We’ve all seen it around the city, sometimes we even hear the guide and think “I wonder what they get to see from up there?”.
We had a guest stay at our place for a few days and took advantage of the opportunity to be a tourist for a day in Toronto! If you haven’t guessed already, we’re talking about the red, double-decker City Sightseeing Toronto tour buses that drive around the downtown core of Toronto making stops along the way.
We conveniently bought our tickets from a booth at Yonge-Dundas Square and started the tour driving North on Yonge. Sitting on the top level we quickly realized how close we are to the street lights and signs, initially we noticed each one and ducked but over time we got use to it.
The bonus to the bus tour is a complimentary boat ride around Toronto Islands! We got off at the Harbourfront bus stop to jump on the boat and with view like this, you will enjoy the experience just like we did.
After a short lunch break we jumped back on the bus to get stuck in Toronto traffic under the Gardiner (an experience that is almost impossible to avoid nowadays), past the Hockey Hall of Fame, along Front Street with a stop at the St. Lawrence Market and our final drop off was the Distillery District.
We walked through Old Town and turned down King Street East to catch the subway. We love the old architecture, history and charm of the area.
For anyone who is planning a trip to Toronto or if you live here and need to show a visitor around we say YES, TAKE THE BUS TOUR! We’re new at taking bus tours so we were pleasantly surprised when we found out that the bus ticket is valid for 3 days, amazing flexibility to fit in a lot of sight seeing! Overall the key to the experience is making sure you pack appropriately for the weather and we recommend packing extra layers, gloves, hats, and scarves during the cooler months as the whole tour takes around two hours.