Toronto tours and excursions

Toronto tours

Boat tours

A boat tour of the harbour is a nice sightseeing experience. Toronto Harbour Tours offers cruises of the inner harbour and out to the Toronto Islands between April and October. It includes live narration from a local guide and waterfront views of the SkyDome, CN Tower and bustling harbour front. It’s also possible to charter a private boat for a personalised tour of the Islands.

Telephone: (416) 203 6994.
Bus tours

Grayline Tours runs hop-on, hop-off tours of the city centre in open-topped double-decker buses. A full circuit lasts two hours. The best places for passengers to hop on board are 123 Front Street West (corner of University Avenue) and the corner of Yonge Street and Dundas Street (visitors should call ahead, seeing as the company recommends booking at least 48 hours in advance).

Telephone: 1 800 594 3310.
Walking tours

Walking tours of Toronto are available with A Taste of the World. True to its name, the company offers the ‘Kensington Foodies Roots Walk', a three-hour-30-minute stroll through historic Kensington Market, sampling both the sights and the local delicacies. Genova Tours offers a variety of year-round Toronto walking tours that cover all kinds of interests - food in St Lawrence Market, Chinatown and Little India; history at the Mount Pleasant and Necropolis Cemeteries; and star-gazing in the neighbourhoods of Yorkville and Millionaire's Row.

Telephone: (416) 923 6813; (416) 367 0380.
Wine tours

With four major established wine regions and a plethora of emerging areas, Ontario is making a name for itself on the world wine scene. Most vineyards offer summer tasting experiences and tours, but if you’re keen to explore a wider areas then Niagara Vintage Wine Tours does guided trips around the Niagara-on-the-Lake and Niagara Escarpment areas. Choose between a half-day with cheese and charcuterie platter, an evening dinner tour, and a tailored private tour in a luxury vehicle.

Telephone: (905) 357 5525.

Excursions from Toronto

Algonquin Provincial Park

For many visitors, Algonquin Provincial Park captures the archetypal Canadian boreal landscape - shimmering blue lakes, towering pines and granite rock faces carved by the retreating glaciers. The park was established in 1893, in a rugged, beautiful region of southern Ontario (located 300km/186 miles north of Toronto) and quickly became popular with canoeists and outdoor enthusiasts. For a day trip, it is probably wisest for visitors to take in the natural beauty from Highway 60, which runs right through the park, offering a decent chance for a deer or moose sighting.

Telephone: (705) 633 5572.

A pleasant, pastoral town situated some 100km (60 miles) from Toronto, Elora was founded by settlers harnessing the water of the Grand River to power their mill, in the 1830s. The mill still survives, functioning these days as the Elora Mill Country Inn. The town itself offers shopping, restaurants and horse-drawn carriage rides, although its real appeal is as a base from which to explore the surrounding countryside. The Elora Gorge is a 3km (2 mile) scenic limestone gorge lined with cedars. Entrance is charged (late April to mid October); camping permits and inner tube hire cost extra.

Telephone: (519) 846 9841.
McMichael Canadian Art Collection

Situated 40km (25 miles) northwest of the city centre, in the picturesque village of Kleinburg, the McMichael possesses one of the largest collections of 20th-century Canadian art. Works on permanent display include many by the country's most prominent painters (Emily Carr, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven) in a body of work matched in spirit by the gallery's forested setting. The gallery also has a strong collection of contemporary First Nations and Inuit works. Temporary exhibitions are hosted throughout the year.

Telephone: (905) 893 1121.
Niagara Falls

World-renowned Niagara Falls has attracted visitors since the first human inhabitants set eyes upon it and is now one of the most popular tourist destinations in North America. Although Niagara is not the highest waterfall in the world, it carries a staggering 168,000 cubic metres (219,600 cubic yards) of water per minute over a drop of 51m (167ft). The surrounding town of Niagara Falls is a notorious honeymoon destination and offers lots of activities for the visitor. Niagara Falls is located 130km (81 miles) west of Toronto and can be reached by car, coach or train.

Telephone: 1 800 563 2557.