Toronto Financial District Tours
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The Toronto Financial District has been the heart of Canada's finance industry since a mass relocation of global bank headquarters from Montreal in the 1960s. Situated in historic Old Toronto, the area hosts an impressively dense collection of skyscrapers and architectural gems, from First Canadian Place to Scotia Plaza.
One of Toronto’s busiest neighborhoods, the Financial District is a stop on most hop-on hop-off bus tours, a convenient way for visitors to explore without the hassle of navigating on their own. Others opt for private tours, including a walk through Downtown and Old Toronto in the day’s customized itinerary. A private guide provides context about historic landmarks that visitors often miss when exploring alone, from the Flatiron Building to the Fairmont Hotel.
What to Know Before You Go
- As home to three of Canada’s tallest skyscrapers and a variety of historic 19th-century buildings, Financial District is a must-visit for architecture buffs.
- Don’t forget comfortable shoes, as the area’s best explored on foot.
- There’s a 3-hour time limit for parking in the area unless otherwise specified.
How to Get There
Situated in the heart of Old Town Toronto, the Financial District is easily accessible using the city’s comprehensive public transit system. Take the metro’s 1 line or street car 509 to Union Station, or take bus 6 or streetcar 504 to Bay Street and King Street. Alternatively, the area has a number of bike-share docks, which can be easily located on the Bike Share Toronto website.
When to Get There
As a major hub for banks, law firms, and insurance companies, the Financial District is buzzing during weekday business hours. For a quiet visit, explore in the evenings or on weekends. Summer farmers markets are held at various locations in the Financial District, including Scotia Plaza, Brookfield Place, and Royal Bank Plaza. In addition, a range of restaurants in the area offer prix-fixe menus during Summerlicious restaurant week every July.
Toronto’s PATH holds the title of the largest underground shopping network in the world. At 4 million square feet (371,600 square meters), PATH connects public transit stops, shopping centers, and office buildings in the core of Downtown Toronto. A visit to the Financial District offers an opportunity to explore the tunnels, which are lined with shops and cafes hidden beneath the city.
Address: Toronto Financial District, Toronto, Canada
4 Tours and Activities to Experience Toronto Financial District
Get to know the best of Toronto on this guided, 3.5-hour bike tour. Learn about the history, culture and architecture of the largest city in Canada, along with some of its fascinating stories and facts. Ride through the bustling downtown district as well a few scenic areas off the beaten path. This tour includes the sights and sounds of the CN Tower, Chinatown, Kensington Market, the Hockey Hall of Fame, Toronto City Hall and much more. Use of a bike and helmet, plus granola bars and water are included.
This is an ideal choice for travelers looking to get to know Toronto without spending hours researching their own sightseeing or figuring out public transport. Meet your guide and take a small-group walking tour around the city’s key sights, from Yonge-Dundas Square to the Old City Hall. Hear tales of Toronto’s history and culture you might never have known otherwise, and get your bearings to aid any sightseeing later.
Explore Toronto’s history, culture and top attractions like a VIP during this 2.5-hour private sightseeing tour by luxury sedan or SUV. Sit back and relax in your high-end ride as you visit top Toronto sights including the CN Tower, one of its six Chinatowns, the Harbourfront, the Hockey Hall of Fame and historic Fort York, plus much more. As you travel, enjoy fun Toronto commentary and trivia from your guide, along with tips on where to eat, drink and hang out during your stay. Please note: Tour is priced per group. Choose between a luxury car that seats up to 3 people or a luxury SUV that seats up to 6 people.
By booking the Essential Toronto Tour, you can fully immerse yourself into an exciting day in Toronto. This completely private adventure allows you to experience the city with us and "See Toronto like a local!". This tour features a full food tour of the St. Lawrence Market! The food tour is completely customizable on this exclusive private tour of one of the top markets on Earth. Our guides and vendors can cater to each and any food choice, dietary restriction, and allergy. Vegan and vegetarian friendly tour! Explore Torontos vast underground city with a tour of the PATH tunnels! Narrated ferry or water taxi (in season) ride to the Toronto Islands! This fully packed food tour and adventure will last between 3 and 4 hours, and leave guests with a complete overview of life in Toronto! We will learn about early history, modern Toronto, see the world's number 1 food market as deemed by National Geographic in 2012, have a ferry ride to the Toronto Islands, and so much more!
Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What's the best way to experience Toronto Financial District?
The best ways to experience Toronto Financial District are:
- Downtown Toronto Bike Tour
- PRIVATE Toronto Walking Tour
- Private Toronto Guided City Tour
- Essential Toronto Tour - Food Tour and Toronto Islands Trip
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