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8 Best Tours To Get To Know Toronto, Canada

Jake
Published Aug 21, 2017

As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is a bustling metropolis with many activities to draw visitors from all over the globe. It may be difficult to know where to start when trying to explore this city with a population of over 2.5 million citizens. An open-ended place to start for a city of this size is with a general guided tour. On the other hand, if you know what you like and you want a tour more tailored to your interest, there are options for you to explore in Toronto.

1. Toronto City Hop-on Hop-off Tour (from USD 34.77)

Sometimes we need to take it easy, sit back, and let someone show us around. The Toronto City Hop-on, Hop-off tour is the answer to the cry for help from your feet! Sit back and listen to your guide tell you about the best attractions around Canada’s largest city including CN Tower, Casa Loma, Toronto’s Harborfront, Entertainment District, and more. This tour is perfect for folks with mobility issues or those who need a more relaxing day.

Toronto City Hop-on Hop-off Tour

Address: 1 Dundas St E, M5B 2R8 Toronto, ON, Canada

Price: from USD 34.77

Duration: 20 minutes - all day!

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2. Private tour with a Local (from 23.38 USD)

Want to skip the fake tourist traps and get to the heart of Toronto? Then a tour around the city with a local is what you need. This is the tour that can make first-time visitors feel like residents with the insights the local guide will provide. The guide is ready to connect with you and give you the tour you want to experience, which includes pick up service.

Private tour with a Local

Address: Pick up service available

Price: from 23.38 USD

Duration: 2.5 hours

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3. Eight-minute window seat helicopter tour (from USD 87.19)

Want to see the city of Toronto but don’t have much time on your hands? Then a helicopter tour is perfect for you. Experience the city from the best vantage point, hovering above it from heights equal to that of the CN Tower. Enjoy the Toronto skyline and Lake Ontario waterfront for a total of 15 kilometers (9 miles) of sights during the quick eight-minute ride. Don’t forget your ID when you arrive.

Eight-minute window seat helicopter tour

Address: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport, 2 Eireann Quay, Hangar 6, Suite 214, M5V 1A1 Toronto, ON, Canada

Price: from USD 87.19

Duration: Approximately 8 minutes

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4. Beer Makes History Better Tour (from 30.89 USD)

There are many ways to experience a city. If you have a taste for beer with a dash of history, then look no further than the Beer Makes History Better Tour. Join your beer guru as you begin and end at unique Toronto locations. Your savvy guide will take you through three favorite Toronto pubs enjoying local recommended beers along the way. During the tour, you will learn about the vital role beer has played in helping Toronto residents deal with hardships throughout the city’s long history.

Beer Makes History Better Tour

Address: 30 Yonge St, M5E 1X8 Toronto, ON, Canada

Price: from 30.89 USD

Duration: 4.5 hours

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5. When Pigs Fry Tour (from 42.30 USD)

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If you are as excited about pork as these guides, you will be thrilled to join the When Pigs Fry tour. Join your pork-loving guide outside the Hockey Hall of Fame ready to eat some savory meat. You will visit three local restaurants that can’t wait to shower you in bacon, pork, and sausage. Between bites of meat, your guide will take you to a renowned local butcher shop to share information about pork quality and sustainable, ethical pig farming. By the time you reach the end point at King St West near Bathurst St, you will know why Toronto earned its title of “Hogtown.”

When Pigs Fry Tour

Address: 30 Yonge St, M5E 1X8 Toronto, ON, Canada

Price: from 42.30 USD

Duration: 3.5 hours

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6. Island Morning Bike Tour (from 72.69 USD)

If you need a break from the big city, try the Island Morning Bike Tour. Listen to the remarkable stories your guide will share as you take in the beautiful views of Toronto. Take advantage of the largest car-free neighborhood in North America by coasting along on a gentle bike ride. Just take a short ferry ride to the island, hop on the bike waiting for you, and you are all set! This tour is perfect for beginner to advanced riders.

Island Morning Bike Tour

Address: Village by the Grange Shopping Centre, 275 Dundas Street West, M5T 3K1 Toronto

Price: from 72.69 USD

Duration: 3.5 hours

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7. Five-hour ultimate tour (from 141.18 USD)

Only have a short time in Toronto and want to see it all? Then you need the five-hour ultimate tour. This tour includes the most famous Toronto attractions including the CN Tower, Casa Loma, and a cruise down the harbor. There will be a narrated driving tour through the areas of Eaton Centre, Dundas Square, Queen’s Park and the St. Lawrence Market.

Five-hour ultimate tour

Address: Pick-up service from your hotel

Price: from 141.18 USD

Duration: 5 hours

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8. Kensington Market afternoon food tour (from 80.68 USD)

If you have an appetite for many flavors and cultures, then the Kensington Market afternoon food tour is a must for you. Get ready for your taste buds to travel around the world in the most multicultural area of Toronto. Along the way, you will sample food from the Caribbean, Mexican, Portuguese, Latin American, and Canada.

Kensington Market afternoon food tour

Price: from 80.68 USD

Duration: 3.5 hours

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So much to see!

Being such a large city, Toronto can appear to be overwhelming. However, many of these tours pack several sights into a short time frame. There are options to take it slow for a longer vacation or marathon through the biggest sights. The guides and the people can make all the difference. A distant place may fade from memory, but the jokes, stories, and feelings from the people who lead you through their city will stay with you.

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Jake is currently making his way across Europe while petsitting various animals along the way. He has taught in American schools from coast to coast in Los Angeles and Baltimore as well as his...Read more

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