From Victorian-era grandeur to minimalist contemporary design, Toronto’s history is splashed across its skyline and revealed in its famous downtown neighborhoods. Knowledgeable guides will take you on a cultural walking tour and streetcar ride through the heart of the city, ogling its architecture, sampling its vibrant cultural institutions, and visiting its unique neighborhoods. You’ll see at once that Toronto is one of the world’s most multicultural cities. As you soak up the urban vibe you’ll have plenty of opportunity to experience Toronto’s diverse culinary scene and browse both stylish boutiques and eclectic vintage shops. Oh, and you’ll even see some gardens!
CALATRAVA GALLERIA BROOKFIELD PLACE: The six-story-high pedestrian thoroughfare, designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava, evokes a forest canopy or a tree-lined avenue. An architectural must-see.
FOUR SEASONS CENTRE FOR PERFOMING ARTS: Renowned for its hanging-in-mid-air main staircase, this opulent cultural center is home to the Canadian Opera Company and the National Ballet of Canada.
ONTARIO COLLEGE OF ART AND DESIGN : A focal point for art and creativity in Toronto. The latest addition is nicknamed by locals as the “floating table top” or “checkerboard on stilts”.
ART GALLERY OF ONTARIO : Toronto-born Frank Gehry’s recent building renovation includes a billowing façade of glass and wood, as well as the dramatic sculptural staircase and 40-foot glass ceilings of historic Walker Court.
KENSINGTON MARKET: You’ll have time to wander, shop, and have lunch in this bohemian neighbourhood noted for its vintage finds, organic coffee, tacos, Jamaican patties, gourmet cheese shops, green grocers, and Indian spices.
CABBAGETOWN: "Cabbagetown" received its name in the 1840s when Irish immigrants moved into this area utilizing their front yards to grow cabbages and other vegetables. The original buildings, gardens, fences, and other elements have been beautifully retained, presenting a rare view of 19th century design.
EVERGREEN BRICKWORKS : Transformed from a collection of deteriorating industrial buildings, and connected to the city’s 44,000-acre ravine system, Evergreen Brick Works is a dynamic venue for exploring leading-edge ideas and green technologies.
DISTILLERY DISTRICT: A former distillery site, its 44 heritage buildings have been authentically preserved with a new hip vibe. You’ll have time to explore the district’s many open-air patios, exceptional restaurants, craft brewery, art galleries, artisan boutiques, and specialty retail shops. Dinner takes place here.