Discover Toronto's Old and Downtown centres.

Duration: 2h
Languages: English
Guru: Kieran
Quality Verified Registered on May 13, 2023

Hi, there. I'm a tour guide in Toronto. I love the city, as well as meeting new people. A role model of mine was Anthony Bourdain, as I loved what he was trying to accomplish by bringing people together, regardless of background, to illustrate the human desire for connection we all have. I aspire to give my guests the same genuine passion. In my spare time, I enjoy eating too much chocolate, making music, and writing, the latter two being my side jobs and passions. (If only I was paid to eat chocolate.) I've traveled to over 10 countries, I have lived in four of them, and have spent years residing in different states within the U.S, from California to Pennsylvania. One of my favorite places on earth is Ireland, and a place I want to travel to is Japan. I offer a few tours in Toronto and would love to show you around the city. **I am a certified tour guide with the Toronto tour guide association. **

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  • Accepts electronic payment
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Tour description

(Regarding the higher cancelation rate: I have a minimum requirement of two guests so I cancel more frequently if this number is not reached. If you feel any concern about this, please message me. Thanks!)

Come discover Toronto's historic blend of old and downtown centres, all while we dodge traffic and j - walk across the city. (Don't worry, we all do it here.)

Explore the beautiful buildings of old town Toronto and marvel at the modern core of the city as both join together in an oddly satisfying melting pot of culture, architecture, and history. Learn about some of the more interesting sides of Toronto's past, and judge for yourself how a city succeeds in keeping its history alive. Come see exactly how walkable Toronto really is, a feature most North American cities don't retain.

Along the way, we stop by such places as Old City Hall, Dundas Square, St.James Cathedral, and Market Street, to name a few gems on the tour. (I've got to keep some surprises for you after all.)
The tour starts at the current city hall of Toronto, right in front of the statue, and ends near St.Lawrence Market, at Berczy Dog Park.

If you enjoy history, walking, and architecture, this is a good tour for you. If you're like me, you will appreciate how Toronto seems to maintain a balance between modern and old, while allowing nature to play a vital role in the city's design and appeal. 

NOTE: This tour is a free walking tour. If you liked the tour, no one got lost, and didn't totally hate me, you can choose to tip at the end. It is appreciated and always welcome, but there is no strict obligation. 

ATTENTION: There is a minimum of two people per tour. If less than two people are signed up for the tour, I will cancel it the night before. Thank you for understanding. 

The meeting point is in front of City hall, at the stage, which is located to the left of the Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips square. I will be off to the side of the stage, standing in the shade. I will always be wearing two lanyards with my name on them. 

If the tour is full, please message me and we can talk about getting you signed up. Thanks!

Regarding electronic payment options: Please note I don't accept card payments, only PayPal. Thank you for understanding. 

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  • Meeting point:
    Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, To...
    Toronto City Hall, 100 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5G 1P5, Canada
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    The meeting place will be held at the stage in Nathan Phillips Square. It is to the left of the Toronto sign. I will be standing in the shade, but if you don't see me immediately, just walk around the stage. I will be there wearing a lanyard with my name on it.

How much does this tour cost?

Free tours do not have a set price, instead, each person gives the guru at the end of the tour the amount that he or she considers appropriate (these usually range from €10 to $50 depending on satisfaction with the tour).

Tour opinions

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ilse 10 Jun 2024

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Travelled alone - Jun 2024
Kieran gave a lot of information - not only of history and architecture but us well of general life aspects in Canada. Thank you!
Andy 10 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Passionate on the city, fun information, time flew by, great presentation and character, highly recommended.
Matthew 05 Jun 2024

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Super informative, entertaining and full of enthusiasm. Highly recommend!
Orna 03 Jun 2024
Hod Hasharon

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Highly recommended!
Dror 01 Jun 2024
Tel Aviv-Yafo

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Travelled in couple - Jun 2024
Kieran is an easy going, and professional tour guide which took us through old Toronto, and it was great experience to hear the stories behind any place we were at. Keep it up!
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Who is this tour for?

Suitable for people with reduced mobility.
Accepts reservations up to 100 people.
Not suitable for pets.

What should you know?

Minimum of attendees
A minimum of 2 people is required for the tour.
Additional costs:
The tour does not require the payment of entrance fees or additional expenses.
Free cancellation
If you will not be able to attend the tour, please cancel your booking, otherwise the guide will be waiting for you.
Payment methods
Electronic or credit card payment is accepted.
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