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Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

1. Toronto: Niagara-on-the-Lake & Falls Day Trip with Boat Tour

Embark on a full-day guided trip to Niagara Falls from Toronto. Admire the majestic falls from various angles and enjoy time to explore at your own pace. Upgrade your experience with a boat tour of the Falls. Leave Toronto earlier and get back sooner on a fun and leisurely day trip to Niagara Falls. Relax in the comfort of an air-conditioned bus under the expert care of your engaging local guide. Your adventure begins when you meet your guide at the convenient downtown meeting point. Set off on the 90-minute scenic drive into the Niagara Region. Your driver will share their local knowledge along the way. Stopover and visit the historic town of Niagara on the Lake and take in the sights of the Niagara River and million-dollar homes along the scenic Niagara Parkway.  Pause for guided photo stops at the Floral Clock, Hydro Power Station, Whirlpool Rapids, and the Niagara Gorge before arriving at Niagara Falls. Upgrade to include the seasonal Voyage to the Falls boat tour and sail into the heart of the world-famous falls (you must choose the Guided Day Trip including Voyage to the Falls Boat Cruise option for the cruise to be included). Your guide will escort you to the cruise departure point so you can benefit from expedited access to the boat boarding area.  When the cruise is not operating, you'll instead ride to the top of Skylon Tower's observation deck for unbeatable panoramic views of the Falls.  Pending on the tour option selected, enjoy up to 3-hours of free time in Niagara Falls to explore the local attractions. Your tour concludes with a quiet and cool return to Toronto, in time for you to relax before your evening plans.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

2. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Niagara-on-the-Lake

Explore Niagara Falls on a guided day trip from Toronto, with pickup from downtown Toronto and on-board commentary from your guide. Enrich your tour with an optional Niagara Falls boat cruise. Start with a scenic drive through Niagra-on-the-lake along the Niagara Parkway and marvel at Queenston Heights and Brock's Monument. Enjoy a stopover and see the hydroelectric power station, Whirlpool Rapids and Floral Clock. Upon arrival at Niagara Falls, get 3 hours of free time during which you can choose to take the Hornblower Niagara Cruise "Voyage to the Falls." Feel the thunder of the Journey Behind the Falls or get panoramic views from Skylon Tower (during the winter months). Take a break where you can go and purchase a delicious lunch at one of the various dine-in restaurants or fast food joints near Niagara Falls. After your break, sit back and relax in air-conditioned comfort as you travel by bus back to Toronto.

Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

3. Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

Experience Toronto from above as you take to the skies and look down through the tall skyscrapers at what downtown has to offer. Select the 15-kilometer flight for approximate 7 minutes in the air above downtown Toronto. Alternatively, treat yourself to the 35-kilometer flight and see more with approximately 12 minutes in the air.  Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbour Front, Rogers Centre, and CN Tower. A friendly and easy check-in at the front desk will be followed by a short wait and a pre-flight briefing. Everyone will wear audio headsets complete with microphones so you can speak to each other on the tour.  The tour will make a perfect figure eight pattern over the city and you will see everything, a carefully designed tour route means everyone gets to see the city equally. At 2,000 feet, you will be as high as the second pod on the CN Tower and the view is incredible. Fly right over the downtown center with sights such as Ripley's Aquarium and the Rogers Center, on a clear day you may even see the mist coming off Niagara Falls. Averaging speeds of 100 miles per hour, you will be amazed at how far you can travel without congested streets and traffic lights. Take in the breathtaking views through the unique floor-to-ceiling glass from your guaranteed window seat. Your tour will conclude at your return to the helicopter base.

From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

4. From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

Marvel at the grandeur of Niagara Falls on a 9.5-hour tour from Toronto. Travel along the scenic Niagara Parkway, stopping at the Floral Clock, Whirlpool Spanish Aero Car, the historical Niagara-on-the-Lake, and some scenic stops for pictures. Get up close to the Horseshoe Falls on a Niagara City Cruises "Voyage to the Falls." Along the way, you’ll hear about the area’s history and geography. After visiting several of the area's attractions, board a Niagara city cruise for a ride to the base of the Horseshoe Falls. Stop for lunch at a restaurant of your choice. If you selected the tour with the lunch option, enjoy lunch in the Sheraton on the Falls Hotel at the Fallsview Restaurant overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, and picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certified tour guide.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

5. Toronto: Niagara Falls Premium Day Trip with Optional Cruise

Visit the world-famous Niagara Falls on a hassle-free tour by premium bus from Toronto. With three tour options to choose from, prepare for an experience that will leave you with memories that will last a lifetime. Relax in the comfort of a premium climate-controlled bus as you begin your journey with your downtown Toronto pickup between 9:00 AM and 10:00 AM. Enjoy lively commentary from your experienced guide on the scenic drive into the Niagara Region.  Pending the selected option, in Niagara Falls you can enjoy free time, savor a delicious a la carte lunch, and/or experience an attraction. In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls with access to the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter or when the boat is not operating, there are two alternate attractions offered. Experience the 'Journey Behind the Falls', a year-round attraction that offers a unique view of the Falls, or re-live a lifetime of Niagara's sensational true stories at the Imax Theater. The most popular tour option includes the attraction upgrade and lunch. Taste the very best of Niagara with exclusive seating at Queen Victoria Place Restaurant and savor a locally sourced a la carte menu, paired with Ontario craft beers and Niagara VQA wines.  Your tour concludes with your return to Toronto around 8:00 PM.

From Toronto: Day Trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park

6. From Toronto: Day Trip to Bruce Peninsula National Park

Explore Canada's expansive wilderness on a guided day tour from Toronto. See the roaring Inglis Falls, stretch your legs on a hike to Marr Lake in Bruce Peninsula National Park, and visit Tobermory's lighthouse by kayak. Meet your guide and driver in Toronto and head out to start the first activity on your tour, kayaking in Tobermory. Enjoy the sound and view of crystal-clear Georgian Bay water from the kayak and paddle to the lighthouse at Big Tub Harbor. Discover the park's hidden gems with your guide. Hike along Horse Lake to find a secluded beach surrounded by the Cliffs of Georgian Bay. Take a rest and relax by the shores or enjoy a refreshing swim. Once you're ready, continue hiking to Indian Head Cove and the Grotto. Take a dip in the clear aquamarine waters of the Grotto before continuing to Marr Lake and rejoining your driver. After your hike, head to Tobermory. Wander through the small town and snag a souvenir from one of the small local shops or enjoy a quick coffee or snack. Before returning to Toronto, visit Tobermory's lighthouse and look out at the world's deepest harbor.

Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup & Optional Boat Ride

7. Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour with Pickup & Optional Boat Ride

Experience a guided tour of the Canadian side of Niagara Falls and discover the mighty waterfalls with stunning views. Enjoy commentary from your local and licensed tour guide. Receive expert guidance on the history of Niagara Falls, how to spend your free time here, and any other questions you might have. Enjoy a complimentary pickup from central hotels and locations across Downtown Toronto and Mississauga and arrive in Niagara Falls around 10:00 AM to enjoy 4 hours (summer) or 3 hours (winter) of free time to explore the falls. Join 1-2 optional activities like the Niagara City Cruises boat ride (summer), Bird Kingdom, Journey Behind the Falls, Skylon Tower, or Niagara Helicopters. Visit the flashy Clifton Hill village for solo and family fun with activities like the Niagara SkyWheel, Ripley's Believe it or Not, an arcade, and more. Pack a lunch or order at a local restaurant, with an option to have a picnic by the waterfalls. Next, go on a scenic and narrated drive across the Niagara Parkway. Stop and take photos at iconic attractions along the way like the Niagara Whirlpool Rapids, the floral clock, Queenston Heights Park, a local country market, and/or other seasonal destinations. Return to your original location in Toronto in the afternoon and enjoy a full evening in the city with time for dinner and an evening event.

Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour for Two

8. Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour for Two

Discover Toronto’s highlights from above on a scenic private helicopter tour for two. From private sightseeing to a romantic twilight interlude, choose from three tour package options for a unique and personalized experience. Your adventure begins at a boutique island airport in downtown, located just minutes from the Toronto Harbor Front, Rogers Center, and CN Tower. Check in at the front desk and meet the crew who will ensure you make the most of your private aerial experience. Be lifted 2,000 feet over the city and fly eye to eye with the pod of the CN Tower. The route is carefully designed to ensure you’ll both enjoy fabulous views. On a clear day, see the mist coming off the Niagara Falls. High-quality interactive headsets will be provided to make communication with each other easier. The private tour concludes with your return to the helicopter base where you'll receive one printed photograph to remember your experience.

Algonquin Park: Adventure Tour from Toronto

9. Algonquin Park: Adventure Tour from Toronto

Take a break from the bustle of Toronto and head into nature for a day. Visit Canada's oldest provincial park on a guided excursion. Get picked up from the meeting point and drive to Algonquin. Spend an enriching 6 hours at the park snowshoeing, hiking, spotting wildlife, canoeing, and swimming. Hop aboard the van in Toronto and head toward the park on a relaxing drive. If there's enough snow, put on your snowshoes for a combined snowshoeing and hiking experience. The activity begins with a short waterfall hike with views sure to take your breath away. Walk up to this hidden gem and marvel at the water gushing over craggy surfaces and glistening in the sun. Continue onto Booth's Rock Trail Hike toward an amazing lookout over Rock Lake and the Algonquin Park woods. This trail takes about 3 hours but is paced for beginners. You don't need to have any hiking experience. Keep your eyes peeled for wildlife as you follow the trails — you may just see moose, black bears, beavers, wild turkeys, and turtles. Pass by sparkling lakes and stop at lookouts along the way. Opt to take a swim around Popcorn Island, witnessing the natural beauty from yet another vantage point. Hop in a canoe and your guide will lead you around on Canoe Lake. End the day having fully experienced the wonderful Algonquin Provincial Park. Get dropped off at the meeting point in Toronto.

From Toronto: Early Bird Niagara Falls Small Group Day Trip

10. From Toronto: Early Bird Niagara Falls Small Group Day Trip

Visit Niagara Falls on an immersive guided tour. Embark on an exhilarating journey that takes you through tunnels behind the Falls and take a cruise on the famous Hornblower. Start your tour bright and early with pick-up from downtown Toronto and make the 1.5–hour drive to Niagara Falls. Upon arrival, take a trip to the observation deck of Skylon Tower, 520 feet or 160 meters above the ground, to experience some of the most awe-inspiring views of Niagara River, American Falls, Bridal Veil Falls, and Horseshoe Falls.  Next, head to Journey Behind the Falls for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Falls. Explore a series of cave-like tunnels that allow you to see behind Niagara Falls. The final stop on your tour is a trip aboard the Hornblower Cruise "Voyage to the Falls" (May to October). Set foot on the Hornblower Cruise boat and head out onto the waters of the gorge. Get so close to the Falls that it feels like you could put your hand out and touch them. In addition to the amazing stops on the tour, take the opportunity to see and experience the shops, street vendors, restaurants, and other attractions in Niagara Falls for 1 hour before you head home. Head back to Toronto from Niagara Falls to Toronto, and take time to relax on the 1.5–hour drive. Depending on traffic, arrive back to the city by approximately 4:00 PM.

5 best day trips from Toronto

Day trip to Niagara Falls

1. Day trip to Niagara Falls

An internationally-known landmark, Niagara Falls is one of the most popular day trips from Toronto. People come from both sides of the border to bask in the beauty and power of the falls. All in all, about 30 million people visit every year. The three falls, Horseshoe, American, and Bridal Veil Falls, provide plenty of vantage points to admire the natural beauty of this place. Don’t forget to reserve a spot ahead of time for a chance to get soaked on a boat ride.

How far is Niagara Falls from Toronto?

Niagara Falls is situated 128 kilometers (79 miles) around Lake Ontario from Toronto. By car or bus, the journey lasts just under 90 minutes with no traffic. On the train, the time increases slightly to a bit over two hours.

2. Day trip to Hamilton

Head to the steel town of Hamilton for a calm excursion away from the metropolis of Toronto. With over 130 cascades in and around the city, Hamilton claims itself as the waterfall capital of the world. Visitors to this lakeside town can also tour the Royal Botanical Gardens — the largest botanical gardens in Canada, measuring in at 980 hectares (2421 acres).

How far is Hamilton from Toronto?

Only 68 kilometers (42 miles) from Toronto, Hamilton is easy to reach. Whether you go by car, train or bus, the trip will take around an hour.

3. Day trip to Caledon

For those wanting to get out to the countryside, venture out to Caledon and get a taste of the rural life. The largest settlement by area in the entire Toronto area, there’s plenty to discover in town, like exploring the otherworldly Cheltenham Badlands or learning about World War I aviation at the Great War Flying Museum. Art-oriented travelers will enjoy the Alton Mills Art Centre, with its focus on the local art scene.

How far is Caledon from Toronto?

The 60 kilometers (37 miles) from Toronto to Caledon is easy to reach by car in just 45 minutes. If traveling by public transportation, the bus is your best bet. The trip takes just over two hours.

4. Day trip to Lake Muskoka

A true nature lover’s paradise, Lake Muskoka offers wonderful recreation all year long. During winter, enjoy activities like cross-country skiing and dogsledding. Come summer, the lake takes center stage for fishing, watersports, kayaking, and more. When you need a rest, activities around the lake include visiting the pioneer village and train of Muskoka Heritage Place or riding on one of the Muskoka steamships. In the winter, head to Santa’s Village where they welcome holiday revelers.

How far is Lake Muskoka from Toronto?

At just under 200 kilometers (124 miles) from Toronto, leave plenty of time for your travel to Lake Muskoka. Driving is your best option, taking around two hours. The bus can take up to one hour more.

5. Day trip to Cobourg

If you’re searching for scenic small-town Canada, a trip to Cobourg is the perfect choice for the day. For history lovers, the town offers sites like the Marie Dressler House or the Sifton-Cook Heritage Center, which is the oldest building in town. Frolic in the water at Victoria Park Beach on the shores of Lake Ontario. If you’re lucky, you may be able to watch the annual dragon boat races on the lake.

How far is Cobourg from Toronto?

Whether you make the 117 kilometer (72 mile) journey by car or public transportation, it will take anywhere from one to two hours, depending on traffic and schedule.

Toronto day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

No matter where you choose to head for your day trip from Toronto, there is always an ideal mode of transportation within reach.
  • • Toronto day trips by train

    Though there is plenty of rail service in Canada, many trains may not reach some less-frequented destinations from Toronto.

  • • Toronto day trips by bus

    For many day trips, the bus may be the quickest and most affordable option. Bus travel times tend to be just slightly longer than going by car. Many guided tours will operate by bus as well, with some even including pickup from your hotel.

  • • Toronto day trips by car

    Having your own car is an excellent way to embark on a day trip. Make your own schedule, customize your itinerary and take your time as you explore the area around Toronto.


Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

A guided tour is an ideal way to maximize your day trip. A tour guide can give you information and fascinating facts about your destinations that truly elevate your outing.


What should I pack for my day trip?

Many guided tours will provide you with just about everything you need for the day, from transportation to food. However, travelers should plan ahead for the seasons. Make sure to bring warm clothes for the chilly Canadian winter and plenty of water during the summer.


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What people are saying about Toronto

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Une expérience à vivre au moins une fois dans sa vie! Le guide était très prévenant, très souriant. Le groupe a été servi en blague, ça fait du bien de voir des gens rire. Voyageant seule, il a pris des photos pour moi et nous avons eu l'occasion de parler. Comme tous les expéditions en visite guidée, tout était timé. Expérience courte dommage... La visite en bateau vaut vraiment le coup mais préparez vous à recevoir de l'eau (voire beaucoup d'eau, heureusement on vous offre des imperméables par la compagnie du bateau), à rigoler avec les autres passagers et à saluer les américains qui passent à proximité. Encore merci pour les conseils du guide qui étaient très utiles ! C'est une expérience que je ne risquerais pas d'oublier d'aussi tôt!

We wanted a convenient and smart way to get to Niagara Falls as part of our short visit to Toronto, and this delivered! We were given maximum flexibility as our tour guide optimized the amount of time we had at Niagara Falls and Niagara on the lake, while showing us the other sights quickly. I liked that the tour guide was informative but not too chatty (and was also conversant in German, too!). Highly recommend for a smaller group tour.

We had a very pleasant, courteous guide. The van and small group tour was very comfortable. We avoided major crowds by arriving early.

It was a great experience the driver was very nice kind and informative

Weather was not good, but our guide try his best. Thank you.