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ART IN­SITE Af­ter­noon art tours in and around Toronto. Guided walks around Toronto’s most unique gal­leries, artist stu­dios and pri­vate col­lec­tions. Adults $25 or $45 for two. Call 416-979-5704 or visit artin­site.com for more in­for­ma­tion. A TASTE OF THE WORLD Themed literary, ghost and culi­nary walks through Toronto’s most colour­ful neigh­bour­hoods led by Shirley Lum. Foodie tours $35$50, ghost and literary walks $15-$25; call 416-9236813 or visit toron­towalks­bikes.com for a sched­ule. CITY PASS Visit five Toronto at­trac­tions while sav­ing time and money with 46 per cent off ad­mis­sion rates. Sites in­clude the CN Tower, Royal On­tario Mu­seum, Casa Loma, On­tario Science Cen­tre and the Toronto Zoo. Passes are good for nine days from date of pur­chase. Adults $61.50, kids (age 4-12) $39.60. Call 1-888-3305008 or visit city­pass.com for more in­for­ma­tion. CI­TYWALKS Ar­chi­tec­tural his­to­rian Marta O’Brien leads walk­ing tours of the city that are ap­prox­i­mately two hours in length. Tour op­tions in­clude For­est Hill, the Fi­nan­cial Dis­trict, Cork­town, Wy­ch­wood Park, the Toronto Is­lands, The Beach, The An­nex, Cab­bage­town, Old Town and Rosedale. New Wa­ter­front tour also avail­able. Pri­vate and cus­tom tours avail­able. $25 per per­son with a group of 4, cash only. Call 416-699-9838 or visit ci­tywalks.ca for de­tails. CULI­NARY AD­VEN­TURE COM­PANY Lo­cal chefs and food­ies lead gas­tro-themed tours to sev­eral Toronto neigh­bour­hoods in­clud­ing Lit­tle Italy, Lit­tle In­dia, Greek­town and River­side/Les­lieville. Learn about the history of var­i­ous neigh­bour­hoods, dis­cover culi­nary se­crets, shop for eth­nic in­gre­di­ents, as well as sam­ple tra­di­tional dishes and drinks. Var­i­ous rates depend­ing on tour; call 416-565-1730 or visit culi­naryad­ven­tureco.com for a sched­ule and rates. EL­GIN & WIN­TER GAR­DEN THEATRE From 1913 to 1928, these the­atres were home to vaude­ville en­ter­tain­ment and silent films. Now a Na­tional His­toric Site, the venue houses one of the last op­er­at­ing dou­bledecker the­atres in the world. See vintage props and a re­stored dress­ing room. Guided tours Thu. 5 p.m., Sat. 11 a.m. Adults $12, se­niors/stu­dents $10. 189 Yonge St., 416-314-2871. Map 1 K5 her­itagetrust.on.ca/ewg GRAY LINE TORONTO HOP ON, HOP OFF TOUR A fully nar­rated tour of the city on an English-style Dou­ble-Decker or an au­then­tic Trol­ley Bus. Touris flex­i­ble—hop on or off ac­cord­ing to your own in­ter­ests. Sights in­clude the CN Tower, Casa Loma and the Dis­tillery Dis­trict. Adults $34.96, se­niors $30.97, kids (age 3-12) $19.47, fam­ily rate (2 adults, 2 kids age 5-11) $101.77. Board at any of over 20 stops. Must re­serve by phone. Call 1-800-594-3310 or see gray­line.ca for more in­for­ma­tion. MARI­POSA CRUISES For more than three decades has been of­fer­ing a range of tours around the Har­bourfront from its se­lected fleet. Din­ner cruises board at 6:30 p.m., $72.95. Scenic har­bour tours de­part daily from noon-4 p.m., adults $20, se­niors $18.10, youth (age 5-17) $13.33, fam­ily of four $50. Call 416-2030178 or visit mari­posacruises.com to book. MUDDY YORK WALK­ING TOURS Ex­plore Toronto’s tu­mul­tuous history on a va­ri­ety of guided tours. Tours in­clude a look at the Up­per Canada Re­bel­lion, haunted her­itage sites, royal Toronto, a his­toric ceme­tery walk, the history of street names and neigh­bour­hood tours. Learn about the ori­gins of mod­ern-day Toronto with Muddy York founder and guide Richard Fi­ennes-Clin­ton. $10-$20. Call 416-487-9017 or visit mud­dyy­ork­tours.com for pre-reg­is­tra­tion and in­for­ma­tion. ON­TARIO LEG­ISLA­TIVE BUILD­ING The home of the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment was built in 1893 by the English ar­chi­tect Richard A. Waite in the Richard­so­nian Ro­manesque style. The first ses­sion of par­lia­ment at Queen’s Park was held on April 4, 1893 un­der the premier­ship of Sir Oliver Mowat. Free guided tours daily. Queen’s Park, 111 Welles­ley St. W., 416-325-7500. Map 1 I3-4 ontla.on.ca ON­TARIO SPRING WA­TER SAKE COM­PANY The first of its kind on eastern North Amer­ica, this brew­ery and re­tail store pro­duces pure rice-style bev­er­ages in fresh flavours in both pas­teurised and un­pas­teurised va­ri­etals. A tast­ing bar al­lows you to sam­ple the goods. Also car­ries sake serv­ing ac­ces­sories and dec­o­ra­tive items im­ported from Ja­pan. Take a tour to learn more about the sake-mak­ing process and sake tast­ings; Thu.: 6 p.m., Sat. & Sun. 1 & 4 p.m., $15 per per­son. Open daily. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, 51 Grist­mill Lane, 416-365-7253. Map 1 L6 on­tar­iosake.com SEG­WAY ON­TARIO Ex­plore the Dis­tillery Dis­trict in style on a mod­ern-day magic car­pet: the two-wheeled engine­less, brake-less, throt­tle-less, gearshift-less and steer­ing wheel-less Seg­way. Cer­ti­fied in­struc­tors/tour guides coax new riders into sim­ply “think­ing” of mov­ing for­ward or back­wards and voila!, the Seg­way’s five gy­ro­scopes pick up sub­tle shifts in their cen­tre of grav­ity and off they go. Train­ing and tours avail­able daily. Dis­tillery Dis­trict, 37 Mill St., 416-642-0008. Map 1 L6 seg­way­o­fontario.com STEAM WHIS­TLE BREW­ERY Lo­cated in the his­toric John Street Round­house build­ing, take daily walk­ing tours on the cat­walks above the pro­duc­tion area of this lo­cal brew­ery. Tour ($10) in­cludes a sam­ple tast­ing and a sou­venir glass. Re­tail store stocks brew­ery col­lectibles and Steam Whis­tle beer. Open daily. 255 Brem­ner Blvd., 416-362-2337. Map 1 M3 steamwhis­tle.ca TASTY TOURS Au­drey Ooi leads tast­ing tours ded­i­cated to all things sweet, in­clud­ing cho­co­late, cup­cakes, pas­tries and more. Tours in­clude sam­ples and dis­counts on pur­chases. Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket: Sun. 11:30 a.m., ev­ery fourth Sat. 11:30 p.m., $30 per per­son. Pri­vate tours and tours for two (“Sweets for My Sweetie”) also avail­able. Call 416-871-7133 or visit tasty­tourstoronto.com for more in­for­ma­tion and sched­ule. TORONTO AD­VEN­TURES Ex­pe­ri­ence kayak­ing, ca­noe­ing, hik­ing and bird watch­ing with this com­pany. Lessons and rentals for ca­noe­ing and kayak­ing, in­clud­ing boats, pad­dles, life jack­ets and safety kits. Sin­gle per­son or two-per­son tan­dem kayak, plus twoor three-per­son ca­noe. Var­i­ous lo­ca­tions in the city in­clud­ing High Park, the Hum­ber Val­ley and Old Mill Sta­tion. Win­ter and sum­mer pro­grams of­fered. Call 416-536-2067 or visit toron­toad­ven­tures.ca for a sched­ule of ac­tiv­i­ties and to book. TOUR GUYS Of­fers year-round guided walk­ing tours for a true ur­ban ex­pe­ri­ence. Free down­town tour be­gins across the street from Old City Hall, and cov­ers City Hall, Toronto Ea­ton Cen­tre and Nathan Phillips Square. Other itin­er­ar­ies in­clude Beer Makes History Bet­ter, Kens­ing­ton Mar­ket & Chi­na­town, ghost and graf­fiti tours. Call 647-2307891 or visit tour­guys.ca for rates, sched­ules and to re­serve.

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