Being one of the most multicultural cities in the world, it’s no surprise Toronto has become a completed puzzle made up of dozens of unique neighborhoods. From Little Italy to Little India and from Chinatown to Cabbagetown, there are many small pieces of the city jam-packed with history.
To me, there’s no better way to discover these small neighborhoods than by foot. Without the confinements of a cramped bus or Toronto’s notorious traffic, walking tours let travelers immerse themselves in the city. Even better, for the budget-conscious visitor there are many free guided and self-guided walking tours available in the city.
Here are a few:
ROMwalk: The Royal Ontario Museum offers guided walking tours in historic and architecturally significant parts of the city. Upcoming walks include celebrity hot spot Yorkville (especially during this month’s Toronto International Film Festival) and the heart of the downtown core. Each 90-minute to two-hour tour, which explores a different piece of the city, are offered twice a week from May to October.
Self-Guided Discovery Walks: The City of Toronto offers printable brochures and maps for self-guided walking tours for 11 parts of the city. While most of these tours feature the city’s natural areas, including High Park and the Beaches, self-guided tours of the downtown core and Uptown Toronto are available for the independent traveler.
Heritage Toronto walks: A group advocating the preservation of the city’s history, Heritage Toronto, also offers seasonal walking tours from May to October. Although the season is almost over, 90-minute tours of Toronto’s Old Town and Fort York are still on the roster for the fall.
If you’re looking for somewhere to cool your heels after a long day walking around the city, check out the Ontario Hotels section of our Canadian website.