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Live it up in Downtown Toronto vacation rentals

Downtown Toronto is a dizzying place – and we're not just talking about sights from the top of CN Tower, either. What's dizzying here is the sheer number of things to do in the heart of Canada's largest city. Where to start? If you're travelling with tots, you can take the kids on a museum-hopping tour, or check out a children's theatre. If you're in town for a bachelor party or a weekend with the guys, you can go on a pub crawl or watch one of the city's pro sports teams. And you'll get more than your dose of retail therapy if you've got shopping in mind. You can also catch concert, go on a dinner cruise, or just stroll the harbourfront with your sweetheart. The possibilities for fun are endless in Downtown Toronto, and you can make the most of it from your vacation rental.


Sightseeing in and around Downtown Toronto

Are you searching for attractions to visit while you're in the area? Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that Downtown Toronto has to offer. Here are some of the major attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • CN Tower (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • Canada's Wonderland (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
  • Toronto Zoo (15.8 mi / 25.4 km)
  • Ripley's Aquarium of Canada (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Ontario Place (1.8 mi / 2.9 km)
  • Centreville Amusement Park (2.4 mi / 3.8 km)
Day trips

Fabulous trips from your Downtown Toronto vacation rental

In case you need a break from the cosmopolitan pleasures of Downtown Toronto, there are plenty of places a short drive away where you can refresh and renew your link to nature. Here are some of them:

  • Grand Bend. This neighbourhood on the shores of Lake Huron boasts of a Blue Flag beach, which makes it perfect for a day of sand and sun. Grand Bend is only 2 hours' drive from Downtown Toronto.
  • Pinery Provincial Park. Right next door to Grand Bend's beach, Pinery Provincial Park is great for hiking on sand dunes and watching birds. If you're up for it, you can kayak down the Old Ausable Channel.
  • Hamilton. Toronto's close neighbour is only an hour's drive away. If you love scenic waterfalls, you're going to love hiking around Hamilton, which has more than 100 of these beauties.
  • Algonquin Provincial Park. Algonquin Park has inspired countless of Canadian artists for generations with its magnificent scenery. A 3-hour drive from Downtown Toronto, Algonquin Park is also awesome for long hikes and fishing.

Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Downtown Toronto

Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast or just want to spend some time taking in the scenery, Downtown Toronto is a great place to get outside. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Grange Park (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Queen's Park (0.6 mi / 1 km)
  • Yonge-Dundas Square (0.7 mi / 1.1 km)
  • HTO Park (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Toronto Music Garden (1 mi / 1.6 km)
  • Trinity Bellwoods Park (1.1 mi / 1.8 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Downtown Toronto

The nearest airport is in Toronto, ON (YTZ-Billy Bishop Toronto City), located 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.), which is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Toronto Union Station or Toronto Exhibition Station and explore the city from there. You can get around Downtown Toronto by catching a ride on the metro at Osgoode Station, St Patrick Station or St Andrew Station.

How to get around

How to get around from Downtown Toronto vacation rentals

Downtown Toronto's public transit system is definitely your best friend when it comes to getting from Point A to Point B in the neighbourhood. The fastest way to move about Downtown is the subway, which has 2 major lines: Bloor-Danforth and Yonge-University-Spadina. Toronto's LRT line connects Downtown to the Harbourfront area, while buses can transport you between Downtown and the suburbs. Streetcars supplement the subway service; they run north-south and east-west routes within the city. Driving conditions aren't ideal in Downtown Toronto, so you may want to think twice before renting a car.

Food & drink 

Eat the world from your Downtown Toronto vacation rental

Toronto is a seriously cosmopolitan city, and nowhere is this more evident than in its eclectic food scene. You can enjoy fine dining at some of Canada's most prestigious eateries, or get adventurous in the vibrant Chinatown restaurants, where you'll find yourself pointing to some of the dishes and then wishing you knew their names so that you can ask for more. For a meal with a view it's hard to beat a table at the revolving restaurant on top of the CN Tower.

Restaurants and bars

Did you know you can eat around the world without leaving Downtown Toronto? The neighbourhood's multicultural food scene means you can taste the world's cuisines within a short walk of your vacation rental. Check out these amazing restaurants:

  • Biff's Bistro. Biff's Bistro is the epitome of cool – a 1930s-style bistro sporting classy London pub decor. While the menu reads French, the ingredients used are pure Canadian. Must-try dishes are moules frites and gnocchi Parisienne.
  • Bymark. A trendy subterranean club is the place to nibble on glammed-up cheeseburgers and dry-aged striploin steaks. While the mains are the star of the show, sides like mashed potato gratin and bacon mac and cheese can readily steal the spotlight.
  • Miku. This upscale restaurant blends traditional Japanese flavours with Torontonian ingredients. Miku specialises in aburi-style sushi, which means you'll get flame-seared dishes that don't require soy sauce or wasabi.

How many vacation rentals are available around Downtown?

Our 2020 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 1,658 house rentals around Downtown. From 1,158 Condos/Apartments to 423 Houses, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around Downtown is on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when travelling to Downtown?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • North York: 2,177 vacation rentals
  • Scarborough: 1,809 vacation rentals
  • Entertainment District: 994 vacation rentals
  • The Beach: 51 vacation rentals
  • Etobicoke: 2,034 vacation rentals

For other neighbourhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when travelling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Toronto Eaton Centre: 2,614 home rentals
  • Air Canada Centre: 2,611 home rentals
  • Exhibition Place: 2,647 home rentals
  • Ryerson University: 2,617 home rentals
  • Toronto Union Station: 2,617 home rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,158 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 423 lodging choices
  • Studios: 325 lodging choices
  • Townhouses: 26 lodging choices

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation homes including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 514 vacation homes with pool available in Downtown.

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