Toronto’s Best Tours.
Torontonians know a thing or two about bacon.
So, who better than a fun and knowledgeable native to take visitors on a food tour through Toronto – a city historically known as “Hogtown.”
Go hog wild and learn about pork history in this popular walking tour, appropriately titled “When Pigs Fry,” from Toronto Urban Adventures http://www.torontourbanadventures.com. You’ll tour through some of the city’s coolest establishments, and visit one of Toronto’s best butcher shops to learn everything you ever wanted to know about pork. Sample bacon, pork and sausage, find out about ethical pig farming at a nearby butcher, and learn about the role of the pig in pop culture.
Toronto Urban Adventures has other interesting tours that cover topics like beer, graffiti, multiculturalism, history, and businesses.
Toronto is a hip city and a great city for walking. Its ethnic and colorful neighborhoods combined with interesting and unique architecture make the city a great place to explore. Just be prepared to eat at one of the cute little cafes along the way so you don’t run out of energy. (It just might save your bacon.) If you really wanted to, you could spend hours walking the streets of Toronto.
Another tour company, Muddy York Walking Tours, presents the history of Toronto in a fun and exciting fashion. (http://www.muddyyorktours.com)
“Too often, history – especially Canadian history – is presented as being a dry and boring subject. Not for us,” according to Muddy York Walking Tours’ website.
“We believe that exploring our city’s past is a fun and exciting way to spend a few hours, whether you are a visitor to our city, or a life long resident. We offer several tours which try to present the past as an authentic playground for those who want to know how the modern city of Toronto came to be.
Join Muddy York’s founder, Richard Fiennes-Clinton, as he leads you on one of a dozen tours around the city. Each tour offers a vision of Toronto’s past, translated through various unique and exciting themes. I’d personally like to take the “Haunted Streets of Downtown Toronto,” “Ghosts of the University of Toronto,” and
“Bloody York : Crime and Punishment,” tours – or one the “Neighbourhood Tours.”
Frommer’s travel guides put together 5 different walking tours encompassing dozens of different stops, which includes everything from the iconic CN Tower to the Art Gallery of Ontario to the Jump Café and Bar. The list is huge, so read more here.
There are plenty of passionate companies and individuals out there offering walking tours. If you’d like to take a free tour, consider ROMwalks. From May to October volunteers from the Royal Ontario Museum provide free walking tours exploring architecture, art and history. Most tours take place on Wednesday evenings or Sunday afternoons. Walks do not begin at the ROM – check individual walk listings for meeting locations. http://www.rom.on.ca/
If the idea of walking miles and miles of pedestrian tunnels and shopping underground sounds like a good time, then choose the PATH. PATH is a 28-kilometre (17 mi) mostly underground network beneath the office towers of Downtown Toronto. According to Guinness World Records, PATH is the largest underground shopping complex in the world with 4 million square feet of retail space. Whoa. You may never get out of there.
One reviewer on TripAdvisor said she’s never seen such an elaborate food court in her life. The variety and quality is way better than anything she’s experienced in the U.S.
Lastly, Toronto CityPASS is not a tour, but if you’re visiting the city it might be an excellent option for you and your family. Toronto CityPASS is a ticket booklet with actual admission tickets to some of Toronto’s top attractions: CN Tower, Toronto Zoo, Royal Ontario Museum, Casa Loma and Ontario Science Centre. You can see these places at your leisure during the booklet’s 9-day validity period. http://www.citypass.com/toronto
Melissa Davidson is the Manager of Social Media at CityPASS.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist, lifestyle content creator, and editor of Whispered Inspirations. She is a proud Mom to Gabby and Michaela, and wife to Darasak. Having worked as part of a health care team for almost a decade, Nancy is happy to be back to her passion. She is a contributor to the Huffington Post, TODAY’s Parents, and an Oprah Magazine Brand Ambassador.