The G20 Summit in Toronto and Tours

Map of Security Zone around Toronto G20 Sumit

On June 26 and 27, 2010 Toronto will play host to the G20 Summit. The meeting facility is the Toronto Convention Centre located downtown. While traffic will be slowed and diverted in the downtown core, the fact that Tour Guys is a walking tour company and our tours are all on foot, means little to no disruption to our operation!

Our tour routes also keep us at least two city blocks from the security perimeter, so we will be always at a safe distance from any protest that might occur near the venue.

Taking a walking tour with Tour Guys or Toronto Urban Adventures will be the best way to experience Toronto if you are here on June 26th and 27th!

‘Stride for Stroke’ Walking Tours

All proceeds go to the Heart and Stroke Foundation

June 7th – 12th at 1:00 pm, explore the heart of Toronto… while doing your own heart some good!

On most days our expert tour guides accept tips after their FREE downtown walking tours. Every day this week (June 7th – 12th), in support of Stroke Month,  they will be collecting donations for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario instead. Proceeds will support the world-renowned Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery.

Choose the date you wish to join the tour by clicking the button below:

Register for  Stride for Stroke  - Toronto Walking Tours in Timothy's World Coffee at the corner of Bay St and Queen St. West, across the street from the clock tower at Old City Hall  on Eventbrite

The Tour Starting Point

The tours will begin promptly at 1pm in front of Timothy’s World Coffee across the street from the clock tower at Old City Hall on the corner of Bay St and Queen St West. The tour is a loop and finishes where it began. The tour is about 1.5 hours long.

The Tour Route

The tour route will pass by Old City Hall, the Eaton Centre, The Bay, Church of the Holy Trinity, City Hall, Osgoode Hall, Campbell House, and many places in between. You’ll learn more about Toronto than you can shake a hotdog at!

Why We Are Donating

Tour Guys co-founder Jason Kucherawy’s father Jim (who already lived with Multiple Sclerosis) suffered a major stroke when Jason was still in high school. His family was devastated. Jim survived, but is not the same man he was before the stroke, with severely impaired mobility, diminished reasoning skills, and less ability to communicate what he’s thinking and feeling.

Jason and the rest of the Tour Guys team is pleased to be working with the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario this week.

If you can not join us for the tour and would like to make a donation online to the Heart and Stroke Foundation, click here.

Get to know Toronto better

Kensington Market sign post Toronto

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and also its most culturally diverse. It’s a city of neighbourhoods, each distinctive with its own unique character and selection of restaurants and shops to enjoy.

For the citizens of Toronto (known as “Torontonians”) and visitors the variety of culinary and cultural experiences is as varied as its people. More than 40% of the city’s population was born outside of Canada, diversity is an aspect of life here that is not only accepted, it’s celebrated. The “Canadian identity” is one of mixed backgrounds and a mosaic of cultures. Most Canadians identify themselves with one or more “foreign” origins and cultural pride is something all levels of government support with funding for festivals and celebrations throughout the year. In Toronto there are numerous events centered around international festivals and holidays from the four corners of the globe. You can travel the world in a single day by visiting several neighbourhoods where cultural groups have settled into miniature versions of their homeland. Little Italy, Koreatown, Chinatown, Greektown, Little Portugal, and Little India are some of the names bestowed upon parts of Toronto that have come to be known for their ethnic character, shaped by people who have left their home countries to settle here. They have brought with them their beliefs, their customs, their cuisine and their dreams and together have helped create a city that ranks as one of the safest and most prosperous in North America.

Toronto from Nathan Philips Square skyscrapers

Travelling Toronto is like travelling the world, and as a local Torontonian, having the world at my doorstep is something I miss when I go abroad. I think what I miss most when I’m away is the food. Here I can have French crepes for breakfast, enjoy Chinese dim sum for lunch and stuff myself with Ethipoian food for dinner.  Later in the evening I can satisfy my sweet tooth with Italian gellato – all made and served up by people who find the food much less exotic than I do.

The options for entertainment and recreation here are hard to beat. With world class museums, Broadway style shows, independent theatre productions, stand-up comedy, and countless art galleries, any culture hound will find more than enough to keep themselves busy for days at a time. Toronto is called a “city in a park” with plenty of green spaces, both small and manicured and large and untamed to explore or to simply relax in under a tree with a good book.

Toronto is easy to navigate either by public transit or by foot. Most Torontonians who live downtown find having a car more of a nuisance than a convenience and bicycles are the preferred mode of transportation for many with mild winters making almost cycling year-round a possibility.

Toronto is best experienced on foot and at a leisurely pace to allow time for popping into shops and to enjoy a coffee at any of the many franchise and independent cafes when one feels like a break or a caffeine fix.

For visitors, having a local guide give you a tour and advice on where to spend your time is money well spent. For locals, taking a tour of Toronto will reveal a side of the city you might not have known, and will give a better appreciation of Toronto than you have ever had. Most Torontonians are unaware of the tumultuous past and the multitude of stories that make up the city’s history. Our history is  punctuated with cholera epidemics, catastrophic fires, riots, and rebellion. Toronto’s story reads like a coming of age epic, growing  from small British colony with a nearby fort to today’s multicultural “megacity”.

Toronto is a phenomenal place to visit and an even better place to live. I hope you take the time to get to know this city better with us through a Toronto Urban Adventure!