Toronto is Canada’s largest city and home to a diverse population of about 2.8 million people from almost every corner of the world. You have the opportunity to experience the whole world in this great city, with various events and festivals celebrating a wide range of countries and cultures from across the globe. If you are visiting Toronto, the best way to experience it all in a short span of time, will be to take a guided tour of Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods! Whether you want to go bar hopping, or treat yourselves to best chocolate from award winning chocolatiers, delicacies from across the world from Jewish bagels, to Goat Curry, or want to discover the spookiest corner of Toronto, you will find a guided tour that suites your budget.
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I. Sightseeing/Walking Tours
Edgewalk on top CN tower, takes unique stunning views to the next level, with a chance to view Toronto at great heights. Push your limits at Toronto’s tallest extreme urban adventure, on the roof of the CN towers restaurant. Experience the thrill of a lifetime and the worlds highest full circle hands-free walk!
Where: 301 Front Street West
Cost: Starting at $225
2. Toronto Greeters
Get paired up with a “local” and have them show you points of interest as well as their favourite Toronto spots. A FREE service operated by the City of Toronto and designed to give you a taste of the city. Operates year round.
Where: The Annex, Chinatown, Kensington Market, The Distillery District
3. Genova Tours
This tour company specializes in personal walking tours of Toronto with over 30 different walking tours. Bill Genova is a historian and storyteller which means that the tours are more personal, informative and interesting.
Tours offered include Toronto Orientation Tour, St Lawrence Market And Old Towne Tour, Chinatown And Kensington Tour, Ghost Tour, Yorkville’s Historic Past And Present Tour, Cabbagetown, Corktown & Distillery Tourm Jewish Tour, Black History Tour, Little India Tour, Ethnic Grocery Store Tour
4. Heritage Toronto Tours
Featuring 64 public tours, there’s something for everyone, whether you’re interested in learning about Toronto’s architecture, exploring the history of our rich music scene, or discovering the roots of social and scientific innovations that have shaped the city and changed the world. Tour season runs May to October. Details
Where: Across Toronto at various neighbourhoods
Cost: $10 donation encouraged
5. City Sightseeing Toronto
To explore everything Toronto has to offer, choose this hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus that is valid for up to 48 hours. Enjoy a tour of the harbour and islands cruise, a free downtown pickup on the first day only, 21 great stops to choose from, a free souvenir map and unlimited travel advice and support from friendly guides. You will have the opportunity to check out all the major attractions. Details
Where: downtown Toronto – Hop-on Hop-off bus.
Cost: Starts at $38
6. Tour Guys
The Tour Guys Toronto team offers regularly scheduled tours throughout the year (including the famous FREE walking tours; These tours are “pay what you want”, where you tip the guide at the end.). They are also the official provider of Urban Adventures in Toronto. The tour guides that lead the city tours are engaging, entertaining, and experts in all things Toronto. Details
Tours include: Toronto Waterfront Tour, St Lawrence Market Tour, Downtown Toronto Tour, Old Town Toronto History Tour, Graffiti Tour lasting ~ 90 minutes
7. Go Tours Canada
For over 10 years, Go Tours Distillery has been providing Toronto Walking tours centered around the gorgeous Distillery District and Old Town neighbourhoods. Indulge in everything the distillery district has to offer, like chocolate and beer, while learning about its history. Or perhaps exploring the multitude of artists, galleries and cultural experiences is more your style, there is also a tour for you. There are also fun historical tours on segways if you’re looking for something a little more adventurous. Details
Where: Distillery District – 30 Gristmill Lane
Cost: Segway tours start at $39; walking tours start at $19
8. Toronto Urban Adventures
An Urban Adventures tour of Toronto is a unique way to get to know the city on foot from a local guide’s perspective. The multi-cultural city has something for everyone and the best way to see what it has to offer is to tour Toronto with a local. Details
Tours include: Kensington Market & Chinatown, Hockey Tours, Food Tours and Craft Beer Tours.
Cost: Starts at $37
II. Food/Drink Tours
1. Tasty Tours
Toronto’s award-winning food tour and chocolate tour company treats you to the best food experience in Toronto, leaving you with memories to savour for years to come. On each tour your guide will take you on a walk around a Toronto neighbourhood. You’ll be introduced to various eateries, feasting on a variety of edible delights while learning tidbits of food and Toronto history. They also hold special tours during special days like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day and chocolate workshops! Details
Tours include: Kensington Market Sweet & Savoury Food Tour And Toronto’s Ultimate Chocolate Tour – along King West, Queen West and Dundas West around Trinity Bellwoods Park.
Cost: Starts at $59
2. The Culinary Adventure Co.
This is Canada’s largest culinary tourism and experience operator. They are the only culinary experience company run by culinary professionals and the only Food Tour company partnered with Mealshare, a non-profit dedicated to fighting hunger throughout Canada and around the world. CAC offers neighbour food tours, culinary adventures, cooking classes and corporate culinary programming for clients and companies across Canada. Details
Tours include: Cheese and Wine Tours, Chinatown & Kensington Market Food Tour, St. Lawrence & Old Town Food Tour, Riverside & Leslieville Food Tour, King & Queen West Brunch Tour , Little India Food Tour, Little Italy Food Tour, and Danforth Food Tour.
Cost: Starts at $69
3. Savour Toronto
Discover Toronto’s best restaurants, eateries, cafes, and food shops as you taste your way through the city’s most unique and eclectic neighbourhood on a culinary excursion in Kensington Market. As you stroll, you will learn about the history and heritage of the market, meet local shopkeepers and chefs, and indulge in a variety of delicious foods and drinks. Details
Tours include: Kensington Market Food Tours, Dundas West & Ossington Food Tours, and Old Chinatown Food Tours.
Cost: Starts at $65
4. Toronto Food/Drink Tours
Taste the city through the eyes of a chef and get a behind the scenes peek as you eat your way through any one of 11 different neighborhoods. Or delve into a world of secret bars, gin joints and whiskey tunnels as you sip craft beers and explore the Urban Whiskey Trail. There are also classes and tastings being offered. Details
Tours inlcude: Pizza Tour, Corktown+Canary & Distillery Historic District Food Tour, Old Chintown Food Tour, Riverside & Leslieville Food Tour, Kensington Market Food Tour, St. Lawrence Market & Old Toronto Food Tour, King & Queen West Brunch Tour, Gerrard Indian Bazaar Food Tour, Little Italy Food Tour, Greektown on the Danforth Food Tour, Ossington Food Tour, Urban Whiskey Trail and A Tour of Hotel Bars.
Cost: Starts at $79
5. Chopsticks + Forks
This tour is designed for the adventurer. It allows to experience new tastes from 6 countries representing 5 continents. There are also great vegetarian options available, if that is something you are looking for. Slow down and explore Toronto’s off-the-beaten-path neighbourhood. Discover the culture and history of Toronto by discovering the heart of the most hip, unique and diverse neighbourhood in Toronto. Details
Tours include: Kensington Market Food Tours, and Introduction to Cuisine of Korea.
Cost: Starts at $74
6. Foodies on Foot
Try out some of the tastiest and most unique food tours, events and promotions with foodies on foot. They offer various food and art tours, secret menus, cooking classes and wellness food tours. Details
Tours include: Wellness Food Tour that is suitable for vegans, Best of Toronto Food Tour, 501 Streetcar Food Tour (Food Tour along 501 Queen Streetcar route), Street Art and Street Food Tour (Queen West + Graffiti Alley Tour).
Cost: Varies based on tour – Starts at $79
7. Beer Lovers’ Tour Company
Check out the various beer tours offered around Toronto like the Old Toronto Beer Tour which including tastings at 4 breweries, a Charcuterie-style Lunch, highlights around Toronto and of course a beer expert. There is also a beer and chocolate tour which includes a tour of SOMA and a guided walk of the distillery district. Details
Cost: Tours starts at $64.95
8. Steam Whistle Brewery
Learn how Canada’s Premium Pilsner is made, meet their friendly staff and enjoy a sample of their beer. You’ll learn why Steam Whistle was designated one of Toronto’s “green buildings” and about their railway history. Details
Where: 255 Bremner Blvd, Toronto
9. Mill Street Brewery
Tours include a tutored beer flight tasting and a sample of their Bierschnaps. Details
Where: 21 Tank House Lane
When: The brewery tours are offered Monday and Tuesdays at 4 p.m., Wednesday and Thursday’s at 4 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m and 7 p.m., Fridays at 4 p.m, 5 p.m. and 6 p.m, and every hour from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends.
- Kensington Market Food Tour
- Price: $89.00
- Sake Brewery Experience in Distillery District
- Price: $57.87
- King and Queen West Sunday Brunch Tour
- Price: $84.11
- St. Lawrence Market and Old Toronto Food Tour
- Price: $68.68
- Riverside and Leslieville East End Eats Food Tour
- Price: $76.40
III. Adventure/Outdoor Tours
1. Urban Capers Scavenger Hunts
Check out various adventure tours around the city like Murder at the ROM, which gives you a chance to have fun while also exploring the Royal Ontario Museum. You can also discover hidden Toronto which takes you through a row of mansions of Toronto’s early families. There is the secrets of St. Lawrence tour, where you get to explore the roots of Toronto in and around the St. Lawrence market. Details
Cost: Starts at $24.99
2. Paddle Toronto
Be transported back to the days of the Voyageur Explorers as you embark with one of Paddle Toronto’s certified experienced guides on a relaxing excursion, travelling in historic voyageur canoe replicas that carry up to 17 paddlers plus a guide. Explore the many channels and lagoons of the Toronto Islands, a small paradise in Toronto's own backyard, with secluded beaches and bird sanctuaries. Details
Cost: Starts at $27.50
3. Toronto Bicycle Tours
Take a ride and gain a deeper appreciation for Toronto, its people, culture, history and food. There are various scheduled tours, private group tours and bike rentals. All tours include the use of a bicycle, helmet, water and snacks and are offered all year round in various languages. Details
Where: 275 Dundas St W, Toronto
Cost: Bike rentals start at $35, downtown tours start at $65 + tax.
4. Toronto Adventures
A great way to escape the city and get into nature, you have the opportunity to paddle some of Ontario’s scenic and iconic locations! This summer you have the chance to explore various Southern Ontario Rivers including the Beaver River, Rouge River, Grand River and more! A great way to learn, have fun and explore the great outdoors. Details
Cost: Varies based on location.
5. Toronto Heli-Tours
This popular scenic helicopter tour provides visitors and residents alike with an exciting and unique view of Toronto from 2,000 feet. They operate year round and offer the most amazing way to see Toronto. Details
Where: Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport
Cost: Starts at $99
6. Canoe Toronto
Paddle around the harbour, while enjoying a beautiful view of Toronto’s skyline, picturesque lagoons and numerous islands. Along the way you will also visit a Bird Sanctuary; allowing for a chance to enjoy some of Toronto’s wildlife. If you are lucky you have the opportunity to see the sunset, fireworks and a spectacular view of the moon. Details
Where: 283 Queens Quay West
Cost: Starts at $10
IV. Ghost Tours
1. Toronto Ghost Walk
Discover the ghosts that haut U of T! Join for an evening walk on and around the University of Toronto’s St. George campus and hear the stories, myths and legends surrounding those who haunt the halls of some of Toronto’s oldest buildings. Details
2. Haunted Walk of Toronto
Stroll along the cobblestone streets of the historic Distillery District and area by lantern light or hear some of the most spine-tingling ghost stories from the earliest days of the city, including haunted theatres, unsolved mysteries and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House. There are a variety of holiday themed walk as well including the “Nightmare before Christmas” where you can explore a variety of creepy holiday traditions from around the world! Details
Cost: Starts at $19.75
3. Muddy York Walking Tours
Explore the city of Toronto with the most popular spooky tours and learn about the haunted streets of downtown Toronto, the most infamous antics of the Boyd Gang. There are also historical tours which cover the Toronto’s Old Town & St. Lawrence Market District. Details.
Cost: Starts at $15