Where to Stay for Toronto Marathon?
As the Toronto Marathon approaches, you’d want to find a convenient place to stay early before the demand for hotels surges to abnormal levels. It would help if you also had an accommodation facility that can conveniently allow you to access the start and finish lines of the races.
Thanks to its iconic sites (the CN Tower included), thriving arts scene, and bustling cosmopolitan atmosphere, Toronto has a booming hotel industry. Hotels in this city vary by their offerings, star rating, location, and size. Finding one within your budget is possible if you know where to look.
Downtown Toronto is a great place to stay during the race weekend. Staying in this area is an exciting experience for new visitors looking to enjoy city life. However, you have to dig deeper into your pockets for a comfortable stay as it can be quite expensive to stay here. The good thing is that the high cost of staying here is worthwhile. You get convenient access to exciting cultural events, restaurants, public transportation, and Lake Ontario’s scenic waterfront.
In particular, Hilton Hotel ranks highly in downtown Toronto. It is only a few minutes away on a bus ride from the start line. The Line 1 Yonge-University area also offers easy access to the race’s start line. It is part of the fast transit line along Toronto’s subway. As the longest line on the city’s subway system, it serves Toronto and Vaughan.
Another option is to stay close to the finish line (the Queen Elizabeth Building). The finish line lies near the Canadian National Exhibition and is surrounded by plenty of top-notch hotels. Among the best is Hotel X Toronto by Library Hotel Collection.
Everything from the post-race party and food to the CN Tower skyline makes Toronto the perfect spot for the races. If you are visiting the city for the event, it is advisable to book a hotel close to the start and finish lines. This will make movement to and from the event cheaper and easier. Our suggestions. for the best hotels that will let you explore Canada’s biggest city, are discussed below.
These are some of the best hotels near the Toronto Marathon.
The Hilton hotel is situated in downtown Toronto close to Osgoode Station. It is the closest hotel from where you can take a shuttle bus to the Sheppard Yonge Station, giving easy access to the start line of the full and half marathons. The accommodation facility also lies within a 10-minute walk to CF Toronto Eaton Center, Royal Ontario Museum, CN Tower, and Union Station. Using public transit, the Distillery District, Rogers Center, and St. Lawrence Market are less than 20 minutes away.
It lies on the grounds of the iconic Exhibition Place. It is quite close to the finish line of the full marathon. Besides being part of the Library Hotel Collection, it also lies on the opposite side of the Enercare Center and is close to popular attractions in the area. Moreover, the hotel overlooks the Lake Ontario waterfront, offering great views of this water feature. Besides attending the race event, you can also visit the Royal Ontario Museum and Art Gallery of Ontario.
This property soars high above one of the city’s tallest buildings. It lies in downtown Toronto at the University Avenue and Adelaide Street intersection. Getting to the race’s shuttle bus at the Hilton hotel will take only 2 minutes on foot. The hotel is close to Toronto’s entertainment and business districts. It is also a 6-minute walk from Queen Street West on University Avenue, where you can find a parking garage, bus station, and transport interchange (Osgoode Station).
Besides being within walking distance of local attractions, Sheraton Center Toronto Hotel is also very convenient to reach the marathon’s start line by shuttle bus. Buses leave from the nearby Hilton hotel, only 3 minutes walk away. Notable landmarks near Sheraton Center Toronto include CN Tower and Nathan Phillips Square. The Royal Ontario Museum and Ed Mirvish Theatre are cultural highlights with proximity to the accommodation facility.
Situated at the intersection of King and Yonge streets, One King West Hotel offers excellent access to the race’s start line. It also places you a few minutes away from the shopping, entertainment, and financial districts in downtown Toronto. The hotel is close to interactive attractions such as the Art Gallery of Ontario, the Hockey Hall of Fame, and Nathan Phillips Square. Moreover, it lies within a walking distance of the nearest bus, train, and subway stations.
About the Toronto Marathon
The Toronto Marathon is undeniably one of the top spring marathons in Ontario. It draws large crowds of people looking to participate or get a glimpse of multiple race options. These include the 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Half Marathon, and Marathon.
As the name suggests, a 5K run/walk is a road running or walking competition that covers five kilometres. The 10K run is a long-distance road running race covering over ten kilometres. Like other road running competitions, it requires runners with both speed and endurance.
Of all the races, the half marathon usually features the highest number of participants during the race weekend. It is run in a fast and scenic downhill course like the full marathon, but covers half the distance.
The full marathon is in one of the fastest courses in the world and allows runners to qualify for the Boston Marathon. You can run the full marathon alone or with a relay team of 8 people.
Where does the Toronto Marathon start & finish?
The start line for the Toronto Marathon is Yonge St and Sheppard Avenue intersection at Yonge Sheppard Center. Yonge Sheppard Center lies about 10 miles north of Downtown Toronto. It is connected to the Yonge Street and Shepard Avenue intersection through the Sheppard Station.
The finish line will be at the Queen Elizabeth Building, Exhibition Place at Toronto’s waterfrornt. You can get to Sheppard Yonge Station by car, taxi, bus, or subway. It takes approximately 22 minutes to access the station by Line 1 subway and 32 minutes by Line 320 bus. Both driving and a taxi ride will take 17 minutes.
Catch a Downtown Toronto to Sheppard-Yonge Station bus from Yonge St at Richmond St East Station. For the train operated by Toronto Transit, go to the Queen Station.
Whichever means you use to get to the start line, the event organizers expect you to arrive there 30 minutes early. It ensures you get ample time to acquaint yourself with the surroundings and stand in line with other participants.
The TTC subway service starts at 8 AM on Sundays and operates throughout the day on regular hours. If you are using the 320 Yonge route, note that it operates every three to four minutes to the start lines of the half and full marathons.
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