Forest Views Close to Downtown Toronto
Stretching 1,122 feet into the sky, Toronto’s CN Tower looks like something from outer space. Visitors to the tower take a one-minute elevator ride straight to the top, where they can marvel at the unobstructed view of downtown and tiptoe onto the tower’s 2.5-foot-thick glass floor—which can hold the weight of up to 14 hippos—to test their bravery. A 10-minute drive from the CN Tower, and 7 miles from downtown Toronto, you’ll find Toronto Don Valley Hotel & Suites. The resort-like hotel fronts a ravine and showcases sweeping views of Don Valley’s lush forest through its enormous floor-to-ceiling windows and lofty open spaces.
Each spacious standard or deluxe room has either forest-facing windows or a scenic balcony overlooking the trees. The deluxe rooms, decorated in periwinkle and grey, feature separate living spaces to sprawl out in.
A breakfast buffet, lunch, and dinner are served in the onsite DV bar I bistro; light and healthy choices are served alongside rich menu items. Guests can also visit the hotel’s indoor pool—there’s a showstopping glass-domed atrium overhead and a sauna nearby.
Toronto, Ontario: Walking City with High-End Shopping and World-Class Museums
Toronto is known as a wonderful walking city with a sprawling network of eclectic neighborhoods and miles of waterside parkland. Set on the shores of Lake Ontario, the city’s scenic hiking and walking trails wind along the harbor front. Wintertime visitors may want to visit the skiing and snowboarding hills within a few minutes’ drive of the hotel. Beginning in early December, a number of outdoor ice-skating rinks open up throughout the city.
A northerly stroll through the Fashion District and Chinatown leads to Kensington Market, a bohemian village rife with vintage shops and organic food markets. For haute couture shopping and fine dining, visitors flock to the Bloor-Yorkville neighborhood, where modern-art installations and crosswalks lined with memory foam soften the industrial streetscape.
Toronto also serves as home to some of Canada’s best museums, such as the Hockey Hall of Fame, the rare Quebecois religious statuary, and the restored Georgian house at The Art Gallery of Ontario. In addition to hosting the country’s largest African and Oceanic art collection, the massive museum curates Italian Baroque sculptures, and historical Canadian art, including contemporary Inuit masterpieces. Be sure to stop at the Ontario Science Centre, where you can watch an IMAX film, delve into space at the planetarium, or touch a plasma ball at the Science Arcade.
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