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Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

1. Toronto: Harbor and Islands Sightseeing Cruise

This cruise of the Toronto Harbour and islands gives you the chance to enjoy scenic views of the Toronto skyline, learn the history of the area, and explore the Toronto Islands. Your captain will start the tour by taking you to view the Western Harbour before crossing into the lagoons to visit the Toronto Islands. Sites featured on this part of the tour include the historic Hanlan’s Point, the Island Yacht Club, and the woodlands of the Island Bird and Wildlife Sanctuary. The captain and crew will provide an entertaining and informative narration to detail everything you see. During the second half of the tour, return to the Toronto Harbour where the crew will tell you about many of the notable buildings that make up the skyline while you cruise along to find the perfect place to photograph Toronto from the water.

Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

2. Royal Ontario Museum: General Admission Ticket

No trip to Toronto is complete without a visit to the Royal Ontario Museum—Canada’s largest museum. Explore stunning galleries of dinosaurs, Indigenous art and culture, ancient Egypt, minerals and gems, and more. Explore each of these 16 Must-See Treasures with the aid of bilingual multi-media kiosks. Discover an exceptional array of themed galleries throughout the Museum, spanning both world cultures and natural history. Must-See Treasures at the Museum include:  • The Nisga’a and Haida totem poles • The Death of General Wolfe painting • The Chinese Temple Art mural The Paradise of Maitreya  • The Tomb Mound of General Zu Dashou (“Ming Tomb”)  • The rare Southern White Rhinoceros • The Barosaurus (“Gordo”), Canada’s largest dinosaur on display  • The duck-billed hadrosaur Parasaurolophus walkeri • The exceptionally well-preserved fossils from the Burgess Shale  • The 900-carat Light of the Desert Cerussite gem • The Tagish Lake Meteorite • The Bust of Cleopatra VII • The Statue of Sekhmet — one of the oldest known Egyptian deities  • The Egyptian Book of the Dead • Earl of Pembroke’s Armour • Kunti Sculpture (“Blue Lady”)  • The Striding Lion Terracotta Relief 

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

3. 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: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

4. Toronto: Royal Ontario Museum Special Exhibits Ticket

Visit the Royal Ontario Museum, where jaw-dropping dinosaurs, glittering gemstones, and mysterious mummies are just a few of the treasures on display. Your ticket includes general admission and access to one or more of the special exhibits. Enjoy the freedom to explore the museum at your own pace and visit the exhibits and galleries that interest you most. There’s plenty to see and do at the museum, with exhibits to interest the whole family. The special exhibits currently featured at the Royal Ontario Museum include "Great Whales: Up Close and Personal" and 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature': "Great Whales: Up Close and Personal": In 2017, the ROM shared the incredible journey of Blue, ROM’s beloved blue whale in "Out of the Depths: The Blue Whale Story". The highly successful ROM-original exhibition told the story of nine blue whales that died tragically in the Gulf of St. Lawrence in 2014, and the unprecedented opportunity for research and conservation it presented. Fast forward four years and the museum returns to the depths. Showcasing the ROM’s commitment to Canada’s iconic North Atlantic whales, this exhibition takes the story further and features Blue alongside two new skeletons: the critically endangered North Atlantic right whale and the deep-diving sperm whale. With multi-sensory interactive and immersive experiences, Great Whales compares these three unique giants, from their size and diet to their intelligence and evolution, while highlighting the extensive ongoing research and conservation efforts being undertaken to save these mammals from extinction. The ROM invites you to dive back in and discover these incredible great whales of Canada's east coast, their complex relationships with humans, and what we can do to save them. 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature': 'Fantastic Beasts™: The Wonder of Nature' explores the links between the magical creatures of the wizarding world and the remarkable animals in our natural world, encouraging a greater connection to our planet and empowering us all to be advocates for its care. Be awed by the powerful combination of science, nature, and imagination as you explore fantastic beasts in all their forms and learn how these animals inspired some of the world's most incredible stories and folklore.

Toronto: City Views Harbor Cruise

5. Toronto: City Views Harbor Cruise

Set sail on a 45-minute cruise around Toronto Harbour. Enjoy incredible views of the city, island parklands, and waterways. Benefit from a state-of-the-art GPS-triggered audio tour with a lively and informative narrative available in six languages. Depart from Queen's Quay West in downtown Toronto. Be greeted warmly by the captain and crew. Relax and admire unobstructed views of passing landmarks. Spot the Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, Sugar Beach, the Redpath Sugar Refinery, and the historic Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Enjoy the scenery from the comfortable interior featuring upholstered bench seating, tables, and large picture windows. Alternatively, take in the views and the fresh air as you stroll the spacious outer deck. Food menu (for purchase) • Warm Pretzel $8.90With mustard dip • Warm Pretzel and Cold Beer Combo $17.90Pretzel and mustard dip with a can of domestic beer • Salsa Picante and Guacamole $14.90Tri-colored nachos • Salsa Picante and Guacamole with Cold Beer Combo $22.90Tri-colored nachos with a can of domestic beer • Cheese and Cracker Snack Box $14.90With water crackers and grapes • Cookie $4.25Chocolate chunk or oatmeal raisin • Chips $4.25Doritos, pretzels, Lays regular, or Ms. Vickey’s salt and vinegar • Chocolate Bars $5.25Aero, Kit Kat, and Coffee Crisp  

Toronto: Haunted Night Walking Tours

6. Toronto: Haunted Night Walking Tours

Ghosts, graveyards, hangings, and haunts. Hear some of the most spine-tingling ghost stories from the earliest days of Toronto. You will never look at the city in the same way again.  Choose between 4 unique tour options. After hearing about the ghostly encounters that took place in the area, your cloaked guide can walk you back to the start location, or leave you to enjoy a sleepless night in the city.  The Original Haunted Walk of Toronto (75-Minutes) Depart from the courtyard in front of the Hockey Hall of Fame to walk from the heart of the financial district into the old town. Listen to chilling tales and see a darker side to Toronto's history including haunted theaters, unsolved mysteries, and the terrifying encounters at Mackenzie House. The entrance fee to Mackenzie House is not included.  Campus Secrets and Spectres (75-Minutes) Discover the grand architecture and tree-lined paths of the University of Toronto downtown campus filled with a dark history and ghostly tales. Your tour guide will lead you through the haunted campus and the Ontario Legislative Assembly.  Spirits of the Distillery (75-Minutes) With tales of gruesome accidents, the world of whiskey-making, and War of 1812, you’ll quickly see why this is the area known as one of Toronto’s most haunted spots. Black Creek Pioneer Village (90-Minutes) Explore the supernatural side of Toronto’s historic pioneer village in the dark. Featuring some of the oldest buildings in the city, Black Creek Pioneer Village is the perfect, creepy backdrop for a night of spine-tingling ghost stories.

Art Gallery of Ontario: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

7. Art Gallery of Ontario: Skip-the-Ticket-Line Admission

Fully accessible and conveniently located in downtown Toronto, the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) is one of the most important art museums in North America. The AGO Collection features more than 100,000 great works of art, from cutting-edge contemporary works to classic European masterpieces. Always on display are iconic paintings by the well-known Group of Seven, as well as other Canadian artists. Explore amazing art by established and emerging Indigenous, Inuit and Métis artists. See sculptures, photographs, prints and drawings, and so much more, on display in the beautiful Gallery building. Explore the building itself, which is a work of art, with design details created by world-renowned architect Frank Gehry.

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What people are saying about Toronto

I love the ROM. It has been a favourite haunt of mine since I was a little girl. now I enjoy taking my grandchildren there to share in the old experiences as well as in the new.

The boat tour was an enjoyable cruise around Lake Ontario while learning more about Toronto and the island. The tour guide was knowledgeable and presented the info with humor.

Sun came out which was a bonus captain and guide very good. You get some fantastic veiws of the city

Lovely man, on time, comfy ride, what more can you want?

It was a very nice tour. Informative and friendly staff!