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Discover an exceptional Toronto hotel near the city's captivating highlights and hidden gems, offering a gateway to unforgettable experiences. Immerse yourself in the vibrant arts, food, and sports scenes that define Toronto's allure, all conveniently accessible from our downtown location. Capture breathtaking city vistas with CN Tower's EdgeWalk, cheer on the 2019 NBA Champion Raptors at Scotiabank Arena (formerly Air Canada Centre), and explore the dining and shopping delights of Harbourfront. Uncover the vibrant world of street art in Graffiti Alley, venture to nearby Niagara for winery tours, or revel in the cinematic magic of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). At The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, your extraordinary journey into the heart of the city's wonders awaits.

On-Site Outlets
Cloud Nine Couples Treatment Room

Spa myBlend (5th Floor)

Combining the incomparable service you have come to expect from The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, with the revolutionary face & body treatment concepts from Spa myBlend, we have created a one-of-a-kind oasis. Open from 8:30am - 7pm (8pm Fri. - Sun.)

Phone:   +1 416-572-8000
8:30 AM-7:00 PM
8:30 AM-8:00 PM
Appointment required
Fitness Center

The Ritz-Carlton Fitness Centre (5th Floor)

The Fitness Centre offers a selection of state-of-the-art fitness equipment including Peloton bikes.

Open 7 days a week, 24 hours a day
Salt-Water Pool


Indoor Pool (5th Floor)

Mon-Sun : 6:30 AM-9:00 PM


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Wine Country

From cool climate Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs, Niagara's wine region boasts some of Canada's best wines. And now, guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto can participate in a variety of one-of-a-kind wine experiences thanks to an exclusive arrangement with some of the area's most celebrated vineyards.

13th Street Winery

13th Street Winery evolved from a desire to create exceptional wines that reflect the unique terroir of Niagara, while also providing a place for guests to congregate and escape; to relax and discover; and to experience and learn.

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The half day 13th Street Premium Wine, Food, and Art Experience includes:

  • Enjoy an outdoor, seated wine experience that includes a flight of four premium 13th Street wines paired with artisanal cheeses. A Professional will guide you through the flight and teach you about wine and cheese pairing.

  • After your wine tasting, enjoy a glass of wine and a lunch selection from the 13th Street Bistro Farm to Table Menu while you experience all of what 13th Street has to offer on property.

  • Following lunch from the Bistro, stroll through the vineyard and discover the 13th Street Art Gallery and Sculpture Garden Tour.
Off the Eaten Track

Recognized as one of the best food cities in the world, Toronto’s multicultural vibe extends to an exciting food scene.  Discover what makes our city so unique with this collection of custom culinary experiences, exclusively curated for guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto. Whether it’s walking in the footsteps of the city’s distilling history, uncovering a neighbourhood’s hidden gems, or meeting with industry pioneers who are helping to shape our culinary culture, our Off the Eaten Track program will whet your appetite for Toronto’s dynamic food scene and leave you craving more!

Voted by Conde Naste Traveler as one of the best food cities in the world, Toronto emits a magnetic and multicultural vibe that extends to the exciting restaurant scene.


Micro-Brewery Tours

Discover where beer enthusiasts quench their thirst with the hotel's Craft Brewery tour.  From small ‘nano’ breweries serving up one keg at a time, to large-scale facilities producing lake-sized batches, this tour takes guests to some of Toronto’s best spots for locally brewed suds.  For the ultimate experience, the hotel’s Concierge team can even arrange a personal tour, where guests can meet the brew master and enjoy a sample from the tanks.

Ritz-Carlton, Recommends: Upon returning to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, guests will enjoy one of the best views of Toronto’s iconic CN Tower while sipping a specialty Michelada or beer cocktail at Ritz Bar.

To make a reservation for your curated experience, please contact our Concierge Team at toronto.concierge@ritzcarlton.com.


Niagara Wine Region

From cool climate Chardonnays to earthy Pinot Noirs, Niagara's wine region boasts some of Canada's best wines.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Guests of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto can participate in a variety of one-of-a-kind wine experiences thanks to an exclusive arrangement with some of the area's most celebrated vineyards.


Tasting the History of Chocolate

Soma is the brainchild of David Castellan and Cynthia Leung. With the concept in mind to finding new ways to create and enjoy chocolate, David and Cynthia have gone on to create a local cult following that has brought them world acclaimed status. In 2015 their “Porcelana” dark chocolate bar received the award for the best dark chocolate in the world.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Visit their Distillery District location and request to sample their newly launched “chocolate tasting”. Reasonably priced and perfect for anyone looking to brush up on their knowledge of chocolate.

To make a reservation for your curated experience, please contact our Concierge Team at toronto.concierge@ritzcarlton.com.


St. Lawrence Market

Make time to visit the St. Lawrence Market. Voted the #1 street market in the world by National Geographic for its 120retailers. Filled with restaurants, artisans and specialty food vendors offering visitors the unique and lively atmosphere of an authentic farmers market; the Market Galley with changing exhibits dedicated to Toronto’s art, culture and history; and the Market Kitchen with cooking classes for all ages and abilities.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Stop by the Carousel Bakery and try their famous Peameal Bacon Sandwich.


Kensington Market

If eclectic art and culture is your fancy, make the stop to Kensington Market and spend the afternoon in one of Toronto’s most diverse areas. The rich multicultural mix is obvious in the shops packed with goods from Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia. A visit to Kensington Market is like a sensory trip around the world. It’s also a treasure trove of vintage clothing shops tucked in among eclectic restaurants and cafés.

Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Enjoy some true fried chicken at the “Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffle” joint. A popular mainstay with area locals.

Toronto Art

From Queen West's colourful Graffiti Alley to local coffee shops and eateries in the Distillery District, our Resident Artist, Jacqueline Poirier, shares some of her favourite ways to explore arts & culture in Canada's largest city.

Guide to Art in Toronto

Immerse yourself in captivating Toronto art experiences that showcase the city's vibrant creative scene. From world-class art galleries to eclectic street art in Graffiti Alley, Toronto offers a diverse and inspiring art landscape. Explore renowned institutions like the Art Gallery of Ontario, featuring an extensive collection of Canadian and international art, or visit the Royal Ontario Museum for a captivating blend of art and history. Don't miss the annual Toronto International Film Festival, celebrating the art of filmmaking with premieres and screenings from around the globe. Whether you're a seasoned art enthusiast or a curious newcomer, Toronto's art scene promises a truly enriching and unforgettable journey. Plan your art-filled adventure and let the city's creative spirit captivate your senses.

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Uniquely Canadian Art

Welcome to a world of artistic wonder at the Thompson Landry Gallery, where a private art gallery tour awaits you, guided by the passionate owners themselves. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of contemporary Quebec art, as they share insights and stories behind each masterpiece, making your experience truly unforgettable. Discover the vibrant expressions of talented artists, their brushstrokes capturing the essence of life and culture. Embrace this exclusive opportunity to connect with art on a deeper level, surrounded by the warmth and expertise of the gallery owners. Elevate your stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, and embark on a journey of creativity and inspiration like never before. Book your private art gallery tour now and let the artistry of Thompson Landry Gallery ignite your senses. Unveil the magic of art and create cherished memories that will linger in your heart forever. Email our concierge: toronto.concierge@ritzcarlton.com.

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Some say Toronto is one of the best street art cities on earth

Stretching almost a full kilometre from Spadina Avenue to Portland St., Graffiti Alley is a colourful display of works by local and world-renowned secret wall art painters like Evan Bansky, the subject of the documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop, who left his own indelible mark on the city when he visited a few years ago.

Recently named one of the globe's coolest neighbourhoods by Vogue magazine

Queen Street West is where cutting edge galleries dot the street scape from Trinity Bellwoods Park to Dufferin Street. Anchored by great nightlife, eclectic shops and unique boutiques, it's a must see for any visitor to the city.

Explore local art galleries that line the fully pedestrianized brick-paved streets

In addition to being North America's largest and most well preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture, the Distillery District is widely regarded as Canada's premiere arts, culture and entertainment destination. Brimming with creativity, the pedestrian only village is home to over 20 art studios and galleries, as well as unique stores, shops, restaurants, cafes, theatres and more.

Luminato is Toronto’s International arts festival and one of the preeminent arts festivals in North America, having commissioned over 100 new works, with more than 3,600 performances featuring 15,000+ artists from over 40 countries.

Exclusive Experiences Around Toronto

As we carefully craft exceptional experiences, we encourage you to check this calendar daily, as it constantly updates with the most recent hotel and city happenings. Your adventure with us is guaranteed to be truly extraordinary.

Toronto Neighbourhood Guide

Toronto is most decidedly a city of neighbourhoods, each with a distinctive character or ethnic overlay. They all feature great food, independent and unusual shops and a high degree of walkability. We’ve chosen five areas, all within a few minutes of The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto and all with great subway or streetcar access.

Toronto Theatre District


These two areas stretch out from the Don Valley Parkway towards Toronto’s Beach or Beaches neighbourhood. Here are some spots to check out:

In Leslieville, Descendant serves delicious Detroit-style pizza (square, deep dish pies with the sauce on top).

Mercury Espresso Bar is a tiny spot in Riverdale/Riverside with a cool vibe. On a typical sitting you’ll be entertained with music alternating between The Beatles and Mozart’s Requiem in D Minor.

Bergstrom Original features sleek dresses, unusual shoes and striking purses made in Toronto.



This used to be a working class area where Irish immigrants occupying tiny houses grew cabbages in their front yard. It’s been transformed into a hugely popular spot with artsy types. Once-sooty brick fronts are now sandblasted clean and gleaming, and the front gardens have charm to spare.

Grab an ice cream cone at Park Snacks on the corner of Winchester and Sumach and admire the architectural details of sumptuously restored homes.

At the end of nearby Amelia Street you’ll find a series of handsome houses with front yards that look out onto a leafy park.

The Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Riverdale Farm is a charming spot to take the kids, with farm animals from cows to sheep. If you left the kids at home, stop in the morning at St. Lawrence Market and grab some fine Ontario charcuterie and fresh bread and fruit for a Riverdale Park picnic.


Kensington Market

If eclectic art and culture is your fancy, make the stop to Kensington Market and spend the afternoon in one of Toronto’s most diverse areas. The rich multicultural mix is obvious in the shops packed with goods from Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East, South America and Asia. A visit to Kensington Market is like a sensory trip around the world. It’s also a treasure trove of vintage clothing shops tucked in among eclectic restaurants and cafés. Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Enjoy some true fried chicken at the “Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffle” joint. A popular main stay with area locals.

This has been a starting point for many a Toronto immigrant over the decades; serving as a centre for newly arrived Jews, Portuguese, Chinese and more. It’s a true Toronto polyglot now, although there’s a preponderance of shops and restaurants with a Caribbean or central/South American theme.

Torteria San Cosme serves up tasty Mexican street sandwiches, while Perola supermarket sells deep red-purple Guajillo chilies, cans of cactus and dozens of tiny jars of hot sauce.

Jimmy’s is a fine Toronto coffee shop that recently was featuring Chaiwalla Chai with ginger; a tasty twist on traditional Indian chai.

The Ritz-Carlton Recommends: The city closes off traffic through Kensington Market on Sundays and it becomes a giant street party. Try the barbequed jerk chicken at Rasta Pasta on Sundays.



This might be the design centre of Toronto, with several high-end and unique shops selling interesting household furnishings and places (such as Department of Interiors) that specialize in bespoke design strung along a pretty stretch of Yonge St. north of downtown.

BB&L (also known as Boo Boo & Lefty, the owners’ two dogs) features everything from bright pillows to beehive lights and posh books with titles such as “In the Spirit of The Hamptons” and cocktail books by celeb chef Daniel Boulud.

Boxcar Social is a trendy coffee shop with old plumbing bits supporting weathered wood shelves stocked with locally roasted coffee or bottles of Scotch. The upstairs is an airy, light place that’s perfect for a quiet conversation, while a nearby sandwich spot called Black Camel (across from the Rosedale subway station) serves up excellent pulled pork and Texas-style brisket sandwiches.

The Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Perhaps no building in Toronto sums up the changes in the city as much as the Liquor Control Board of Ontario shop near Summerhill Ave. and Yonge Street. Once a train station in a city where buying liquor was barely tolerated, it’s now a gleaming store with an event kitchen, craft beer for sale and a tasting room where you can sample everything from Puligny-Montrachet to Canadian ice wine and Kentucky bourbon.


The Danforth

Sometimes called Greektown, this area just northeast of downtown features a series of tempting Greek restaurants, some casual and kitschy but many happening and hip. Almost all have fine patios.

Men’s Essentials sells outstanding shaving gear and products from Italy, England and elsewhere. Definitely a step above the usual men’s grooming products, and a joy to use.

Pizzeria Libretto has a thin crust, wood-oven pizza that’s divine, while the Dora Keogh pub has live Irish music on Friday nights and then Saturday and Sunday in late afternoon.

The Ritz-Carlton Recommends: The Taste of the Danforth is an annual summer event that draws huge crowds of locals. The smell of souvlaki is everywhere, and there’s often great music.

Premier International Shopping

Whether it’s uptown, downtown or eastside vs west side, Toronto is a premier international shopping destination for all walks of life to enjoy the latest and greatest iconic fashion labels while being able to also sample Canada’s emerging up and coming designers. With a very favorable exchange rate for international travelers, now’s as good a time as ever!

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Holt Renfrew

A staple in the Canadian retail landscape for more than 177 years, this iconic retailer has been a trailblazer for high-end fashion to many Canadians. Ritz-Carlton Recommends: Speak with our Concierge Team to book your one-of-a-kind personal shopping experience at Holt Renfrew.

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Yorkville Neighborhood

Once a spring board for the likes of Neil Young, Joni Mitchell and Gordon Lightfoot in the 60’s, is now an elegant shopping destination with first class designer boutiques and antique shops. It’s a perfect place to people watch and shop.

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Queen Street West

Named the second coolest neighbourhood in the world by Vogue magazine, the uber-trendy two-kilometre Queen Street strip between Bathurst and Gladstone is home to some of the city’s most cutting edge boutiques, menswear, vintage, shoe and stores.

Saks Fifth Avenue

Saks Fifth Avenue is renowned for its superlative selling services and merchandise offerings. The best of European and American designers for men and women can now be found in Toronto. Only steps from our hotel.



Yorkdale is Canada’s premier shopping centre, located in the heart of the Greater Toronto Area. Its large and exclusive list of retailers leaves nothing to the imagination and everything for the shopper at heart.


Toronto Eaton Centre

Perfectly located in the heart of the downtown core, the Eaton Centre has been and is the shopping epicenter for tourists. Home to iconic department stores such as Saks Fifth Avenue and Nordstoms, shoppers have more than enough selection to choose from.


Family Adventures

Toronto is home to a myriad of outstanding children’s experiences, from the new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada to the fascinating discoveries waiting at the Ontario Science Centre.

Ritz Kids

At The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto, kids are encouraged to experience the city in their own way. With Ritz Kids, young guests are introduced to the program’s four pillars—water, land, environmental responsibility and culture—through activities that are both fun and educational. The family-friendly hotel also offers a kids breakfast menu at TOCA.

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CN Tower

The iconic CN Tower located only steps from The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto is a must-do experience while visiting the city. It offers the absolute best vantage point from which to take in the 360 degree view of Toronto. There are plenty of fun and entertaining experiences for both kids and adults to enjoy.

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Centre Island Amusement Park

Centre Island is an exciting hub of activities for families visiting the Toronto Islands. Accessible by ferry from downtown Toronto, there are tons of fun rides and games for kids to enjoy.

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Toronto Baseball

Let our Ritz Kids experts arrange a behind-the-scenes baseball opportunity at the Rogers Centre. Junior Jays Saturdays give kids the perfect opportunity to experience baseball up close and personal by running the bases themselves!

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Toronto Zoo

Stretching over 700 acres of land and is home to over 5,000 animals, the Toronto Zoo provides hours of entertainment for everyone in the family.

New City Hall - Toronto Sign

Ripley's Aquarium of Canada

Come spend the day with 16,000 fishy friends at Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada for a memorable day under the sea! Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is a 12,500 square-metre (135,000 square-feet) world-class family attraction with more than 5.7 million litres (1.5 million gallons) of water depicting marine and freshwater habitats from around the world.

Local Attractions for Young Guests

Toronto is home to a myriad of outstanding children’s experiences, from the new Ripley's Aquarium of Canada to the fascinating discoveries waiting at the Ontario Science Centre.


Ontario Science Centre

The Centre has several hundred interactive and passive exhibits throughout the buildings. Science fun for our youngest visitors. Kids eight and under, along with their caregivers, can play and learn in an area designed just for them.


Metro Toronto Zoo

Encompassing 287 hectares (710 acres), the Toronto Zoo is the third largest in the world with areas such as the Kids Zoo, Waterside Theatre and Splash Island. The zoo is currently home to over 5,000 animals (including invertebrates and fish) representing over 491 distinct species.


Canada's Wonderland

Canada's Wonderland is a 330-acre (1.3 km2) theme park. The park is open seasonally from May to October and contains more than 200 attractions. Notably, with 15 roller coasters, the park holds the record for the most roller coasters in one park outside of the United States.

Planning Your Trip

Planning your trip to The Ritz-Carlton, Toronto.

Local Activities and Sports


Canada has some of the world's premier golf courses and is home to 2,346 public and private golf facilities; ranking it third in the world. Some notable golf courses include Eagles Nest Golf Club and Angus Glen, home of the 2002, 2007 Canadian Open & the host golf venue for the 2015 Pan Am Games.

RBC Canadian Open

The first RBC Canadian Open was contested in 1904. Played annually since, the RBC Canadian Open is the third oldest continuously running tournament on the PGA Tour. With a variety of VIP experiences it offers a unique way to experience golf.

Woodbine Race Track

The Queen’s Plate is Canada’s oldest thoroughbred horse race and longest continuously run race in North America. It has a tradition of food, fashion and fantastic racing that has become the talk of the Toronto social scene. Opportunities abound with red carpet moments, lawn games, style contests, cocktails and so much more within the Hats & Horseshoes party area.

Roger's Cup

The Rogers Cup presented by National Bank is a prestigious professional tennis tournament organized by Tennis Canada. Since 1881 for the men and 1892 for the women, the best players in the world have showcased their skills on Canadian courts. Only Wimbledon and the US Open have longer histories than this major Canadian stop, which is acknowledged by the tennis world to be one of the best-run tournaments.

Hockey Hall of Fame

For the kid that loves hockey, the Hockey Hall of Fame is dedicated to the history of ice hockey, it is both a museum and a hall of fame. It holds exhibits about players, teams, National Hockey League (NHL) records, memorabilia and NHL trophies, including the Stanley Cup.


Toronto’s summer weather beckons you to sail around the city. Learn to capture the wind and control your vessel in Gone Sailing Adventures three-hour or full-day course on the water. Enjoy lunch on the Toronto Island and return to enjoy the sunset.

Fitness and Wellbeing in Toronto

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 By Foot

If you’re counting every step along the way - explore the city while keeping fit with a Toronto by Foot tour. Get to 10,000 steps and beyond with one of these hand-crafted tours which provide instruction on how to log miles while exploring some of Toronto’s best neighborhoods. Discover vintage couture along Queen West; snap a selfie in front of a city landmark; or sample artisanal foods at St. Lawrence Market by following illustrated maps that highlight some of the hotel’s recommended ‘must sees’ along the way.


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 and the Horseshoe. 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, Trinity Bellwoods 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.

Woodbine Beach: Minimum 21,000 - 30,000 steps round trip

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.

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