Attractively situated on the north shore of Lake Ontario, Toronto is Canada's largest city. It is dynamic, eclectic and multi-cultural with outstanding nightlife, and is one of the world's top financial centres. The Port of Toronto provides excellent ship berthing, provisioning, secure passenger handling at the Cherry Street terminal, and exceptional airlift capacity from Pearson International airport and the downtown Island airport.
Historically, the city of Toronto was known as York. Originally settled by Iroquois and then Huron tribes, the French briefly settled here in the 1750s and, later abandoned, York was resettled in 1793 by the British under Governor John Graves Simcoe. It became the capital of Upper Canada, replacing Newark (now Niagara-On-The-Lake) giving it a stronger position in the event of an American attack. York was renamed the city of Toronto in 1834, reverting back to its original First Nations name.
Toronto today is a centre of communications, transportation, business, entertainment, and higher learning. Following many waves of immigration over the past century and a half from various countries world-wide including Europe, Asia, the Caribbean, and Africa, the population is now over five million people in the Greater Toronto Area. There are numerous places of interest to visit to satiate your quest for historical and modern knowledge and to stimulate a desire to return.
Half-Day Sightseeing Tour & Overview
Group pick-up at either the hotel or the ship.
Tour Canada's largest and most cosmopolitan city. Toronto is ranked as one of the most culturally-diverse cities in the world. Visit the popular trendy areas of the city including Chinatown, Greektown, Little Italy, Kensington Market, Rosedale, Yorkville, the Distillery District, the Theatre District, and the downtown business district including a stop at the famous St. Lawrence Market. Visit the renowned Art Gallery of Ontario (A.G.O.). Recently transformed by architect Frank Gehry, discover art from Canada and from around the world.
Duration: approx 4 hours
Other places of interest may include: Fort York, housing Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 period buildings; The Royal Ontario Museum, Canada's largest museum of world culture and natural history; the CN Tower, one time tallest building in the world, commends incredible views over the city and Lake Ontario; the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), one of the largest fine arts museums in North America; Casa Loma, built in 1911, a storybook castle built in 1911 complete with stunning gardens, multiple turrets, massive stables, and secret passages; and numerous parks and public spaces.