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Bruce Bell Private Tours

110 The Esplanade Suite 906 | 91 Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
647-393-8687
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Ranked #35 of 158 activities in Toronto
Type: Tours
Owner description: Bruce Bell Tours: So much of Toronto's history is either buried under parking lots or confined to dusty history books hidden on the top shelves of... more » Owner description: Bruce Bell Tours: So much of Toronto's history is either buried under parking lots or confined to dusty history books hidden on the top shelves of libraries or just plain forgotten. Using his wealth of knowledge and experience well known historian and author Bruce Bell is determined to look under those parking lots to see what secrets are held in Toronto's much overlooked colonial and 19th century past. Bruce also does a great food tasting tour at Toronto’s famed St Lawrence Market. « less
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Toronto, Canada
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44 reviews 44 reviews
11 attraction reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

Just when you think you know a city...Bruce brings Toronto to life by delving more into the issues and past the text book stuff to bring history alive and make it interesting. I'd love to do more tours of different parts of the city with him, and even experience New York city through his unique lens. I highly recommend taking... More

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Toronto, Canada
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5 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 29, 2014

I recently went on the Kensington Market tour with Bruce Bell. I was concerned when we started as it was a large group but it was no problem. I never had trouble hearing him whether I was at the front or back of the group. His manner of presentation, his sense of humour and his vast knowledge of the history... More

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bell Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for such a positive review! I truly appreciate you taking the time to write and sharing your thoughts. I look forward to our next tour. More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2013

Thank God we didn't do the hop on hop off tour. The walking tour with Bruce was just perfect. cannot recommend it enough. He is very knowledgeable and makes it very interesting. Of you have only one day in Toronto, then start your day with this tour.

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bell Private Tours, responded to this review

I'm so glad you had such a great time! It was my pleasure to show you around. Cheers, Bruce More

nashville, tennessee
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23 reviews 23 reviews
12 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2013

Better late than never: I went to Toronto for the first time in December 2009. Wanting to learn about the history of the city, I scheduled a walking tour of the St. Lawrence Market downtown with a tour guide, Bruce Bell, who happens to be the local historian of St. Lawrence Market. Being the only one on the tour, Bruce... More

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Port Alberni, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2013

I have been on two walking tours with Mr. Bell and was amazed with the infomation I learned from this guy about Toronto's history. I have visited the St. Lawrence Market area a number of times, but had no idea about its history until Mr. Bell's tour. He is a very entertaining tour guide and enthusiastic about sharing his knowledge... More

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bell Private Tours, responded to this review

Thank you so much for all your kind words! It was my pleasure... Bruce More

Vienna, Austria
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

I was one of only two people taking the tour. Bruce seems to know everything and everybody. The tour included the St.Lawrence Market (lots to see, I went shopping later), St.James Cathedral, the old post office, and other places whose name I don't remember. (Some old city hall?) Plus lots of Canadian history.

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Bruce B, Owner at Bruce Bell Private Tours, responded to this review

I'm so glad you enjoyed taking my tour. I love Toronto and I am so grateful that I get a chance to show off my city! More

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2012

I thought I knew Toronto pretty well having lived here for almost 10 years and I would go to the St. Lawrence Market often to get my groceries. The tour with Bruce Bell took my appreciation of the neighborhood (and Toronto in general) to a whole other level! He is such an entertaining tour guide and offers tremendous insight into... More

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Kamloops
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8 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2012

We lucked in to Bruce Bell's historical walking tour purely by accident. When we booked him, we had no idea that he was the pre-eminent authority on the history of Toronto, and a local legend. His depth of knowledge and enthusiasm for his subject was amazing. He also had the ability to quickly learn a little bit about us and... More

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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19 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2012

Bruce Bell is a wonderful speaker. He really knows his Toronto history and makes it come to life. He gets very excited about events and makes them interesting to learn. If you want to know more about Toronto, whether you're visiting or live here, he's the man to see.

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