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Bright and bustling, cosmopolitan Toronto is eager to be explored – and you’ll need a good breakfast to do it. From downtown delights to Scottish-themed pads and budget-friendly accommodation, there’s something to suit all types of travellers to this Canadian city. Here’s our pick of the best B&Bs.
Tucked away on a tree-filled side street, this inn is located in the vibrant Gay Village, within walking distance to the swanky shopping districts of Yonge Street and Yorkville as well as the Royal Ontario and Gardiner museums. Considering the building dates back to 1887, the guest rooms are surprisingly modern and well-equipped. The Violet room, which features a private sundeck, is the best of the seven rooms.
Indulge in la dolce vita of Toronto’s Italian quarter by staying at this restored home, with four suite options each featuring plush robes, a cozy gas fireplace and a warm welcome from canine hosts, Flossie and Maggie the pugs. Breakfasts are all organic, seasonal and locally sourced – portion sizes are ample, giving you fuel to explore the indie shops along College Street or the artsy vendors and craft breweries of nearby funky Kensington Market. If that doesn’t get you to 10,000 steps, the B&B offers a fitness room with treadmill, elliptical, lifecycle and free weights.
Get a dose of ship life in the big city with a stay at this sleek boat/hotel at Toronto’s Harbourfront, located in a marina on Lake Ontario. There are three cozy ship guestrooms as well as communal areas on the deck to soak in the sun, before or after land excursions. Guests can request a suggested itinerary to experience Toronto as a first-timer, family or for sports fans. Or you can also opt for a two-day vacation package, which includes a cruise on Lake Ontario, a bike ride around the nearby beaches and an excursion to the historic Distillery District.
This B&B is located within a historic home near Toronto’s oldest green space, High Park. This renovated residence combines contemporary rooms with period details like leaded glass windows, hardwood floors and a wood-burning fireplace in the family room. Breakfasts are all vegetarian with vegan options; tea and coffee are unlimited and available all day. Located near Bloor West Village and Roncesvalles, this B&B is a perfect base from which to explore the many Eastern European restaurants nearby. In the spring, the park is cherry blossom central.
Transformed from a convenience store into an art gallery/B&B by a pair of artists, this Queen West accommodation is within close reach of the Parkdale neighborhood and the King Street West Entertainment District. Choose from one of five contemporary rooms on the second floor, each decorated with local and international modern art (available for purchase). Guests are treated to the daily breakfast buffet within the main floor exhibition space (which also features an in-house gift shop of local artsy souvenirs).
This is an updated version of an article originally written by Waheeda Harris.