the Nathan Phillip Square is not as popular as the Yonge-Dundas Square, it is larger and provides just as much fun and excitement. Visit the Nathan Phillips Square in the summer to catch the Toronto Outdoor Art Exhibition, or in the winter to see the main fountain get transformed into a ice skating rink!

Did you know? The Square is named after the former Toronto Mayor, Nathan Phillips, who was mayor of Toronto from 1955 to 1962. 

Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2, Canada

Opening Hours: 24h

Art Gallery of Ontario

If you still have energy after all the walking, why not check out the Art Gallery of Ontario, which is about a 4 minutes car ride away. With a collection of more than 90000 works of art, the Art Gallery of Ontario is among the most distinguished art museums in North America.

To find out more about admission tickets, click here.

Address: 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4

Opening Hours:

Tue, Thu: 10.30am – 5.00pm

Wed, Fri: 10.30am – 9.00pm

Sat, Sun: 10.30am – 5.30pm

Closed on Mondays

p.s. Good lobang must share! There is free admission to the collection gallery every wed from 6pm – 9pm!  To find out more about ticket prices, click here.

Day 4:

Habourfront Centre > Toronto Islands > Habourfront Centre

Habourfront Centre

Start your day at the Harbourfront Centre, one of Toronto’s most popular tourist attractions. Take your time to experience some of the best cultural, arts and educational events and activities in Toronto, and perhaps enjoy a lovely brunch.

Toronto Island

Once done exploring Habourfront Centre, catch a ferry and spend a day exploring the Totonto Islands. For ferry details, click here.

Toronto Islands are a chain of 15 small islands in Lake Ontario. Rent a bike and explore the 3 major islands – Centre, Ward’s and Algonquin – all connected by bridges. While at the Central Island, you might also want to check out the Centreville Amusement Park and William Meany Maze. To learn more, click here.

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If you are still energetic after your time in Toronto Island, head back down to Habourfront Centre, which would have been vastly different from what it is in the day. At night, the Habourfront Centre is bustling with nightlife. On Saturday nights in the winter, the onsite rink presents skating combined with DJ music, while the Enwave Theatre offers regularly scheduled live mainstream and world music. Spend your night partying away!

With this jam-packed and fun filled 4 days itinerary, we’re sure that you will have an unforgettable and memorable trip!

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