Toronto 2 Day Itinerary: How to Make the Most of 48 Hours

A land of maple syrup, hockey, and Tim Horton’s, Toronto has long-held appeal for the curious traveler. From the gushing waters of Niagara Falls to museums devoted completely to footwear,

The 6 is a cosmopolitan city overflowing with charm. Even when time is short, it’s entirely possible to construct an unforgettable stay in Toronto. Engage in some North of the Border fun when you spend two days in Toronto.

Never ventured into this city of poutine, castles, and towering free-standing structures? Don’t fret, as our guide will outline exactly how to spend 2 days in Toronto.

From where to catch public transit to the best way to experience the CN Tower, our Canuck experts have done their research to bring you an incredible Toronto 2 day itinerary.

Trod down the charming cobblestone streets of the Distillery District and pose for a romantic photo in front of the Love Locks installation. Or, summon up some competitive spirit when you take in a Toronto Blue Jays game at the Rogers Centre.

Ready to figure out what to see in Toronto in 2 days? Read on!

Toronto Hotels

Are you ready to visit the 6 and down a shot with Drake? While 2 days in Toronto may not seem like a lot, whether you are visiting Toronto for 48 hours or a week, you’ll need some A+ accommodations. Unwind and unplug after your day of whirlwind sightseeing when you reserve any of our premier Toronto Hotels.

From stylish suites located in downtown Toronto to budget-friendly options by Vaughan, we offer lodgings for every type of traveler. Work up a sweat in the fitness center or enjoy cable programming and complimentary toiletries just moments from Canada’s Wonderland.

Wherever you rest your head, make your Hog City booking stress free knowing you are guaranteed our lowest rates online.

Distant view of Toronto skyline at sunriseHow to Get Around Toronto in Two Days

Wondering how you’ll conquer every stop of your Toronto itinerary? Thankfully you won’t need to worry about scurrying around the Big Smoke. The greater Toronto area is home to over six million people and features an impressive public transportation system to match.

Streetcar, subway, and bus everywhere from Union Station to Trinity Bellwoods, when you spring for a TTC ticket or PRESTO (pay as you go) pass. For the most bang for your tourist buck, we recommend a PRESTO day pass.

Psst..looking for another way to see everything from the ROM to Yonge-Dundas Square? See T.Dot’s top attractions and swing around the city for a steal with a Hop-On Hop-Off Toronto Bus Tour. Savor stops at over 20 premier landmarks and sights of interest for up to 24 hours.

2 Day Itinerary Toronto

Forty-eight hours doesn’t leave a second to spare in the Big Smoke. Pack some comfortable walking shoes, and some warm layers, because to make your Toronto trip work, every moment will count.

In a city as bustling and multi-cultural as the T.O. there are always countless options to assuage your hunger for art, history, food, and sports. Since no two visitors are alike, our two-day itinerary choices leave lots of wiggle room.

From reveling in a resplendent rainbow above North America’s most famous falls to sampling Jamaican-Italian fusion cuisine in Kensington Market, our Toronto itinerary 2 days will cover it all.

American side of Niagara falls, NY, USA. Tourists enjoying beautiful view to Niagara Falls during hot sunny summer day.Day One

Niagara Falls

No trip to Canada is complete without a glimpse of Mother Nature’s majesty. Hightail it straight to the border to witness the group of three falls that span the border between the province of Ontario and the state of New York. The largest of which is the particularly impressive Horseshoe Falls.

These bodies of tumbling water are approximately 12,000 years old and receive over 20 million visitors each year. Come to snap an all-important selfie by Clifton Hill or the SkyWheel. Post waterfall spray, be sure to check out the numerous retail, restaurant, and entertainment options available in Niagara. Sample an iconic BeaverTail, sip a specialty brew, or get wet and wild at the indoor water park.

CN Tower

Ready to ditch that poncho for some stomach-churning heights? Once considered the tallest freestanding structure in the world, today the CN Tower still holds the distinction of being the most recognizable landmark in the city’s skyline. A celebrated Canadian destination, with an unparalleled view from the top.

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For even more adrenaline, visitors can opt to complete a harness-assisted Edgewalk or keep things more civil with a glass of wine from the world’s highest wine cellar. Be sure to snap a photo or two from SkyPod, the highest observation platform in the Western Hemisphere. Or, if your 48-hour Toronto date coincides with a special occasion, make a reservation with a celebration package from the 360 Restaurant.

Close up of Distillery District Heart Sculpture on the wet pavement in Toronto, Ontario, CanadaDistillery District

An explosion of culture, style, and art the Distillery District marks the perfect conclusion to your first 24 hours in Queen City. Pretend you’ve been whisked away to Europe as you stroll past buskers, exposed brick walls, and a bevy of one-of-a-kind boutiques. Around each corner discover a new art gallery, spirit shop, or restaurant.

Visitors lucky enough to stop by during the holidays will be treated to the twinkling string lights, festive decorations, and piping mugs of cocoa that make up the Distillery Winter Village. Admire the wall of locks fastened by couples that spell out ‘LOVE,’ or admire mixed media works at the Sculptors Society of Canada.

Refuel after your long day of falls and skyscrapers with a smattering of tacos, gorditas, and tequila from El Catrin.

Alternative Option: Toronto Islands

The Toronto Islands may be a barren wasteland come winter, but during spring and summer, this urban paradise offers meadows, beaches, bike paths, and more. Hop aboard the ferry and stock your cooler full of beer and sandwiches for a day of Canuck fun in the sun.

Gem room inside the Royal Ontario MuseumDay Two

ROM Royal Ontario Museum

Next on your museum hit list is the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). This edifice of precious jewels, dinosaurs, and meteorites has been educating visitors and locals alike for over a century. One of the largest museums in North America, take your time exploring over 30 galleries.

Dare to brave a bat cave, spot amazing local Ontario specimens, or learn about mummification. The culturally inclined will marvel over the largest collection of Chinese artifacts outside of China. Architecture aficionados must take a moment to appreciate the glittering ‘crystal’ designed by Michael Lee-Chin which sits outside the museum’s entrance.

AGO Art Gallery of Toronto

Begin your second day in Hogtown with some cutting-edge contemporary art. The Art Gallery of Toronto or AGO, is home to 120,000 works from around the world. Their vast collection contains everything from Diane Arbus photographs to Elvis and Andy Warhol prints.

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Be sure to check out their collection of pieces from the Group of Seven as well as indigenous sculptures and mixed media works from First Nations, Inuit, and Metis. Before calling it a day, remember to check out the stunning Henry Moore bronze sculpture at the rear of the building in Grange Park.

View looking up at Casa Loma Castle, a large castle made out of brown and grey stone, with white clouds behind it in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
photo credit: Casa Loma via Facebook

Casa Loma

Fancy a taste of luxury? Conclude your final precious hours in Queen City with a heavy pinch of Gothic Revival plus some mouthwatering steak. Make your way to the famous Casa Loma Castle to experience a period of European elegance and splendor.

Soak in collections of antique furniture, cars, and artwork from the Group of Seven. After the castle tour, treat yourself to dinner at BlueBlood Steakhouse. This one-of-a-kind dining escape has been voted the best steakhouse in Toronto and promises to wow. Tuck into a juicy Porterhouse, or order the caviar to truly feel like a royal.

Alternative Option: Nathan Phillips Square

Got a spare hour? Tourists in need of a classic selfie in front of the multi-colored Toronto sign can make the trek to Nathan Philips Square. Name after the former mayor, this plaza also features ice skating during the winter.

Other Options for Foodies

Not feeling up to a day of museums and castle-style mansions? For those whose hearts flutter over food, you can easily switch out Day Two of museums for a foodie bonanza at the St Lawrence and Kensington Markets.

Close up of the corner of the St Lawrence Market building, a large brick building with a green roof and light poles on the outside with flowers on then in Toronto, Ontario, Canada
photo credit: St Lawrence Market via Facebook

St Lawrence Market

The St Lawrence Market dates back to 1803 and can be found on the southwest corner of Front and Lower Jarvis Streets. Meander past generations of family merchants as you sample everything from peameal bacon to the most orgasmic honey mustard.

Be sure to come with a healthy appetite as you’ll want to feast on a heaped lobster roll from Buster’s Cove or a smattering of pierogies from European Delight.

Kensington Market

For a more urban market experience explore the colorful graffiti-strewn alleys and streets of Kensington Market. A melting pot of cultures, this colorful neighborhood boasts trendy vintage boutiques, after-dark ‘teahouses,’ and of course food! Cuddle up with a latte and pastry at the Swedish-inspired FIKA.

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Or, take a tour around the world when you stop for empanadas, Jamaican patties, and tacos. For a true culinary adventure make the pilgrimage to Rasta Pasta and let the flavors of the old country and the Caribbean dance on your tongue with their Jerk Chicken Lasagna.

More of a sports fan? Skip hours of grazing and gluttony for a Toronto Blue Jays Game and a stop at the Hockey Hall of Fame.

exterior view of the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto at night.
Photo Credit: Hockey Hall of Fame via Facebook

A bit of blustery weather is no reason not to spend at least 2 days in Toronto. Our friendly neighbors to the North know how to roll out the red carpet for foreigners.

The Big Smoke simply sizzles with street after street of museums, historic attractions, and charming eateries.

Observe exhibits from the world’s most famous artists including Keith Haring and Rembrandt at the AGO. Or, dive into the prehistoric worlds of giant mammals and dinosaurs at the Royal Ontario Museum.

Gasp in awe as you witness a perfectly to-scale replica of the Montreal Canadiens Dressing Room at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Or, devour the tastiest Baja fish tacos outside of Mexico on a street corner in Kensington.

From windswept tower views to heavy strolls by Lake Ontario, no minute in Queen City is a waste.

All Set to Conquer the Great White North? Let’s go!

Tell us in the comments below, what would you do in Toronto in 2 days?

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Written by Isis Maya Nissman

A New York native, Isis-Maya spent most of her professional life working in TV production until a vacation whisked her away to Central...

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