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Address: 110 The Esplanade Suite 906 | 91 Front Street, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Phone Number: +1 647-393-8687
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Bruce Bell Tours: So much of Toronto's history is either buried under...

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.

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Great introduction to the Toronto, even if you've lived here all your life.

Had a great tour with Bruce. He knows an incredible amount of Toronto history. With his descriptions of how the area has changed over the years, he brings the architecture, the... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
runnergirl15
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Rockville, Maryland

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Rockville, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Had a great tour with Bruce. He knows an incredible amount of Toronto history. With his descriptions of how the area has changed over the years, he brings the architecture, the streets and the market alive. My 80 year old mom easily maneuvered the market and streets and Bruce was attentive to her needs. We visited the Cathedral of St.... More 

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

I'm so glad you all had a wonderful time and your mom is awesome! More 

Denver, Colorado
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

I can't speak highly enough of Bruce and our tour with him today. We were lucky enough to be the only ones on the tour so we got extra special attention. It was like we were walking around with a friend who knows EVERYTHING about Toronto history. Thanks, Bruce, for such a great time! We feel so fortunate to have... More 

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

It was my pleasure!! Cheers, Bruce More 

Canton, Ohio
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016

My husband & I have visited the Toronto area several times, but have never been able to catch a glimpse inside The St. Lawrence Market. While doing a search for info on the markets hours, I came across a link to Bruce Bell Tours. I had no idea what a great experience we were in for when we planned our... More 

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

Thank you so much for your kind words! It was all my pleasure, and I hope you'll come back soon. More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2016

Bruce is one of the most exciting tour guides I've ever had. A deep knowledge of Toronto's history from its origins right through to the present. The man with a 1000 answers helped our trip through Toronto teach us about what made Toronto a world class city.

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

Thanks Kevin! Glad you enjoyed yourselves.....Bruce More 

Niagara-on-the-Lake, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2016

For a guy born and raised in Sudbury, Bruce Bell sure knows a helluva lot about Toronto, my hometown. In fact, he knows so much that he has received myriad awards, some of which are ‒ Official Historian of St. Lawrence Hall and St Lawrence Market, Official Historian of Toronto’s King Edward Hotel, Honourary Historian of the Hockey Hall of... More 

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

Thanks Mike, I'm so glad you had a great time and I hope we can do it again sometime soon. My job is so much easier with guests like you! Cheers, Bruce More 

Bellevue, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2015

Outstanding in all respects. A must do for Toronto visitors. Bruce is the best. Ed, Kathy, Suzanne and Pam

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

Thank you so much! I'm so glad you all had a good time in Toronto. All the best, Bruce More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2015

i went with a Probus group, we met at the Royal York Hotel in the lobby then proceeded to walk to Campbell House and had a tour there, then we walked across to Osgoode Hall, then we walked across to City Hall, then to Trinity Church. It was so enlightening! Bruce stopped several times to point out different landmarks. Bruce... More 

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

Thank you so much for such positive review! I'm glad your group had a terrific time, More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

One tour I had with Bruce was of the King Edward Hotel built in 1903 to eclipse the usual pragmatic travel accommodations of the day. Not being a regular patron of the hotel, although I live in Toronto, Bruce made over a century of its history come alive, from the decision of naming the hotel to the celebrities (gossip!) who... More 

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

Thank you so much for your wonderful review Brenda! I'm so glad you enjoyed yourself on the tour of the historic King Edward Hotel. It's such a blessing that such an iconic institution like the beloved King Eddy is getting a makeover and not being turned into a demolition site! All the best, Bruce More 

Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 8, 2014

My best friend and I joined Bruce for a tour of St Lawrence market on a recent cold, snowy morning and had the BEST time! we were the only ones on the tour, so it really was like having our own personal "local friend" take us all around the market. So much fun and i cannot wait to go back... More 

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

I'm so glad you enjoyed yourselves! I look forward to seeing you both again. Your 'friend in Toronto' Bruce... More 

Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

Having done plenty of city tours in many cities around the world, I can confidently say that Bruce is the best. Although I was initially thinking that a two hour walking tour was going to be too long - however the time was up before we knew it. Bruce kept us entertained throughout bringing the history of Toronto - and... More 

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

It was my pleasure! I thoroughly enjoyed myself on the tour of German historical sites in Toronto too. The wonderful thing about Toronto is, there are so many countries and various ethnic groups that have their own history connections here. I look forward to our next tour. More 

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