Head to the water
Start this 4.5km run in front of Union Station and head south down Bay Street to the Jack Layton Ferry Terminal. From there, head west along the Waterfront Trail and keep an eye out for one of the first landmarks you’ll see along your run: the Kajama tall ship, a traditional 165-ft, three-masted former cargo schooner. Built in 1930, this ship spent 70 years sailing throughout western Europe, Scandinavia and above the Arctic Circle. Snap a pic of this impressive schooner, just in front of the Harbourfront Centre, before you head back north towards the downtown core.
Get in some intervals
Break for a brew
If you’re a fan of pilsner, pop in for a sampler at Steam Whistle Brewery as you make your way north through Roundhouse Park (or stop in for post-run rehydration). Even if a mid-run brew isn’t for you, it’s still worth passing through to check out the architecture that houses this iconic Toronto brewery: a historic brick railway roundhouse.
Take a minute for a quick breather under the CN Tower; from the base of the tower you can see the Rogers Centre. If it’s summertime and the dome is open, that means the Blue Jays are in town.
Run for the bun
Round out your run by stopping in at Maman Bakery located in First Canadian Place. The large outdoor patio is a major highlight in the summertime. This café has French roots which means top-notch baked goods and a joie de vivre. Stopping by first thing in the morning? Savour a croissant and coffee before heading on home. Early evening run instead? Enjoy the après-midi menu.