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.


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Early riser - $25 (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 or 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)

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RUN TO CHRISTMAS - $20 (CDN)

We're bringing back the enormously popular Run TO Christmas for 2017, with an entirely new route! This 5.5 km (3.5 mi) journey will change the way you see your city, giving you a whole new appreciation for its past and present.

The tour finishes at the historic Distillery District. Nestled among 44 Victorian buildings across 13 acres, the Toronto Christmas Market is ranked one of the Top 10 holiday markets in the world. 

OFFERED:

  • Thursday, November 30th, 2017, starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, December 7, 2017, starting at 6:30 p.m.

DISTANCE: 5.5 km / 3.5 mi

TERRAIN: City sidewalks.

ELEVATION: Mostly flat 

TOUR DURATION: Approx. 60 minutes

MEETING LOCATION: Black Toe Running (95 Bathurst Street)

FINISHES: Toronto Distillery District (Parliament & Mill Street)

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haunted toronto - $20 (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.

And if that's still not enough spirits for you, we'll stop by BeerBistro afterwards and discuss what we may or may not have seen. 

OFFERED: TWO DAYS ONLY:

  • Thursday, October 26th - 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, October 30th - 7:00 p.m.

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

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Fenians & famine - $25 (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: By request only. Please email dan@cityrunningtours.com to arrange a time. 

DISTANCE: 8.5 km / 5.3 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: St. Paul's Basilica (Queen St. E. & Power)

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VINYL TORONTO - $25 (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 unique ties to Toronto. Learn their stories and so much more, in just 10k.

OFFERED: By request only. Please email dan@cityrunningtours.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)

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