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Toronto Harbour
Toronto Harbour

Toronto Harbour

Free admission
Queens Quay at York St., Toronto, ON

The Basics

Toronto Harbour boat tours typically offer audio guides that point out landmarks visible from the water, including CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, Billy Bishop Airport, and the Toronto Islands. Day tours on the water offer a unique vantage point from which to photograph the Toronto cityscape and surrounding Lake Ontario, while evening boat rides offer views of downtown lit up under the night sky. Some tours factor in free time to explore Centre Island, a popular destination for visitors and locals to swim, bike, and escape the bustle of the city.

The best views of Toronto Harbour are found along the harbor-front path, a popular destination for runners, walkers, and cyclists. Alternatively, CN Tower offers panoramic bird’s-eye views of the city and Lake Ontario.

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Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
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Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
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$224.56 per adult
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Had a fabulous experience. Tour was well organized, tour guide Nimesh was punctual, helpful, and polite.
BESSY_V, Oct 2021

Recent reviews from experiences in Toronto

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Exciting trip!
Shivankur_P, Nov 2021
Toronto Islands Morning Bike Tour: Fall and Winter Edition
Nice trip. It was my birthday and I was the only one present there. Lorraine, my guide was very professional and explained things clearly. It was exciting!
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Toronto Tour
Benjamin_R, Oct 2021
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
We had a great time exploring different parts of Toronto! The underground and harbor tour by boat were probably my favorite!
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Toronto City Tour
Amy_S, Sep 2021
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
Great tour of Toronto. Communication prior to pickup was great, flexibility for date change was more than accommodating. Very knowledgeable of local sites and historical significance. At every stop, we were introduced as “his guest”. Very personable and engaging.
star-5
A memorable experience
Kelley_C, Jul 2021
Toronto Islands Evening Bike Tour
A beautiful calm & slow paced evening bike ride through the magnificent Island. The tour guide was very informative & shared much fun & historical knowledge. I never thought I would have the opportunity or courage to bike from our starting point to the ferry but I did it! The event was well organized & every tour operator whom I came in contact with was very nice & reassuring. I left the tour with many delightful memories.
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Bike ride on the island
AYE, Jul 2020
Toronto Islands Evening Bike Tour
Great tour guide and beautiful route. We enjoyed the ride . Tour guide was knowledgeable, we weren’t rush, comfortable pace
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It was a great...
Raj_R, Sep 2021
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
It was a great experience. Thoroughly enjoyed it. The guide Mr.Nimesh was great. He was very knowledgeable and did an excellent job. Overall a great tour.
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A lot accomplished in one tour!
Suzanne_V, Aug 2021
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
Memish was great- and very knowledgeable. Casa Loma was great, make sure you exit through the tunnel!
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West meets East
Carmen_N, Aug 2021
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
Our guide Michael was friendly, knowledgeable and very easy to converse with. Thoroughly enjoyed our day in Toronto with Michael and will be back
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Awesome
Drishti_W, Aug 2021
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
It was a blast! Enjoyed every bit of this day. Was picked up and dropped off and saw the most important places that one must visit when they come to Toronto the first time. The tour guide was very knowledgable and made the overall experience memorable.
star-5
excellent tour
Zack_G, Dec 2019
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
Mike was an excellent tour guide, and he took us to all the "hot" spots around Toronto in less than six hours. Great tour to choose if you only have a weekend to spend.
star-4
Great tour
Fran_P, Nov 2019
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
We had a stunning day for the tour which would have been problematic had it been wet. Michael was very interesting and engaging. I would say that the time at the castle was too long. 45 mins would have been sufficient.
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perfect
Lawrence R, Nov 2019
Small Group Ultimate Toronto Tour
The guide was excellent-told us historical facts about Toronto, took us to underground city and was very knowledgeable and entertaining

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Toronto’s harbor-front path is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, so stay alert when crossing.

  • Boat tours and cruises typically run from May through September, and lifeguards are on duty at Toronto city beaches from June to September.

  • Beat the Toronto Island ferry lines by taking a water taxi. The return trip by ferry is free.

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How to Get There

The most common point of departure for boat tours is Queen’s Quay Ferry Terminal, which is easily accessible using Toronto’s public transit system. Streetcars 509 and 510 stop directly in front of Queen’s Quay. The terminal is also a 7-minute walk from Union Station on the metro’s line 1. Toronto Island ferries depart from Jack Layton Ferry Terminal, a stop on bus 6 and a 5-minute walk from Union Station.

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When to Get There

The harbor is best visited during the summer season, as winter lake conditions prohibit water-based activities. Go during the warmer months from May to September to enjoy boat tours, beaches, kayaking, and waterfront sightseeing.

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Winter Wonderland

While boating is not an option during the winter, the Harbourfront Centre offers seasonal ice skating at the Natrel Rink, located just west of Queen’s Quay Terminal. Heated changing rooms, a rink-side restaurant, and views of Toronto Harbour make this a popular choice for both visitors and locals. Skating is free, and skate rentals are available.

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