Hotel at a Glance: Delta Toronto East
No matter what the weather’s like outside, you can enjoy a dip in the saltwater pool in Delta Toronto East’s 20,000-square-foot atrium. Little ones can zoom down the water slide while adults lounge poolside or soothe tired muscles in the sauna and hot tub. The onsite Saachi Spa also offers myriad ways to relax—get pampered with a facial, deep-tissue massage, or mud wrap.
- Grab a bite at the three onsite restaurants, which serve up Japanese, pub, and Italian cuisines.
- Kick back in your spacious room while watching movies on your 42-inch TV.
- What to do: See more than 500 species of animals at the Toronto Zoo, including two giant pandas.
- Get outdoors: See the many monuments and statues at Guildwood Park; a little farther down the lakeshore you can explore the beautiful Scarborough Bluffs.
Toronto, Ontario: Scenic Trails, Boutique Shopping, and the Hockey Hall of Fame
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. From there, a northerly stroll takes you to the Fashion District, where warehouses and old factories that sat empty for years now house upscale restaurants, galleries, and cutting-edge boutiques. A bit farther north lies Kensington Market, a bohemian village rife with vintage shops and organic-food markets.
Toronto may be home to Canada’s best collection of museums. Hockey is a national pastime, so it makes sense that the Hockey Hall of Fame is here. Its interactive Pepsi Shut Out exhibit challenges goaltender wannabes to stop a slap shot against a virtual Wayne Gretzky. The Hall of Fame’s centerpiece is the hallowed Esso Great Hall, home to the Stanley Cup and portraits of all 375 inductees. Science buffs can 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.
The nearby Art Gallery of Ontario exhibits an astounding collection of work from Canadian artists and European masters in a Frank Gehry–designed building that centers on a circular floating staircase. Toronto is also known as a city of gardens, and you’ll find one of its best, the Toronto Music Garden, stretched out along the waterfront. Designed in part by cellist Yo-Yo Ma, the Music Garden translates the music of Bach through beautiful landscaped installations, including a winding river and giant grass steps.