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History in Motion - Waterfront West

Toronto, Canada

Experience hosted by Sean

3 hours
Includes food, transportation, equipment
Up to 6 people
Hosted in English, Spanish, French

What you'll do

***NOTE: SOCIAL DISTANCING IS EASIER ON A BICYCLE.***
We wipe down all equipment before and after our trips, and provide you with a clean masks if you need one.

It's cooler by the lake! This is Toronto's most unique bicycle tour experience: we travel west along the Waterfront Trail, stopping at key locations [e.g. Ireland Park, Coronation Park, Sunnyside pool and High Park] which serve as important markers of Toronto's history as a city. No standard tours make stops at these places, so it will be a unique experience, whether for Torontonians or for tourists.
I'll take you on a relaxing and refreshing trip west along the lake, stopping at little known historical sites in the city. Cycling around the city is a very healthy and original way of getting to know local sights. You'll learn about Toronto's history through an interactive experience, including multimedia materials and trivia. Among other landmarks, you will learn about:
- Indigenous history, including how Toronto got its name;
- Toronto's waterfront and railway legacy;
- The Island Airport;
- The War of 1812;
- Sunnyside Amusement Park;
- High Park;
- The Humber River

We will end up right where we started, so it'll be easy to carry on the rest of your journey in Toronto.
Other things to note
We will be travelling at a steady, but comfortable pace. It will be easy riding on flat terrain. You will see a lot of outstanding vistas.
***NOTE: SOCIAL DISTANCING IS EASIER ON A BICYCLE.***
We wipe down all equipment before and after our trips, and provide you with a clean masks if you need one.

It's cooler by the lake! This is Toronto's most unique bicycle tour experience: we travel west along the Waterfront Trail, stopping at key locations [e.g. Ireland Park, Coronation Park, Sunnyside pool and High Park] which serve as important markers of Toronto's history as…

Sean's commitment to safety

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What's included

  • Food
    A treat during, and at the end of, the trip, if desired.
  • Transportation
    Good times!
  • Equipment
    Brand new, comfortable hybrid bikes included. You'll love the feel!
From $73
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Fri, 30 Apr
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Sat, 1 May
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Sun, 2 May
$73 per person
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Meet your host, Sean

Host on Airbnb since 2014
  • 69 Reviews
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I am an award-winning retired History teacher who also taught French, Spanish and German. I love telling people about events from the past which affect us today, often without us even realizing it. I have led several historical bike tours for members of Toronto Bike Meetup in the past 3 years, and got super positive feedback for them. That inspired me to share my experience and insights on a much larger scale. I lead unique and unconventional bicycle tours to the more interesting and lesser known historical sites in the city and incorporate national and local history in my narrative. I call it History in Motion.
I am an award-winning retired History teacher who also taught French, Spanish and German. I love telling people about events from the past which affect us today, often without us even realizing it. I have led several historical bike tours for members of Toronto Bike Meetup in the past 3 years, and got super positive feedback for them. That inspired me to share my experience and insights on a much larger scale. I lead unique and unconventional bicycle tours to the more interesting and lesser know…
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Where you'll be

I believe that the Waterfront Trail going west from Downtown is one of the most under-appreciated aspects of the city. Most tours overlook the beautiful scenery and calming nature of the water. I would love to show you these vistas. One of the most interesting aspects in Toronto's history has been its waterfront development and I will show you why this is the case. If you love nature & cycling, we will head to the west end to visit High Park.
Julia
September 2020
Sean: Vimos en el recorrido lugares clásicos de Toronto y también espacios poco turísticos pero con gran historia! el equipo (bicis y cascos) en perfecto estado! y todos los insights de la historia de la ciudad que nos dió Sean en cada punto de interés fueron magníficos.
Sean: Vimos en el recorrido lugares clásicos de Toronto y también espacios poco turísticos pero con gran historia! el equipo (bicis y cascos) en perfecto estado! y todos los insigh…
Ambi
November 2019
Sean was an amazing host and his bikes were top. He braved the cold to take us around the city on a Sunday afternoon. He has a deep understanding of culture and the places that we went biking. Please don’t miss this tour with an extremely knowledgeable and helpful person, highly recommended. Good luck, Sean.
Sean was an amazing host and his bikes were top. He braved the cold to take us around the city on a Sunday afternoon. He has a deep understanding of culture and the places that w…
Chad
October 2019
Sean was knowledgeable and adapted the tour to our interests. Easy to find him and the bikes were very comfortable. Would recommend his tour to others.
Aldo
October 2019
Sean habla un excelente español que nos permitio vivir una gran experiencia por lugares de postal. Fuimos los unicos y nos permitio crear un tour mas a nuestro gusto. Nos sorprendio con ese picnic con esa increible vista y lugar. Siempre que visito ciudades nuevas los tour en bici son una de las mejores maneras de conocer a fondo los lugares y detectar a donde quiero regresar despues. Este sin duda ha sido uno de los mejores tour en bici.
Sean habla un excelente español que nos permitio vivir una gran experiencia por lugares de postal. Fuimos los unicos y nos permitio crear un tour mas a nuestro gusto. Nos sorprendi…
Allison
October 2019
Nous avons passés une très agréable après-midi en compagnie de Sean! Un parcours personnalisé selon nos envies et des anecdotes très intéressantes!
Nicolas
October 2019
Sean à était un guide super , souriant , aimable et surtout très professionnelles . Il nous transmis la passion pour l'histoire de ça ville . Une balade fun ludique et enrichissante pour résumer .

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Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 6 guests ages 10 and up can attend.

What to bring

Weather-appropriate clothing for cycling

Sunscreen and water