Fitness and wellbeing is not just about gym time. It’s a journey that challenges and helps you learn and improve along the way. The team of fitness experts at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto have curated wellness experiences that bring together physical health and exploration to a new level.
These specially crafted excursions to key city destinations help guests achieve their personal fitness goals while learning about what the wonderful city of Toronto has to offer.
Toronto Islands: Minimum 6,900 - 20,000 steps round trip
Just a 10-minute ferry ride across Toronto’s inner harbour will bring you to stunning tree-filled picnic spots, car-free streets, quaint old cottages and beachfront attractions. Toronto Islands are made up of three major islands with paths, bridges and boardwalks that connect all three. A quick walk or bike ride takes you to one of four sandy beaches. Those looking to spend the day can select from huge picnic areas, bike paths, a maze, beaches and award-winning gardens. Paddleboats, bicycles and in-line skates are also available to rent.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto’s Must See Landmarks Along the Way: When taking in our islands be sure to visit anyone of the many attractions from the Centreville Amusement Park, Franklin Children’s Garden, Gibraltar Point Lighthouse to the many family and adult only beaches. Or if a relaxing picnic is more your scene be sure to pack a basket and enjoy the abundance of parkland our islands have to offer
Queen Street West: minimum 9,500 – 15,000 steps round trip
Just named the "second hippest district in the world, Queen Street West has one of the trendiest shopping scenes in Toronto. “Queen Street West is a verifiable artery of indie patisseries, homegrown labels, and hidden-from-view galleries – hallmarks of hipness, if ever they existed” - Vogue Magazine, September 2014
Set against a backdrop of historic buildings, Dubbed Toronto’s Art and Design District, this diverse neighbourhood boasts an extensive array of menswear, vintage shoe stores and craft and sewing supplies. It’s a goldmine for the fashion-hungry! At night the neighbourhood offers lively patios and bars and a variety of live music ranging from rock at internationally-renowned venues like the Cameron House, the Horseshoe and the Rex. Re-charge with food from around the world at unique restaurants and cafes that are often open late.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto’s Must See Landmarks Along the Way: Graffiti Alley, Bellwood Trinity Park. If shopping is your calling enjoy the local boutique shops, furniture stores and homegrown coffee shops between Spadina Avenue and Trinity Bellwoods Park. Also known as Toronto's Fashion District.
Enjoy the 2 km stretch between Bathurst Street and Gladstone Avenue known as the Art and Design District. Where nearly every store front on the north side is either a gallery, bar, or nightclub.
The Beaches, or “Beach” as many locals call it, is a charming, laid-back neighbourhood with a vintage small-town vibe. Just 20 minutes east of downtown Toronto, the area has two main attractions: its sandy beach and its Queen Street strip. The inviting Lake Ontario beachfront features acres of soft sand, shady parks, bike and rollerblade paths and a 3 km boardwalk. All are beautifully maintained and popular with the locals. Come people-watch while you soak up the sun. Or work up a sweat along the paths or at one of the area’s many beach volleyball courts. Cool off in Lake Ontario or at the free-entry Donald D. Summerville Olympic Pool.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto’s Must See Landmarks Along the Way: Make time to enjoy a scope (or two) from a neighbourhood landmark Ed’s Real Scoop. If something more hardy is what you desire, make sure to take in the neighbourhood’s best patio and enjoy lunch or dinner at the Outrigger.
5K - For those looking to take in the unique sights and sounds of an urban city, we strongly recommend our University Ave run. Many of Toronto's most important institutions are located along the eight-lane wide street such as Osgoode Hall and other legal institutions and landmark office buildings for the commercial sector, notably major financial and insurance industry firms. The northernmost part of the avenue is dominated by a series of hospitals. These include the Toronto General Hospital, Mount Sinai Hospital, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, Toronto Rehabilitation Institute, and the Hospital for Sick Children. This stretch is occasionally referred to as "Hospital Row" by locals and the media. The avenue ends at College Street, where it splits into Queen's Park Crescent East (northbound) and Queen's Park Crescent West (southbound). Between these two roads is Queen's Park, the home of the Ontario Legislative Building. This landmark creates a terminating vista for those looking north along University. The legislature's site was originally home to the main building of the University of Toronto, and this is the origin of the avenue's name. Today, the university surrounds the legislature building.
The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto’s Must See Landmarks Along the Way: Half way through your run, be sure to drop into The Runners Shop and take advantage of the favourable exchange rate for the latest and greatest gear in running.