A Day In: Toronto

Canada’s largest city bursts with international flavor.

By Aarti Virani | Illustration by Katy Dockrill

Rise and Dine

Don’t be discouraged by the line that curls around Aunties & Uncles, a barbershop turned diner. On the menu: oatmeal-banana pancakes and a croque monsieur that swaps the typical croissant for challah.

Culture Vulture

Art Gallery of Ontario awes with its sheer scope: More than 90,000 works are on display. In honor of Canada’s 150th anniversary in 2017, a floorwide multimedia exhibition retells the country’s history through the eyes of 33 artists.

Eastern Feasts

At lunchtime the eight-table subterranean Mother’s Dumplings serves Shenyang-style comfort food in Chinatown. As the name suggests, recipes are culled from the chef’s family collection.

Sweet Treats

Showstoppers at the Light Café, a modern Taiwanese-inspired spot, are the “cotton candy coffee”—a tangle of spun sugar you douse with black coffee and steamed milk—and heart-shaped waffles with a scoop of pounded sticky rice.

Garden Variety

Get your flower fix at the century-old Allan Gardens Conservatory, a botanical wonderland of six greenhouses. In the fall, a chrysanthemum exhibition steals the spotlight.

Urban Oasis

Behind a pair of bright yellow doors in King West is happy-hour darling Weslodge. The saloon (bartenders wear empty holsters) pours a legendary barrel-aged Negroni.

Fare Share

Shareable plates at Eastern Mediterranean lounge ­Byblos include chargrilled seafood and a quintet of baked rice dishes, with saffron, barberries and Persian limes. Save room for the chocolate mousse, scattered with baklava crumbles, or burnt-honey ice cream.

Getting There

The scenic towns of Collingwood and Oro-Medonte are about two hours northwest of Toronto. Hit the road at 7 a.m. to make the most of your urban foodie adventure.

STAY
RCI® affiliated resorts near Toronto include:
Carriage Hills Resort 4200

The recreation center has pools and hot tubs. 90 Highland Dr., Oro-Medonte, ON

Mountain View Villas at Cranberry 0538

Spacious condos sleep up to six. 10 Keith Ave., Collingwood, ON

For member reviews and additional resort listings, visit RCI.com or call 800-338-7777 (Weeks) or 877-968-7476 (Points). Club Members, please call your specific Club or RCI telephone number.

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Non-RCI affiliated resort:
The Drake Hotel

1150 Queen St. W.; 416-531-5042; thedrakehotel.ca; doubles from $218* a night

  • *Prices have been converted to U.S. dollars.
  • NOTE: Information may have changed since publication. Please confirm key details before planning your trip.
  • Published: July 2017