What's Open in Toronto Right Now (Oct. 21)
updated: Oct. 21, 2020
2020 is the year of the road trip and the staycation, but it’s not as much fun to check in to a buzzy new hotel or local resort if you don’t know whether nearby restaurants and attractions have opened their doors.
That’s why we’ve compiled a list of what’s open, right now, in Toronto, as well as where you should stay to best enjoy them. All the venues mentioned below have put new policies in place to keep visitors safe and healthy. So get out there, mask on, and have some (physically distanced) fun.
See the city from 364 metres high or watch Pacific jellyfish in colour-changing displays at these iconic Toronto attractions:
- Casa Loma (general admission tickets; open Wednesday-Sunday from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Hockey Hall of Fame (Priority Admission, dated tickets for guaranteed entry; open Tuesday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.)
- Ripley’s Aquarium (timed-entry tickets; open daily from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.)
- Toronto Zoo (tickets must be pre-booked; open daily, hours vary by day)
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Many museums have reopened with new cleaning policies in place to help keep everyone safe:
- Aga Khan Museum (timed-entry tickets; open Thursday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Thursday-Friday from 10 a.m. - noon reserved for seniors)
- Art Gallery of Ontario (timed-entry tickets; open Thursday-Sunday from 10:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.)
- Bata Shoe Museum (general admission; open Wednesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Sunday from noon - 5 p.m.)
- Museum of Contemporary Art (timed-entry tickets for guaranteed entry; open Thursday-Sunday from 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; seniors' hour from 11 a.m. - noon)
- Royal Ontario Museum (timed-entry tickets, Wednesday-Sunday from 10 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.)
The Toronto Islands:
The beaches on the islands are open, and the ferries are operating at half capacity to allow for physical distancing. Winter hours began on Oct. 14 so now the ferries only go to Ward's Island. Make sure you buy your tickets ahead of time and take the Ontario Ministry of Health self-assessment for COVID-19 before you board at Jack Layton Ferry Terminal.
Water taxis are operating as well through October and cost about $10 per person, one way. (Furry friends are free!) Bring your mask — they’re required on board.
Restaurants, food trucks, bars, wineries, breweries and distilleries are all open for both outdoor and takeout. Buffet-style dining is not allowed currently, nor is dancing within bars and restaurants.
As of Sept. 26, bars and restaurants can no longer sell alcohol after 11 p.m. and must close by midnight. Tables are capped at six diners per table and contact information may be taken for contact tracing.
Spas have reopened across Ontario with new safety policies in place (saunas and steam rooms remain closed, for example). We've negotiated offers at just a few of our favourites:
- Majesty’s Pleasure (two locations: King West and Yorkville)
- HealFlow Wellness Centre near Casa Loma
- NU Youth Medispa in North York
Ready to explore? Here's where to stay
We sourced the best deals on city-centre hotels, luxe Yorkville boutiques and harbourfront properties. Here are our recommendations for how to make the most of your stay, with ideas for activities and fun nearby.
Pantages Hotel: $99 per night through December
Location: Just southeast of Yonge-Dundas Square
- Under 15 minutes' walk to Hockey Hall of Fame
- Less than 20 minutes' walk to Art Gallery of Ontario
- Explore the Toronto Islands; Jack Layton Ferry Terminal is a 23-minute walk away
The Anndore House: $169 per night through December
Location: Just southeast of Yonge and Bloor
- A nine-minute walk to the Royal Ontario Museum
- 17 minutes' walk to the Bata Shoe Museum
- Member-favourite massages and facials are a seven-minute drive away at HealFlow Wellness Centre
Radisson Admiral Hotel Toronto Harbour Front: $139 per night through December
Location: Queen’s Quay West, directly south of CN Tower
- Seven minutes' walk to Ripley’s Aquarium and its fluorescent wall of jellyfish
- 13-minute walk to Jack Layton Ferry Terminal for ferries to Ward's Island
- Get a manicure or pedicure amid the Instagram-worthy interiors at Majesty's Pleasure, a 21-minute walk away