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.




The most Toronto you can see in 10k! Mostly flat or downhill, this tour introduces you to the University of Toronto, Kensington Market, 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) 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)

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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: Tuesday the 22nd and 29th, 6:30 p.m.

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?

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scenic pre-MARATHON - $30 (CDN)

In town for the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon? Loosen up the legs with a slow-paced trip through downtown, introducing you to the most iconic sights.

In just 5k, you’ll see Union Station, Royal York Hotel, The Hockey Hall of Fame, The Gooderham Flatiron Building, Berczy Park / Dog Fountain, an actual "Bansky" mural, St. Lawrence Market, St. Lawrence Hall, St. James Cathedral, Old City Hall, New City Hall (the TORONTO sign), Canada's Walk of Fame, Rogers Centre / Skydome, The CN Tower, Ripley's Aquarium of Canada, Roundhouse Park / Steam Whistle Brewery and the Scotiabank Arena.

Our route takes us right past the start and finish lines of the marathon itself!

OFFERED: Saturday, October 19th at 9:00 a.m.

DISTANCE: 5.0 km / 3 mi

TERRAIN: City sidewalks.

ELEVATION: Mostly flat 

TOUR DURATION: Approx. 60 minutes

MEETING LOCATION: S.E. corner of Front & York St (northwest corner of Union Station)

FINISHES: Also at Union Station

HIDDEN TORONTO - $30 (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.

OFFERED: By Group Request

DISTANCE: 5 km / 3 mi

TERRAIN: City sidewalks

ELEVATION: Mostly flat 

TOUR DURATION: Approx. 90 minutes

MEETING LOCATION: Old City Hall steps (60 Bay Street)

FINISHES: Goose Island Brewpub (70 The Esplanade)

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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.

OFFERED: By Request

DISTANCE: 8.5 km / 5 mi

TERRAIN: City sidewalks.

ELEVATION: Mostly flat TOUR DURATION: Approx. 90 minutes

MEETING LOCATION: Black Toe Running (95 Bathurst Street)

FINISHES: McVeigh’s Irish Pub (Richmond & Church Street)

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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 Group Request

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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