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Toronto: 3-hour Tips-Based Walking Tour

1. Toronto: 3-hour Tips-Based Walking Tour

Immerse yourself into the world of Tips-Based Tours on this 3-Hour exploration of the bustling city of Toronto! Start your experience in Berczy park, and meet your Toonie Tours guide with a Red Umbrella near the Dog Fountain. Your professional local guide with start with introductions and a brief overview of the tour itself. One of the best parts of these tours is meeting new friends and other like-minded travelers from around the world. After a short story about William Berczy or another relevant topic within the tour, you'll head East towards St. Lawrence District. One aspect that sets our tours apart is the freedom our guides have with the structure of the tour to personalize each story or location to enhance the experience with their own expertise or passions. After a short walk we'll round the corner to the beautiful architecture of the Gooderham Building. The 100 year old building is in the iconic flatiron style and wows travelers. Your guide will bring it's history to life including why and where it's situated within the Greater Toronto area. Your guide will travel north into Old Toronto. Here, you'll hear tales of how the city got it's name, and what it could possibly mean. You'll see impressive architecture from gothic, to modern, to art deco. Enjoy hidden courtyards within the skyscrapers that will remind you how nice it is to be with a knowledgeable guide. The next stop is right before going underground. The tour will enter the P.A.T.H, Toronto's underground network of public streets that protect us from the elements and intrigue the tourist to know more about the 30 kilometers of restaurants, shopping, services and entertainment. We'll take the underground for a few blocks to avoid traffic and see some highlights of the system. We pop up from below right near Toronto's Old City Hall, where prime storytelling meets epic architecture which makes for the perfect photo op before walking across the street to Nathan Phillips Square. Here, you'll have an opportunity to take a short break, use the washroom, fill up your water bottle, and take the iconic Toronto sign picture. After a short break we walk to University Ave and round the corner to the Campbell House Museum. This house is the oldest house in Toronto, built in the old town of York and moved to this site in the mid 1900's to remember to noble work of Sir Justice Campbell. We continue to John Street where along the way you will be subject to incredible views of the CN Tower. John Street is the Entertainment District so you may want to poke your guide for a few recommendations while you walk. You'll arrive at David Pecaut Square where you will hear the amazing story of a Canadian hero, Terry Fox. This heart warming story will put a pep in your step to bring you to Union Station, Toronto central transit hub and iconic building. The tour will end right back at Berczy Park where you can make further plans with newfound friends and tip your guide for the terrific experience.

Toronto: Guided Night Tour with CN Tower Entry

2. Toronto: Guided Night Tour with CN Tower Entry

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in downtown Toronto. Head out on a narrated driving tour on the way to your first stop in the Distillery District. Take a walking tour of the district’s cobblestone streets and 19th-century, industrial-style buildings with your guide. After the walking tour, you’ll have some free time to explore and shop in this vibrant space. Your guide will bring you to Cherry Beach, a lakeside beach park located at the foot of Cherry Street. As one of the city's remarkable resources, it's known as the cleanest beach in Toronto and a great place to swim in the summer.  At the end of your tour, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto. Later, get a chance to see the downtown city lights up close. With your guide, go to the city hall to see the iconic Toronto sign illuminated at Nathan Phillips Square.  The final stop on your tour will be CN Tower, where you can view the city and surrounding area from the 342-meter (over 1,100-foot) high observation deck. The tower famously held the world record for tallest freestanding structure until 2007, so rest assured the view is incredible. If you’re brave enough, you can even walk on the glass floor. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto.

Toronto: Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour

3. Toronto: Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour

Explore Toronto with 2 self-guided walking tours and audio commentary included. This tour takes you through Toronto’s most popular sights on a mobile app tour. Stroll along the Best of Toronto route and see some of the oldest and most iconic landmarks in the city. Hear fascinating facts and stories about the Hockey Hall of Fame, City Hall, St. Lawrence Market, Nathan Phillips Square, and much more. Switch over to the Toronto Waterfront route and admire the picturesque views of the islands, as you learn how the Harbourfront Centre became the city’s hub of culture and entertainment. With over 20 more sights to see, use the app to navigate to more attractions, including CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Enjoy unlimited use of the app at any time, day or night.

Toronto Film & TV Tours- The Hollywood North Experience Tour

4. Toronto Film & TV Tours- The Hollywood North Experience Tour

Join us on an immersive 2.5 hour walking tour of Toronto's Film and TV Industry. Visit real life filming locations from Suicide Squad, Suits, The Boys, Handmaids Tale, American Psycho, Degrassi, among many others. Guests will be guided through various neighbourhoods in downtown Toronto including the entertainment, financial and Yonge-Dundas districts and learn more about their part in the film industry from an industry professional (actors, producers, directors etc.). Guests will be shown clips of scenes on a tablet from various Hollywood productions shot where they stand and be further educated on all things film industry related in the city. Come explore real filming locations for hit productions such as: Suicide Squad, American Psycho, The Boys, Suits, The Handmaids Tale, among many many others. Our Guides are also happy to give you other recommendations of things to do during your visit. Locals, visitors and guests of all ages and backgrounds, this is your opportunity to see Toronto in a new light and celebrate its booming film industry, while doing a variety of interactive activities.

Toronto: Downtown City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Tour

5. Toronto: Downtown City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the majesty and culture of Toronto. See its top sights and its quirky and breathtaking hidden gems with a handy and informative digital guide app. Let your eye wander at your ease through Toronto’s iconic streets, old architecture, skyscrapers, and high-rise buildings. See some of the most glamorous squares in Toronto, such as Nathan Phillips Square, and Yonge Dundas Square. As you tour, pass the Hockey Hall of Fame, the iconic Gooderham Building and Berczy Park with its dog fountain sculpture, and the astonishing Old and New Toronto City Hall. Complete your tour at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica, the oldest church in Toronto. Treat yourself to lunch at St. Lawerence Market and shop from the local food and goods vendors inside.

Toronto: Walking Tour with CN Tower Entry

6. Toronto: Walking Tour with CN Tower Entry

Join us on the best way to experience Toronto on foot on our Best of Toronto Walking Tour. You won’t want to miss this incredible sightseeing adventure! Your tour begins with your local friendly guide meeting you at the St. Lawrence Market. You will get the opportunity to explore this famous Toronto icon, which has been named as the top food market in the world by National Geographic. You will have some free time here to shop or get a quick bite to eat. From there you will get the opportunity to walk by the Hockey Hall of Fame. You will love getting a chance to see this museum dedicated to celebrating and preserving the history of ice hockey and honoring its greatest players and contributors in person. You will then continue to walk by the Fairmont Royal York, which is a historic luxury hotel located in the heart of the city, known for its elegant accommodations and exceptional service. You will also pass by Union Station, a major transportation hub and historic landmark, serving as a hub for commuter trains, subways, buses, and other forms of public transportation. From there, you will head to the city's iconic Tower where you will be whisked up the glass elevator to the tower's observation deck. You will enjoy a panoramic view of the cityscape from the LookOut Level and feel the breeze at 342m in the air on the outdoor terrace. Be sure to take a walk on the glass floor - which was the first in the world in 1994 when it opened! Finally, make your way along the beautiful Toronto Waterfront before arriving at the Toronto Harbour. Enjoy the awesome view of the city on a relaxing Harbour Cruise. The Toronto Harbour Cruise is seasonal and will be replaced by a visit to Casa Loma in the off season. Once you are back on dry land, your tour will come to a close and you and your guide will part ways.

Toronto: City's Greatest Hits Walking Tour

7. Toronto: City's Greatest Hits Walking Tour

Explore Toronto’s history and culture on a walking tour focussed on the city’s past and present. See the city’s key landmarks, including Yonge-Dundas Square, Old City Hall, St. James Cathedral, and St. Lawrence Market, and enter Toronto's First Post Office. Start in the very heart of downtown Toronto, making your way through the Yonge-Bay Corridor and Financial district. Take a peek into the city’s past in the Old Town. Listen to accounts of some of the famous architects, founders, and influential people who shaped what you see today. Follow your guide through the streets and stop outside the most iconic spots such as the Eaton Center, Old City Hall, Nathan Phillips Square, Osgoode Hall, TD Square, Brookfield Place, The Gooderham Flatiron Building, and St. James Cathedral. Then, step inside Canada's oldest surviving purpose-built post office, in the heart of Toronto's historic St. Lawrence district. Learn about its use throughout the years. Continue to St. Lawrence Market, a major public market building once named the world’s best food market by National Geographic.

Toronto Civic Center self-guided walking tour scavenger hunt

8. Toronto Civic Center self-guided walking tour scavenger hunt

Wondering what to do in Toronto? Our Civic Center scavenger hunt is a 2-hour self-guided walking tour of the area, taking you throughout downtown Toronto from Nathan Phillips Square and City Hall to Yonge-Dundas Square, as well as a few museums and theaters! Learn some history while solving challenges at every step to discover your next destination and earn points. The Toronto Civic Center Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 2.8 km / 1.7 mi self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 2 hours to complete. - A fun learning experience - Learn some local history - Challenge your knowledge: 17 varied challenges - Walk at your own pace: 2.8 km / 1.7 mi - Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule - Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt Buy 1 scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

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What people are saying about Nathan Phillips Square

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 7 reviews

Tai was a great tour guide and really friendly. Showed us the main parts of the city, learnt lots of new facts and saw many cool and unique places. Was definitely a lovely introduction to the city of Toronto.

It is a very nice tour to know better the city, the history and little stories related to Toronto. Our guide, Joel, was super nice. I liked it, and would advise others to do it.

Joel was an excellent giude around the city, showing us hidden treasures! Great humour, loved the trivia quiz! Good pace over the 5 miles.

The tour was really good, and i learn a lot about Toronto.

The guy was very nice e prepared!! Beautiful experience