WALK

Where Toronto - - You Are Here -

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.

VIEWER’S GUIDE

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).

AR­CHI­TEC­TURAL AM­BLE

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.

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