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Lake Ontario Tours

Lake Ontario
Lake Ontario, the 14th-largest lake in the world but the smallest of the five Great Lakes, is divided in half by the U.S.-Canadian border. Its shores are home to two popular Canadian destinations: Toronto and Niagara-on-the-Lake. Known for its islands, beaches, wildlife, and waterfront trails, this beautiful body of water offers something for everyone.

The Basics
Most Lake Ontario tours depart from Toronto, Canada’s largest city. Boat tours, which range from dinner cruises to a spin around the Toronto Islands, offer shoreline views and often include the inside perspective of a guide. Helicopter and air taxi tours provide rare birds’-eye views of the lake and its surroundings.

Niagara-on-the-Lake tours frequently depart from Toronto, and often include a visit to Niagara Falls and wine tastings at the region’s legendary vineyards. These tours typically offer convenient round-trip transport from Toronto hotels.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Toronto’s waterfront path is shared by cyclists and pedestrians, so stay alert.
  • Boat tours and cruises typically run from May through September, and lifeguards are on duty at Toronto city beaches from June to September.
  • Popular swimming spots include Cherry Beach, Hanlan’s Point, and Ward Island.

How to Get There
As Canada’s largest city, Toronto is easily reachable by car, bus, Amtrak, or VIA Rail. Toronto’s lakeshore is accessible using the city’s comprehensive system of metros, buses, and streetcars. Day trips to Niagara-on-the-Lake are also popular, either by car or on tours that typically include round-trip transport from Toronto.

When to Get There
Lake Ontario is best visited in summer, as winter weather prohibits most water-based activities. To enjoy swimming, kayaking, boating, and waterfront sightseeing, visit from May to September.

An Island Escape
Just off the shore of Toronto lies Toronto Island Park, a tranquil escape from the city. The park is comprised of three main islands—Centre Island, Ward’s Island, and Hanlan’s Point—which offer beaches, picnic areas, and plenty of activities, from swimming to stand-up paddle-boarding. The islands are reachable by a 15-minute boat or ferry ride.
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Air Taxi & Tour Toronto - Niagara

Air Taxi & Tour Toronto - Niagara

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In a crunch? Make the most of your time with this 30-minute air taxi tour from Toronto to Niagara that includes ground transportation to area hotels. You'll save the headache and the hassle of navigating four hours of traffic between destinations and get an arial view of this epic natural wonder at the same time. This memorable experience includes one-way air taxi fare for one to three from Toronto to Niagara, an air tour of Niagara Falls, and ground transportation to Niagara hotels.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD574.45
per group
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USD574.45
per group

Air Taxi & Tour Niagara - Toronto

Air Taxi & Tour Niagara - Toronto

Shorten the trip from Niagara Falls to Toronto and get a view of the greater Niagara region from the air with this convenient air taxi tour. With a professional pilot at the controls, fly from Niagara District Airport to Billy Bishop Toronto City Airport while enjoying a narrated account of the many highlights below, like the iconic Niagara Falls, the Welland Canal, Niagara on the Lake, Old Fort George and more before heading north along Lake Ontario to Hamilton, Oakville, Mississauga and Toronto.
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  • 1 hour
  • Free Cancellation
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USD600.22
per group
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USD600.22
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Private Day Tour to Niagara Falls from Toronto

Private Day Tour to Niagara Falls from Toronto

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Book this private full-day tour of Niagara Falls from Toronto, and enjoy the sights in the company of your family and friends (six people total). Journey into Old Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake, visit two wineries of your choice, and take in as many attractions as you like in Niagara Falls. Guides for this tour are born and raised in Niagara — meaning they know the best wine routes and restaurants, and the ins and outs of what makes Niagara memorable.
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  • 1 day
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD288.60
Price varies by group size
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USD288.60
Price varies by group size
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Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine-Tasting Tour with Gourmet Lunch or Dinner

Niagara-on-the-Lake Wine-Tasting Tour with Gourmet Lunch or Dinner

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Discover Niagara-on-the-Lake, the birthplace of Ontario's modern wine industry, on this guided small-group wine tasting tour. Sample the area's wide variety of world-class wines, including Ontario's famous ice wine, with a gourmet lunch or dinner option, on this tour of the region’s best wineries. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included (from Niagara on the Lake or Niagara Falls accommodations) and a minimum of two people per booking is required.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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USD134.87
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USD134.87
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Toronto Obsession III Dinner Boat Cruise

Toronto Obsession III Dinner Boat Cruise

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Cast off into Lake Ontario on this 3-hour dinner cruise aboard the ‘Obsession III’ ship. Admire the harbor and waterfront scenery with a cocktail or beer from the fully licensed bar, and settle in for an elegant 4-course meal prepared by chefs on board with only the freshest ingredients. After dinner, let it loose as a DJ spins Top 40 tunes. This is a great way to spend a night in Toronto whether you’re a local or a visitor. Please note: the supplier does not receive the cruise schedule until the end of March. Bookings received before the 1st of April cannot be guaranteed and may be canceled due to the cruise being unavailable
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  • 3 hours
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USD85.82
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