Queen West + west Queen West
Toronto is a city of neighborhoods, and one of the first to become hip and happening was Queen west. Starting in the 1970's Queen street west was home to arty shops, cool bars and funky restaurants. A few of the originals remain, but most of the edginess of Queen west has moved further west along Queen street, where artists, designers and young entrepreneurs have set up their businesses. "West Queen West" has been named one the world's hippest neighbourhoods by Vogue magazine
This tour will take you from the earlier part of the strip, to the western fringe where it is still up and coming, and off the beaten track. We will go into distinctive, independent stores, some gourmet food stores, art galleries and even a sampling of some of the back alleyways decorated with graffiti.
This tour is suited for those who really want to see Toronto's younger, hipper side, but will be interesting for all ages. There will be a lot of walking, and an optional streetcar (tram) ride.
We will start at the eastern-most end of the Queen west entertainment district, moving west to the Art + design district, where the vibe gets more "indy" and less commercial.
The tour will follow Queen street west, stopping at some cool shops, parks, boutique hotels and galleries. Some great photo opportunities especially for graffiti enthusiasts!
We will also make optional stops for snacks, a meal or a rest. The tour will take 2-2. 5 hours and will finish at the western end of Canada's hippest street.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: We will meet in the area of Queen St. W. and University, near the Osgoode subway stop. Option to meet at a downtown hotel.
End location: The tour will end in the area of Queen St. W. and Dufferin. The Queen St. streetcar (tram) will take you back to the centre of town.
Duration: 2 hours 30 min.
The tour is roughly 2.5 hours long, but may vary depending on how long we stay in each stop.
This tour is on foot, by bicycle (by special arrangement) and/or transit.
tour guide services, including restaurant shopping recommendations
Estimated Local Cash Needed
40 CAD - Money for lunch and any purchases in shops visited
Fare (or token) for TTC (public transit) required. Bicycle rental will be extra, if applicable.
I am not a driver, and all my tours are on foot or by bicycle, and all tours meet close to public transit.
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If I ever come back to Toronto, I will be booking Felicia again for sure. She is clearly passionate about her job and the city. She is super helpful, full of useful information, well prepared and great to talk to. My trip to Toronto has been wonderful and that's due large to Felicia. I would recommend her highly.