Toronto Beneath The Surface Walking Tour

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3 hour 0 minutes (approx.) Mobile ticket Offered in: English

Toronto is not what it first appears. Look below the surface, and you will see buried waterways, ancient cliffs, the world's largest ravine system, and centuries of waterfront transformations. Hidden Rivers Tours is led by a professional historian and is the only tour company in Toronto dedicated to sharing these subterranean stories. This is a pay-what-you-can walking tour. The TripAdvisor price is a booking fee and does not include a tip for your guide. The tour lasts 3 hours. *Please arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the tour's start time. We begin right on time.* This is a three-hour walking tour up and down many hills. Make sure to wear appropriate footwear, apply sunscreen, and hydrate. There will a stop en-route to purchase snacks and use the washroom.

What's Included
  1. Maps, hand-outs
Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

We will meet by the pillars at the south entrance of Philosopher's Walk on Hoskin Ave. The closest subway stations are St. George and Museum. There is a path of grass just by the pillars. Your tour guide will be wearing a blue backpack.

Start time

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7/16/2020 - 6/21/2024
Monday - Sunday : 12:00 AM - 11:59 PM

End Point

Queen Victoria Statue
30/A, Nrupathunga Rd, Ambedkar Veedhi, Sampangi Rama Nagar, Bengaluru, Karnataka 560001, India
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What To Expect

We'll walk the course of old Taddle Creek, now the Philosopher's Walk through U of T campus.

We'll talk about the Annex, the river that used to run through here, and all the notable Torontonians who have lived in this neighborhood.

The "Republic of Rathnelly" is a tight-knit community that seceded from Toronto to protest the building of the Spadina expressway.

We'll talk about the history of water in Toronto, how Toronto gets its water, and the city's impressive infrastructure for getting water from Lake Ontario to millions of residents.

Toronto has the largest ravine system of any city on Earth. We'll talk about the geology of the city, how it was formed after the last ice age 12,000 years ago, and how this ravine was nearly threatened by a highway.

The Tollkeeper's Cottage

We'll discuss the historic Casa Loma, one of Toronto's most unique attractions. We'll talk about Toronto's political history and the era of the "family compact" versus "responsible government".

Wychwood Barns Park

12,000 years ago, all of downtown Toronto was underwater, with the shorefront elevated by giant glaciers. When the glaciers melted, the shoreline receded, and left behind enormous cliffs. We'll see the legacy of that geological history on the Baldwin Steps.


Before we had paved streets for cars, roads for horses used to cost money. At this stop, we'll also talk about the history of transit in Toronto.

Casa Loma

Wychwood is a secluded, private, idyllic neighborhood modelled off the tiny towns of Oxfordshire, England. It's one of Toronto's best-kept secrets, and has been home to many iconic Toronto residents.

Philosopher's Walk

We'll explore this transit facility-turned-art barn.

Additional Info
  1. Service animals allowed
  2. Public transportation options are available nearby
  3. Travelers should have at least a moderate level of physical fitness
  4. This is a pay-what-you-can tour. You pay on TripAdvisor to book your spot, and tip your guide at the end. Most guests tip between $20-$40.
Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  1. For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time
  2. Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  3. If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  4. This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  5. Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
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