City tours are a great way to get to know the history and culture of a new destination. During our time in Toronto, we were able get a pretty good overview of the city thanks to our tour with Toronto Bicycle Tours.
This was our first bicycle tour. We’ve done walking tours, and even segway tours, but bicycles… *sigh*
Ok, so here’s a little secret.
I don’t know how to ride a bike. There. I said it. I usually keep this on a strictly need to know basis. But. I figure I might as well come clean. I’ve tried to learn, really I have!! But I just can’t seem to get it. The last time I tried I ended up in a Costa Rican ditch. No lie.
So when Toronto Bicycle Tours invited us on their Heart of Downtown Tour, I hesitated. I hesitated big time. I politely declined Terrence’s offer. The next morning I received another email from Terrence, “We have a tandem bicycle – the back seat is all yours!” And just like that, we were setting a time and date. I was nervous, but also pretty excited.
Together with Lindsay of I’ve Been Bit, we met Terrence at the designated meet up location. Right away, his smile and cheerful personality let us know we were about to have a fun tour. After some quick introductions, we headed over to get the bikes and helmets, and to get our safety instructions.
We went around the parking lot a few times to practice. I was so glad that Toronto Bicycle Tours could provide tandem bikes to it’s customers and that Terrence was such a great instructor. The fact that I couldn’t ride a bicycle was never an issue and after a few loops around the parking lot I felt like a pro.
And then the next thing I knew, we were off! The first thing Terrence asked us to do once we got outside was to get our bearings. Lindsay was right. I was wrong.
We continued on and over the next few hours learned about Toronto’s history, architecture, neighborhoods, and famous landmarks. And even though it was a little chilly, we were having so much fun we barely noticed.
Terrence was a wealth of information and answered all of our questions. He was constantly checking to make sure we were ok, and provided us with snacks and water about half way through the tour (always a perk!). Something else that I really loved was that he seemed to love taking pictures as much as we did. He had no problem pulling over so we could take pictures of things and he was constantly taking out his camera as well. As a blogger, that was much appreciated.
We’ll never forget our first bike tour and how much we enjoyed ourselves with Toronto Bicycle Tours. They made the whole experience so much fun and helped us to fall even more in love with Toronto. We can’t wait until our next visit so we can go cruising with them again!
Have you ever been on a bicycle tour? We’d love to read your comments below! 🙂
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**A big thank you to Terrence and Toronto Bicycle Tours! We were offered complimentary tours but all opinions, as always, are our own.**