Old Toronto Explorer walking tour

$77.50 $77.50

Are you planning a visit to Toronto? Our tourist scavenger hunts will take you throughout Old Toronto from Union Station to the lakefront, by way of St.Lawrence Market and the CN Tower of course!

You will have to solve challenges at every step to discover your next destination. At each step, you will learn a little history as well as interesting facts about what surrounds you.

The Old Toronto Explorer Tourist Scavenger Hunt is a 5.2 km / 3.2 mi walking tour with challenges along the way. It should take you 3-4 hours to complete.

  • A fun learning experience
  • See the sights! 35 locations
  • Learn some local history
  • Challenge your knowledge: 27 varied challenges
  • Fun for all ages, kids included
  • Walk at your own pace: 5.2 km/3.2 mi
  • Wheelchair and stroller accessible throughout
  • Pet friendly throughout
  • Start whenever you are ready, from your smartphone – no fixed schedule
  • Take as little, or as much time as you wish to complete your hunt
  • Also available in French

Buy 1 explorer scavenger hunt for your party of 1 to 6 people.

Scroll below for additional details, including locations seen, and how to start the activity.

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Description

This Old Toronto walking tour is an Explorer Tourist Scavenger Hunt. It is a 4.5-hour, 5.2 km/3.2 mi,  self-guided walking tour with challenges along the way. Your tour ends near the start location.

Click here for the Old Toronto adventure and Explorer scavenger hunt’s complete tour details, specifications, requirements, and city history. You’ll also find there the complete list of locations seen.

You will see

  • CN Tower
  • Ripley’s Aquarium du Canada
  • Union Station
  • Harbourfront
  • Royal Alexandra Theatre
  • Princess of Wales Theatre
  • Roy Thomson Hall
  • Fairmont Royal York
  • ScotiaBank Center
  • Rogers Center
  • Roundhouse park and rail museum
  • Hockey Hall of Fame
  • St.Lawrence Market
  • Sony Center for the Performing Arts
  • And much more!

We grew up in Toronto and know it well. We’ve also visited for business and pleasure many times. This scavenger hunt was tested in September 2018 and again in August 2022.

This scavenger hunt has a difficulty level of HARD. This is because it is a long tour.

The ideal group size is between 2 and 6 people – but is not restricted to this. Children are welcome and will enjoy most of the challenges.

After purchase, to begin your Old Toronto walking tour, you will need to head to the Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3. This is the start location.

Once there, log in to this website and begin your hunt, or go to My Account for instructions.

Alternatively, you can access “My Account” and follow the instructions there.

Never hesitate to contact us if you experience any difficulties.

Ancient History

Toronto is located on the north shore of Lake Ontario, one of the 5 Great Lakes of North America.

This region has been inhabited for more than 10,000 years. It comprises deep ravines, urban forests, rivers, and a large plateau that slopes toward the lake.

In 1793, the British Crown bought this area from the Mississaugas, the tribe that inhabited it, and established the town of York. York became the capital of Upper Canada afterward. The United States attacked York during the War of 1812.

In 1834, the village was renamed to City of Toronto. It became the capital of the province of Ontario when the Canadian Confederation was signed in 1867.

Recent History

Toronto is by far the most populous city in the country with more than 2.7 million inhabitants in its 5 municipalities and almost 6 million in its metropolitan area. The metro area is usually called the GTA, or Greater Toronto Area. More than 50% of its population is a “visible” minority, that is, they are not white. Immigration has played an essential role in the evolution and growth of this metropolis since very early on.

There are more than 160 languages spoken in the city, although English is the primary language. These people come from over 200 distinct ethnic groups. Although there is an important “Chinatown” in Toronto, there are also several other ethnic areas such as Greektown, Little Portugal, Little Italy, and Corso Italia.

Old Toronto

The Old Toronto district has 3 major league sports teams, several theaters and concert halls, nightclubs, and several very good restaurants.

This sector was once the Garment District because of the industries there. They left the neighborhood in the 1970s, leaving behind large warehouses that are gradually becoming all kinds of other reasons.

The CN Tower opened in 1976, bringing a steady stream of tourists here. In the 80s nightclubs settled there followed by concert halls and theaters.

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Additional information

Starting point

In front of the Fairmont Royal York, 100 Front St W, Toronto, ON M5J 1E3

End point

This tour ends 2 blocks from the start location

Sights seen

35 sites seen: important buildings, monuments, plazas & attractions

Challenges

27 varied challenges – all answers are available in front of your on-site, outdoors.

Distance

5.2 kilometers / 3.2 miles

Duration

3 to 4 hours at normal walking pace

Required

Fully charged smartphone with internect access (data plan with LTE, 4G or 3G)

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