SHOPPING IN STYLE The largest of Toronto’s subterranean shopping areas, First Canadian Place features stores such as Birks, H2O, Nine West, Karir Eyewear, and the flagship location of Canada’s noted menswear shop, Harry Rosen. Catch lunchtime concerts held on the Waterfall Stage and peruse the artwork displayed in the FCP Gallery for an unexpected touch of culture. 100 King St. W., 416-862-6294., Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
HOOPS AND NETS Head to the Air Canada Centre and cheer for basketball’s Toronto Raptors or hockey’s Toronto Maple Leafs, or catch a concert—The Police, Hilary Duff and many more have all performed here. From the million dollar BOSE sound system to the on-site micro-brewery, the ACC is jam-packed with things to do. Accessible through the south-east side of Union Station. 40 Bay St., 416-815-5500, open daily.
WRAPPED IN HISTORY The flagship location of Canada’s historic department store, The Bay, is a great place to start your underground exploring. Among the numerous items on sale are the company’s signature wool point blankets is on offer here, in a range of colour combinations, from the traditional green, red, yellow and indigo stripes to the modern black on red. 176 Yonge St., 416-861-9111, open daily.
WINTER FUN Step outside, strap on some skates and enjoy the outdoor rink created every winter in the reflection pool at Nathan Philips Square, which is part of City Hall. Take PATH through the Sheraton Centre Hotel to the City Hall parking area (look for the sign to point you in the right direction). The rink is on your left as you exit. The skating rink is open to mid-March, weather permitting. Skates can be rented on site, $9 for adults for two hours. Call 416-368-8802 for more information on rentals.
CATHEDRAL OF COMMERCE Don’t miss the stunning Allen Lambert Galleria located in Brookfield Place. Designed by Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and unveiled in 1992, this soaring hall of light with vaulted ceilings is intended to invoke a canopy of trees. 181 Bay St., 416-777-6480, Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 6 a.m.
SUGAR FIX Rocky Mountain Chocolates in First Canadian Place sells old-fashioned treats such as candied apples and fudge, as well as kid-favourite, “rocky pop”, a sweet mix of caramel popcorn and nuts. All of the treats are made in-store, often right in front of you! 100 King St. W., 416-861-2475, Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
CONCERT HALL As distinctive as it is distinguished, Roy Thomson Hall, home to the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir, is a cultural landmark worth seeing. Curved glass walls reflect light during the day and become transparent at night making the building glow. Free noon-hour choir and organ concerts, featuring a full-concert pipe, are held once a month. Both the Sun Life Centre (200 King St. W.) and Metro Hall (55 John St.), connect to Roy Thompson Hall via PATH. 60 Simcoe St., 416-872-4255, open daily.
HOCKEY HISTORY Located in Brookfield Place, the Hockey Hall of Fame combines artifacts, multimedia exhibits, interactive displays, and of course the Stanley Cup, in a journey through Canada’s game. Take a peek into the Montreal Canadiens’ old locker room, or gaze in awe at Wayne Gretzky’s memorabilia, including many from his childhood on loan from his father, Walter. 30 Yonge St., 416-360-7765, open daily.
SOPHISTICATED SIPPING High tea is served in grand style at the Fairmont Royal York’s restaurant, Epic. Sink into comfortable club chairs in this contemporary dining room, decorated in shades of gold and blue with warm wood accents. Tuck into Grand Marnier crumpets with butter and honey, finger sandwiches, pastries and berry cocktails. Tea services Sunday to Friday 2:30 p.m., Saturday 1 to 4 p.m.
STORES GALORE One of Canada’s best-known shopping malls, the Toronto Eaton Centre, offers shoppers more than 250 stores stretched across two city blocks. Popular shops include Lululemon, Apple, H&M, Williams-Sonoma and many others. Take a break to admire artist Michael Snow’s installation of Canadian geese as they ‘fly’ under the mall’s impressive glass ceiling. 220 Yonge St., 416-598-8560, open daily.