Tips for Exploring a Different Side of Toronto

View down Trinity Street in the Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
View down Trinity Street in the Distillery District, Toronto, Ontario, Canada | © Ian Dagnall / Alamy Stock Photo
Culture Trip Travel Team

There’s no denying that Toronto is a popular destination, but that doesn’t mean you have to follow the same footpath as every other visitor. Make your trip unique with these handpicked experiences that will help you discover a different side to the city.

Toronto is a sprawling city with enough to do to fill up several weeks of vacation time, but whether you’re here for a weekend or live in town, there’s no denying the glamour and excitement of the road less traveled. Discover a side of the city often overlooked by tourists with these top tips. You might end up spending your evenings with sharks after dark, sipping on the perfect pinot on a luxurious wine tour or biking around town.

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Activities

This time we bring the vineyard to you! Skip the trip into wine country and taste local wine in Downtown Toronto.Immerse yourself in a full-sensory wine tasting experience in the cellar of a hip local wine bar on Dundas West. You’ll taste wine alongside a spread of Canadian cheese + house-cured charcuterie. You don’t see that every day.Our team is comprised of local sommeliers who have spent years studying the history of wine, blind-tasting, and obsessing over the nuances of viticulture. You’ll benefit from years of hard work as we pass on this knowledge in a fun, relaxed way.Learn how to taste like a professional, using a grid that will help you identify notable aspects of wine. We’ll discuss the grapes that thrive in Ontario and taste some of our most iconic varietals.It’s a 5-part tutored tasting that’ll have you thinking about wine in a new way, and feeling luxurious.

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Tours

The VIP Wine Tour to Niagara includes return transportation to Toronto in luxury vehicle, guide/chauffeur, visits to four award-winning premium wineries with a visit to Peller Estates for the Greatest Wine Tour – the only tour of its kind in Canada – that includes sampling ice wines in the winery’s ice lounge.The ice lounge is a room completely made out of ice with an ice bar for guests to sample Peller ice wines. The tour also includes samples of regular and seasonal wines at Peller, flights of wine at three other award-winning Niagara On The Lake wineries and a three-course lunch at a local favorite restaurant featuring fresh Mediterranean cuisine.A minimum of two guests are required for each booking. Private tours are also available upon request.

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