Toronto Waterfront Tour

Free Walking Tour

Discounts for Mariposa Cruises

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.

Highlights

Discover hidden gems along the waterfront

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

Get 20% off all Mariposa cruises on weekdays!

Tour Details
Availability:

August. Please check back for available days and times for this tour, or contact us.


Duration:

1 hour


Price:

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

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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:

Please check back for this tour’s meeting point.


End point:

Please check back for this tour’s end point.


Weather contingency:

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

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*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 school groups on public tours. Plan your school group tour here.

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

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.

At the end of the tour, let our friends at Mariposa Cruises whisk you away as you set sail through the Toronto Harbour and Islands on their replica steamer ship – The Oriole.

Good to Know

Every guest of the Tour Guys Waterfront Walking Tour will receive a voucher for 20% off Mariposa Cruises’ 45-minute, audio guided multi-lingual Harbour Tour. This interactive cruise experience offers narrations in English, French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese and German.

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 toronto@tourguys.ca so we can free the spot so another person can take your place.