I’m no tourist when it comes to Toronto, but lets face it, this city is so big that even after living here the majority of my life…I still don’t know where EVERYTHING is. I often use Google maps for visuals, or demand exact directions from my friends. Something they don’t always appreciate, but put up. (Either because they love me, or they’d rather not commute to the Yonge and Steeles area just outside the city…I’m not that naive!)
My lack of knowledge plus the excitement of returning to my beloved city PLUS the fact that Christina wanted to do it to…led to Christina and I buying tickets for the City Sightseeing Toronto Tour – bus and boat ride – this past September.
It’s hard to remember what it was like when it was really hot out because it’s been damp, rainy, and cold, but try to think back to Aug/Sept. The day Christina and I went on this tour the sun was beaming. The combination of sunshine, heat, and pleather seats wasn’t great. We were sweating through our shorts! Of course we didn’t want to give up our top-deck view and interactive adventure, so we stuck it out.
For tourists and residents alike, City Sightseeing Toronto is a great value. I realize now that I could have purchased the student rate, but I got the adult instead. It was only $34.96 (before tax)! I say only because City Sightseeing Toronto operates like a more direct Toronto street-car or TTC bus, and most likely costs less for visitors determined to experience everything.
There are designated “bus stops” that you can wait at throughout the city. All you need is your confirmation number – from your previously purchased ticket printed out – and you can hop on the double-decker bus at any of the 24 stops. Also, the tickets are valid for 3 days! You can reuse them to travel to any of the tourist attractions in the city, so you don’t have to rush to see everything in one day. In addition, the ticket you receive for the Toronto Islands Boat Tour at Harbour Front can be used on any of the 3 days.
Who wouldn’t love being on a double-decker bus, and hearing facts about their city? Tourist or not I learned so much and got to see the Toronto Islands for the first time. Did you know one of the islands has a NUDE BEACH?!
If you haven’t guessed it already, the highlights of the tour for me were:
1. Driving by Casa Loma – Toronto’s castle that I frequently used to visit when our family visited from Italy – which is one of the “bus stops”.
2. The free Souvenir Map.
3. Hanging out with Toronto all day and my good friend Christina.
4. Seeing the CN Tower from every angle!