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.



Go Tours Canada Launches Segway Tour at Ontario Place

Go Tours Canada Launches Segway Tour at Ontario Place
First new Segway tour in Toronto since opening in the Distillery District in 2004


Toronto, June 22, 2018 –
Toronto is getting its first new Segway tour in 14 years.  Since launching in 2004, Go Tours Canada has operated year-round in Toronto’s Distillery District and seasonally at Hardwood Ski & Bike and Horseshoe Resort in Barrie.  The addition of this new location offers visitors and residents of Toronto another exciting activity at Ontario Place.

“For years, people have been asking us to open another Toronto location and that day is finally here. Ontario Place is undergoing an exciting new chapter and we’re incredibly happy to be written into it.” Said Jason Rizzuti, Managing Partner of Go Tours Canada.  “We’re launching our new location with private 2 person tours featuring rolling hills, multiple photo opportunities and an incredibly fun Segway tour through the West Island and new Trillium Park.

Details
Location: Ontario Place
When: July 1st to late September, Thursday-Sunday at 10:30am, 12:30pm, 2:30pm
Bookings: gotourscanada.com/ontarioplace
Cost: $69+HST per person, max 2 people per tour
Web: gotourscanada.com/ontario_place

Go Tours Canada is at Ontario Place in 2018 for Segway Tours!



Segways Legal in Ontario As Of Today

Segway of Ontario / Go Tours Pleased to Announce Full Segway Legalization After 12 Year Pilot Program

Are Segways legal in Ontario? Click here to find out.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Toronto, Canada – April 1, 2018  – Just kidding.

The Segway PT is still illegal for most riders in Ontario, even after new personal transporters like the Ninebot MiniPro, Segway Kickscooter and multiple other brands of similar products.

Upon launching in 2004, Segway of Ontario / Go Tours Canada quickly became a polarizing topic of debate municipally in Toronto and in the province of Ontario.  After initial consultations and media coverage, the Segway PT was placed under a pilot program in 2006.  Since then there have been no updates to the pilot which ends in October 2018.

“For 12 years since the Segway PT pilot was initiated in Ontario, we’ve been pushing for updated legislation to allow small businesses like ours to operate legally and bring new economy to small tourism destinations across the province.” Says Jason Rizzuti, General Manager of Segway Ontario. “Most people calling up to inquire about purchasing Segway PT’s want to open tour operations like ours or simply desire to get out of their cars on their commute.  Unlike us, few of these businesses are able to operate on private property and simply don’t open.”

Based on internal estimates, the economic benefits brought to these communities through increased tourism would be in the millions.  With the pilot coming to a close this year, the Ministry of Transportation must decide whether to legalize the Segway PT as other provinces have done or keep the current restrictions.

For more information and to submit your own feedback, contact the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Segway Project Lead Fazelah Ali – Fazelah.Ali@ontario.ca.  We request your urgent feedback on the Ontario Segway Pilot so the government is better able to make an informed decision, if you have taken a tour with us before, please provide feedback.

Segway of Ontario / Go Tours Canada

Contact: Jason Rizzuti

Telephone: 416-642-0096

Company: Segway of Ontario

Email: jason@segwayofontario.com

Website: gotourscanada.com / segwayofontario.com



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.