Toronto Greeters Program Visitors enjoy the city's downtown Chinatown with a Toronto Greeter and take in the unique shops, fruit and vegetable markets and authentic Asian restaurants.

Discover the real Toronto with residents who love their city! The Toronto Greeters Program provides a unique way to experience the city's vibrant neighbourhoods and districts with locals who have volunteered to show you their favourite spots.

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Toronto Greeters offer free visits to Toronto's vibrant neighbourhoods and themed districts so you can discover the real Toronto. Request a Greeter now.

Volunteer Greeters

We have lined up an array of energetic, knowledgeable volunteer Torontonians, who are ready, willing and able to show you their favourite parts of Toronto. Tell us when you'll be visiting, when you have two to four hours of free time and what neighbourhood you would like to see. We'll match you up with a greeter who shares your area of interest and you'll be all set to go. Please give us at least one week notice to make the match. It is also important to note that greeter visits cannot be arranged for the first day of arrival in the city - just in case you are unavoidably delayed on your arrival.

Multilingual Greeters

The City of Toronto is one of the most multi-cultural cities in the world and celebrates over 100 different cultures. Residents speak over 180 languages and our City motto is Diversity Our Strength. Toronto Greeters offer visits in a variety of languages.

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The Annex

Take a peek in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood with Toronto Greeter, Neil Jain.

Chinatown

Visit one of Toronto's Chinatown nieghbourhoods with Toronto Greeter, Sally Kelly.

Kensington Market

Have a quick look at Toronto's Kensington Market nieghbourhood with Toronto Greeter, Ellen Overton.

The Distillery District

Come visit Toronto's Distillery District with Toronto Greeter, Andrew Vasilevich.

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- Ellen Bookes, United Kingdom

"This is a great idea and found it really useful to start off our visit with a tour from Cyndi. Cyndi was extremely friendly and helpful and we very much enjoyed our time spent during the tour. We will definitely recommend this scheme to anyone we know coming to Toronto as this is not a program I have come across previously but think everywhere would benefit from operating something like this. We can't recommend it highly enough. Please pass on our thanks to Cyndi!"

- Joanna Wong, student from Hong Kong

"May I express my sincere thanks for showing us around in last week. If I traveled around by myself, I couldn't find so many amazing things in here (e.g. The Great Wall of China as well as the harmony of the multi-cultural here). It is great for me to know more about the city and I really want to make the most of it in the study trip in Toronto. Also, I want to thank you for the Tourist Guide Book you gave us. There seems a lot to see and good food to taste in Toronto. When I present your book to my host family, they can't stop saying, Oh, this one and that one are my favourite restaurants!"

- Cindy Kalai, Australia

"Thank you very much for organizing our greeter, we had a great time! We participated in three greeter programs in various cities on our trip and we felt especially welcomed by the Toronto program, even before we arrived! It was lovely to hear such friendliness and it definitely gave a very good impression of Toronto and the people there. By the way, we loved Toronto and would love to move there, if there was ever a chance!"

- Eric Dan, Mexico

"I would like to give you positive feedback in the program that you are managing and for the people that let this continue. It was really interesting all the stories and explanations that Martin told me about the city! I confirm that Toronto (and Canada in general) is a great place to visit, with wonderful persons. I have found that they are a very nice and gentle spirit in their community! You have a magic all around the city that let a foreign to feel at home. Thank you very much for everything."

- Ellen (Harry) Sprenger, Netherlands

"Dear John, My dad had such an excellent time! He kept talking about all the things you showed him and the topics the two of you talked about (among others WW2). Thanks again for doing such a brilliant job at showing our beautiful city."

- Irina Klimenko, Russia

"My Mom absolutely loved her experience, thanks to Anton. He is a great greeter and she really enjoyed her tour as well as her friend. Thanks a lot for organizing all this for us. We will certainly recommend your services and especially Anton as a guide to our Russian- speaking friends!"

- Chona Boretti, Orange County

"It was wonderful to get to know a true Toronto resident and learn about her family background and her life in Toronto. We took the public transit system to the Distillery area where we had crepes and devoured the variety of chocolates in the chocolate making store. It was great to learn about the history of the Distillery area from Apple who was so knowledgeable! From there we took the public transit system again to the Financial District area where I took amazing photos of the buildings and the clouds above. Not only did I enjoy Toronto, but found a new friend, Apple who I look forward to hosting in Orange County someday on her visit-or your visit here in southern California! I have been talking about your program to my friends and colleagues and will continue to promote your wonderful Tap into TO! program! Thanks so much for hosting me!"

- Madelyn Kleitch, Miami

My experience was EXCELLENT!!!! I found the ad in the Toronto Visitor Guide that I picked up in Windsor at the train station when I purchased my ticket. The greeter contacted me, met me on time and we had the best time with all the little 'off the beaten Path' things that only a native would know. Alee is whimsical, entertaining and knowledgeable. He was very concerned that I was enjoying the tour. We had a wonderful 11 mile waking excursion. I cannot thank you enough for the great time.

ExpandBecome a Greeter

Are you able to connect and chat with people from other cultures with ease? Are you privy to the lesser-known nooks and crannies around Toronto? Are you excited to share your love of Toronto with visitors as an unpaid volunteer? Then being a greeter may be a perfect fit! Our volunteer Greeters are...

  • Passionate about Toronto
  • Friendly and outgoing
  • Flexible, reliable and dedicated to visitors' needs, rain or shine
  • Accepting of cultural differences
  • Able to attend a half day training session
  • Able to volunteer at least 10 days per year
  • Willing to wear a Toronto Greeter Program identification badge during a walk.

Your responsibilities as a Greeter include:

  • Meeting a visitor(s) at a pre-determined location and time
  • Provide an overview of the city
  • Provide an overview of the transit system
  • Spend two to three hours with the visitor(s) travelling on foot and/or using public transit
  • Be informative, interesting and flexible
  • Return the visitor to the original meeting place
  • Thank the visitor for choosing Toronto and welcome them back

Sound like a good fit? Then apply now to become a Greeter!

Other Ways to Enjoy Toronto on Foot

ExpandToronto Group Walks

Are you looking for an interesting historic walk or a walk for a cause? Select a featured group walk with a unique theme and location!

  • ROM Walks - The award winning ROM walks offer over 40 walks through Toronto neighbourhoods of special architectural and historic interest.
  • Heritage Toronto Walks - Like ROM Walks, Heritage Toronto Walks feature historic themed join-in walks around Toronto.   
  • Jane's Walk - A major international festival of over 500 walks in 75 cities honouring the legacy of legendary urban activist, writer and one-time Toronto resident Jane Jacobs.
  • Riverside Walks - A series of local walking tours throughout the spring, summer, and fall (May-Oct). 

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Find out how to move through the city's neighbourhoods and attractions at your own pace. Be it a neighbourhood orientation, an art themed or historic focused interpretive walk, there are a number of resources available for self-guided exploration of Toronto. 

  • Discovery Walks - A program of self-guided walks that link city ravines, parks, gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. Informative signage will help you experience an area's heritage and environment.
  • Toronto in Time - Toronto in Time features stories alongside then-and-now photos, slideshows, maps and more, the Toronto in Time app makes it possible to see the city’s history all around you.

Professional Tour Operators (listed alphabetically)

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A Taste of the World Walks

Serving equal portions of food and facts along the way, foodies, literary detective and ghost walk in Toronto's diverse neighbourhoods. 

All About Toronto City Tour

Step-on-guide service offering professional tour guides for city tours of Toronto and Niagara Falls. Their guides speak 18 different languages, and all tours are customized and offer exceptional value. Also offered are airport meet and greet services, bus charters for city tours, evening & dinner transfers, group meals, group attractions and more. 

AWE&thenSOME Photography

AWE&thenSOME's Toronto For Photographers guides custom photo-tours of Toronto with a professional photographer & educator. Indulge your passion for travel and photography! 

Bruce Bell Tours

Historian, tour guide and author Bruce Bell offers many different walking tours including Toronto's Famed St. Lawrence Market & Old Town Toronto, the Historic Distillery, University of Toronto, the Art Deco Skyscrapers of Downtown, and many more. Bruce can also arrange coach tours for larger groups, private one-on-one tours, and food tasting tours of St. Lawrence Market. All tours are year round but require reservations.

City Sightseeing

This "Hop-On-Hop-Off" City Bus Tour operates year-round and provides a comprehensive city tour with informative commentary of live guides and classic British double decker buses. Tickets are valid up to 72 hours, and free hotel pick up on the first day is included.

The Culinary Adventure Company

Providing 'adrenaline for foodies', the Culinary Adventure Company shows both travelers and locals a unique glimpse of Toronto through the eyes of a professional Chef. Discover the city in all its tasty diversity, from mushroom foraging in city parks to canoe paddling and beach dining. Private custom tours and dining experiences also available.

Downtown Yonge Walking Tours

Free walking tours leave from 16 Queen Street East or 20 Grosvenor Street, from June to September. Tours are approximately 30 minutes in length. Specific times and group tours can be requested.

EcoCab Tours

Driven and narrated by EcoCab drivers/guides, these unique pedal-powered bicycles allow you to see everything Toronto has to offer at your own speed and only visit the attractions you choose. EcoCab city tours are fun, fuel-free, making them a great experience as well as environmentally-friendly.

Elgin and Winter Garden Theatre Centre

Tours of this National Historic Site are held year-round and last for 1 1/2 hours. Recounting the history and restoration of the last operating double-decker theatre in the world, year round tours are held Thursdays at 5 p.m. and Saturdays at 11 a.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $10 for students and seniors. Group tours are available by reservation.

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Felix Tours Happy Voyages

This tour will introduce you to carefully selected sites to give taste and perspective of Toronto to develop a thorough appreciation of this fascinating, cosmopolitan city.

Foodies on Foot

Experience Toronto's most dynamic food tour and food events! Uniting foodies and food lovers, locals and tourists, all over Toronto's food scene. Our events include culinary crawls, chef series dinners, communal dining, supper clubs, food tours and more!

Genova Tours

Historian and storyteller Bill Genova offers personal walking tours of Toronto for individuals and small groups from two hours to all day.

German Walk Toronto

A walking tour app featuring many places in Toronto with German connections - historical facts, modern presence, quirky connections or offers of German food and drink.

Go Tours Canada

Join Go Tours Canada in Toronto's famous Distillery District for one of Toronto's top-rated tours. From cholera epidemics to shifty gangsters to the rise of the world's once-largest distillery, the vibrant history of the area is a starkly interesting contrast to its current day art studios, restaurants and incredible cultural programming. Tours are offered year-round.

Gray Line Toronto City Tours

A fully narrated hop-on hop-off tour of Toronto on an open-top Double Decker Bus. (Winter visitors travel in a closed-in trolley) Sights include: the Hockey Hall of Fame, St. Lawrence Market, the Eaton Centre and Dundas Square, the Entertainment District, the University of Toronto, Bloor Street and Yorkville shopping, Casa Loma, various museums and more.

Great Lakes Schooner Company

Providing beautiful vessels for public day tours, corporate dinner cruises, weddings, private functions and student educational cruises.

Haunted Walk of Toronto

Ghosts, graveyards, hangings and haunts. Discover Toronto's darker history in this spine-tingling tour of the cobblestone streets of the Distillery District and the historic St. Lawrence Market by lantern-light.

Heritage Toronto

From April to October thousands of people attend our free neighbourhood walking tours. Heritage Toronto Walks cover all areas of the city, telling the stories behind the people, landscapes and historic buildings that bring Toronto's neighbourhoods to life.

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Insider Shopping Toronto Ltd

Only two hours to shop in a city and need to find out what are the unique, hidden treasures only locals know? Customized shopping, chauffeured limousine or walking tours with hourly rates. Special celebrations also arranged.

LiveToronto

Imagine being able to visit Toronto, see exactly what you want to see, and have the memories to share with your friends and family when you get home... that's what a LiveToronto tour experience is! 60-minutes of fun, adventure, knowledge, trivia, and best of all... it's almost like having a friend show you what to experience in town.

Made in Canada Tours

Come take the road less traveled! Join us for Toronto's 1st Shopping/Walking Tour in the trendy Roncy Village and the eclectic Parkdale neighbourhood, named by Vogue as the 2nd Coolest Neighbourhood in the World. Discover many one-of-a-kind finds and treasures, and even better, treat yourself to Exclusive VIP Specials and Promotions.

Mariposa Cruises

Cruises include the Toronto Island parkland and waterways, Queens Quay Terminal, Toronto Island Airport, Harbourfront Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, HTO Park, Sugar Beach, Redpath Sugar Refinery, Rogers Centre, Air Canada Centre and the fabled Gibraltar Point Lighthouse. Scheduled Harbour Tours / Cruises depart: 12:00 pm, 1:00 pm, 2:00 pm, 3:00 pm and 4:00 pm.

Muddy York Walking Tours

We offer several tours which try to present the past as an authentic playground for those who want to know how the modern city of Toronto came to be.

National Helicopters Inc

Thrilling jet helicopter tours departing from Toronto or Niagara Falls. Breathtaking views of CN Tower, Harbourfront and Niagara Falls. Charters to and from Niagara Falls, Ontario Vineyards and Muskoka. Heli-golf and heli-dogsledding seasonal packages available.

The Old Toronto Beer Tour

Celebrating a passion for beer, food and travel, The Old Toronto Beer Tour explores the culture and history of Toronto. Enjoy VIP brewery tours and tutored tastings at Toronto's best-loved craft breweries.

On the Town

Specializing in informal excursions that highlight Toronto's architecture, culture, history and diverse neighbourhoods by foot, public transportation or in vehicles. Choose from one of our exciting itineraries or let us create a unique tour to suit your group's interests, time and budget.

Rogers Centre Tour Experience

A one hour fully guided behind-the-scenes tour. Highlights include a visit to different levels, a press box and a luxury suite among other stops. Find out about past and upcoming events and learn how the stadium can change configurations from baseball, football and concert modes.

Steam Whistle Brewing

Come and enjoy Toronto's own craft beer - Steam Whistle Pilsner - brewed at the historic railway roundhouse. Open daily. Their on-site retail store offers unique merchandise along with fine, fresh beer. Public tours. Private parties.

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Tasty Tours

Sweet! Tasty Tours takes you on a walk around a Toronto neighbourhood, sampling delicious chocolates, cupcakes and more served up by various stores, while discovering tidbits of sweet history. Toronto's favourite sweets walking tour.

Toronto Architecture Tours

From May to October join the Toronto Society of Architect's guided walking tours and learn about some of the city's best contemporary architecture.

Toronto Balades

Toronto Balades offers walking tours of Toronto in French. Toronto Balades propose des services de visites guidées en français de la ville de Toronto.

Toronto Bicycle Tours

Come along on a guided ride with us and discover Toronto on two wheels! See the city in a way not possible by driving or walking. Scheduled tours through spring, summer and fall as well as year round private/group tours.

Toronto Bruce Trail Club

The Club organizes regular Urban Walks where the start and finish points are usually serviced by public transit. Most Urban Walks take place on walking trails in Toronto parks and typically last three to four hours, covering a distance of 10 to 12 kilometres. Walks are moderately paced with the beginner hiker in mind, are free and are led by certified hike leaders.

Toronto Canoe Tours

On our tours, groups get to explore the Toronto Islands' quiet lagoons and the city's spectacular skyline all while enjoying the water and paddling historical voyageur canoes. Each canoe comes with an experienced guide ready to make your experience a memorable one.

Toronto Harbour Tours

Summer only - One-hour narrated boat tour of the Toronto Harbour and Islands. Cruise includes stunning views of the city skyline and parklands. 145 Queens Quay West.

Toronto Helicopter Tours

Helicopter tours make great additions to any vacation package. Flying out of downtown Toronto, we showcase Toronto and its many attractions including the CN Tower, Roger's Centre, Royal Ontario Museum, Ontario's Parliament, Air Canada Centre, Toronto picturesque Inner Harbour and so much more.

Toronto Outdoor Club

Featuring urban walks/hikes around Toronto and the GTA. Many of the events vary between difficulty levels, including hikes 7 - 25 km in length.

Toronto Tours by Locals

Offering a chance to get acquainted with the person behind the tour, Tours by Locals takes you on a personal journey to discover Toronto's architectural marvels like the ROM, Distillery District, CN Tower, St. Lawrence Market, Rogers Centre and Harbourfront. If you have a layover of a few hours, a private local guide can pick you up at the airport and drop you off after the tour.

Tour Guys Toronto

Toronto is a great city to walk around and explore on foot and there is no better way to see the city than with an entertaining and experienced tour guide by your side.

TruExperiences Tours

The three-hour guided tour provides an immersive, intimate, insider's view of the city with visits to Toronto's most popular sights as well as many hidden gems. A small group means more personal attention, more flexibility and more photo stops. Experience a tour unlike any other with TruExperiences Tours.

Walk TO

At Walk T.O. we believe that to experience Toronto you have to take to its streets and hear its stories. We bring Toronto to life by providing guided tours that draw an intimate, unique map of the city, sharing its history, culture and the stories of its people. Our tours aim to inspire and motivate our customers to explore more of the city's offerings.