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A glittering skyline, neighboring Wonderland, and burgeoning cultural scene make this a dreamy modern metropolis.

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Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

1. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and explore the Toronto Islands. Your captain will start the tour by taking you to view the Western Harbour before crossing into the lagoons to visit the Toronto Islands. Sites featured on this part of the tour include the historic Hanlan’s Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. During the second half of the tour, return to the Toronto Harbour where the crew will tell you about many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

Toronto: Harbour Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

2. Toronto: Harbour Cruise with Lunch, Brunch, or Dinner

Admire Toronto from the water and watch the city go by from your table on a harbor cruise. Step outside onto one of the outdoor observation decks to snap some pictures, take in the stunning views, and enjoy the fresh air. Select from three unique cruise and dining options.  Your cruise departs from Queen's Quay West in downtown Toronto. Be greeted by the Captain and crew as you step aboard, where the ship's photographer will capture the moment. Once on deck, your host will greet you and escort you to your table. Relax and admire unobstructed views of passing landmarks like the Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Sugar Beach, the Redpath Sugar Refinery, and the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Savor a market-fresh buffet-style meal (either brunch, lunch or dinner) that is freshly prepared onboard daily. Complement your meal with a beverage from the fully stocked cash-bar offering beer, wine, and cocktail selections (own expense).  Sample lunch or dinner menu Entrees: Oven-roasted fish fillet Pot roast Vegetable stir fry Honey sesame chicken Rolls and Salads: Assorted bread and rolls Pasta salad Kidney bean, black bean, and chickpea salad Baby kale and spinach salad Vegetables, Potatoes and Pasta: Oven-roasted potatoes Baked pasta dish Steamed seasonal vegetables Yellow Spanish rice Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea Sample brunch menu Cold Entrees: Continental bakery basket Freshly cut fruit Red skin potato salad Caesar salad Cold smoked salmon and Cedar hot smoked salmon Hot Entrees: Assortment of mini quiches Scrambled eggs Breakfast meats Signature French toast Oven-roasted red bliss potatoes Desserts: Signature dessert station Coffee and tea

Toronto: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

3. Toronto: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus Ticket

Hop on and off open-top double-decker buses to explore the best of Toronto at your own pace. See all of Toronto’s top historic and contemporary attractions on board and hop on and off at any of the 20 stops.  Learn about the city from your live guide or multilingual audio tour commentary. During the summer months (June to October), see the sights from a different perspective aboard an included complimentary harbor cruise.  During summer, the vehicles are mainly open-top double-deckers buses that afford you the best possible view of Toronto. During the late fall and winter, or when the weather happens to be cold or wet, enjoy a cozy, comfortable trolley instead. Although these vehicles aren’t open-top, they are loaded with wide windows and they’re a great way to see and photograph Toronto’s sights in style. Also enjoy a free harbor cruise, another fantastic way of seeing the city from a different aspect. Hop On Hop Off Stops: 1) Yonge-Dundas Square/Eaton Centre - 1 Dundas Street East 2) Carlton & Yonge - 439 Yonge St 3) Wellesley & Yonge - 549 Yonge Street 4) Isabella & Yonge - 637 Yonge Street 5) Bloor & Yonge - 763 Yonge Street 6) Park Hyatt 7) Casa Loma - 160 Kendal Avenue 8) Spadina & Bloor - 7 Spadina Road 9) Bata Shoe Museum - 327 Bloor Street West 10) Yorkville/ ROM/ Gardiner Museum 11) AGO/Chinatown/Kensington - 100 McCaul Street 12) Scotiabank Theatre - 132 John Street 13) King & John / Tiff Bell Lightbox - 287 King Street West 14) CN Tower North / MTCC - 255 Front Street West 15) Union Station / Starbucks - 123 Front Street West 16) CN Tower South / Ripley's Aquarium - 288 Bremner Boulevard 17) Info Centre/ Harbourfront 18) Hockey Hall of Fame /Sony Centre - 1 Front Street East 19) St. Lawrence Market - 93 Front Street East 20) Distillery District

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

4. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

Explore Niagara Falls on a guided day trip from Toronto, with pickup from downtown Toronto and on-board commentary from your guide. Enrich your tour with an optional Niagara Falls boat cruise. Start with a scenic drive through Niagra-on-the-lake along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 3 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls." Feel the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower (during the winter months). Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

5. Toronto: Pearson Airport (YYZ) Plaza Premium Lounge Access

Relax and refresh before your departure or in-between flights in the comfort of a Plaza Premium Lounge at Toronto Pearson International Airport. Lounges are located in the international departure at terminal 1 and terminal 2. Recline in the sleek, contemporary departure lounge, and make use of first-class services and facilities, including delicious food and high-speed Wi-Fi. Choose from a 3 or 6-hour package to suit your schedule.

Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

6. Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake on your own. Take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway.  Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area.  When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

7. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Death of General Wolfe painting • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

8. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket with Audio Guide

Step back in time to a period of European elegance and splendor at Canada's majestic castle, Casa Loma, located in midtown Toronto. Your entry ticket includes a documentary experience on Sir Henry Pellatt and access to the castle’s café and other features. Completed in 1914 by Sir Henry Pellatt and spanning over 200,000 square feet, Casa Loma is a must-see when visiting Toronto. Today, Casa Loma is one of Toronto’s top tourist attractions. Its unique architecture has also made it a highly desirable location for film, television, and photoshoots. Casa Loma features permanent installations such as the Dark Side of Toronto photo exhibit and the Classic Car Collection in Casa Loma’s stables. Casa Loma also curates special exhibits on a regular basis, pertaining to early Toronto and Canadian history. The Dark Side Tunnel ExhibitThe stables and carriage house are connected to Casa Loma by an 800-foot tunnel that runs 18 feet below Austin Terrace. The tunnel features an exhibit of Toronto’s dark side, which tells the story in archival photographs of Toronto’s darker days, such as the Prohibition Era, the Great Depression, the plague, the Great Fire of Toronto, and Toronto’s first plane crash. Antique Car DisplayThe garage and carriage room feature an exhibition of vintage cars from the early 1900s, the period in which Sir Henry Pellatt would have inhabited Casa Loma. The collection includes a 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, 1924-1925 Ford Model T Touring, 1910 Maxwell Model Q Standard, and more. The RoomsYou’ll also get to explore the former estate of Sir Henry Mill Pellatt, the prominent Toronto financier, industrialist, and military man behind the origins of the castle. Sir Henry asked the architect E.J. Lennox to help him realize a life-long dream – the creation of a medieval castle overlooking Toronto. Casa Loma features nearly 98 rooms, many of which exemplify the Edwardian era and are decorated with authentic period furnishings and antiques. Group of Seven CollectionLocated on the third floor of Casa Loma, this collection is comprised of artwork by various members of the Group of Seven. Active from 1920 to 1933, the Group of Seven (which eventually grew to ten members) was comprised of Canadian landscape painters. Hollywood Film GalleryLocated in the basement level of Casa Loma, the Hollywood Film Gallery highlights the castle as a prime location for major motion pictures, revealing glimpses behind the scenes. For over 30 years, Casa Loma has been a popular location for use in film and television. The Queen’s Own Rifles of CanadaThe Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum occupies a major part of the third floor of the Casa Loma.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup & Optional Boat Ride

9. Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup & Optional Boat Ride

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Receive expert guidance on the history of Niagara Falls, how to spend your free time here, and any other questions you might have. Enjoy a complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy 4 hours (summer) or 3 hours (winter) of free time to explore the falls. Join 1-2 optional activities like the Niagara City Cruises boat ride (summer), Bird Kingdom, Journey Behind the Falls, Skylon Tower, or Niagara Helicopters. Visit the flashy Clifton Hill village for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, an arcade, and more. Pack a lunch or order at a local restaurant, with an option to have a picnic by the waterfalls. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock, Queenston Heights Park, a local country market, and/or other seasonal destinations. Return to your original location in Toronto in the afternoon and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and an evening event.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

10. Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with your downtown Toronto pickup between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls, or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines.  Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto around 8:00 PM.

Insider tips: Planning a trip to Toronto

Mayuri is the founder of ToSomePlaceNew, which covers European destinations and cultural travel. A history graduate and an MBA by qualification, she found her true calling in digging a city’s past and discovering their unique nuances. She is based in Canada, and travels with her husband. Find more about Toronto on her blog.

What should I do on my first trip to Toronto?

On your very first trip to Toronto, the CN Tower is not to be missed. It is one of the iconic landmarks in the city, and is located in the downtown core area. With a structure of 553.3 m-highs, this observation tower welcomes you to amazing views of Toronto and the harbourfront area. The thrilling EdgeWalk is a popular activity here for adrenaline junkies. Take a stroll along the Harbourfront, or canoeing on Lake Ontario. If you like castles, pay a visit to Casa Loma and don’t forget to snap a Instagrammable photo!

What are some hidden gems to see in Toronto?

The beauty of Toronto lies in its neighborhood vibes. Visit the Kensington Market area for one. Admire the colorful houses, boutiques and quirky cafes. Another cool neighborhood is Danforth (which is easily accessible by public transportation); it is home to Greek restaurants and from here you can also embark on easy hikes, and soak in city views from the Chesterhill Lookout point.

How much time should I spend in Toronto?

Plan to spend at least 3 days in Toronto to explore the city’s highlights. For your Toronto itinerary, set aside one day to discover the downtown core highlights like CN tower, Harbourfront, Casa Loma, Eaton Centre, Rogers Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, etc. Second day is all about picking a neighbourhood and exploring it intimately. My favoirtes are Kensington Market & Chinatown, and Distillery District (opt for a bike or food tour in this area). Leave the final day for a day trip to Niagara!

What food is Toronto known for?

Toronto's main dish is a veal sandwich. Other food items to try out are street food, poutine, peameal bacon sandwich, hot dog and sausages.

What is the best way to get around Toronto?

The best way to explore Toronto is a mix of public transportation, walking and tours. Use LRT and buses to get to various districts in Toronto. Public transportation is safe and reliable. Once you are in the neighbourhood, walking or bike tours are a great option to understand the city’s past!

What are the best months to visit Toronto?

The best time to visit Toronto is in late spring, and fall months, so that’s late April through May and September through October. During these months the weather is mild and lovely for outdoorsy activities like hikes, picnics and festivals. Summers are peak tourist season, and hotels and flights are usually pretty expensive.

What is Distillery District known for?

Distillery District is a hip neighborhood in Toronto. Once an industrial district (mills), it was opened in 2003 as a premier arts, culture and entertainment destination. From bike and history tours, to haunted ghost walks and stunning restaurants, this area is worth visiting and adding to your Toronto trip!

What are the best neighborhoods for food?

The best neighborhoods for food are Downtown Core (for all types of cuisines, cafes and fine dining), Distillery district (bars, restaurants), ChinaTown & Gerrard Street (Asian/Indian), Danforth (Greek restaurants).

What are the best neighborhoods for shopping?

The best neighborhoods for shopping are Downtown Core/Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, ChinaTown, and Toronto Premium Outlets at Halton Hills.

What neighborhood should I stay in when I visit Toronto?

The best area to stay in Toronto for a short trip is the Downtown Core. You can find luxury and mid budget hotels in Queens West and the Entertainment District for a comfortable stay, with easy access to restaurants, bars, shops and sightseeing attractions!

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What people are saying about Toronto

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Fantastic experience. Bike was easy to ride & the terrain mostly flat with only a few inclines. Terrence was a great guide with an excellent knowledge of Toronto & the Islands. If you’re planning on visiting the Islands, this is the way to do it

Such a good way to get to know the city. My guide was friendly and knowledgeable and took account of my preferences when showing me around so I got to see so much more than if I’d been walking around on my own.

Really enjoyed our experience. Our guide Rachel was excellent and very knowledgeable! She was also very accommodating. Would highly recommend!

Pleasant walk through wooded areas, panoramic view from above, boat ride on the lake. Very nice experience!

Very interesting and pleasant tour. excellent guide.