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  • Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

    1. Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Trip

    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. Your first stop is a structured wine tasting including ice wine at an award-winning winery. You'll also visit a country market and explore the vineyards. Climb back on board and drive through the historic colonial architecture of Niagara-on-the-Lake. 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. ...

    The trip was organized and even when the meeting point changed it was communicated well in advance. The itinerary had changed a bit due to the winery portion being changed, but I honestly loved going to Niagara On The Lake even more ! Most importantly I felt safe during the entire trip, and I would definitely recommend it to others.

  • From Toronto: Niagara Falls Day Tour with Boat Cruise

    2. 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 a meal overlooking the falls. Take a scenic drive through Niagara Falls with views of Fort George, Brock’s Monument, Hydropower stations, Niagara River, Welland Canal, picturesque vineyards along the Great Lakes - with a complimentary bottle of water provided — with a certifi...

    We had a great day. We went behind the Falls which was superb-the noise, the views and the whole atmosphere were awesome. The boat to the falls was a fabulous experience too and on top deck we were drenched! It may have been better to be on the lower deck and we may have seen more because there wouldn’t have been as much spray! We also opted for lunch which was a very tasty and plentiful 3 courses and served by friendly staff. We were lucky to visit on a beautiful sunny day and sat outside, facing the falls to have our lunch. We had an excellent driver/guide in Fabio. He was very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and helpful and pointed out many places of interest. We stopped for several photo opportunities and our trip was enhanced by Fabio’s input. We felt there was enough time at each stop and even if you don’t do behind the falls or the boat or lunch, it is a beautiful area to take in the magnificent scenery, have a refreshment break, walk around and if it’s your bag, see a few shops.

  • From Toronto: Guided Small Group Day Tour to Niagara Falls

    3. From Toronto: Guided Small Group Day Tour to Niagara Falls

    Pickup is available across many central meeting points in Downtown Toronto, Mississauga, and Pearson Airport between 7:15 AM–8:15 AM. Your tour leaves Toronto early to avoid traffic and to arrive early in Niagara Falls before it gets crowded. Travel in a modern, air-conditioned minibus with a small group (6-24 people) for a more intimate experience with your local tour guide. You will arrive in Niagara Falls around 9:30 AM where you will have 3-hours of free time to explore, view the Canadian waterfalls, and participate in optional local attractions, like a boat ride across the falls. Take advantage of your expert tour guide’s advice on how to best see the falls and hints on how to use your time.  Next, enjoy a scenic ride (and photo opportunities) across the Niagara Parkway and stop or drive through famous sights like a local farmers market and the Niagra Whirlpool Rapids. Bring lunch...

    Very friendly driver/guide. We were in town for a medical procedure and didn’t know the city at all, the booking staff could have been a little nicer when I was asking questions. Other than that it was great.

  • Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Trip

    4. Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Falls Day Trip

    Dip your senses into Niagara Falls during a guided sightseeing experience from Toronto. This semi-private tour is perfect if you prefer a smaller VIP tour and want to meet like-minded travelers. Leave Toronto at 9:00 AM with prior pick up from most downtown hotels. Sit back and relax in a luxury van on the scenic 2-hour drive to Niagara Falls. Along the way, learn about the rich history of the surrounding region and the Falls. On arrival, depending on the selected option, you can enjoy free time or visit an attraction. Upgrade to include a buffet-style lunch with panoramic views at the Fallsview Buffet at Sheraton On The Falls. Your guide can also direct you to some delicious lunch options at one's own expense.  In Summer, sail into the mist of the Falls aboard the seasonal boat ride 'Voyage to the Falls'. In winter, or when the boat is not operating, enjoy 'Journey Behind the Falls'....

    Fantastic day and our guide Ricardo was an excellent driver and guide. I highly recommend this day trip.

  • Toronto: Day Trip to Niagara Falls

    5. Toronto: Day Trip to Niagara Falls

    See Niagara Falls on a day trip from Toronto. Stop at Table Rock to take some great pictures at Horseshoe Falls along the way. Marvel at the scenery during your stop at Clifton Hill. Take some time to soak up the colors and lights. Explore Niagara-on-the-lake, and take part in a wine tasting. Explore Niagara Falls at your own pace, with plenty of time to visit local attractions or go on a Niagara Falls Cruise.

    The tour guide (Mike) was very friendly and well knowledgeable. Transport was comfortable and everything was followed as indicated in the description of the tour. Will definitely comeback.

  • Toronto: City Sightseeing Helicopter Tour

    6. 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 t...

    The staff when entering the tour site were so polite and helpful. The crew preparing us before the flight gave good and clear directions prior to boarding. The Photographer took great photos. Pilot was interactive and had great communication with us in the skies. Overall great experience!!

  • Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour Package for Two

    7. Toronto: Private Helicopter Tour Package 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 print...

  • Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour Small Group Early Bird Tour

    8. Toronto: Niagara Falls Tour Small Group Early Bird Tour

    Start your tour at 7:00 AM 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". 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, an...

    Kaleb was a fabulous tour guide. The lack of a boat ride to the falls was a severe disappointment. Substituting a tour of the former power plant was boring and disappointing.

  • Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Wine Region Tour

    9. Toronto: Small-Group Niagara Wine Region Tour

    Meet in central Toronto and travel for 90 minutes into the heart of the Niagara Wine Region located on the shores of Lake Ontario. Stop at the first of your award-winning wineries and enjoy a behind-the-scenes look at how the wines are produced. Then, enjoy a tasting session of a variety of excellent wines. Continue the tour with visits to 3 others wineries in the area with tastings also included at each location. Local staff will provide guided tours of the wineries, and explain more about their individual heritage and traditions. Make a stop for some lunch, at your own expense throughout the day. After you visit the fourth winery, be returned to downtown Toronto.

  • From Toronto: Algonquin Provincial Park Private Tour

    10. From Toronto: Algonquin Provincial Park Private Tour

    Immerse yourself in the beautiful nature of From Algonquin Provincial Park on a private full-day trip from Toronto. Begin your day with a complimentary hotel pick up and make your way towards your first stop, Oxtongue River-Ragged Falls Provincial Park, offering stunning views of Ragged Falls. Next, embark on a canoeing adventure during your stop at Canoe Lake Access Point. This water activity welcomes all levels of experience and all necessary equipment is provided. While canoeing, you can make a stop at a small island. Here you can park your vessel and jump off a cliff where you can swim around. Finally, explore Booth's Rock Trail, which is a 5.1 km loop trail that visits two lakes and a spectacular lookout. Your return hike even includes a walk on an abandoned railway. Depending on trail conditions, and with advice from Algonquin Park staff, the hike trails may be changed upon arriv...

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

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 2,894 reviews

It was a smooth pick up and ride! We felt very safe! The bus was comfortable and the Tourguide was awesome! We had 3 hours of free time at the Niagara Falls. We could have used a little more time, but we managed to see all that we wanted to see. We had after that a few more stops that were also beautiful! The wine tasting at the end was very delicious.

Out Guide Fabio our experience even better. He was very knowledgeable and took care of everyone on the trip. Stopped at nice places and helped Click pictures for all. Niagara's trip experience was awesome. I recommend this trip to all.

Small-group excursion (6 people) with enough time at the falls to follow a walk along the river and a boat ride (unforgettable even if very wet!). Return after lunch, stopping at each interesting spot.

The trip was great, the driver was very nice, the boat trip a must, you just get wet. The only thing you can complain about is the little time spent on the falls. Greetings from Leipzig

Kaleb was a fabulous tour guide. The lack of a boat ride to the falls was a severe disappointment. Substituting a tour of the former power plant was boring and disappointing.