Toronto Waterfront Tour

Free Walking Tour

Great intro to Toronto

Family friendly

Pay what you feel

On this hour-long free tour, stroll along the Waterfront with your local guide, discover our favourite spots, and learn about the revitalization of this once forgotten sector of Toronto.


Discover hidden gems along the waterfront

Explore Toronto’s relationship with Lake Ontario, from past to present

Tour Details


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If you’re on time, you’re on tour!

Bookings are highly recommended, as we assign the number of guides according to the number of people booked.


1 hour


Free! We only ask that you tip your guide at the end if you enjoyed the tour.

Comparable tours will cost you $20-$30 per person plus gratuity. Our tours are free but our guides work for tips only. The average tip per tour-goer is $10, but you are welcome to tip more or less depending on how much you enjoy the tour!

Meeting point:

Outside the BeaverTails shop at 145 Queens Quay W, Toronto

End point:

Mariposa Cruises Ticket Booth on Queens Quay

Weather contingency:

Our tours run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

*If the weather is bad (or cold), this tour can be done almost entirely indoors using the famous PATH system of underground corridors!

Participation requirements:

Please note that we cannot accommodate schools or other large groups on public tours. Plan your school group tour here. If you wish to organize a large group outing, please contact us.

Sailboats, Sand, and Seagulls on Toronto’s Waterfront

Toronto’s Waterfront has in recent years been revitalized. Once a forgotten and empty industrial wasteland, the Waterfront area now features new parks, a man-made beach, and refurbished warehouses that house art galleries, craft and textile workshops, and ceramics and glassblowing studios.

On this hour-long tour, learn about the history of Toronto’s relationship with Lake Ontario, see historic architecture, and discover how this waterfront area transformed over the years from the gateway to the city to an industrial center to abandoned wasteland to a relaxing recreational area beloved by locals for its shops, eateries, and green spaces.

Good to Know

Please note, some dates will "sell" out! Please book your tour well in advance to avoid disappointment.

Our tours run rain or shine. Please dress for the weather!

We do not charge anything for this tour and our guides are not paid for it, so please tip your guide if you enjoyed the experience!

While we can’t accommodate school trips on our free public tours, we would be happy to lead your school group on this tour route! Check out our school groups offerings here.

We cannot delay tour departures, so please arrive to the meeting point on time to make sure you catch the tour.

CANCELLATION POLICY - If you decide not to join us for a tour you have booked (your promise to attend), please notify us as soon as possible at so we can free the spot so another person can take your place.

Keep exploring Toronto with Tour Guys!