Travel Guide: Toronto, ON

Ultimate guide to cat friendly travel in Toronto, ON, Canada! Toronto is a massive city, with many inner city green spaces, as well as some larger park areas further away from the city.

  1. Things to do in the city
  2. Things to do outside the city
  3. Where to Stay

Things to do in the city

Harbourfront

Sugar Beach, Harbourfront Center, HTO Park, HTO Park West, Toronto Music Garden

Toronto’s downtown harbourfront is a picturesque area to explore, if your cat is fine with some people and noise! The harbourfront has a view of Lake Ontario, Toronto Island and the Billy Bishop Airport. Sunset is particularly spectacular as you can see the sun setting on the horizon.

Harbourfront Center

Fort York

Including: Coronation Park, Trillium Park, Ontario Place

The Fort York harbour front area has some urban parks, with a view of the downtown skyline. It is a nice place to bike from the downtown area as there is a bike trail that goes along the water front. There are festivals held here in the summer so make sure to check before heading over with your cat!

Trillium Park

High Park

High Park is a massive park within the city of Toronto, kind of like Central Park of New York! It even has an open zoo (free and you can bring your cat there), a lake, many trails, and an offleash dog area (please avoid this if you are with your cat)! In the fall, the trees are beautiful with shades of yellow and orange, and in the spring, there are cherry blossoms, which makes it a very popular destination for locals!

High Park

Berczy Park

Berczy Park is a very small park within the downtown core, BUT, I had to include this because there are cats represented here! The fountain has dog statues located around the fountain, but if you look carefully you will see a cat standing around too! And there is another cat on a utility box nearby. See if you can find the cats!

Berczy Park

Things to do outside the city

Rouge National Urban Park

Rouge National Urban Park located east of Scarborough, near the Toronto Zoo, is a large network of trails and forests. In September and October, you can see the Salmon Run (when salmon swim up the river)!

Rouge National Urban Park

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area is located near Oakville and Milton, and there is an entry fee of $9.75 as of July 2022. It is particularly beautiful in the fall when you can overlook the forest turning shades of yellow, orange, and red.

The Conservation Halton annual pass includes 9 parks in total, and costs $75 per person as of July 2022.

Rattlesnake Point Conservation Area

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Mount Nemo Conservation Area is located near Oakville and Milton, and there is an entry fee of $9.75 as of July 2022. We visited in the winter and there were some neat rock formations, and a nice easy hike overall.

The Conservation Halton annual pass includes 9 parks in total, and costs $75 per person as of July 2022.

Mount Nemo Conservation Area

Royal Botanical Gardens – Hendrie Valley Sanctuary

The Hendrie Valley Sanctuary is located in Burlington. It includes trails with a long boardwalk (perfect for cats), and lots of birds to look at! Entry is free, however there is paid parking as of July 2022.

Royal Botanical Gardens – Hendrie Valley Sanctuary

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park is about an hour north-west of Toronto, and this park is a cool one! It has a easy hike, and has a short but unique section of rock formations, which is rare to see in the flat lands of Ontario!

We saw hiking goats when we visited!

Mono Cliffs Provincial Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park

Bruce Peninsula National Park located near Tobermory, is about a 4h drive from Toronto. You would probably stay overnight at Owen Sound or Tobermory. This park is extremely busy in summer and the gates will close if the parking is full. Try to go in Spring or Fall! The hike to The Grotto is absolutely worth going! There are rocky cliffs and caves, and the most beautiful turquoise blue waters.

Bruce Peninsula National Park – The Grotto

Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls is about a 1.5h drive from Toronto, and is a classic for all tourists and even locals. The falls itself is spectacular, but for more of a hiking experience, head over to the Niagara Glen area. Niagara-on-the-Lake is also worth checking out as a cute little town that most people skip when heading to Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls

Where to Stay

Check out the guide for Staying at a Hotel or Airbnb before booking!

Toronto is a huge city and there are many options of pet friendly hotels and airbnbs. Make sure to confirm that a cat is allowed, and be sure to check if there are any pet fees.

Here are the hotels that we have personally stayed at:

Hilton Toronto

If you’re looking for a pet friendly hotel right in the center of downtown Toronto, Hilton Toronto is highly recommended! We stayed in an upgraded “executive suite” and had the most luxurious experience. It is located just a few steps away from Osgood TTC station, and the iconic Nathan Phillips Square.

Link: Hilton Toronto

Hilton Toronto

Hilton Toronto Airport

We stayed at the Hilton Toronto Airport before our morning flight. It was nice to not have to worry about the Toronto traffic. They offer pet friendly rooms and even provide a pet bed for your dog or cat.

The hotel offers a free shuttle bus service to the airport every 15-30 minutes (depending on time of day).

Link: Hilton Toronto Airport

Hilton Toronto Airport

St Catherines – Four Points by Sheraton

This hotel was great! It was pet friendly with nice big windows, and the beds were in a separate room from the living area. This was important at the time as Teddy would often run around during the night. This isn’t an important consideration as he is older and sleeps through the night.

Link: St Catherines – Four Points by Sheraton

St Catherines – Four Points by Sheraton

Airbnb – The Knotty Anchor – (Owen Sound / Tobermory Area)

We stayed at this Airbnb while exploring the Tobermory area (about 1hr drive from the airbnb). This Airbnb is very spacious and pet friendly! We loved that it is a detached little home that felt like it was just ours’.

Link: The Knotty Anchor

The Knotty Anchor – Airbnb

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