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.