TORONTO RUNNING TOURS
Our sightrunning tours of Toronto explore the history, architecture, neighbourhoods and attractions of the downtown core and along the Lake Ontario shoreline. Our runs cater to runners of all skill levels. Sign up below.
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 @ 9:00 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)
HIDDEN TORONTO - $25 (cdn)
A 5k tour devoted to stories of some of the more colourful characters, events and oddities that Toronto never recognized with a plaque (some for very obvious reasons).
Join City Running Tours on a 5 km / 3 mi dig through Old Toronto's more colourful past, from an unmarked downtown graveyard that was still giving up bodies three years ago, to the very central spot where an enormous dead whale entertained visitors.
FENIANS & FAMINe - $30 (cdn)
Join City Running Tours for a special look at the remarkable history of how Irish migrants, visitors and rebels shaped not just Toronto’s, but Canada’s history.
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.
Over 8.5km we’ll not only uncover the legacy of the Irish who stayed, but also newsworthy visits by Charles Parnell, O’Donovan Rossa, Brendan Behan and Mary McAleese.
REMARKABLE WOMEN - $30 (CDN)
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.
OFFERED: By request
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)
ToR-HAUNT-O - $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
DISTANCE: 5 km / 3 mi
TERRAIN: City streets
ELEVATION: Mostly flat with some gradual incline
TOUR DURATION: Approx. 60 minutes
MEETING LOCATION: Yonge & Front, at the corner of the Hockey Hall of Fame
FINISHES: St. Lawrence Market, before proceeding to C’est What?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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)