4 Awesome Toronto Destinations You Need to Visit in 2019

There’s more to do in Toronto than ever before!  Whether you’re visiting or live here, there’s something for everyone.  The team at Go Tours Canada has compiled a list of of our 5 favourite Toronto Attractions that you need to visit in 2019.

We've put together a list of 4 great Toronto destinations, you need to check this out!

Ontario Place

If you live in Ontario, you’ve probably heard about Ontario Place in the news lately.  The Provincial government wants to turn the property into a world class attraction.  Did you know there’s already a bunch of cool stuff going on there?

Trillium Park was launched in 2016 as a way to represent Ontario’s diverse terrain – all in a 7.5 acre park.  Featuring rolling hills perfect for biking, rollerblading or walking, the park is a great space to get active with your pets, family or a hot date.  Nestled between the gentle peaks are a pavilion, romantic gardens and miniature bluffs.  You can even rent fire pits!  We’re huge fans of Trillium Park, it’s a perfect respite from the bustle of Toronto life.

If you’re into film, the IMAX Cinesphere is constantly selling out so make sure you get tickets early.  Already in 2019 they’ve shown classic like Spirited Away, Pulp Fiction and Free Solo.  Showings are often throughout the day so it’s a great reason to play hooky from work unless you’re a Segway tour guide.  Okay, so that was a total plug for our tours.  In 2019 you can take a thrilling Segway tour through Ontario Place from mid-May until the end of September.

Museum of Illusions

If you’re on Instagram and live in Toronto, you’ve probably seen this new attraction featuring some mind-bending visuals.  Located almost beside St. Lawrence Market, the Museum is a great way to spend part of your day in Old Town Toronto.

It’s a cool contrast to see a modern museum like this in Toronto’s oldest neighbourhood.  Located just a few minutes from King Station, the Museum is easily accessible by TTC and a short walk.  Want to know a little more?  Visit their website here.

Distillery District

Remember when the Distillery District is where you took a first date?  Let’s be honest, it probably still is but there’s waaay more going on these days – like one of our Walking or Segway Tours.

First off, let’s talk about the awesome food.  Our buds at Wildly Delicious will delight your senses.  Whether you’re savory, sweet, spicy or all 3 combined, they’ve tickle your tastebuds in ways you didn’t even know were possible.

Of course, we can’t bring up the Distillery without mentioning a few of the great restaurants.  If you want some awesome Japanese, visit Boku Noodle Bar.  Their delicious menu pairs incredibly well with a star-studded Sake list, including Izumi Sake.  If you’re feeling a little more formal, make sure you check out Cluny.  French cuisine combined with stunning interior design will have your taste buds and eyes dazzling.

Coming on a weekend?  The area isn’t usually as busy on Sundays plus the Sunday Farmer’s Market runs from Mid-May until Mid-October.  There are numerous other events going on in the Distillery this year too.  Don’t miss out on Artfest!  We also have a number of great artists here throughout the year in the Distillery Artscape studios.  It’s a great spot to find goods hand-crafted right in the Distillery District.

Toronto Islands

There are few international cities that can claim an island within a 10 minute ferry ride.  Even fewer with awesome beaches, intact nature and a clothing optional beach.  The Toronto Islands have been a hot spot for decades but there’s more to do than ever.  The Islands are easy to get to – the city runs a ferry service and there are multiple water taxis, including the Tiki Taxi.

From Spring-Fall, you can find a ton of activities at Centreville Theme Park.  Rides, Mini-Golf and more await those that prefer skipping the beach and getting right to the action.  Did you bring the kids?  Far Enough Farm has a free petting zoo including a pot-belly pig AND a Guinea Pig.  SO MANY PIGS.

If you’re looking for sun, there are plenty of options.  Are you a fan of tan-lines?  Good news, there are plenty of beaches on Ward’s and Centre Island.  Want to get that sweet full body tan from head to toe?  Hanlan’s Point Beach is the place for you.  Get as nude as you like at this favourite Summer spot  and free yourself from the restrictions of clothed, city life.

What Else is There to Do?

This certainly isn’t an exhaustive list of Toronto Attractions but we think it’s a great start for your next trip.  If you want any further recommendations or have any of your own, leave us a comment below or email us at admin@gotourscanada.com.



Distillery District Ghost Tours – On A Segway!

Go Tours Canada Announces Official Launch of 2018 Segway Ghost Tours

Visitors Offered a Glimpse into Distillery District’s Way Less Historically Provable Side

Go Tours Canada is offering Toronto Residents and Visitors a chance to explore the Distillery District’s weirder history during the month of October with their World’s Least Scary Ghost Tour.  It’s being called Toronto’s weirdest, funnest, date this October.  The tour offers guests a chance to suspend their belief in empirical fact while riding around on a machine that still seems to deny the laws of physics.

“If you’re looking for a serious ghost tour, this isn’t the one.  I’m pretty sure that, if ghosts exist, they’re not into Segways. But people are and I can say with 100% accuracy that this is Toronto’s weirdest, funnest date in the month of October.” Says Aaron Binder, Chief Experience Officer.  “This is a fun tour to kick off a memorable date night or simply enjoy with your friends.  We’re actually encouraging people to dress up as their favourite Orange Cheeto or Moth Meme.  We’re not here to make the claim that ghosts exist but I am here to claim the tour is an absolute blast.”

The 40 minute tour is offered 7 days a week during October with start times at 6 and 7 with additional times available upon request.  Guests are encouraged to dress for the weather and in their Halloween costumes.  Go Tours will be awarding the best costume a complimentary pair of passes to Second City.

Details
Location: Distillery District, Toronto
When: Daily from October  1st – 31st 2018, 5 Days/Week the rest of the year
Bookings: gotourscanada.com
Cost: $53 + HST per person
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2017 Toronto Christmas Market Night Photos

Toronto Christmas Market 2017 Night Photos

The 2017 Toronto Christmas Market in the Distillery District is a favourite for dates, families and corporate groups!  Since year 1, Go Tours has offered an inside glimpse into the neighbourhood and today we’re showing you some of our top 2017 Christmas Market photos.

The Toronto Christmas Market Entrance at Trinity and Parliament Streets.

Trinity and Mill is considered the main entrance to the Distillery District and the guard hut has become a mainstay in photos of the area.  To the right is the old malting and kiln houses where grain was processed before the whisky-making process.

City of Angels in the Distillery District during the Christmas Market.
14 Days Until Christmas

Now inhabited by City of Angels, this space was part of the Cooperage where barrels were built for the whisky aging process.  Some of the old wood and metalworking tools used here are still on display throughout the site.

The Gooderham and Worts Distillery was one of the world's largest and most successful alcohol companies.
The Gooderham and Worts Distillery during the 2017 Christmas Market.

Taken from the intersection of Trinity Street and Tankhouse Lane.  The iconic Gooderham and Worts sign is a main feature of the view from this intersection along with a multitude of Victorian Industrial era buildings.

The Spirit of York Distillery in Toronto. Captured during the 2017 Toronto Christmas Market.
The Spirit of York Distillery in Toronto. Captured during the 2017 Toronto Christmas Market.

A closer view of the malting house reveals its current tenant, Spirit of York distillery.  The second distillery to open in the area (after Mill St. Brewery in 2013) since it shut down as the Gooderham and Worts distillery in 1990, they focus on rye-based alcohols.

The Young Centre in Toronto's Distillery District is home to all types of theatre productions.
The Young Centre in Toronto’s Distillery District is home to all types of theatre productions.

The end of Tankhouse Lane features the Young Centre for the Performing Arts, Gilding the Lily, Cluny Bistro, Yummi Candles and Tankhouse General.  The 514 Cherry Streetcar opened in 2016 and is one of the easiest ways to reach the Distillery District from the Yonge St. Subway Line.

The 2017 Christmas Market Light Tunnel.
The 2017 Christmas Market Light Tunnel.

The 2017 Toronto Christmas Market featured a new addition – the light tunnel.  This installation likely foreshadows the beginning of the 2018 Light Festival.

These are just a few photos of our neighbourhood at night – do you have any to share?  Tag us on Instagram and we’ll feature them in a future post!  Not a photographer?  Take one of our Walking Tours and we’ll learn you some hot history.

Check out our post of what to do in the Distillery District while you’re here for the Christmas Market.



Our Quick Guide to the 2017 Toronto Christmas Market

2017 Toronto Christmas Market

Since 2010 the Toronto Christmas Market has been a staple in Toronto. Over half a million Torontonians and tourists visited the 2016 Market and that number is expected to grow in 2017.  As the Distillery District‘s resident tour company, we’ve put together a list of recommendations for your visit.

Distillery District Walking Tours

Our Favorite Food Vendors

The Wafel Bar is an absolutely delicious way to enjoy the Toronto Christmas Market.
The Wafel Bar is an absolutely delicious way to enjoy the Toronto Christmas Market.

The 2017 Toronto Christmas Market features new vendors, a light tunnel and absolutely delicious snacks of all types.

Wafel Bar: New for 2017, we’ve teamed up with Wafel Bar.  Everyone joining us for a walking tour already receives a hot chocolate voucher and we’ve upped the game with a complimentary mini-Wafel too!

Chimney Stax: A classic baked treat served either sweet or savory.  Chimney Stax at the Toronto Christmas Market has an incredible selection of styles and you’ll probably end up wanting more than one.

Uncle Betty’s: Donuts?  Oh yeah.  There isn’t really anything else we need to say about this booth except you’re going to love it.  Make sure you check them out on your visit to the Christmas Market.

The Toronto Christmas Market Ferris Wheel in the Distillery District.
The Toronto Christmas Market Ferris Wheel.

Our Favorite Places for Coffee

In recent years the Distillery District has become a hotbed of coffee shops.  With 7 coffee shops in 13 acres the area is a caffeine addicts dream.

Arvo: If you’re looking for chill vibes, great tunes and an insanely good Americano, check out Arvo Coffee.  Their friendly staff are passionate about a perfect pull of espresso and just really cool folks.

Arena: If you want something flavoured, check out Arena Coffee.  Their lineup of hot chocolate and espresso based drinks will excite your nose as much as your mouth.  They’re located in Sport Gallery so you can check out really cool sports memorabilia as you sip a tasty drink.

Arena Coffee has some of the best flavoured drinks in Toronto.
Arena Coffee has some of the best flavored drinks in Toronto.

We’ll be back next week with a photo post, check it out here!  And don’t forget we’re offering our Classic Walking Tours during your visit.  Free hot chocolate and mini-Wafel included.