How to Spend 2 Days in Toronto

Kelsie Smoot Canada Sign In Toronto at CN Tower.
I’ve been to Windsor and Boblo Island numerous times, but this was my first visit to Toronto, Ontario.
The Ambassador Bridge:   Detroit, MI to Windsor, Ontario.
From Louisville, KY., crossed into Canada by the Ambassador Bridge from Detroit, MI to Windsor, Ont.

This vacation to Canada was inspired by one of my Smootents, Skylar who went to Niagra Falls for Memorial Day Weekend with her Girl Scouts Troop.

An important decision for my trip to Toronto was deciding where to stay. I had a wonderful experience with my first time using Airbnb.

I was hosted in a million dollar condo in the Entertainment District. The fully stocked, 2-bedroom split floor plan was a nice place to call home for two nights.

Toronto City Pass Attractions

The Toronto City pass was an opportunity to see the top six attractions in the city. With less than 48 hours, I did not waste any time getting to the CN Tower and Aquarium which were only two blocks away from the condo.

Neither attractions were crowded. Canada Day had just passed, so I missed all of those crowds. For the sake of time, I had to skip the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre.

The CN Tower

“Nothing Can Stop Me, I’m All The Way Up!”

CN Tower Glass Elevator Ride Up 346 m/ 1,136 feet.
Music: Views
Musician: @iksonofficial
The Financial District, Toronto.
There are 65 skyscrapers in Toronto. This is a view of the Financial District.
Harbourfront, Toronto.
Views of Habourfront, Lake Ontario and Toronto Island

Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada

Ripley's Aquarium Canada
The layout of this aquarium is nearly identical to the Ripley’s Aquarium in Gatlinburg, TN.

Entertainment District

By this time, I had worked up an appetite. The open air lounge of e11even was very inviting with the Scotiabank Arena over my shoulder. This freshly ground burger did not disappoint.

e11even Toronto
e11even dinner: Surf and Turf Gyoza, The best cheeseburger I ever had, brownie dessert with toffee glaze.
Scotiabank Arena
Home of the 2019 NBA Champs!
Toronto Railway Museum at Roundhouse Park
Toronto Railway Museum at Roundhouse Park

Nathan Phillips Square

Nathan's Square
The Heart of downtown, Toronto. The location of the new and old city halls.

Queen’s Park

Ontario Legislative Building
Ontario Legislative Building

Royal Ontario Museum

The ROM was included with the City Pass. My favorite world culture exhibits were the Asian and Africa collections.

Royal Ontario Museum Asian Collection.
East Asian art collection, wooden Buddhist temple statues, tea set.
Proverbial coffin from Ghana made by Paa Joe, African stools, Ejagham headdress, Nisga'a crest pole
Proverbial coffin from Ghana made by Paa Joe, African stools, Ejagham headdress, Nisga’a crest pole.

Casa Loma

Louro and Sons Jewellers.

There was a 1.5 mile walk from the Royal Ontario Museum to Casa Loma.

I passed through the posh area of Yorkville that had this unique, jewelry store front. It was right across the street from a Ferrari dealership.

Casa Loma in Toronto
64,700 sq.ft. over 7 floors.

The decor of the Casa Loma reminded me a lot of the Biltmore Estate.

Casa Loma Suites
Sir Pellatt's Suite, Lady Pellatt's Suite Guest Room, Round Room.
Sir Pellatt’s Suite, Lady Pellatt’s Suite Guest Room, Round Room.

Chinatown

With directions from a local, I was able to ride a street car to Chinatown. I was not impressed with this area compared to Chinatown’s in the U.S.A. There was mostly Dollar Store like merchandise for sale.

Chinatown Toronto
Chinatown in Toronto

Kensington Market

This was a fun area. There were a lot of specialty stores and cafes. After all the walking it was time for a cold beverage.

Kensington Market Toronto
Kensington Market Neighborhood. Krepesz Cafe for lunch.

Toronto Island

Toronto Island reminded me a lot of Detroit’s Belle Isle. A local told me that Toronto went from winter to summer during the end of June. It rained for a week straight, which caused a lot of flooding on the island. A 10 minute ride on the fery gave me this view:

View of the city from Toronto Island
View of the city from Toronto Island
Kelsie Smoot Toronto Islands
Although the Island has beaches, I am more of an ocean girl. I admired Lake Ontario from the Centre Island Pier.

Recreation

Recreational marijuana is legal throughout Canada. I was smelling herbal essences on every corner I turned. Either people were smoking or had just finished smoking.

Toronto has done a great job with having a cycling infrastructure in the core of the city. During rush hour, it looked like a race was taking place.

Toronto bike lanes
Bike Friendly City

“Views”

The CN Tower view from the condo at night.

Toronto was absolutely breathtaking. It is a shame that I never taken the four hour drive from Michigan when I lived there. I don’t think I could deal with the wintertime regardless of the underground city and heated parking garages.

Overall, I am blessed to have experienced this city, and I encourage others to do the same.

My next post will include all photos from Graffiti Alley. This post is long enough ๐Ÿ™‚

Kelsie Lou

About Kelsie Lou

Therapeutic Foster Parent, Teacher, and Runner who believes that life is what you make it. Envision, Empower, and Educate.
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12 Responses to How to Spend 2 Days in Toronto

  1. divadaizha says:

    This is so pretty and not too far from me. I really want to see it!

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  2. You have the best adventures and trips. Looks like a great time.

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    • Kelsie Lou says:

      I totally winged the full day. Smart phones help tremendously. I knew the farthest attraction was Casa Loma and made random stops there and back. There was a lot of walking, but that was the best way to see the off the beaten path things. I walked about 17 miles the 2nd day.

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  3. SM Grady says:

    Lovely photos and great post! Maybe I should give Toronto a chance though. Might be easier to get than Vancouver (what Iโ€™ve holding out for)

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  4. Chandra Lynn says:

    Thorough summation! I have a number of friends from Toronto, but I’ve never visited. Looking forward to your graffiti post!

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