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While each season in Toronto has its merits (and winter, thankfully, brings little snow to the downtown core), the best time to visit The Adelaide Hotel, Toronto is summer. The city comes alive during its warm-weather festivals. In June, visitors arrive from around the globe for the TD Toronto Jazz Festival — when some 1,500 musicians take the stage at 350 concerts, many outdoors — and Pride Week, one of the largest gay celebrations in the world.
The most anticipated gathering, however, is the Toronto International Film Festival, when thousands of Hollywood glitterati, actors, directors, producers and movie fans descend on the city for 10 days each September. At the luxury hotel, stars can arrive discreetly and get to their suites via private elevators while taking advantage of the state-of-the-art security system. Directors and producers can also host private screenings in a soundproof media room embellished with bowls of the hotel’s popular truffle-flavored popcorn.
Because the chic hotel is but a 15-minute walk to the shores of Lake Ontario, you can easily board a ferry to Toronto Island Park, where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run. The expansive green space, composed of 18 islets linked together by bridges, offers beaches, bike paths, kayak and canoe rentals, concerts, amusements for children, the Billy Bishop airport and a stunning view of the city’s waterfront.
When winter arrives, stretch your leg muscles by walking the few blocks to Nathan Phillips Square facing Toronto City Hall, strap on a pair of skates, and leave your cares behind as you glide around the rink, surrounded by a profusion of twinkling lights.