Destination guide

A melting pot of cultures

In Downtown Toronto, you’ll find a city that’s alive with music, arts, and fashion. There’s a colorful multicultural scene to soak up, with more than 140 languages spoken across the city. This means you can devour dim sum in Chinatown, shop for trinkets in Little India, enjoy al fresco dining in Corso Italia, or eat your way through European bakeries in Bloor West Village. Wherever you choose to stay, Toronto vacation rentals will make you feel right at home with spacious living areas, well-equipped kitchens, and an utterly local experience.

Things to do

Soaring above Toronto

Standing proud above the city, the CN Tower is a true Toronto icon. For panoramic views, why not ride the gleaming glass elevators to the observation deck? Meanwhile, showcasing an incredible natural history collection, the Royal Ontario Museum is one of North America’s best cultural attractions. The Art Gallery of Ontario is another highlight near Toronto vacation rentals, featuring a curated collection spanning from the 1st century to the present day. If you have little ones in tow, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada gets you face to face with sharks, stingrays, and more.

Activities

Neighborhood hopping in downtown Toronto

Often compared to New York, Toronto is a city of neighborhoods. From stylish West Queen West to trendy Kensington Market, exploring them is all part of the fun. To the east is the Distillery District, where Victorian warehouses lodge an eclectic mix of bars, cafés, and arts hubs. If you’re hungry, nothing trumps St. Lawrence Market, where you can pick up a smorgasbord of artisan cheese, gourmet bread, fresh produce, and more. Home to the legendary Toronto Blue Jays, Rogers Centre is the city’s multi-purpose stadium. If you can’t score tickets to a game, stadium tours still unlock behind the scenes access.

Weather

Summers of street festivals

Downtown Toronto is at its best from late April to September, when the streets come alive with pedestrian markets, patio restaurants, and street festivals. In the summer, the city is lively and walkable, so why not leave your car at home and stay local with Toronto vacation rentals? If you want to beat the crowds and don’t mind sub-zero temperatures, winter is a magical time to visit. The dramatic weather is also a great excuse to explore PATH, Toronto’s subterranean network of walkways linking almost 20 miles of shopping, skyscrapers, and entertainment.

Natural features

Canada’s iconic lakeside city

Sitting on the northwest banks of Lake Ontario, Downtown Toronto lavishes visitors with urban scenery. The trendy Harbourfront neighborhood makes the most of the setting, with plenty of opportunities to wine, dine, and play. If you love the atmosphere, Toronto vacation rentals unlock access to luxury waterfront condos in the heart of Harbourfront. The city can feel overwhelming so why not escape to Toronto Islands? Sitting just off the harbor, the islands serve as one of the city’s top recreation destinations. You can soak up the sun on Hanlan's Point Beach, paddle the bay in a kayak, or bike around the perimeter.

How to get there

How to get to and around Downtown Toronto

The nearest airport is in Toronto, ON (YTZ-Billy Bishop Toronto City), located 1.4 mi (2.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Toronto, ON (YYZ-Pearson Intl.), which is 11.1 mi (17.9 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, make your way to Toronto Union Station or Toronto Exhibition Station and explore the city from there. You can get around Downtown Toronto by catching a ride on the metro at Osgoode Station, St Patrick Station or St Andrew Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Downtown?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,386 vacation rentals near Downtown. From 1,001 Condos/Apartments to 333 Houses, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Downtown for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Downtown?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Downtown:

  • Entertainment District: 717 vacation rentals
  • North York: 1,824 vacation rentals
  • Scarborough: 1,447 vacation rentals
  • The Beach: 50 vacation rentals
  • Central Waterfront: 864 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Downtown?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Downtown. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Toronto Eaton Centre: 2,190 vacation rentals
  • Toronto Union Station: 2,192 vacation rentals
  • Air Canada Centre: 2,181 vacation rentals
  • Exhibition Place: 2,218 vacation rentals
  • Yonge-Dundas Square: 2,186 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Downtown listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Condos/Apartments in Downtown?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,001 Condos/Apartments in Downtown. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Downtown include:

  • Houses: 333 rentals available
  • Studios: 323 rentals available
  • Townhouses: 23 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Hotels and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Downtown?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 390 vacation rentals with pool available in Downtown. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

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