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
- 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.
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Never hesitate to contact us if you experience any difficulties.
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.
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.
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.