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Exciting Day Trips To Take In Toronto

Posted on Dec 29, 2012 by in Canada | 0 comments

Toronto’s a city that offers a lot of sights to visitors. Owing to its size and its numerous attractions, it can be difficult to take in everything in just a single day. However, for those who will only be able to stay in the city for a short time, a day trip or tour may still be a good option so you can see the best of what Toronto has to offer.


Day tours in Toronto

Knowing that not all of their volunteers can stay in their beautiful city for a long time, Toronto offers several kinds of day tours for those who want to check out the sights in a single day. These day tours include:

  • Chinatown tour. Torontos Chinatown is one of the largest Chinese communities in Canada, the result of over 100 years of waves of immigrants traveling to the city to add to the wide variety of cultures in the city. The Chinatown tour will not only take you to the restaurants where you can sample delicious Asian cuisine and delicacies, you will also be brought around the neighborhood to see the specialty shops and interesting architecture in the area.
  • Kensington tour. The highlight of this tour is a trip to the Kensington market, the place where several cultures meet, including Asian, Latin American, and Jewish. The Kensington tour is sometimes packaged with the Chinatown tour to make the trip even richer in terms of cultural and gastronomic experiences.
  • Walking tours. You can join one of the organized walking tours or design your own route so that you can explore the attractions of Toronto by foot. There are also several kinds of walking tours designed by professional tour companies, so do keep an eye out for information on these if you want to join one of the organized tours.
  • Hop-on hop-off tour. If walking isnt your thing, you can join the hop-on hop-off tours, where sightseers are toured around the city by professional drivers who give a running commentary of the sights they visit.
  • Helicopter tour. The helicopter may last for only 15 minutes, but that short period is enough to create lasting memories. Get the chance to look at Toronto literally and figuratively from a different angle so that you will be able to see all that the city has to offer. If youre not a fan of rubbing elbows with other people, this is the tour for you.
  • Inner Harbour cruise and tour. If you dont want to explore Toronto from the air, you can always check out its attractions from the waters. Join one of the cruises that will take you around the city. The cruise is usually accompanied by a tour guide who will give commentaries on the sights of Toronto. Some cruises may also stop on Centre Island to allow tourists the chance to avail of the entertainments offered by the small island.
  • Photography tours. There are also photography tours for expert and beginner photographers alike. A photography expert will tour you around Toronto so you can view the city from behind the lens. You will follow a carefully-planned route so you can encounter some beautiful areas that you can use as your subjects in your photos.
  • Beer tour. Most people by now are familiar with Canadian beer, and this is what the focus is in this tour. Not only will this tour focus on the history of the beer and the different brew variants, it will also take people to the various places that have played a key role in how Canadian beer was developed, as well as the role of the brew in Toronto’s history. Historical pubs and the Distillery District are only two of the stops in this tour, which culminates with free beers to the participants.

Tour Pictures

toronto chinatown by paxpuig, on Flickr
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Day tours outside of Toronto

If you want to get out of the city and explore Toronto’s neighboring areas, there are also some day tours that can be arranged for these trips. Destinations include:

  • Niagara Falls. Get the chance to view the Niagara Falls from the Canadian side. The waterfalls are quite near to Toronto, so you can go on a day trip there if you want to see this tourist attraction.
  • Prince Edward County. Those who want to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside can go to Prince Edward County to experience fresh air and see the beautiful countryside.
  • Niagara Wine Region. Wine fans will enjoy taking a trip down the wine region of Niagara. Joining one of the wine tours will also mean getting the chance to visit Cave Spring Cellars, a tourist destination that combines a winery with a resort with all the trimmings, including a spa and a restaurant.
  • Burlington. The highlight of your trip to Burlington is the Royal Botanical Gardens, which is quite beautiful especially during springtime. The birds there are so friendly that they will literally eat out of your hand.
  • Niagara-on-the-Lake. If you want a cultural destination for your day trip, be sure to visit Niagara-on-the-Lake, which features beautiful and homey architecture as well as cultural sites such as the Shaw Theatre and Fort George.
  • Oakville. If you want to visit a place known for its sophistication, be sure to visit Oakville, a posh town near Toronto. It has a lot of boutiques and galleries for those who want to spend the day relaxing and shopping.
  • Wasaga Beach. If the sea’s more your thing, you can visit nearby Wasaga Beach, which can be found in the Collingwood area. Aside from swimming, other activities you can do there include biking, hiking, and golfing.

Niagara Falls


Niagara Falls -Canada by Toño / 1979, on Flickr


Prince Edward County

Le Lac Ontario by MMarsolais, on Flickr 


Niagara Wine Region

Niagara Celebrity Wine Tour by ZaNiaC, on Flickr
Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.0 Generic License  by ZaNiaC 



Royal Botanical Gardens






Trip to Niagara on the lake in August 20 by DJ SINGH, on Flickr


Wasaga Beach


Regardless of whether you’re taking a day trip in or out of Toronto, if you’re organizing the trip yourself or joining one of the guided tours, or exploring these sites by foot or by riding a vehicle, there are several options awaiting you if you’re interested in taking one of Toronto’s day trips. Be sure to do your research beforehand so you can plan out what sights to see so you get the most out of your trip to the city.

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