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Toronto Harbour
Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour

Free admission
Queens Quay at York St., Toronto, ON

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.

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Best of Toronto Morning Tour
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Best of Toronto Morning Tour
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$171.31 per adult
Traveler Favorite
Great day great guide great experience
Great small group tour & commentary of Toronto on a brilliant day. Michael the driver was attentive and went the extra mile to make it a memorable experience.
David_H, Apr 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

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Downtown and Harbor Tour
Christopher_S, May 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
We had a very wonderful experience, our tour guide was very informative, entertaining and helpful 😀. We would recommend this tour for any new comers to Toronto.
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Best Of Toronto
Steve_F, May 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
Very good introduction to the city for a newcomer from Australia. The small group arrangement (four people) was excellent. The tour guide was friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Interesting stops at the Underground, CN Tower, Food Market.
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Cycle tour of Toronto islands
Mimi_O, May 2022
Toronto Islands Evening Bike Tour
Harshita was a great tour guide and allowed us to extend our tour after a series of issues relating to the other guests meant that we started the tour late. She took lots of pictures which were then emailed to us at no extra cost. This tour is worth doing to explore a different area of Toronto and see the gorgeous skyline at sunet.
star-5
To re-do Summer time
Gilles_D, Nov 2021
Toronto Islands Morning Bike Tour: Fall and Winter Edition
The guide was fun, interactive and people/client oriented Knowlegable . I would recommend her without hesitation
star-5
Exciting trip!
Shivankur_P, Nov 2021
Toronto Islands Morning Bike Tour: Fall and Winter Edition
Nice trip. It was my birthday and I was the only one present there. Lorraine, my guide was very professional and explained things clearly. It was exciting!
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City tour
Janice_S, Apr 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
Great tour of the city. Our driver, Michael, was wonderful and very flexible and accommodating. We had a lunch stop at St. Lawrence market and enjoyed some of Michael’s recommendations
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A memorable experience
Kelley_C, Jul 2021
Toronto Islands Evening Bike Tour
A beautiful calm & slow paced evening bike ride through the magnificent Island. The tour guide was very informative & shared much fun & historical knowledge. I never thought I would have the opportunity or courage to bike from our starting point to the ferry but I did it! The event was well organized & every tour operator whom I came in contact with was very nice & reassuring. I left the tour with many delightful memories.
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Disappointing without the boat tour
Judith_S, Apr 2022
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
I was disappointed that we didn't get to take the boat tour. If we had been informed in advance that the boat wasn't running, I don't think we would have taken this tour. The highlight was the CN Tower, and we could have done that on our own. The two marketplaces at the end of the tour were not of interest to us.
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Had a fabulous...
BESSY_V, Oct 2021
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
Had a fabulous experience. Tour was well organized, tour guide Nimesh was punctual, helpful, and polite.
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Bike ride on the island
AYE, Jul 2020
Toronto Islands Evening Bike Tour
Great tour guide and beautiful route. We enjoyed the ride . Tour guide was knowledgeable, we weren’t rush, comfortable pace
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Toronto Tour
Benjamin_R, Oct 2021
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
We had a great time exploring different parts of Toronto! The underground and harbor tour by boat were probably my favorite!
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Toronto City Tour
Amy_S, Sep 2021
Best of Toronto Morning Tour
Great tour of Toronto. Communication prior to pickup was great, flexibility for date change was more than accommodating. Very knowledgeable of local sites and historical significance. At every stop, we were introduced as “his guest”. Very personable and engaging.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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