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Toronto’s Tours & Activities

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Hundreds of years of pioneering and immigration history have made Toronto a unique cultural experience. Toronto is situated in southern Ontario on the northwest shore of Lake Ontario and is Canada's largest metropolis. Its diverse population has created one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities. The huge variety of people, its clean environment and friendly hospitality make Toronto a top destination. Come to Toronto to take a big-city tour or dabble in the endless opportunities for activities and adventures.

TOURING & SIGHTSEEING IN THE CITY

Sightseeing is the natural way to kick off a tour of the big city. Open-top bus tours offer an efficient way to take in all the major sights on a short visit. There are many sightseeing and interpretive guide services, many of which offer tours in a variety of languages. Alternatively, visitors may want to consider a more personal guided walking tour. Citywalks offers enjoyable and informative excursions that highlight historical and architectural aspects of Toronto's most distinctive neighbourhoods. There are also many companies offering city bicycle tours and motorcycle tours where bikes, helmets, guides and often meals are provided. Guided tours are a great way to meet people and share stories but visitors looking to take in the city at their own pace may choose a self-guided tour.

Sightseeing doesn't have to be limited to the ground. Several companies offer helicopter and airplane tours from the Toronto City Centre Airport. The Helicopter Company, National Helicopters and Lance offer thrilling excursions. Or, see Toronto's most famous attractions from the water on a boat tour. Over a dozen companies offer sightseeing cruises but Toronto Hippo Tours gives visitors a unique experience on an amphibious bus.


Get to the heart of the big city by exploring a specific aspect of the culture with a specialty tour. Shoot Toronto offers walking tours through Toronto's oldest parts and modern areas for photographers of all levels. As the city with the largest non-native population in the world, Toronto has an unrivalled culinary and shopping scene, which can be experienced on a culinary tour, brewery and distillery tour or a shopping tour. Kensington Culinary Roots Walk offers a gourmet feast to guests while jaunting through the multi-ethnic Kensington area. Do it all in one with the ShopDineTour or experience Toronto's rich retail with one of many shopping tours, each with a focus: Canadian designers, boutique shopping or image consulting.

A SPORTSMAN'S PARADISE

Many visitors don't realize Toronto's unique climate and geography make it a sportsman's paradise. From low-impact activities for relaxed vacationers to heart-pumping action for adrenaline junkies, visitors will find that Toronto offers sporting activities for everyone.

Take it easy with a round of golf or a fishing trip on one of the many waterways or lakes. Activities like these can be accessed easily, especially from the city's only campground, located in Canada's largest urban park, Rouge Park. Visitors needn't worry if they aren't fully equipped; for those who have come to Toronto and decided on a spontaneous camping adventure, there are numerous camping and adventure equipment rental companies as well as organizations that offer hiking tours and backcountry survival training.

For a more extreme experience, adventurers can enjoy rock climbing, skydiving, hang-gliding and paragliding. Adventure Seeker Tours offers a variety of exciting guided activities on land, water and in the air, including ballooning. Hot-air ballooning over the urban landscape is a special treat; passengers are always amazed at the surreal experience of silently drifting over the hustle and bustle of Canada's biggest city.

Toronto is situated on Lake Ontario, one of North America's Great Lakes, so visitors can enjoy water sports within easy reach of the great metropolis. Again, there are sports well suited for a relaxed vacationer such as sailing, canoeing, and kayaking, while those looking for a more exciting option may enjoy an exhilarating rafting trip or kite boarding and water skiing. There are also opportunities to enjoy the lake's clear waters via a scuba diving or snorkelling excursion. Though the cool temperatures of the lake do not nurture as much aquatic life as tropical areas, visitors are generally surprised to learn that there have been thousands of shipwrecks in the Great Lakes and many hundreds around the northwest shore of Lake Ontario. Local scuba diving clubs and companies welcome people with all levels of experience for lessons and organized trips to underwater attractions.

Winter enthusiasts will appreciate the two ski and snowboarding slopes in Toronto's city parks, both offering equipment rentals, ski and snowboard instruction, night skiing and a snack bar as well as a range of scheduled activities for all ages.

INDOOR FUN & RELAXATION

Amusement parks, bowling alleys, water parks and climbing walls offer indoor family fun in Toronto. The Centreville Amusement Park on the Toronto Islands has rides, a petting zoo and mini golf geared towards younger children. For families with older kids, RINX is an ideal destination. This large recreation complex has laser tag, a roller rink, billiards, ice rinks and a video arcade.

For rest and relaxation, adults may enjoy treating themselves to a spa or retreat. Personalized massages and aesthetic services are available at day spas such as Vaccaro Spa at the Sheraton airport hotel and the European-style Nouvelle Maria Spa and Salon in downtown Toronto. Yoga and Pilates have become popular activities among Torontonians. These relaxing and strengthening pursuits not only improve physical fitness, they also reduce stress and focus the mind. Toronto boasts over 100 yoga studios, including Pilates for Life and Kula, which offer classes for people of all ages and fitness levels.

Toronto has endless opportunities for touring, adventuring and relaxing. Whether you are in Toronto for a short visit, longer stay or indeed, lucky enough to be a local Torontonian, individuals will be challenged to experience the wide variety of recreational opportunities that the city has to offer.
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