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Art Gallery of Ontario

Art Gallery of Ontario: Our most recommended tours and activities

Toronto: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

1. Toronto: City Sightseeing Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

Hop on and off open-top double-decker buses to explore the best of Toronto at your own pace. See all of Toronto’s top historic and contemporary attractions on board and hop on and off at any of the 15 stops.  During summer, the vehicles are mainly open-top double-deckers buses that afford you the best possible view of Toronto. During the late fall and winter, or when the weather happens to be cold or wet, enjoy a cozy, comfortable trolley instead. Although these vehicles aren’t open-top, they are loaded with wide windows and they’re a great way to see and photograph Toronto’s sights in style. Bus Stops: 1) Yonge-Dundas Square 2) Yonge & Wellesley 3) Yorkville 4) The Park Hyatt / ROM 5) Casa Loma 6) Spadina & Bloor 7) The Bata Shoe Museum 8) The Royal Ontario Museum 9) Art Gallery of Ontario 10) CN Tower North 11) Ripley's Aquarium / CN Tower 12) Harbourfront Centre 13) Meridian Hall / Hockey Hall of Fame 14) St. Lawrence Market 15) The Distillery District

Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario General Admission Ticket

2. Toronto: Art Gallery of Ontario General Admission Ticket

Conveniently located in downtown Toronto and fully accessible, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of North America’s greatest art galleries. Here, you can immerse yourself in a large collection of over 120,000 artworks that ranges from cutting-edge contemporary pieces to significant works by Indigenous and Canadian artists, as well as European masterpieces. Don’t miss seeing iconic pieces such as "Massacre of The Innocents" by Peter Paul Rubens and original Group of Seven Canadian artworks, which have earned the gallery global recognition. Explore the world of art within the gallery's beautiful architecture, designed by the renowned architect Frank Gehry. Take your time to appreciate not only the art but also the building itself. Complete your visit with a delicious meal at AGO Bistro and discover artful gifts at shopAGO!

Toronto: Heart of Downtown 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

3. Toronto: Heart of Downtown 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Downtown Toronto on 2 wheels! On this bike tour you’ll see some of Downtown Toronto’s key sights, including must-see cultural and historical landmarks. Explore areas that aren’t easily reached in a car or bus, and experience unique scenic views. The tour is suitable for beginners and advanced riders, as it moves at an easy pace and makes plenty of stops to chat and take in the sights. Your guides are expert city riders and know their way around Toronto. What you'll explore: • CN Tower • Royal York Hotel • Union Station • Chinatown • Kensington Market • Eaton’s Centre • Dundas Square • Harbourfront and Lake • Financial district • Queen Street West • Art Gallery of Ontario • College of Art and Design • Hockey Hall of Fame • Massey Hall • Rogers Centre • Round House Park • City Hall • St. Lawrence Market • Flatiron building • St. James Cathedral and Square • Sherbourne Common • Corus Quay • Sugar Beach • Entertainment District

Gray Line Toronto: Scenic 2-Hour City Tour by Bus

4. Gray Line Toronto: Scenic 2-Hour City Tour by Bus

Embark on an enchanting adventure through the bustling streets and captivating landmarks of Toronto with this 2-hour bus tour. Discover some of the city's most vibrant streets and popular landmarks. Board a comfortable and air-conditioned coach as expert guides welcome you with warm hospitality and fascinating insights into the city's rich history and diverse culture. During your tour you will see highlights like: CN Tower: The iconic CN Tower, a towering marvel that dominates the city's skyline. Ascend to the observation deck, where you'll be treated to awe-inspiring panoramic views of Toronto and its picturesque surroundings. Royal Ontario Museum (ROM): Immerse yourself in the world of art, history, and culture at the Royal Ontario Museum. Home to a vast collection of artifacts and exhibits from different eras and civilizations, the ROM offers a captivating journey through time and space. Casa Loma: Prepare to be transported to a fairy-tale realm as we visit the enchanting Casa Loma. This grand castle, with its majestic architecture and beautiful gardens, is a living testament to Toronto's aristocratic past. Explore its opulent rooms, secret passages, and sweeping terraces that offer breathtaking views of the city. St. Lawrence Market: Experience the vibrant culinary scene of Toronto at the historic St. Lawrence Market. Immerse yourself in a sensory delight as you stroll through the bustling aisles filled with fresh produce, gourmet delicacies, and local treats. Discover the market's cultural significance as a meeting place for food lovers from all walks of life. Distillery District: Step back in time as you venture into the charming Distillery District, a beautifully preserved historic neighborhood. Wander along cobblestone streets, framed by red-brick Victorian-era buildings housing galleries, boutiques, and artisanal studios. This cultural hotspot exudes a creative and artistic atmosphere. Harbourfront Centre: Embrace the tranquility of Toronto's waterfront at the vibrant Harbourfront Centre. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the boardwalk, take in captivating views of Lake Ontario, and immerse yourself in the lively atmosphere filled with arts, music, and cultural events. Queen's Park & Ontario Legislative Building: Discover the political heart of Ontario as you pass by Queen's Park and the majestic Ontario Legislative Building. Marvel at the stunning architecture and learn about the province's governance and history. Entertainment District: Cruise through Toronto's Entertainment District, a dynamic area that buzzes with theaters, nightlife, and entertainment venues. Catch a glimpse of the city's thriving performing arts scene and explore the district's vibrant energy. Yonge-Dundas Square: Experience the vibrant heart of downtown Toronto at Yonge-Dundas Square, often referred to as "The Times Square of Canada." Be captivated by the bustling intersection, dazzling billboards, and the lively spirit of this commercial and cultural hub. After your tour, feel free to come back to any of these locations and explore them even further.

Toronto: Chinatown and Kensington Market Guided Tour

5. Toronto: Chinatown and Kensington Market Guided Tour

Explore Toronto's most lively boroughs on a 2-hour walking tour along the charming streets of Chinatown and Kensington Market. Uncover the history of Kensington as you wander down the friendly streets of its colorful market. Admire the graffiti-covered walls along the way and sample different foods as you wander down Kensington Market's vendor-lined streets. Visit Canada's largest Chinese community, and uncover a century of fascinating history in Chinatown, where there are no McDonald's or Starbucks to be seen. After your walk, hang out around the market for a while. Pick up a unique gift, shop for vintage clothing, or simply enjoy the colorful surroundings.

Kensington Market: Downtown Toronto Self-Guided Audio Tour

6. Kensington Market: Downtown Toronto Self-Guided Audio Tour

Explore the vibrant streetscape from the Art Gallery of Ontario through the adjacent Chinatown, and concluding in Kensington Market, an eclectic and historic neighbourhood that is a National Historic Sight. Learn about the history of Chinatown and check out some of the best spots to grab a bite. Take in unique architecture, fascinating history and culture, as well as great local shops and eateries along the way.

Toronto: Walking Tour & Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

7. Toronto: Walking Tour & Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

Become acquainted with the city of Toronto by foot & bus with this flexible sightseeing pass. Enjoy 2 walking tours in the downtown area and travel the city on a double-decker sightseeing bus. Meet your guide next to the Information Booth in Yonge/Dundas Square. Your tour guide will be wearing a Vox City Blue Shirt. They will start the tour in the square, before walking across the street and into the Eaton Centre. Exiting the Eaton Center we pass the Church of the Holy Trinity before we enter Nathan Philip Square which houses Toronto's City Hall. Heading south via Yonge Street, the longest street in the world your guide will point out the Bay-Adelaide Centre, before arriving at the Hockey Hall of Fame. Continuing through Brookfield Place we cross into Union Station, Toronto's main train terminal, before seeing the Scotiabank Arena.Your tour comes to a close after a short walk to the CN Tower. The tour will take about 90 minutes in duration. Hop aboard a sightseeing bus and enjoy sweeping views from the open-top deck. Explore iconic sights from Casa Loma and the Hockey Hall of Fame to Harbourfront Centre and The Distillery District. Travel the city and tune into the multilingual audio commentary to learn more about Toronto. With this pass, you will see: • CN Tower • St Lawrence Market • Casa Loma • Ripleys Aquarium of Canada • Royal Ontario Museum • Yonge Dundas Square • Hockey Hall of Fame • Chinatown • Art Gallery of Ontario • Roundhouse park • Toronto Railway Museum • Simcoe Wave Deck • Meridian Hall • Gooderham Building • Scotiabank Arena • St. Andrews Church • Nathan Phillips Square • Old City Hall • Brookfield Place • Union Station • Metro Toronto Convention Centre • Roy Thomson Hall • St. James Park • Little Trinity Anglican Church • BMO Field • Exhibition Place • Chinatown • Campbell House Museum • Kensington Market • University of Toronto • Ontario Parliament

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Embarking on a cycle tour is a holiday tradition for me, and this one with Terence stands out as my absolute favorite. Terence, an exceptional tour guide, infused the experience with his extensive knowledge, making the tour engaging and interactive. The bikes provided were not only comfortable but also easy to ride, and the thoughtful inclusion of a helmet and a bottle of water added to the overall convenience. Terence went above and beyond, offering me extra gloves when my hands got cold and capturing stunning snapshots of our cycling adventure and landmarks. I highly recommend taking this tour, especially at the beginning of your holiday; it serves as an excellent orientation to navigate the city. Trust me, this cycling experience with Terence is a must for an unforgettable and immersive exploration of your destination.

This is a great way to get an overview of a busy city. We were able to hop off and spend a couple of hours at Casa Loma. We started out on top of the double decker, but rode back down below as it was COLD. Our guide Yacob was great! He was thorough and funny! Great experience!

A fabulous small group day at Niagara Falls. An exceptional guide who shared with us her passion for her city and her profession. Don't hesitate, if you want to visit Niagara Falls, this is the organization you should choose.

Our guide was informative, friendly and entertaining. Toronto is an interesting place, and we were shown some great places to explore. We never hopped off. We took the full tour, and enjoyed it!

Great tour bus. We visited all of the top attractions and the tour guides were very knowledgeable.