Begin the day window shopping along the rows of restored Victorian residences on Yorkville Avenue, or reading at a sidewalk café along Cumberland Street. In the 1960s, before the country's most exclusive shops settled here, Yorkville was a hippie haven, attracting emerging Canadian musical artists such as Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot. The shops spill onto Bloor Street West, often referred to as Toronto's Fifth Avenue – all just steps from Four Seasons Hotel Toronto. The Royal Ontario Museum is worth a peek, even if just from the street, to admire the shiny crystal-inspired modern structure.
Rest your legs at the Spa, our 2,787-square-metre (30,000-square-foot), sun-filled urban luxury retreat located on the ninth floor.
Start your night out on the town with dinner at 360 Restaurant – the CN Tower's 350-metre-high (1,150-foot-high) revolving restaurant, which offers regional Canadian fare and panoramic views. Afterwards, take in a play or a concert in Toronto's Entertainment District. End the evening with a nightcap at d|bar, the Hotel's lively street-level lounge featuring a spacious seasonal terrace.
Pick up picnic supplies from St. Lawrence Market, whose stalls offer a cornucopia of imported delicacies and delicious prepared foods. From here, walk to the docks at the foot of Bay Street and Queen's Quay to catch one of the ferries to the Toronto Islands; the view of the city skyline is an added bonus. One of the allures of island life is the slow pace, so spend the afternoon rambling. If you'd like to cover more ground, rent a bicycle at the pier on Centre Island.
Keep the outdoorsy theme going with al fresco drinks in the Historic Distillery District — Toronto's only pedestrian-friendly entertainment village.
When you're back downtown in the evening, head to Café Boulud, by Chef Daniel Boulud, located on the Hotel's second floor. The restaurant serves a soulful menu deeply rooted in French tradition, set in the style of a lively French brasserie.
JUST FOR KIDS
Start early at the Toronto Zoo, where 280-plus hectares (700-plus acres) of dense forests and winding creeks are home to more than 5,000 animals and 460 species. (Allow extra time if you are reaching the zoo by public transportation, which could take over an hour.) Or venture out to the equally enthralling Canada 150: Discovery Way exhibit at the Ontario Science Centre, a year-long installation about the stories behind transformational Canadian inventions and innovations, from the lightbulb to the flight recorder.
If your kids are sports fans, the Hockey Hall of Fame at Yonge and Front Streets might be just the ticket. On the weekends, head to Harbourfront for kid-friendly activities and performances. Then ride up the CN Tower to test your nerves on the glass floor that "floats" over a 342-metre (1,122-foot) drop, and take in a view that extends far enough to let you see the mist from Niagara Falls. Head east down Queen’s Quay just past Jarvis to Against the Grain, where you can toast to a fun-filled day with a Shirley Temple right next to the water’s edge.
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