Toronto is a very spread out city. The core downtown area is bound by Bloor St. to the north, Bathurst St. to the West, the Don Valley Parkway to the east, and the waterfront to the south. There are many hotels downtown. Try to stay south of College or Queen for good access to the waterfront paths. There are some good hotel options to the west, toward High Park/Sunnyside Beach, but not much to the east of the Don Valley Expressway.
Below are hotels and options near Pearson airport.
Running Room. The leading Toronto running store chain with several locations: North (York Mills), downtown (Yonge & King), Beaches, High Park. List of stores and group runs. They also have an extensive series of route maps of various lengths from each store. MAP. Thanks here to Ed Mark, who is one of the Running Room’s ‘ambassadors’, for his help.
The Runners Shop. Near University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum. Canada’s oldest specialty running store, opened in 1975.
Running Room. Near Univ. of Toronto. Group Runs: Weds. 6pm, Sun 8:30 a.m.
Running Room. Group runs Wed. 6:30 p.m. & Sun. 8:30 a.m.
Good running calendar
Toronto Marathon. May.
Spring Run Off. April. 8k and 5k. Part of Canada Running Series. High Park.
Yonge St. 10k. June. Part of Canada Running Series. Waterfront.
Pure Protein Night Race. September.
Sunset Shuffle. August. On The Island. Can get sold out.
Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon. October.
Longboat Race, Toronto Island. September.