Toronto Day Tours
Tourism Toronto. Tourism Toronto can provide further tour information. 416/203–2500 or 800/499–2514. www.seetorontonow.com.
If you want to get a glimpse of the skyline, try a boat tour. There are many boat-tour companies operating all along the boardwalk of Harbourfront.
Great Lakes Schooner Company. To further your appreciation for man-made beauty, the company lets you see Toronto's skyline from the open deck of the 165-foot three-mastered Kajima. Two-hour tours are available early June to the end of September and cost C$22. 416/203–2322. www.tallshipcruisestoronto.com.
For a look at the city proper, take a bus tour around the city. If you want the freedom to get on and off the bus when the whim strikes, take a hop-on, hop-off tour.
Toronto City Tours. Two-hour guided tours are offered in 24-passenger buses for C$40. 416/868–0400. www.torontobusco.com.
Gray Line Sightseeing Bus Tours. Gray Line has London-style double-decker buses and turn-of-the-20th-century trolleys. They also have tours of Niagara Falls. 610 Bay St., north of Dundas St., Dundas Square Area, Toronto, ON, M5G 1M5. 800/594–3310. www.grayline.ca.
Toronto Field Naturalists. About 150 guided tours are scheduled thoughout the year, each focusing on an aspect of nature, such as geology or wildflowers, and with starting points accessible by public transit. 416/593–2656. www.torontofieldnaturalists.org.
Toronto Bruce Trail Club. This hiking club arranges day and overnight hikes around Toronto and its environs. 416/763–9061. www.torontobrucetrailclub.org.
Heritage Toronto. To get a feel for Toronto's outstanding cultural diversity, check out one of the 56 walking tours offered from April to early October. They last 1½ to 2 hours and cover one neighborhood or topic, such as the history of a wealthy, influential family. 416/338–3886. www.heritagetoronto.org.
Royal Ontario Museum. The museum runs 1½- to 2-hour ROMwalk tours on such topics as Cabbagetown, a now-trendy, heritage neighborhood with many houses dating to the 1850s. Several free walks are given weekly. 416/586–8097. www.rom.on.ca/programs.
A Taste of the World. Food-, literary-, and ghost-theme tours of various lengths are offered in several neighborhoods. Reservations are essential; prices range from C$25–50. 416/923–6813. www.torontowalksbikes.com.