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Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

1. Toronto: Casa Loma Entry Ticket

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 Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

2. Toronto Islands: Morning or Twilight 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Cross the harbor on a ferry and see more in less time on this guided bike tour of the Toronto Islands. Discover hidden gems like parks and beaches and see iconic sights like the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Meet your guide at a centrally-located meeting point in Toronto and get fitted with your helmet and bike. After a short ferry ride across the harbor, get on your bike and explore the car free neighborhoods on the eastern islands. Visit historic landmarks such as the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht club. Peddle thorugh parks and next to beaches. Cruise by quaint cottages and experience some incredible views of the Toronto skyline.  Listen as your guide tells you stories about key people and events from the last 200 years of the island’s remarkable history. The tour is suitable for beginner to advanced riders, as the ride is an easy pace and makes plenty of stops. 

Toronto: Little Canada Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

3. Toronto: Little Canada Skip-the-Line Entry Ticket

Visit Toronto's Little Canada and see five different miniature displays representing different parts of Canada. Check out Little Niagara, Little Toronto, Little Golden Horseshoe, Little Ottawa, and Petit Québec. Admire the detail that went into crafting these tiny representations of Canada. Visit the Miniature Makers Studio and see all the work that went into crafting these amazing displays right before your eyes. Speak directly to the makers, ask questions, and learn their methodology as they craft the components of this engineering marvel. Enter a 3D scanning booth where you'll have the opportunity to strike your favorite pose and get scanned by 128 different cameras. Use this scan to get your own tiny 3D version of yourself (not included).

Toronto: Best of Toronto City Tour with Entry Tickets

4. Toronto: Best of Toronto City Tour with Entry Tickets

Experience the best of the best on this complete Ultimate Toronto Tour. This small group tour will have you experience first-hand some of Toronto’s must-see attractions and learn about the history behind them.  Once this tour is completed, you will walk away with wonderful memories and a head full of amazing facts and tidbits about Toronto's history.  Your adventure in Toronto starts with a quick trip up to the observation deck of the CN Tower – one of the world’s most popular tourist spots. On the observation deck, you will have the opportunity to walk out and be 1,151 feet above the ground. Being so high up will allow you to get amazing views of the surrounding city. Don’t forget to bring your camera because there will be numerous opportunities to take amazing photos. Next, hop aboard a seasonal cruise where you will be able to see breathtaking views of Toronto’s skyline, the bustling waterfront, and the nearby Toronto Islands. When the cruise is unavailable, explore Casa Loma instead. Other highlights of the tour will include a narrated driving tour of Eaton Centre, Dundas Square, Queen’s Park, and a short stop at the St. Lawrence Market (Closed Sundays and Mondays). On the other days St. Lawrence Market will be replaced with a visit to the Distillery District  The Ultimate Toronto Tour will be ideal for first-time tourists to Toronto who are looking to experience it all or veteran travelers to the area who want to experience something new.

Toronto: Night Tour with CN Tower or Harbor Cruise

5. Toronto: Night Tour with CN Tower or Harbor Cruise

Begin your tour with pickup from your hotel in downtown Toronto. If you choose the Harbor Cruise option, kick off the tour with a beautiful Toronto harbor boat ride. If not, head out on a narrated driving tour on the way to your first stop in the Distillery District. Take a walking tour of the district’s cobblestone streets and 19th-century, industrial-style buildings with your guide. After the walking tour, you’ll have some free time to explore and shop in this vibrant space. Your guide will bring you to Cherry Beach, a lakeside beach park located at the foot of Cherry Street. As one of the city's remarkable resources, it's known as the cleanest beach in Toronto and a great place to swim in the summer.  At the end of your tour, your guide will bring you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto. Later, get a chance to see the downtown city lights up close. With your guide, go to the city hall to see the iconic Toronto sign illuminated at Nathan Phillips Square.  The final stop on your tour will be CN Tower, where you can view the city and surrounding area from the 342-meter (over 1,100-foot) high observation deck. The tower famously held the world record for tallest freestanding structure until 2007, so rest assured the view is incredible. If you’re brave enough, you can even walk on the glass floor. At the end of the tour, your guide will take you back to your hotel in downtown Toronto.

Toronto: Distillery District Historic Walking Tour

6. Toronto: Distillery District Historic Walking Tour

Tour one of Toronto's newest and oldest landmark locations - popular with tourists and locals alike. The Distillery District's Victorian buildings and cobblestone streets are steeped in history, and are today lined with hip indie restaurants, bars, boutiques, galleries, outdoor sculptures and theaters.  On the tour, you will explore the largest and best preserved collection of Victorian industrial architecture in North America. The story of a young, inebriated city collides with the rise of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery, their families and so much more. Spend an hour with one of the expert, enthralling guides who will tell you stories of business intrigue, a drunk city and the company that became the world's largest distillery. 

Art Gallery of Ontario with Skip-the-Line Option

7. Art Gallery of Ontario with Skip-the-Line Option

Fully accessible and conveniently located in downtown Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the most important art museums in North America. The AGO Collection features more than 100,000 great works of art, from cutting-edge contemporary works to classic European masterpieces. Always on display are iconic paintings by the well-known Group of Seven, as well as other Canadian artists. Explore amazing art by established and emerging Indigenous, Inuit and Métis artists. See sculptures, photographs, prints and drawings, and so much more, on display in the beautiful Gallery building. Explore the building itself, which is a work of art, with design details created by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

Toronto: Heart of Downtown 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

8. Toronto: Heart of Downtown 3.5-Hour Bike Tour

Explore Downtown Toronto on 2 wheels! On this bike tour you’ll see some of Downtown Toronto’s key sights, including must-see cultural and historical landmarks. Explore areas that aren’t easily reached in a car or bus, and experience unique scenic views. The tour is suitable for beginners and advanced riders, as it moves at an easy pace and makes plenty of stops to chat and take in the sights. Your guides are expert city riders and know their way around Toronto. What you'll explore: • CN Tower • Royal York Hotel • Union Station • Chinatown • Kensington Market • Eaton’s Centre • Dundas Square • Harbourfront and Lake • Financial district • Queen Street West • Art Gallery of Ontario • College of Art and Design • Hockey Hall of Fame • Massey Hall • Rogers Centre • Round House Park • City Hall • St. Lawrence Market • Flatiron building • St. James Cathedral and Square • Sherbourne Common • Corus Quay • Sugar Beach • Entertainment District

Toronto: Downtown City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Tour

9. Toronto: Downtown City Landmarks Self-Guided Audio Tour

Discover the majesty and culture of Toronto. See its top sights and its quirky and breathtaking hidden gems with a handy and informative digital guide app. Let your eye wander at your ease through Toronto’s iconic streets, old architecture, skyscrapers, and high-rise buildings. See some of the most glamorous squares in Toronto, such as Nathan Phillips Square, and Yonge Dundas Square. As you tour, pass the Hockey Hall of Fame, the iconic Gooderham Building and Berczy Park with its dog fountain sculpture, and the astonishing Old and New Toronto City Hall. Complete your tour at St Michael's Cathedral Basilica, the oldest church in Toronto. Treat yourself to lunch at St. Lawerence Market and shop from the local food and goods vendors inside.

Toronto: Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour

10. Toronto: Best of Toronto and Waterfront Self-Guided Tour

Explore Toronto with 2 self-guided walking tours and audio commentary included. This tour takes you through Toronto’s most popular sights on a mobile app tour. Stroll along the Best of Toronto route and see some of the oldest and most iconic landmarks in the city. Hear fascinating facts and stories about the Hockey Hall of Fame, City Hall, St. Lawrence Market, Nathan Phillips Square, and much more. Switch over to the Toronto Waterfront route and admire the picturesque views of the islands, as you learn how the Harbourfront Centre became the city’s hub of culture and entertainment. With over 20 more sights to see, use the app to navigate to more attractions, including CN Tower, Ripley’s Aquarium, and the Royal Ontario Museum. Enjoy unlimited use of the app at any time, day or night.

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4.7 / 5

based on 231 reviews

Milo was a great tour guide story teller, I enjoyed touring Distillery area with him and history behind it. The tour ended with a chocolate tasting in one of the nearby shops. He was very knowledgable and fun. I recommend his tours to everyone. At the end of the tour, he even helped me with directions to my next stop in Toronto.

The castle was decorated for Christmas and was magical!! Absolutely gorgeous. The special events - ice skating/magician/ribbon acrobat were a wonderful addon to the day. What a fantastic job in the concert “house” as well as the Christmas Carol - so well done.

Liked the tour. Informative and helpful guide, Michael. Visited main attractions such as CN tower, city hall, path, and casa Loma. Well worth it!

It was a beautiful experience with my family! Watching the Christmas lights in the mist , was a sight to sore eyes!

Distillery District is very interesting for its colourful history.