Hotel at a Glance: Comfort Inn Pickering
This recently remodeled Comfort Inn sits right off of Highway 401, an easy 45 minute drive from Toronto. Guests wake up to a complimentary full hot breakfast in the morning, and are welcomed to stylish accommodations in the evening. Family-friendly attractions nearby include the Toronto Zoo and Pickering Museum Village, where you can see what life was like for Pickering’s first settlers.
- Breakfast is served: Fill up on scrambled eggs, homemade waffles, and pastries at the complimentary full hot breakfast buffet.
- Revamped guest rooms feature 32-inch LCD TVs and free WiFi; pets can tag along for a nominal fee.
- Burn off stress on cardio machines in the inn’s fitness center.
- Driving time from Toronto: less than an hour
Pickering, Ontario: Lakeside with Picturesque Boardwalk Outside Toronto
Set on the placid shores Lake Ontario, the former fishing village of Pickering presents a quiet contrast to Toronto, its neighbor to the south. In winter and early spring, you can ice skate and play hockey on the rink at Pickering Recreation Complex. In warmer months, most of the activity centers on Nautical Village, a cluster of shops and eateries overlooking Frenchman’s Bay on the lake. You can spend the day browsing handmade souvenirs along the boardwalk before savoring a dinner of fresh-caught seafood. Catch of a glimpse of life in another era at Pickering Museum Village, where costumed performers depict Pickering’s earliest days.
Drive about a half hour south and you’ll be in Toronto, which Lonely Planet placed on its Best in Travel list for 2015. The massive city boasts a diverse population and a number of cultural landmarks, including the Royal Ontario Museum and CN Tower, which offers views of Toronto’s cityscape from 1,800 feet high.
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