City Tours – By Boat, Bike, Bus, On Foot or In the Air
Explore the neighbourhoods and attractions of Toronto any way you want with these fun tours. ShareThis
Experience Toronto’s incredible skyline from the Toronto harbour. Mariposa Cruises is one of Canada’s largest hospitality cruise operators with a fleet of well-maintained and uniquely styled vessels, offering a range of tours at different times of day and night. The popular Scenic Toronto Harbour Tour aboard the Oriole now offers a lively and informative narrative in four languages – English, French, Spanish and Mandarin.
The Tall Ship Kajama provides spectacular sailing experiences on a traditional 165-foot three-masted schooner.
Empress of Canada Cruises offers lunch and evening dinner cruises and Toronto Harbour Tours offers frequent boat tours where you can get off and explore the Toronto islands by foot then catch a return trip anytime later in the day.
Toronto Bicycle Tours is a great option for all ages and enables you to explore the heart of downtown or unique areas like The Beaches and The Belt Line (including The Evergreen Brick Works and Wychwood Barns).
To explore the city independently by bike, read our handy guide to cycling paths written by a seasoned Toronto cyclist: Top Cycling Routes in Toronto.
Two main companies offer hop-on, hop-off double-decker bus tours around Toronto.
City Sightseeing Toronto lets you choose from over 24 official stops and the ticket is valid for up to 7 days (as well as Niagara). Gray Line Toronto also offers excursions to Niagara and Ottawa in addition to tours of Toronto.
Heritage Toronto runs a range of walking tours (and a few bike and bus tours, too) from April to October. So whether you’re interested in learning more about Toronto’s architecture, exploring natural heritage or hearing stories of our diverse city and its past, there a Heritage Toronto tour for you.
Bruce Bell, one of Toronto’s most respected historians, walks you through the city’s past. Toronto Greeters is a free service where Torontonians show visitors points of interest and their favourite Toronto spots. With Genova Tours, you get Bill Genova, a celebrated historian and storyteller highlighting Toronto’s neighbourhoods and ethnic diversity.
Offered May through September, Toronto Architecture Tours allow you to see and learn about some of Toronto’s most significant architecture. Highlights include contemporary buildings by outstanding local and international architects that have enhanced Toronto’s streets and neighbourhoods while transforming the city.
The Tour Guys offer many free public walking tours in the summer as well as tours themed around beer, bacon, graffiti, ghosts, death and disasters. Stroll popular neighbourhoods like Kensington Market, the beautiful waterfront or historic Old Town Toronto.
A variety of guides are available through the Canadian Tour Guide Association of Toronto. Private or group tours can be conducted in a range of languages including English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, Italian and Persian (Farsi). Offers meet and greet and step-on guides.
Tour like a local with Lokafy as they connect you with Torontonians who love their city. It’s like having a friend show you around.
Learn the controls and buttons of your camera and shoot that perfect picture using your new knowledge of composition when you take a Toronto Photo Safari with SNAP!.
In the Air
Cameron Air has been offering exhilarating rides 2000 feet above the city for over 20 years. An exiting addition to any family vacation, this tour will let you experience a unique bird’s eye view of the beautiful Toronto skyline. Located minutes from downtown Toronto, tours are completely customizable.
Toronto Heli Tours provides visitors with an exciting and unique view of Toronto from 2,000 feet. A window seat on a helicopter offers an amazing way to see Toronto!