Top Reasons to Stay at the 4-Star Old Mill Inn & Spa
Built on the banks of the Humber River in 1793, the King’s Mill was Toronto’s first industrial building, and it serviced the city until it was destroyed by fire in 1881. Housed within the walls of those ruins, the Old Mill Inn & Spa inn blends history with modern amenities, including a jazz bar, a full spa, and a fine-dining restaurant.
Due to its proximity to the Humber River and top biking and walking trails, winter brings several snowshoeing opportunities to the inn’s visitors. The included C$60 snowshoeing credit is valid at Toronto Adventures' Humber Valley location.
The inn’s elegant rooms and suites feature all-seasons fireplaces and deep-soaking jacuzzi tubs. High ceilings and oversize windows add openness and depth to the accommodations.
A luxury spa offers a full range of treatments and massages, including its signature collagen-and-oxygen infusion facial.
The Old Mill Dining Room serves locally sourced ingredients such as Ontario lamb and free-range chicken. The restaurant is set among stone walls hung with vibrant tapestries.
After dinner, guests can pop into the English-style Home Smith Bar to hear the live jazz acts that play throughout the week.
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 Pepsi Shut Out interactive 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 366 inductees. Science buffs can stop at the Ontario Science Centre to watch an IMAX film, delve into space at the planetarium, or touch a plasma ball at the Science Arcade.
The 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.