Trains, Towers, and Transformation: A Walk Through Toronto’s South Core

CN Tower and the South Core, Toronto, Canada
45 mins

About the tour

This architectural tour explores how Toronto’s growth is deeply connected to the Canadian National Railway: its lasting legacy and the new opportunities it affords in a rapidly transforming city. Beginning at the iconic Royal York Hotel and Union Station, we will walk through parts of the Financial District, including seeing the renowned Roy Thompson Hall, home of the Toronto Symphony, and make our way to the South Core. A remarkable focal point will be gazing up at the CN tower from its base. The world’s tallest free-standing structure for 32 years, until 2007, and declared one of the modern Seven Wonders of the World by the American Society of Civil Engineers. We will look at the tower’s impact not only on the Toronto skyline, but also its direct surroundings. The tour will end looking at the Rogers Centre, or as its locally known, the ‘Sky Dome’, and Roundhouse park, an area of impressive urban growth in the last 5 years.

Meet your local guide


Travel and exploring cities fuels Peter's creativity. With more than a decade of work experience immersed in architectural design studios, he has a strong passion for the architecture, heritage, urban planning and design industry and the interplay of those disciplines with city life. Peter's background has allowed him to expand his understanding of the connection between buildings, streetscapes, and the pedestrian realm. Having grown up and worked on hundreds of projects in Toronto, Peter knows the history and quirks that make it an amazing place to explore. Peter looks forward to sharing his passion and knowledge of the Toronto. As a side project, Peter runs @HeresYourKey, a popular Instagram page dedicated to hotel design.

Peter has been guiding since Oct 2017

What to expect

Get ready for something special. We're travelling to Toronto with no passport, no plane ticket and no luggage. And yet you'll experience all the sights, sounds and stories with just your laptop, favorite snack and amazing guide.

The tour will last about 45 mins and will be live-streamed by your guide directly from Toronto. Forget about slideshows or pre-recorded videos, this is a live broadcast and anything can happen!

While on the tour you’ll be able to see a full screen video of your guide and their surroundings, interact with them and other travellers through the live chat, see where you are in the world on a map and show your appreciation with a tip.

Why are they tip-supported?

We are running these tours on a tip-supported basis to make them as accessible as possible. They are free to book and join, but you have the option to tip the guide during the tour.

Leaving a tip will help support the guides and allow us to offer tours in more places around the world. If you aren't able to leave a tip, then it would be great if you can share the tour with friends and family to spread the word.

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How to join

Reserve your spot by selecting a time to book. Once done, you’ll be able to see your reservations on your Trips page and we’ll send you an email confirmation with a link to join the tour.

For the best viewing experience, please join on a computer using Google Chrome.

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