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“Interesting but room for improvement”

Toronto Bicycle Tours
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Owner description: Explore Toronto by bike! Fun, easy, safe and entertaining tours for visitors and locals alike. We also offer bike rentals for self guided sight-seeing. Our exciting guided bicycle tours showcase the different sides of Toronto - from the scenic parks and historic neighbourhoods to the hum of downtown and our evolving waterfront. Throughout your ride you'll hear entertaining stories of the people and events - both past and present - that have shaped our city. Our rides are great for everyone, including families, visitors and students. Tours include bicycle, helmet, water, snacks, lunch (on full day tours) and a tour guide - of course! Whether you want to maximize the amount of Toronto that you experience, want to learn a whole lot about what is behind our city, or just want to have a great time, come and tour with us!
Aventura, Florida, USA
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73 reviews
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“Interesting but room for improvement”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

I was very excited to explore the Toronto Islands. Been all over Toronto but never over to the islands. Visiting and biking through the islands was very interesting, but I think the daytime tour would be more satisfying. About half the ride was in the darkness. Although the setting sun was gorgeous, I felt that the lack of day light meant I missed a lot of the beauty of the island. The tour should have started an hour earlier. That would have made a big difference. Riding on a pitch black road with tiny battery light as your only beacon is somewhat uncomfortable. There were also so many lovely homes and beautiful foliage that was missed due to the darkness.

I felt our tour guide added very little to the tour. Although she seemed like a nice young woman, she didn't impart that much information or tell many stories and often didn't even get off her bike to turn around and face the group.

Bikes seemed well maintained and were comfortable to ride. The ride advertised itself as an after dinner ride with a dessert stop along the way. The dessert turned out to cookies thrown onto a picnic table in the dark, while bugs swarmed around our heads.

An enjoyable evening but could have been a lot better.

Visited July 2014
1 Thank Amanda_in_Miami
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Terrence E, Owner at Toronto Bicycle Tours, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Hello, thank you for taking the time to write a review, we really appreciate it!

I'm glad that you enjoyed your tour overall. It was great to read that you found the ride to be very interesting, that you thought that the sunset was gorgeous (I love the island sunsets too!), that you felt that the bikes were comfortable, and that you observed the lovely homes and beautiful foliage.

Our Island Twilight ride is a very unique experience: riding through sunset to after dark, safely, through a cottage community, on an island without car traffic, all while still in a major city! Over the years we've had guests of different ages and riding abilities (from novice to expert), and all have really enjoyed the riding and felt at ease while in the care of our guide team.

Zoë was your tour guide that night. As a native Torontonian and someone who has actually lived on the Islands, Zoë has a wealth of knowledge to share with our guests about the Islands, Toronto and the Great Lakes. I've received a number of positive comments from past guests about their tours with Zoë. For example, there is a recent review from July 21 ("Fantastic Twilight Tour!") that praises Zoë's guiding and storytelling ability.

Thanks again for your review, and please feel free to join us for another ride when you are back in Toronto!
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“The only way to see so much of Toronto”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

We had a great time riding bikes and touring the city. The bikes were new and good quality. Terrance and Michelle were knowledgable about Toronto and shared lots of interesting things about the city. Biking is the best way to get around the city! We did The Heart of Downtown Tour and saw so many places. I really felt I saw all the highlights. It's a long trip but you see so much! We only had those few hours to spend in Toronto and I felt we experienced it. However, I would have loved to explore some of the sites more in depth after the tour... So leave time to spend in the city more (maybe on a bike because that's the easiet way to get around such a busy city.) Wednesday's trip takes you to the St. Lawrence Market for a food sampling. So yummy!

Visited July 2014
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Ann Arbor
1 review
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fabulous - a must-do in Toronto”
Reviewed July 26, 2014

Great experience! My wife and I did a combo tour that included a 4-hr tour of downtown in the afternoon and 3-hr twilight Toronto islands tour in the evening. There was a 2 hr break for dinner in between. We had 2 others in our group plus one guide for the afternoon and 7 others in the group plus 2 guides for the evening.

Our afternoon tour took us through a large part of the city, and our guide, Will, was full of interesting facts and stories. Neither my wife nor I are experienced city bikers, but Toronto seems to be relatively bike-friendly and we felt safe biking through the city. The weather was great for us as well, which certainly helped. I really felt like I was able to see and appreciate much more of the city that just by walking or even driving.

The twilight Toronto Islands tour was also great, but definitely different. We biked down to the ferry terminal and took a ferry over to the Toronto Islands, which do not allow personal cars and offer a beautiful view of the city skyline and surrounding water. We biked around the islands and got some great sunset pics of the skyline and water. We eventually took a ferry back to the city.

I highly recommend doing these tours, ideally early in your visit to Toronto to get an overview of the city (although we did it toward the end of ours).

Visited July 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Fantastic Twilight Tour!”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

My sister and I went on the Island Twilight Tour to the Toronto Islands and had a fantastic experience! Toronto Bicycle Tours was great from the start. Prior to the trip, they sent us an email informing us of what to expect and once we arrived on site, they had bicycles waiting for us. Our guide, Zoë, was super great about making sure we were comfortable and ready to ride. We happened to be riding through the city on a night when there were two large concerts and she was fantastic about guiding us through all of the traffic.

Once on the islands, we were able to learn about some history, hear stories, and see all of the island sights. Zoë was a great guide and kept the tour really interesting! We enjoyed getting to see the Toronto skyline at night and experiencing the islands that most tourists don't get to see. The pace was good and the riding was not difficult. This was a very good way to see the islands without having to plan much. Overall, utterly fantastic tour and I would recommend it to anyone!

Visited July 2014
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Manchester, UK
Level 1 Contributor
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3 attraction reviews
“Great way to see city”
Reviewed July 20, 2014 via mobile

We had a great few ours with our guide William - pace just right and he went into detail about the history of Toronto and the links with all the sights - as well as talking about the future

well worth it - thanks

Visited July 2014
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