TORONTO RUNNING TOURS
Our sightrunning tours of Toronto explore the history, architecture, neighborhoods, and attractions of the downtown core and along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Our runs cater to runners of all skill levels. Sign up for your run below.
Early riser - $30 (CDN)
Perfect if you're in town for a convention or just want to get your day started early. This route -- easily accessible by transit -- stays close to the Waterfront, introducing you to the Toronto Harbour, CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Air Canada Centre (Maple Leafs, Raptors), Rogers Centre (Blue Jays), Roundhouse Park, Toronto Music Gardens, the historic Fairmount Royal York and Union Station.
OFFERED: Daily @ 7:00 a.m.
DISTANCE: 5.0 km / 3 mi
TERRAIN: City sidewalks and paved pathways
ELEVATION: Mostly flat.
TOUR DURATION: Approx. 45 minutes
MEETING LOCATION: The corner of Front Street & York Street (just outside Union Station)
FINISHES: Union Station
HISTORY & HIGHLIGHTS - $30 (CDN)
The most Toronto you can see in 10k! Mostly flat or downhill, this tour introduces you to the University of Toronto, Ontario Legislature, Royal Ontario Museum, Frank Gehry's redesign of the Art Gallery of Ontario, Queen Street West (Vogue Magazine's second favourite street), Rogers Centre (Skydome), CN Tower, the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, New City Hall, Old City Hall, St. Lawrence Market (National Geographic's top pick for food markets), the Harbourfront and the site of Ontario's first Parliament Buildings, before ending at the historic Distillery District; a stunning Victorian-era collection of industrial buildings converted to galleries, cafés, boutiques and a brewery.
OFFERED: Daily @ 9:30 a.m.
DISTANCE: 10.0 km / 6 mi
TERRAIN: City sidewalks and some grass. A few stairs.
ELEVATION: Mostly flat or downhill.
TOUR DURATION: Approx. 90 minutes
MEETING LOCATION: Varsity Centre (Bloor St & Devonshire Pl), N.W. corner
FINISHES: Toronto Distillery District (Parliament & Mill Street)
REMARKABLE WOMEN - $30 (CDN)
Join us March 22nd, and learn about some of the most remarkable women who called Toronto home.
This 7k tour pauses along the way to stand where some of the city's most influential citizens changed the world. to the benefit of the generations that followed.
- Thursday, March 22nd, starting at 6:30 p.m.
DISTANCE: 7.0 km / 4.5 mi
TERRAIN: City sidewalks.
ELEVATION: Mostly flat
TOUR DURATION: Approx. 75 minutes
MEETING LOCATION: Allan Gardens (on the conservatory front steps)
FINISHES: Victoria Memorial Square (Portland & Wellington)
Fenians & famine - $30 (CDN)
In the black summer of 1847, nearly 40,000 Irish came ashore in Toronto; a city of less than 20,000 people. Many that survived the journey didn't last much longer and those that did still faced Old World intolerance and religious divides.
But their arrival also inspired events that created Canada, and left us with colourful tales that are sometimes tragic and other times hilarious.
OFFERED: Thursday, March 15th, starting at 6:30 p.m.
DISTANCE: 8.5 km / 5.5 mi
TERRAIN: City streets, sidewalks, grass, some stairs
ELEVATION: Mostly flat with a few ramps & stairs
TOUR DURATION: Approx. 90 minutes
MEETING LOCATION: Black Toe Running (Bathurst & Adelaide)
FINISHES: McVeigh's Irish Pub (Church & Richmond)
haunted toronto - $30 (CDN)
When tragedy occurs, it's not just the mourners left behind. Old Toronto is rife with tales of spirits occupying buildings and public spaces. Nuns and politicians, brides and jilted lovers, in hospitals, hotels and even the Hockey Hall of Fame. We'll meet plenty in just 5k.
OFFERED: By request only. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a time.
DISTANCE: 5 km / 3 mi
TERRAIN: City streets
ELEVATION: Mostly flat with some gradual incline
TOUR DURATION: Approx. 60 minutes
MEETING LOCATION: Jack Layton Toronto Island Ferry Terminal, by the Toronto Bike Share parking stand.
FINISHES: Queen & Yonge, before proceeding to BeerBistro
VINYL TORONTO - $30 (CDn)
If you're a pop culture or music junkie, you're going to love this tour. From the 1950s through the 1970s, Toronto was home to some of the biggest events and awakenings in popular music.
It was here that John Lennon decided to break up the Beatles and the Prime Minister's wife disappeared for days with the Rolling Stones. Neil Young & Joni Mitchell found their voices in Yorkville coffee houses and Bob Dylan found his band, changing the sound of an entire generation. Alice Cooper, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin all have ties to T.O. Learn their stories and so much more, in just 10k.
OFFERED: By Request only. Please email email@example.com to arrange a time.
DISTANCE: 10 km / 6 mi
TERRAIN: City streets, sidewalks, & paved paths
ELEVATION: Mostly flat with some little rises
TOUR DURATION: Approx. 120 minutes
MEETING LOCATION: The El Mocambo (Spadina, south of College)
FINISHES: Jack Layton Ferry Terminals (Bay St. & Queen's Quay)