Walk the streets of Old Town Toronto with a historian, visiting must-see cultural sites, learning about iconic architecture and exploring renowned museums.
Rating (4.75)
Program No. 8937RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Discover how Toronto has become a unique urban success story. Traverse the city with prominent Torontonians as they contrast the dynamics of Toronto to other cities. Examine world treasures at the Art Gallery of Ontario, uncover a few billion years of history at the Royal Ontario Museum, explore the entertainment district and learn the historical significance of Chinatown on expert-led walks. Indulge in diverse culinary delights that reflect the intriguing cultural diversity and rich texture of the city.
Activity Level
Keep the Pace
Keep the Pace: Walking up to three miles daily over paved surfaces; some stairs. Standing up to one hour on field trips. Use of public transportation. On Your Feet: Activities have been adjusted to reduce the amount of walking. Walking up to two miles daily over paved surfaces, some stairs. Standing up to one hour on field trips. Public transit is used on occasion.
Small Group
Small Group
Love to learn and explore in a small-group setting? These adventures offer small, personal experiences with groups of 10 to 24 participants.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Discover Old Town Toronto with a noted historian who reveals hidden gems that are often overlooked.
  • Explore some of Toronto's multicultural neighborhoods and indulge in diverse culinary delights.
  • Examine the city’s urban architecture, including Daniel Libeskind’s dramatic and controversial expansion of the Royal Ontario Museum.
Featured Expert
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Bruce Bell
Bruce Bell — journalist, author, playwright, actor and curator — is considered Toronto’s most famous historian and was named the Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall by the city of Toronto. An award-winning playwright, he also published “Amazing Tales of St. Lawrence Neighbourhood” and “TORONTO: A Pictorial Celebration.” Bruce’s mission is to tell Toronto’s history through his writings and lectures, including his sold-out shows at Toronto’s famed Winter Garden Theatre.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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Toronto, Biography of a City
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A Traveller's History of Canada
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Unbuilt Toronto
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Why I Hate Canadians
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Unbuilt Toronto, More of the City That Might Have Been
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The Blind Assassin
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In the Skin of a Lion
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