April showers are an unfortunate reality in Toronto (and once in a while, those showers are white and fluffy). Fortunately, Mother Nature’s got nothing on the indoor activities you’ll find around the Pantages Hotel.
Just across the road is the Eaton Centre, Toronto’s landmark mall where you could spend the whole day shopping, eating and people-watching over three floors. Interesting to note as you go up and down the escalators, the floors are essentially broken up into needs (ground), wants (second) and dreams (third). You’ll find top Canadian retailers like Harry Rosen and Roots, and global brands like Steve Madden, Apple and Sephora. And speaking of Sephora, booking your Pantages stay online gives you free gifts like a Sephora gift card, a Starbucks card and an H&M card, all redeemable at the Eaton Centre.
If the weather’s still not cooperating, take the passage from the Eaton Centre under Queen Street to the flagship Hudson’s Bay store (the oldest company in Canada). It shares space with Sak’s Fifth Avenue (one of the newer companies to Canada). By then you should’ve worked up an appetite, which you can — and should — satiate at the lower level for Saks Food Hall by Pusateri’s.
From there, you can access the Toronto PATH, which, according to Guinness World Records, is the planet’s largest underground shopping complex. Linking 30 kilometres (or 19 miles) of shopping arcades, the PATH has 371,600 square metres (4 million square feet) of retail space, housing approximately 1,200 shops and employing about 5,000 people.
In addition to shopping, the PATH gives you indoor access to many of Toronto’s best attractions. Our favourite is Ripley’s Aquarium where you can look at luminous jellyfish, see sharks up close and even pet stingrays!
Also accessible via the PATH is the Rogers Centre (formerly the SkyDome), home of our beloved Toronto Blue Jays baseball team. If it’s still coming down, you can catch a ball game under the stadium’s retractable roof.
Finally, if you’re looking for one thing to do all day, take the subway from Dundas station (just north of the hotel) to Yorkdale, which is part shopping mall/part city unto itself. Yorkdale features many Canadian firsts, including a Valentino boutique, a Cheesecake Factory, Paris’s famous Ladurée patisserie, Jamie’s Italian, 27 luxury goods shops and a movie theatre.
If nothing on our list is your cuppa tea, ask the concierge for recommendations. In downtown Toronto, you can always find something to do.