Curiosity may have killed the cat, but for a unique city tour with Urban Expeditions, a sense of inquisitiveness is all but mandatory. This one-of-a-kind travel company is taking sustainable urban tourism to new heights, and you’ll want to be a part of it on your next outing with friends in Toronto. Together, you’ll quench your thirst for knowledge and culture with a captivating, four-hour journey through the city’s landmarks on foot, bicycle, or public and private transportation. These intimate, seasonal tours cater to those who seek adventure and authentic experiences — in other words, you — because you and your mates are anything but ordinary.
Select the Walking Tour and meander across Toronto on foot, starting at Fort York, a military fortification that dates back to 1793. Continue to explore the physical landscapes, including the stunning Victorian-era industrial architecture of the historic Distillery District. By the end, you and your friends will know you’ve had an insider’s view of the city.
The Arts Tour is sure to satisfy the Picassos and dancers among your friends as you drop by artistic hotbeds like Walnut Studios and peruse an eye-popping alley filled with colorful graffiti. You’ll even have a chance to challenge your buddies to a friendly dance-off at City Dance Corps, another stop on your tour.
If you’re champions of the environment, check out the Green Tour, a walking and cycling adventure through the urban parks of Toronto. Escape the busy sidewalks and traffic-filled streets and learn about sustainability initiatives within the city. The tranquility of these natural spaces is palpable as you inhale the fresh air in Taylor Creek Park and Allan Gardens.
Toronto is a patchwork of ethnic identities, with a vibrant culinary scene to match. On the Cultural Tour, you and your pals will learn about the many urban migration settlements as you navigate neighborhoods such as Koreatown and, of course, the eclectic, bohemian Kensington Market. The aromas of the market stalls are irresistible, and there’s no need to resist, as this tour lets you sink your teeth into a rich medley of food samples.
Round up your friends, because no matter which adventure you choose with Urban Expeditions, inspiration is both your first and last stop. Of course, you’ll have plenty of time for snacks and refreshments — the perfect opportunity to discuss the highlights of your journey so far.
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