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Save 45% on admission to five of Toronto's most popular attractions-including the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Science Centre, and the CN Tower-for one low price! With CityPASS, you'll skip most ticket lines and have 9-days to use all the tickets beginning the day of your first attraction visit. For purchase locations and more information, visit the CityPASS website at www.citypass.com/toronto.
Show your room key and save
If you're staying at the host hotel, you can save up to 35% on admission to major attractions, spa treatments and more by showing your room key. For a list of partnering venues, follow go to www.deltahotels.com/en/hotels/ontario/delta-chelsea/attractions-and-partners
Explore Visiting Toronto which has a wealth of local information.
The Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO)
A short walk from the hotel, the Art Gallery of Ontario, or "AGO" as we know it here in Toronto, is well worth a visit. A substantial renovation in 2008 by renowned Toronto-born architect Frank Gehry, brought this gallery international recognition. It showcases a huge permanent collection of masterpieces as well as travelling exhibits.
The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
The Royal Ontario Museum is dedicated to the exploration of natural history and world cultures. Large- scale exhibits and a permanent collection (including dinosaurs!) await curious visitors.
With a mandate to present the best contemporary art from around Canada and the world, the Power Plant is a must-see for art fans. It's situated on Toronto Harbour, so check out the waterfront as well.
The Toronto Islands are a short ferry-ride from downtown Toronto. The Amusement Park at Centreville will provide kids with hours of fun, while the sandy beaches and bike paths will appeal to visitors of all ages. For a ferry schedule, visit www.toronto.ca/parks/island/ferry-schedule.htm. For more information about Centreville Amusment park visit www.centreisland.ca.
The City of Toronto's largest urban green space, High Park boasts beautiful hiking trails, a zoo, landscaped gardens, sports facilities, and a whimsical play area for kids. The park is accessible from the hotel via streetcar or subway, and parking is also available for those who prefer to drive.
Ontario Science Centre
The Ontario Science Centre is dedicated to imaginative and thought-provoking experiences in science and technology. Kids and adults alike will delight in this unique educational environment.
With over 5,000 animals, and representing over 500 species, the Toronto Zoo is a popular destination for both families and animal lovers.
One of Toronto's most unique attractions is the Distillery District - a collection of rejuvenated Victorian Industrial buildings (that once distilled whiskey) and a national historic site. In the summertime, cobblestone walkways are lined with kiosks where independent local artists sell their creations. There are many lovely art galleries, eateries and coffee shops, as well as performance art spaces (www.soulpepper.ca) and other sites of interest.
Harbourfront Centre presents culturally diverse arts programming in a variety of venues located on Toronto's distinctive waterfront. The free summer concert series is a big draw for all ages.
Toronto's Entertainment District is concentrated around King Street West between University Avenue and Spadina Avenue, and features a variety of bars, restaurants, and entertainment venues. Our Closing Party will be held on Saturday evening in this locale. A recent addition to the area is the TIFF Bell Lightbox (tiff.net), a 46-story complex with state-of-the-art cinemas, restaurants, and gallery spaces, and is home to the Toronto International Film Festival. Also in the area are Toronto's leading performing arts (www.toronto-theatre.com) and sports venues, and the iconic CN Tower (www.cntower.ca) - take in the amazing views, or dare to do the "Edge Walk" around the outside perimeter of the Western hemisphere's tallest free-standing structure.
For up-to-date concert, theater, cinema, and other entertainment listings, www.toronto.com is an excellent online resource.
Historic Niagara-on-the-Lake, 1.5 hours west of the city along lake Ontario, is an ideal starting point for a tour of Ontario's premier wine region (winecountryontario.ca), seeing theater or visiting the dramatic Niagara Falls (www.niagarafallstourism.com) nearby.
Canoeing, anyone? Ontario is a province with abundant lakes and national parkland. Within easy driving range north of Toronto are Algonquin Park (2955 square miles of natural preserve on the Canadian Shield - where granite and pine trees dominate the landscape), the Bruce Trail (brucetrail.org) and Blue Mountain, to name just a few of the popular outdoor recreation areas. Visit ontariooutdoor.com, www.ontarioparks.com, and www.discovermuskoka.ca for more information.
Exploring the city on foot or taxi is easy and safe, but there is also a convenient network of subways, streetcars, and buses that connect Toronto's fascinating and eclectic neighborhoods. Consult the Toronto Transit Commission website (www.ttc.ca) for fare information, maps and schedules.
Yonge Street/Yonge-Dundas Square
The hotel is located just west of Toronto's main street, Yonge Street - a vibrant, commercial thoroughfare with plenty to offer visitors. At the intersection of Yonge and Dundas is Yonge-Dundas Square (www.ydsquare.ca), Toronto's (small-scale) equivalent to Times Square. The square plays host to many concerts and other events, and is also an entry point to downtown Toronto's largest shopping place - the Eaton Centre.
Between the southern end of Yonge Street and Bay Street to the west is the Financial District. Brookfield Place (www.toronto.com/listing/124361) is a local point of interest for those who enjoy contemporary architecture. The amazing Allen Lambert Galleria boasts a six-story pedestrian thoroughfare, measuring 85 ft high, 45 ft wide, and 360 ft long, and has been dubbed the "crystal cathedral of commerce." Sports fans can head to the concourse level to access the Hockey Hall of Fame (www.hhof.com).
Yorkville (www.bloor-yorkville.com) is Toronto's neighbourhood for haute couture, fine dining, art, and shopping. From the high-end shops along Bloor Street between Yonge Street and Avenue Road to the galleries, boutiques, cinemas, and fine dining of Yorkville and Cumberland Streets, this area attracts throngs of visitors and Torontonians alike.
The St. George Campus (www.utoronto.ca/campuses/st-george.htm) of the University of Toronto is north of the Financial District, and south of Yorkville. The area is bounded by College Street, Bloor Street, Spadina Avenue, and Bay Street. Buildings of interest in King's College Circle include examples of Romanesque and Gothic revival architecture, such as University College, Convocation Hall, and Hart House, as well as celebrated modern facilities, such as the Leslie L. Dan Pharmacy Building, completed in 2006. One block east on College Street is the MaRS Discovery District (www.marsdd.com/aboutmars), an incubator for the commercialization of scientific discovery.
Equal parts residential neighbourhood, traditional market, and shopping destination, Kensington Market (www.kensington-market.ca) is within easy walking distance of the hotel, and well worth a visit. Pedestrian Sundays make Kensington particularly lively during the summer.
Church-Wellesley Village (www.toronto.com/listing/213839), a vibrant neighbourhood centered around Church Street, is a commercial thoroughfare with a variety of bars, dance clubs, restaurants, and cafes. This area is home to Pride week, the largest annual LGBT celebration in North America. On the southeast border of this area is Allan Gardens (www.gothereguide.com/allan+gardens+conservatory+toronto-place), a greenhouse display of flowering and tropical plants.
A favourite neighbourhood spot, this Thai restaurant packs in the crowds for its delicious and well-priced fare.
If you're a fan of the "Great One", grab a bite or a drink at his restaurant in the Entertainment District, Wayne Gretzky's - 99 Blue Jays Way (of course).
This chain needs no introduction to visitors from the US, but Canadians from outside Toronto may be less familiar with it. Chipotle is known for its affordable Mexican cuisine-inspired food - the burritos are legendary - and its use of natural ingredients.
In the tradition of the boisterous casual eateries of Japan, Guu Izakaya offers affordable, tasty dishes, and an incomparable atmosphere full of fun!