Hotel at a Glance: Howard Johnson Downtown Toronto Yorkville
Located in Old Toronto’s historic Yorkville corridor, this Howard Johnson hotel sits in the heart of a thriving city. After fueling up with fresh baked goods at the continental breakfast, you can explore a multitude of nearby neighborhoods, including Chinatown, the Garden District, and Koreatown—all of which are within walking distance. If your feet get tired, hop on the YUS subway to the waterfront, or to one of James Beard Award-winner David Chang’s five restaurants housed in a single building.
- Go shopping at Hazelton Lanes—just steps from the hotel—where you can find clothing from Free People and Hugo Boss.
- Get your caffeine fix: The hotel offers 24-hour coffee and tea service.
- Step back in time at the Distillery Historic District, a restored, pedestrian-only Victorian quarter filled with galleries, theaters, and cafes.
- Spacious guest rooms come with foam pillows and a complimentary newspaper daily.
- Pump iron in the onsite gym.
- Go exploring: Hundreds of bars, restaurants, and bakeries, are within walking distance.
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. Here, warehouses and old factories that sat empty for years now house galleries, cutting-edge boutiques, and upscale restaurants like James Beard Award–winner David Chang’s Momofuku Noodle Bar. 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.