Toronto doesn’t do things halfway. As the largest city in Canada, home to the West’s tallest freestanding structure and a multicultural urban hub, Toronto is a buzzing, action-packed place to be. Luckily, two days is still enough time to discover many of its top sights and experiences. Here’s how to plan your trip.
Day 1: Monuments and Museums
Morning: On a 2-day stay, efficient sightseeing is essential—and a hop-on hop-off bus tour gives you plenty of bang for your buck, with no worries about navigation. Depending on your itinerary, you can cruise past Royal Ontario Museum, glimpse Casa Loma, glide through the Entertainment District, and more, all in just a couple of hours.
Afternoon: Toronto is a town that takes its culture seriously, and a museum trip makes the perfect afternoon excursion. Depending on your interests, book tickets for the Art Gallery of Ontario, venture into the Aga Khan Museum, or—if the thrill of competition is more your style—explore the Hockey Hall of Fame.
Night: The CN Tower is Toronto’s most recognizable site, but simply admiring it from ground level won’t do. Instead, ascend 1,465 feet (447 meters) to its lofty SkyPod for luminous city views.
Day 2: Alternative Sightseeing
Morning: Toronto’s waterfront is one of its biggest assets, and there are few better ways to start your day than by heading out on a sightseeing cruise. In a glass-encased boat, chart the Inner Harbour, enjoy views of the Toronto Islands, and capture one-of-a-kind skyline shots.
Afternoon: Toronto is reputed to have Canada’s most adventurous and eclectic dining scene, and a neighborhood walking tour is the perfect way to combine your city explorations with a tempting tasting session. Typical tours might stop at international Kensington Market, explore up-and-coming Corktown, or hit the city’s culinary mecca: St. Lawrence Market.
Night: As evening descends, turn your attention from bites to drinks, and experience the city’s famous nightlife for yourself. Book a cocktail-themed discovery tour to hit Toronto’s coolest speakeasies, most atmospheric jazz bars, and entertaining pubs (with ample chances to toast to your trip).