There really is no better way to explore a city than by foot. While bus tours can give you an overview and a nice introduction to a city, it's really hard to match the experience of walking the streets and paths with a knowledgeable tour guide. There are a variety of walking tour companies and a number of independent tour guides in Toronto who offer experiences ranging from a short free tour, to full day customized itineraries. Below in alphabetical order are the most well-known and what they specialize in:

  • Bruce Bell Tours  - Historian Bruce Bell gives tours primarily in the St Lawrence Market and Old Toronto area. He's the official historian for a number of landmarks in Toronto and is regarded as the go-to guy for Toronto's early history.
  • Genova Tours  - Bill Genova guides visitors and locals through a variety of tours covering a wide variety of neighbourhoods and themes including Black History, Jewish Toronto, and tours of ethnic grocery stores.
  • Muddy York Tours  - Well known for their ghost tours, Muddy York also offers tours themed on crime and punishment, and has forged partnerships with many historic buildings in Toronto. Popular with school groups.
  • ROMwalk provides guided walking tours through Toronto neighbourhoods of architectural and historic interest. For additional information on these free or private group walks call 416.586.8097 or download a copy of the ROMwalk brochure (PDF).
  • A Taste of the World  - Attention foodies! Tour guide Shirly Lum offers tours with an emphasis on food. Prices usually include snacks and samples.
  • Toronto Architecture Tours - Led by the Toronto Society of Architects (TSA), these 2 hour walking tours are the only tours to focus on Toronto's contemporary architecture including Mies Van der Rohe, Wil Alsop, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, I. M. Pei, and more. The TSA is a non-profit, volunteer run organization. Three unique tours run every weekend from May to September. Check out Trip Advisor reviews HERE.
  • Toronto Urban Adventures  - Part of a global network of city walking tours, Toronto Urban Adventures has tours with a local emphasis. One is an exploration of Kensington Market & Chinatown, the other is a historical beer(!) tour of Old Toronto.
  • Tour Guys  - Known for their free walking tours (the guides work for tips) and popular with travelers on a budget, the Tour Guys tours feature fun stories and what's cool about Toronto. Appropriate for families with kids, they are also used by schools. 
  • Walk T.O.  - Toronto's alternative walking tour company, Walk T.O. does a "green" tour, a neighbourhoods tour, and a general Toronto tour. 
Check out the websites, choose your tour experience, and enjoy Toronto in the best possible way - on foot!