Toronto may be a bustling, fast-paced city full of people, and a busy centre of commerce where time is money. But it’s also a city for lovers. Maybe it’s not as obvious as Venice or Paris, for example, but it’s easy to plan a romantic day in Toronto.
The key to creating a romantic mood in Toronto is to find the places across the city where you and your sweetheart can look into each other’s eyes while also looking upon the city’s beauty from different vantage points.
Start your romantic itinerary at the southernmost point of downtown Toronto, on the Toronto Islands. The islands are just a 10 minute ferry ride from the hustle and bustle of the city. But North America’s largest car-free community offers miles of walking trails, gardens, green spaces and beaches. This may be one of Toronto’s most popular attractions, but there are plenty of places for you and your love to hide away and enjoy some quiet time together. Explore on foot, rent a bike or kayak, or go for a swim in Lake Ontario. Then, hop on the ferry for the return trip, and feel the rush of the city slowly come back into view.
Explore Toronto Island together by kayak — Photo courtesy of John Vetterli
From the ferry docks, it’s just a short trip to Toronto’s most iconic symbol, the CN Tower. You can’t help but feel overcome by feelings of romance as you ascend the 1,800-foot tower while watching your view of downtown Toronto get smaller and smaller. And that feeling will continue as you step out onto the observation deck to take in one of the most awe-inspiring views of the city – a 360 degree panoramic picture of everything Toronto has to offer.
Toronto's lights look romantic from the top of CN Tower — Photo courtesy of Oli-Oviyan
If exploring the beauty of the Toronto Islands and the wonder of the CN Tower has you and your sweetheart hungry for a romantic meal, head to Scaramouche restaurant, just north of downtown. For more than 30 years, Scaramouche’s blending of continental cuisine and classic French cooking techniques has given the restaurant a reputation as one of Toronto’s best fine dining destinations. And it’s also widely considered one of the romantic places in the city to share a meal – both for the delicious food, and the view of downtown Toronto you’ll enjoy from your table high atop the condo building Scaramouche is housed in. Enjoy a well-prepared steak, or maybe lobster. But be sure to save room for the indulgent coconut cream pie. It’s been called Toronto’s best dessert, and it’s plenty rich enough for two to share.
After dinner, there’s no better way to end a romantic day in Toronto than to take a cab just east of downtown, to the Beaches neighbourhood. Here, you can ponder your love and the romantic sights of Toronto you took in while walking along the Lake Ontario shoreline of this residential area. End your special day hand-in-hand, breathing in the calm breezes off the lake and listening to the waves lapping the beach.