It's not just the staggering skyline – which features the iconic spike of the CN Tower – that makes Downtown Toronto such a thrilling place to visit. There's also Yonge-Dundas Square – bathed in neon and the glow of animated billboards, it's the city's answer to Times Square. Jumping bars and clubs await on King Street West, and then there's the PATH – stretching over 28 kilometers, it's the world's largest underground shopping mall.
A city in itself, Markham is revered as one of the tech capitals of Canada – in fact, it's been likened to Silicon Valley. There's history to be enjoyed here as well, though. Markham Museum is an open-air site spread over 25 acres where you can explore perfectly preserved historic buildings. Another thriving community is Richmond Hill – its dozens of public parks make it a perfect place to relax.
Some may think it a suburb, but North York has its share of gleaming high-rises and the vibe can be like that of any busy city. It's home to Toronto Centre for the Arts, a cultural hub where you can catch blockbuster shows and avant-garde plays. The nearby city of Vaughan is where you'll find the epic mall, Vaughan Mills, a place you can easily spend a whole day shopping.
Immaculately preserved, Industrial Era buildings house boutiques, bars, and restaurants in Toronto's charming Distillery District. You really get a sense of the city's history even as you enjoy the artisan bakeries and contemporary art galleries that now exist among the old tank houses and warehouses. Perfect for a wander on a sunny day, the area is also the setting for numerous street festivals over the year.
Combining small-town charm with the bustling attractions of a city, Oakville sits on the cusp of Lake Ontario – you can have an amble by the gentle waters, watch the yachts bobbing in the sun, and relax in a bar or café. If you want to practice your swing, where better than Glen Abbey? Designed by golfing legend Jack Nicklaus, it's one of the most revered courses in Canada.
Mid-Range hotels in Toronto, Canada
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"Pleasant one-night stay"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 26, 2013
The hotel is conveniently located close to the downtown Toronto airport. I think if the weather had been nicer and we didn't have as much luggage, it would have been possible to walk from the airport to the hotel (how often can one say that!) There is alot of construction outside the hotel, so it was tough to find it by car and it was also hard getting a cab later that day. Patience is necessary. The hotel staff was cold and brusque, not accommodating at all. They refused a one-hour late checkout. Also, we asked for a double room, but was given a king because there were no more doubles available. Though the room was an upgrade to a corner "suite," it was still inconvenient. The room itself was lovely. Huge bathroom, clean, comfortable, spacious. We would go back there again, particularly when the weather is nicer and we can explore the harborfront area (there is a shopping mall down the street that looked really nice with restaurants and a supermarket).
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 22, 2013
Loved hotel and definitely would stay again. Great location near Dark Horse, Queen St shopping and UTO. Clean and stylish. Resto and bar made a great place to hang out with our daughters during visit. We had little difficulty figuring out how to work showers (unlike other reviews). Internet access was great ( think they have updated service). We hit ourselves on floating bed a couple of times ( poor design IMHO). There is no place to put away clothes other than hallway hangers so we used our suitcase on the floor. No big deal in my view. Service in rooms is spotty (had to ask for TP and new towels) but the 20 somethings running the place are great kids and everything was eventually supplied with a smile.
"Not walking distance to eatan centre"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 21, 2013
Website made it seem like hotel was walking distance to mall. Not in the winter and definitly not with shopping bags. Overall good hotel. Can hear everything in the halls and the parking garage feels unsafe for a female by herself.