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Toronto: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market

1. Toronto: Canadian Food Discovery at the St Lawrence Market

Discover the local cuisine of Toronto with a visit to a famous food market and enjoy the most delectable local eats with an expert knowledge guide. After a brief introduction to Old Town Toronto (the neighborhood where your tour takes place), your guide will walk you past Berczy Park which features a stunning new fountain. From there, make your way to one of your guide's favorite coffee shops for a brew of your choice, before you visit a small sandwich shop nearby which is reputed to have the best apple cake in the world. From there, head to St. Lawrence Market, which National Geographic once declared the “best food market in the world”. At the market, you’ll learn about the origin of Toronto’s official signature food: the peameal bacon sandwich. Celebrity chefs from Emeril to Anthony Bourdain have bitten into one of these, and now it’s your turn. Time will be spent inside St. Lawrence Market visiting vendors and sampling foods that have played an important role in the cultures of immigrants who settled there over the past two centuries. Learn about foods that have become common in this region, including how some of the favorites are virtually unknown outside of Ontario. Each food stop offers the opportunity to interact with vendors, ask questions, and learn even more from the experts. Foods throughout your tour can include butter tarts, artisanal mustard and pretzel sticks, ginger ale, Montreal-style bagels, cheese curds, pierogis, maple candy, and more. The final stop on the tour will be a local pub that has been around for decades. This spot serves creative versions of the popular French-Canadian dish known as poutine. By the end of the tour, you will not only have a better understanding of what Canadian food is, but also a little bit about what it means to be Canadian.

Toronto: Guided Donut Walking Tour with Tastings and Coffee

2. Toronto: Guided Donut Walking Tour with Tastings and Coffee

Delight your taste buds on a donut adventure through the most interesting parts of downtown Toronto, the Kensington Market area, and Chinatown. Stroll through areas like Alexandra Park and pause to savor some delectable donuts along the way. Begin at Cops Doughnuts right in the heart of the Fashion District for some hot, fresh, and tiny donuts. From here, make your way over to Queen street and our next doughnut shop, Bloomer’s. Walk along Queen street past numerous shops and restaurants that you’ll want to add to your itinerary for later that day or the next time you’re in Toronto. After a quick bit of history around Bloomer’s, sample some delicious donuts made fresh daily and then make your way through Alexandra Park. Arrive at the Kensington Market and learn how to shop like a local with two stops lined up at the Kensington Market. End the tour at Dipped Donuts and your guide can direct you anywhere else you'd like to go afterwards.

Toronto: Chinatown and Kensington Market Guided Tour

3. Toronto: Chinatown and Kensington Market Guided Tour

Explore Toronto's most lively boroughs on a 2-hour walking tour along the charming streets of Chinatown and Kensington Market. Uncover the history of Kensington as you wander down the friendly streets of its colorful market. Admire the graffiti-covered walls along the way and sample different foods as you wander down Kensington Market's vendor-lined streets. Visit Canada's largest Chinese community, and uncover a century of fascinating history in Chinatown, where there are no McDonald's or Starbucks to be seen. After your walk, hang out around the market for a while. Pick up a unique gift, shop for vintage clothing, or simply enjoy the colorful surroundings.

Toronto: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour With a Local

4. Toronto: Highlights & Hidden Gems Private Tour With a Local

Whether you’re a foodie or history buff, discover Toronto’s best-kept secrets on this personalised private walking tour. Within 24 hours after booking, the local partner will send you a short questionnaire about your personality and interests to match you to a like-minded host. On the day of the tour, your local guide will lead you off the tourist trail to discover the highlights and hidden gems of Toronto tailored to you. Maybe you’ll explore Toronto’s art hubs and hipster hangouts, or maybe learn about the history of the city. Your passionate local guide will communicate with you directly to suggest an itinerary to help you discover what makes the city unique. Whatever you ask your tour guide to show you, you’re sure to discover the unique personality of the city.

Toronto: City and Brick Works Guided Bicycle Tour

5. Toronto: City and Brick Works Guided Bicycle Tour

Relax and follow the leader as your 3.5-hour ride begins in one of the city's newest neighborhoods, the Canary District. Next, ride through the cobblestone streets of the Distillery District and see the Victorian-era buildings surrounding this historic neighborhood. The route will take you along the midtown bike lanes to show you some of Toronto's cultural and historical landmarks including Queen’s Park, the University of Toronto and Yorkville. Feel the pulse of Regent Park as it is redeveloping, the old-world charm of Cabbagetown with its collection of Victorian-era houses, and the stately repose of Rosedale. The city landscape will quickly give way as you find yourself rolling downhill through a forest alongside Mud Creek and the Don Valley into the Evergreen Brickworks. Enjoy your choice of refreshments as you stroll through the grounds and see how a historical landmark has been repurposed to create a thriving community meeting place. The famous Saturday Morning Farmers Market is a feast for the senses. This 3.5-hour guided tour gives you a fantastic cross-section of life in Toronto and will appeal to both your urban cravings and love of nature.

Collingwood: Blue Mountains Brewery Tour with Tastings

6. Collingwood: Blue Mountains Brewery Tour with Tastings

Indulge in a craft brewery tour in the Blue Mountains with this tour from Collingwood. Join a group of friends or make new friends as you sample a variety of craft beers at each brewery that you visit. Choose from a tour option with or without beer tastings.  Meet your guide at the Blue Mountain Village for a short introduction to the tour and orientation. Hop on the comfortable beer bus and head for your first brewery in either Blue Mountains or Collingwood. Listen as your guide provides you with a brief overview of local craft beer, wine, and spirits. Take a peak at the production process with a behind the scenes tour of the Collingwood or Blue Mountains craft brewery. Have the chance to purchase a tasty lunch or snack at the second brewery to pair with your flight of craft beers. Stop at the last brewery for more beer knowledge and to enjoy a new tasting flight with your group. Head back to the drop-off point the end of your tour. 

Niagara Falls, Canada: Private Craft Beer Tasting Tour

7. Niagara Falls, Canada: Private Craft Beer Tasting Tour

Discover the glorious world of Canadian beer on this day trip with a live guide. Visit 6 of Niagara's best craft breweries, take a behind-the-scenes look at the brewing process, learn about beer from the brewmasters, and enjoy plenty of tasters. Start your day with a pickup from your hotel. Jump in the car, relax and, enjoy the ride. Your guide will fill you in on the region's history and the breweries as you drive by. Visit a variety of craft breweries, and find out what makes Ontario craft beer taste so good. Treat yourself to some locally brewed beer flights and grab some lunch, if you like. Grab your fellow beer-loving pal and head to the Niagara region for a day of craft beer tasting that will tickle your tastebuds.

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What people are saying about Toronto

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 66 reviews

Great guide Roydon, very knowledgeable, and friendly. Finished our tour even though we had to sit in a coffee shop for about half an hour due totorrential rain!!

Tim was terrific. He knew so much about the area and the food scene in Toronto. The market was amazing. The whole family had a great time!

Really enjoyed it- great tour around all the Kensington markets and Chinatown. I would do again!

Jason is the best tour guide ever!! I loved the total experience!

Great tour, a lot of backround information, amazing snacks…