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Greater Toronto Area - Trains, Towers, and Transformation: A Walk Through Toronto’s South Core

Trains, Towers, and Transformation: A Walk Through Toronto’s South Core

(94 reviews)
CN Tower and the South Core, Greater Toronto Area, Canada
45 mins
Tip-Supported

About the tour

This architectural tour explores how Toronto’s growth is deeply connected to the Canadian National Railway: its lasting legacy and the new opportunities it affords in a rapidly transforming city. Beginning at the iconic Royal York Hotel and Union Station, we will walk through parts of the Financial District, including seeing the renowned Roy Thompson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony, and make our way to the South Core. A remarkable focal point will be gazing up at the CN tower from its base. The world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years, until 2007, and declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. We will look at the tower’s impact not only on the Toronto skyline, but also its direct surroundings. The tour will end looking at the Rogers Centre, or as its locally known, the ‘Sky Dome’, and Roundhouse park, an area of impressive urban growth in the last 5 years.


Meet your local guide

Peter

Travel and exploring cities fuels Peter's creativity. With more than a decade of work experience immersed in architectural design studios, he has a strong passion for the architecture, heritage, urban planning and design industry and the interplay of those disciplines with city life. Peter's background has allowed him to expand his understanding of the connection between buildings, streetscapes, and the pedestrian realm. Having grown up and worked on hundreds of projects in Toronto, Peter knows the history and quirks that make it an amazing place to explore. Peter looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge of the Toronto. As a side project, Peter runs @HeresYourKey, a popular Instagram page dedicated to hotel design.

Peter has been guiding since Oct 2017


What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Greater Toronto Area with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and an amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Greater Toronto Area. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.


Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.


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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.


Reviews from travellers

Claudia U.

04 April 2021

What an interesting tour. Thank you!

Elizabeth G.

04 April 2021

This was a great tour. I visited Toronto many years ago, but it is quite different today. I like Peter's commentary about the architecture and design of the various building. I thoroughly enjoyed what I saw of this tour. Our building fire alarms went off, and we are required to vacate the building until given the "all clear". I believe I missed approximately the last ten to fifteen minutes of the tour.... but, I enjoyed every bit of what I saw.

Tracy F.

04 April 2021

It was a nice tour Nice to get a close look at some of the trains at the Round House Toronto Railway Museum.

Rhonda S.

03 April 2021

Great tour of the city. Thanks so much!

Linda Julie T.

03 April 2021

Thanks


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