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Toronto Harbour Tours

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Toronto Harbour
Toronto Harbour is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, the smallest of North America’s five Great Lakes. Protected from the lake’s tides by the Toronto Islands, the harbor offers smooth conditions for a wide range of water activities, including boat tours, ferry rides, sailing, and kayaking.

The Basics
Toronto Harbour boat tours typically offer audio guides that point out landmarks visible from the water, including CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, Billy Bishop Airport, and the Toronto Islands. Day tours on the water offer a unique vantage point from which to photograph the Toronto cityscape and surrounding Lake Ontario, while evening boat rides offer views of downtown lit up under the night sky. Some tours factor in free time to explore Centre Island, a popular destination for visitors and locals to swim, bike, and escape the bustle of the city.

The best views of Toronto Harbour are found along the harbor-front path, a popular destination for runners, walkers, and cyclists. Alternatively, CN Tower offers panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city and Lake Ontario.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Toronto’s harbor-front path is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, so stay alert when crossing.
  • Boat tours and cruises typically run from May through September, and lifeguards are on duty at Toronto city beaches from June to September.
  • Beat the Toronto Island ferry lines by taking a water taxi. The return trip by ferry is free.

How to Get There
The most common point of departure for boat tours is Queen’s Quay Ferry Terminal, which is easily accessible using Toronto’s public transit system. Streetcars 509 and 510 stop directly in front of Queen’s Quay. The terminal is also a 7-minute walk from Union Station on the metro’s line 1. Toronto Island ferries depart from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, a stop on bus 6 and a 5-minute walk from Union Station.

When to Get There
The harbor is best visited during the summer season, as winter lake conditions prohibit water-based activities. Go during the warmer months from May to September to enjoy boat tours, beaches, kayaking, and waterfront sightseeing.

Winter Wonderland
While boating is not an option during the winter, the Harbourfront Centre offers seasonal ice skating at the Natrel Rink, located just west of Queen’s Quay Terminal. Heated changing rooms, a rink-side restaurant, and views of Toronto Harbour make this a popular choice for both visitors and locals. Skating is free, and skate rentals are available.
Address: Queens Quay at York St., Toronto, ON, Canada
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8 Tours and Activities to Experience Toronto Harbour

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Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour - Private Safe TourHalf-day Tours

Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour - Private Safe Tour

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Sample top Toronto sights during this comprehensive tour with a small group. Travel with no more than 11 guests as you explore landmarks like the sky-high CN Tower (including an obligatory observation deck visit) and the mysterious Casa Loma gothic castle before enjoying a scenic harbor boat cruise with great views of the Toronto skyline. Visits to other Toronto attractions including St. Lawrence Market, Queen's Park, and much more as well as round-trip hotel transport, and skip-the-line entrance.
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Toronto City Private Day TourFull-day Tours

Toronto City Private Day Tour

Experience two of Canada's hottest attractions on this combination tour. First, wander around the city of Toronto, exploring its galleries, attractions, neighborhoods, and waterfront in your own private limousine. From there, head to Niagara Falls, a must-see destination for travelers visiting the Toronto area. Since this is a private tour, it can be tailored to your preferences.
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures

Toronto Islands Evening Bike TourMountain Bike Tours

Toronto Islands Evening Bike Tour

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Get to know Toronto by twilight on this guided, 3-hour after-dinner bike tour. Explore the Toronto Islands, the largest car-free community in North America. Get to know this unique neighborhood through sights and stories and enjoy breathtaking views of Toronto’s skyline from across the Inner Harbour. Watch the city light up for the evening while visiting landmark locations like the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse and the Royal Canadian Yacht Club. Use of a bike and helmet, plus granola bars and dessert are included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Niagara Falls and Toronto City Mega TourDay Trips

Niagara Falls and Toronto City Mega Tour

See two of Canada’s top attractions in one day on this guided tour to Niagara Falls and around the city of Toronto. Visit the rushing, horseshoe-shaped falls, explore Niagara Falls attractions and visit Ontario’s renowned wineries to sample ice wine and more. In Toronto, see the CN Tower, the Hockey Hall of Fame and more and take a cruise along the waterfront to take in the city’s skyline.
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  • 10 hours
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Sunset Canoe Tour of the Toronto IslandsWater Tours

Sunset Canoe Tour of the Toronto Islands

Paddling a canoe is a truly Canadian Experience and the best way to explore the Toronto Islands. Our Voyageur Canoe is a replica of a historical canoes that were used some 300 hundred years ago by the first European settlers. The Toronto Islands archipelago has a network of lagoons and waterways that are ideal for canoeing and watching the wild life.
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Essential Toronto Tour - Food Tour and Toronto Islands TripPrivate Sightseeing Tours

Essential Toronto Tour - Food Tour and Toronto Islands Trip

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By booking the Essential Toronto Tour, you can fully immerse yourself into an exciting day in Toronto. This completely private adventure allows you to experience the city with us and "See Toronto like a local!". This tour features a full food tour of the St. Lawrence Market! The food tour is completely customizable on this exclusive private tour of one of the top markets on Earth. Our guides and vendors can cater to each and any food choice, dietary restriction, and allergy. Vegan and vegetarian friendly tour! Explore Torontos vast underground city with a tour of the PATH tunnels! Narrated ferry or water taxi (in season) ride to the Toronto Islands! This fully packed food tour and adventure will last between 3 and 4 hours, and leave guests with a complete overview of life in Toronto! We will learn about early history, modern Toronto, see the world's number 1 food market as deemed by National Geographic in 2012, have a ferry ride to the Toronto Islands, and so much more!
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  • 3 to 4 hours
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  • 3 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 3-hour walking tour of Toronto with licensed tour guideHalf-day Tours

Private 3-hour walking tour of Toronto with licensed tour guide

Make the best of your visit to Toronto and explore the city most emblematic sites with a local expert. Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the city holds. Alongside one of our professional tour guides, you will learn the history and stories that Toronto has to offer in this 3 hour guided walking tour. You will visit the main neighbourhoods of center Toronto, the impressive underground PATH and one of the worlds most beautiful markets. Final itinerary is adjustable to your personal interests
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Private 4-hour City Tour of Toronto with driver and guide - Hotel pick upHalf-day Tours

Private 4-hour City Tour of Toronto with driver and guide - Hotel pick up

Make the best of your visit to Toronto and explore the city most emblematic sites with a local expert and comfortable in your private vehicle. Let your guide indulge you in the secrets that the city holds. Alongside one of our professional tour guides, you will learn the history and stories that Toronto has to offer in this 4-hour private city tour. You will visit the main neighbourhoods of Toronto, see the special Casa Loma architecture and the Royal Ontario museum from outside and visit one of the worlds most beautiful food markets. Final itinerary is adjustable to your personal interest
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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