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Toronto: 'New York Times Journeys' Afternoon Arts Walking Tour with Food and Drink

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    Pass By: Ontario College of Art and Design, 100 McCaul St, Toronto, Ontario M5T 1W1 Canada

    Your tour begins with a stroll past the Ontario College of Art and Design towards Queen Street West, the epicenter of youth culture in Canada in the 1980s. MuchMusic, Canada’s answer to MTV, opened here in the early part of the decade, quickly making the surrounding neighborhood a magnet for young people who wanted to see and meet their favorite bands.

    Pass By: Spacing, 401 Richmond St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 3A8 Canada

    For the best souvenirs and gifts in town, Spacing Store is where you want to be. Located at the 401 Richmond Building in a former industrial space turned into art galleries, this is the unofficial gift shop of Toronto, filled with products that were made in the city and/or feature local imagery and inside jokes.

    Pass By: Horseshoe Tavern, 370 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5V 2A2 Canada

    Time for a beer at the legendary Horseshoe Tavern. We will sit close to the stage that has hosted acts like Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, Conway Twitty, The Rolling Stones, The Ramones, Nickelback, The Strokes, The Police and Barenaked Ladies, since the tavern opened in 1947. Oh boy do the bartenders here have stories!

    Pass By: Graffiti Alley, Toronto, Ontario Canada

    In many cities around the world, graffiti inspires controversy but in Toronto it’s become part of the landscape and an accepted way of expressing yourself. Graffiti Alley is our next destination, where we will admire some of the best and most varied street art in the city. If we’re lucky we will see one of the street artists at work. Grab some non-toxic chalk spray and leave your own (temporary) mark on this famous walkway.

    Pass By: West Queen West, Toronto, Ontario Canada

    Trendy Queen Street West is not just a shopping paradise but it also happens to be the world’s first Business Improvement Area (BIA). Founded in Toronto way back in 1970, these public/private partnership models have been copied by cities all around the world.

    Pass By: Trinity Bellwoods Park, 790 Queen St W, Toronto, Ontario M5H 2N2 Canada

    If the weather is good, we’ll stroll through Trinity Bellwoods Park, a popular hangout during the warmer months. Keep an eye out for the legendary white squirrels that live here; spotting one is supposed to be good luck!

    Pass By: Sweaty Betty's, 13 Ossington Ave, Toronto, Ontario M6J 2Y8 Canada

    What is Canadian food? Stop by Montgomery House Restaurant to chat with the chef, Guy Rawlings, about what constitutes Canadian cuisine and taste some of his seasonal specialties.

    Toronto’s upcoming hippest neighborhood (you heard it here first!) is next. Ossington Avenue is full of vintage shops, ice cream parlors and restaurants galore, plus plenty more graffiti-filled alleys.

    After an afternoon of exploring, we’ll make our final stop at Sweaty Betty’s for a relaxing drink. We recommend that you try one of the off-menu drinks that you have to know about to order


    Stop At: Toronto Urban Adventures, 25 Cole St Unit 615, Toronto, Ontario M5A 4M3 Canada

    After the tour, you may want to check out some places for dinner, including the new restaurants that have popped up nearby on trendy Ossington Avenue, or neighborhood favorites like the Golden Turtle. Another memorable option is the historic Lakeview Restaurant, whose 1950s retro style has featured in many movies and TV shows, including the 2017 Academy Award-winning film 'The Shape of Water.'

    Duration: 4 hours
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    Departure Point
    Art Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M5T 1G4, Canada
    Departure Time
    2:00 PM
    Duration
    4h
    Return Details
    501 Lower Ossington Ave, Toronto, ON M6J 2Y7, Canada
    Inclusions
    • Local English-speaking guide
    • Snack of house-made seasonal specialties like sourdough bread and pickles
    • Small beer at the Horseshoe Tavern
    • Chalk spray and gloves provided
    • Off-menu drink specialty at Sweaty Betty’s
    • Snacks
    • Alcoholic Beverages
    • Entry/Admission - Toronto Urban Adventures
    Exclusions
    • Additional food and drinks not listed in the itinerary
    • Souvenirs and personal shopping
    • Tips/gratuity for your guide
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Not wheelchair accessible
    • We can accommodate vegetarians and other dietary restrictions. Please notify us in advance if you have any dietary requests.
    • Travellers under 19 years of age are not permitted to join this tour.
    • Note that Toronto ranges from hot and humid in summer months to strong windchills in the winter. Please dress for the weather.
    • For your New York Times Journeys/Urban Adventure you will be in a small group of a maximum of 12 people.
    • Near public transportation
    • Most travelers can participate
    • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

    Tour with Jason Fun, educational , personal Learned lots about redevelopment, Canada’s relationship with First Nation, food, beer, life, art, urban wildlife Tour includes stop for beer or great coffee and fresh made donuts and restaurant for tasting and we ended up at Sweaty Betty’s...More

    Thank aliceandalanp
    Reviewed 29 January 2019

    This was a really great tour, with Jason leading us around the downtown area explaining the history of Toronto and Queen St W. Found out about some great places that will definitely make you feel 'in the know' when you take friends back there!

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank SarasTrips19
    Reviewed 29 January 2019

    Great walking tour, got to see a lot of the city and learn about the history of Toronto's neighborhoods as they've changed over the years. Cool stops at local shops and restaurants and great storytelling by Jason, who's passionate about his city and knows it...More

    Date of experience: January 2019
    Thank Neil C
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