Summer is always the best time to explore the big city, and the best way to do it is simply by letting your feet carry you where they will. But solo strolling only takes you so far. Get the most out of your meander by scheduling a specialized walking tour led by some of Toronto’s most knowledgeable and engaging guides.
THE PAST IS PRESENT
Relative to many other world capitals, Toronto is a young city. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its share of history. Hark to the guides of Bruce Bell Tours (647-393-8687; brucebelltours.ca) and Muddy York Walking Tours (page 39) to learn about everything from the War of 1812 to the St. Lawrence Market’s political past.
Get an entrée into Toronto’s fertile contemporary art scene courtesy of cultural journalist and tour operator Betty Ann Jordan. Her Art InSite (page 39) tour of the West Queen West ‘hood takes you to top galleries as well as unique restaurants, indie boutiques and more. Custom strolls through other gallery-going areas are also available by request.
FOLLOW YOUR TASTE BUDS
There’s a food tour in Toronto to satisfy every craving. Among the options: partake in chocolate tastings with Tasty Tours; learn about our bacon and craft-beer obsessions with Tour Guys; or savour the flavours of seven distinct neighbourhoods with the Culinary Adventure Company (all page 39).
All manner of stories are etched on many local buildings— not only the CN Tower and the Royal Ontario Museum, but also the skyscrapers of the Financial District, heritage homes and even rejuvenated industrial sites. Tours like City Walks (page 39) lay the foundation for a greater understanding of Toronto.