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Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary

If you want to visit Toronto’s landmarks, I high recommend Toronto CityPASS. It has 5 most popular tourist attractions: CN Tower, Casa Loma, Ripley’s Aquarium, Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre. This blog is a step by step tour guide perfect for first-time visitors. It shows my ideal version of Toronto CityPass 3 day itinerary.

All you need to do is to print out this blog or have it on your phone, I guarantee you would not get lost in the city.

For the Toronto CityPASS, you could buy it online in advance or buy on the spot at any of 5 attractions.

I have lived in Toronto for many years and I have been to all 5 attractions many times and I really like them. I do think the value for the CityPASS is pretty good. There is just one catch: it must be used in 9 consecutive days starting with the first day of use. So you have to visit all 5 attractions in 9 days or less.

My in-laws are coming to Toronto for 3 weeks in the summer. Neither of my husband and I has time to take them around, so I came up with this guide to help them explore this city.

Day 1: Harbourfront (CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium)

“Harbourfront is a neighborhood on the northern shore of Lake Ontario within the downtown core of the city of Toronto.”

You could get a very nice view of Lake Ontario and I highly recommend to take a walk along the lake.

Take Subway to Union Station

Toronto metro system is pretty simple compared to other big cities.

For the metro map, it could be found here: https://www.ttc.ca/Subway/interactive_map/interactive_map.jsp.

Union Station is the busiest Canadian station. It is a stop for all subway, bus, and rail. There is no way you are going to miss this stop because there is a super sharp turn when getting to this station.

Walk to CN Tower

There is an only 7-minute walk from Union Station to CN tower.

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Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Union Station to CN Tower

Toronto CityPASS Stop #1: CN Tower

For this attraction, you could use your Toronto CityPASS.

Address: 301 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5V 2T6

Recommend Length: 1 hour

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: CN Tower
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: CN Tower

CN Tower is world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years from 1975–2007 and was the world’s tallest tower until 2009. The view is spectacular on the top. There is glass floor to look down what is beneath you.

Toronto CityPASS Stop #2: Ripley’s Aquarium

Ripley’s Aquarium is right beside the CN Tower, you could not miss it.

Address: 288 Bremner Blvd, Toronto, ON M5V 3L9

Recommend Length: 2 hour

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Ripley's Aquarium
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Ripley’s Aquarium

This attraction is definitely interesting, especially for kids. When I visited this place, it gives me an out-of-world experience. I saw fishes and sharks swimming above me.

Lunch

You are currently at Toronto downtown core so there are so many places you could decide to have lunch. You could dine at a fancy restaurant in the financial district or just eat a hot dog from the street. Here are some of my recommendations:

Recommendation #1: Canyon Creek Chophouse Front Street

Price: $$

Address: 156 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 2L7

This is not just a steakhouse, it has a lot of variety and the lunch special value there was pretty good.

Recommendation #2: Miku Toronto for Weekday Lunch Special

Price: $$$

Address: 10 Bay St #105, Toronto, ON M5J 2R8

Miku Toronto is an expensive sushi place. It probably has the best tasting sushi as well. I recommend it for a weekday lunch special. It requires reservations.

I wrote a blog post about my winterlicious experience: http://travelerto.com/food/miku-toronto/.

Recommendation #3: Food Court in RBC WaterPark Place on WEEKDAY ONLY

Price: $

Address: 88 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 0B8, 2nd Floor

If you want to have cheap food, I would recommend the food court on the 2nd floor in RBC WaterPark Place. However, the food court is only opened during the weekday and it gets very busy during the 12-1.

Recommendation #4: Food Court in Canadian Broadcasting Centre on WEEKDAY ONLY

Price: $

Address250 Front Street West; Toronto, Ontario; M5V 3G5, basement

Here is another food court around the area. It is in the basement of CBC.

Recommendation #5: Chipotle Mexican Grill

Price: $

Address: 123 Front St W #103, Toronto, ON M5J 2M2

If you want to have a cheap eat Mexican food, here is a good place.

Recommendation #6: Amsterdam BrewHouse

Price: $$

Address: 245 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2K9

If you want a glass of beer and a nice view of Lake Ontario, I highly recommend this restaurant. However, it does get very busy during summertime, especially weekends.

Afternoon

Option 1: Toronto Island Park / Centre Island (Summertime Only)

Length: at least 3 hours

To get to the island, you need to take a ferry from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. However, the ferry is only open to the public during summertime. For schedule, check the website: https://www.toronto.ca/explore-enjoy/parks-gardens-beaches/toronto-island-park/all-ferry-schedules/.

It also gets very busy during the summer weekends so I would advise you to buy tickets online in advance: https://secure.toronto.ca/FerryTicketOnline/tickets/index.jsp.

For more information about the island, visit http://www.torontoisland.com/index.php.

Walk to Jack Layton Ferry Terminal

Address: 9 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5J 2H3

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Jack Layton Ferry Terminal

There are 3 ferries: Ward’s Island, Centre Island and Hanlan’s Point. However, there are just 3 different points on the same island. You could take any of them, depends on which one come to first. This island is not big, according to Google Map, it would take 1 hour to walk from end to end.

I would recommend you to take around the whole island because it is such a paradise. You could bring swimsuit during the summer. There are many beaches on the island and even a clothing-optional beach on the round west side.

Option 2: Waterfront -> St. Lawrence Market (Closed Sunday and Monday) -> Distillery District

This option would give a route into some cultural aspects of Toronto.

Tip 1: If you choose this option, I would recommend having lunch or an afternoon snack at St. Lawrence Market.

Tip 2: I don’t recommend this option during Christmas times on weekend (from the end of October to Christmas). Distillery District hosts annual Christmas market and this place would be super packed during the weekend. It also charges tickets to come in. However, I do recommend it during weekdays.

Take a Walk Along Harbourfront

Just walk towards the lake and you should be able to find many parks aroune Lake Ontario.

HTO Park

Address: 339 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON M5V

HTO park is an urban beach beside the lake. You could use this address as a reference. Just walk towards the east of the park should bring you to next attraction.

St. Lawrence Market

Address: 93 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E 1C3

Hours: 8 AM – 6 PM Tuesday to Saturday. It is closed Sunday and Mondy. However, the antique market is open on Sunday on North building.

St. Lawrence Market is an indoor farmer’s market. It sells nuts, local groceries, yogurt, meat, wine, fishes…

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: St. Lawrence Market
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: St. Lawrence Market

I would recommend trying some food here.

Distillery District

Address: the intersection of Mill St. and Parliament St.

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: St. Lawrence Market to Distillery District
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: St. Lawrence Market to Distillery District

It is about 15 minutes walk from St. Lawrence Market.

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Distillery District
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Distillery District

The Distillery District is a pedestrian-only block that used to be a large distillery during the 19th century. Now it is a just a hipster and artsy place. It has many interesting sculptures and many nice restaurants.

What I like in Distillery District:

Cluny Bistro & Boulangerie

Address: 35 Tank House Lane, Toronto, ON M5A 3C4

I usually order an almond danish in boulangerie of this place. You could check out my review: http://travelerto.com/food/cluny-bistro/.

Take Streetcar or Walk Towards Union Station and Go Home

No matter what option you choose, you need to get back to Union Station if you need to take the subway.

What a day!

If you still have energy at the end, here is one more site you could visit:

Toronto City Hall

Address: 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5H 2N2

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Toronto City Hall
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Toronto City Hall

Toronto City Hall has the TORONTO site that you could take pictures with.

From here, you could take the subway from Queen Station.

Day 2: Downtown Continued (Casa Loma, Royal Ontario Museum)

Day 2 would be continued at downtown.

Take Subway to Dupont Station

Toronto CityPASS Stop #3: Casa Loma

Address: 1 Austin Terrace, Toronto, ON M5R 1X8

Website: http://casaloma.ca/

Length: 3 hours

This place is only 9 minutes away from the station.

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: From Dupont Station to Casa Loma
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: From Dupont Station to Casa Loma

Casa Loma used to be the private residence of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, who used to be one of the richest men in Canada. However, later in his life, around Great Depression era, he had near-bankruptcy and was forced to left his castle due to high property tax.

I have been to Casa Loma many times. It gives me a peek into what luxury life looks like.

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Casa Loma
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Casa Loma

Must see: the tunnel to Hunting Lodge and Stables

Lunch

Recommendation #1: Sushi on Bloor

Price: $

Address: 525 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1Y4

This is a neighborhood sushi place. It has good lunch specials.

Recommendation #2: Koreatown

Price: $

Address: Around the intersection of Bathurst and Bloor

If you want some very authentic Korean food, you could make a detour to visit Koreatown in Toronto.

You could go to any Korean restaurant in this area and it would be cheap and good.

If you like some sweet desserts, I would recommend to check out:

Hodo Kwaja

Address: 656 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6G 1K9

This place is famous for its walnut cakes.

Recommendation #3: Magic Noodle

Price:$

Address: 93 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S 1G4

If you want some Chinese-style ramen, I would recommend this noodle house near the University of Toronto.

University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is about 30 minutes walk from Casa Loma.

You could subway from Dupont station to St. George station.

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: from Casa Loma to University of Toronto
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: from Casa Loma to University of Toronto

I know my in-laws would want to take pictures with Norman Bethune’s sculpture. It is on the way to Royal Ontario Museum anyway.

The university campus is pretty big; however, there is only a couple place worthy to take pictures with.

Picture Spot #1: University of Toronto King’s College Circle

Address: 31 King’s College Cir, Toronto, ON M5S 1A1

This is the drop-off stop for all the tour buses.

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: University of Toronto
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: University of Toronto

Picture Spot #2: Norman Bethune’s Sculpture

Location: Queen’s Park Crescent W. just north of College

Toronto CityPass Stop #4: Royal Ontario Museum

Address: 100 Queens Park, Toronto, ON M5S 2C6

Length: 2 hours

Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Royal Ontario Museum
Toronto CityPASS 3 Day Itinerary: Royal Ontario Museum

This is the largest museum in Canada. It has unique architecture and it would require at least 2 hours here. It closes at 5:30 every day, so be sure to arrive here before 3.

Window Shopping in Yorkville

Yorkville is the “rich” neighborhood of Toronto. Just walk along the Bloor street to the east until you see a Louis Vuitton store.

There are stores like Hermes, Chanel, Burberry, and a chain-store Holt Renfrew in this area. It does feel like a small town in European.

Go Home from Museum/Bay/Bloor Station

This is the downtown core area of Toronto, so there are many subway stations around this area. This concludes the day 2 of my ideal itinerary.

Day 3: Toronto Zoo or Ontario Science Centre

Finally, it comes to the last day. Unlike the previous 2 days with a packed schedule, this day is pretty relaxing. It just has 1 place to visit. There is only one attraction left on your CityPASS, you have to choose between the Toronto Zoo or the Ontario Science Centre.

Both the Toronto Zoo and Ontario Science Centre are far away from the subway line. So if you don’t have a car, I would recommend the Ontario Science Centre since it is close to a bus stop. For Toronto Zoo, it is around 20 minutes walk from the nearest bus stop. Nevertheless, if you have a car and like hiking, I would recommend Toronto Zoo. Rouge National Urban Park is right beside the Toronto Zoo.

Toronto Zoo

Address: 2000 Meadowvale Rd, Toronto, ON M1B 5K7

Ontario Science Centre

Address: 770 Don Mills Rd, North York, ON M3C 1T3

If you want to save on parking, you could park at:

Rouge National Urban Park Visitor Center (Zoo Road Welcome Area).

Address: 1749 Meadowvale Rd, Scarborough, ON M1B 5W8

Getting Around

Like downtown of any major cities, parking is hard to find and expensive. I would recommend using the subway to get around in downtown.

If you are going to hit more than 4 stops for a day, I would recommend using Metro Day Pass: https://www.ttc.ca/Fares_and_passes/Passes/Day_Pass/index.jsp for that day. You could get it at any subway station booth. For most of the attraction, you could get there by subway except Toronto Zoo.

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