Hotel at a Glance: Howard Johnson Downtown Toronto Yorkville
This Howard Johnson hotel is located in Old Toronto’s Yorkville corridor, one of the city’s best neighborhoods for shopping. From here, you can explore Chinatown, the Garden District, and Koreatown—they’re all within a 15-minute drive. You can also hop on the YUS subway to the waterfront and downtown Toronto (3 km south).
- Go shopping at Yorkville Village—just steps from the hotel—where you can find clothing from Hugo Boss and Alice and Olivia.
- Spacious guest rooms come with foam pillows and free WiFi.
- Pump iron in the onsite gym.
- Get your caffeine fix: The hotel offers 24-hour coffee and tea service.
- Start your day with fresh baked goods at the free continental breakfast.
- Step back in time in the Distillery Historic District, a restored, pedestrian-only Victorian quarter filled with galleries, theaters, and cafés (about 5 km southeast).
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 381 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.