Thanks to our friends at Expedia.ca. this month I’ll be exploring Toronto a little differently in a couple of posts. Today, I’m sharing a bird’s eye view of Toronto – quite a different way to see the city – via helicopter! It’s something I’d never considered in my own city but last weekend we had the chance to escape the traffic gridlock and see our city from above – quite the perspective-changing trip!
Flying out of downtown Toronto, Toronto Heli Tours showcases Toronto’s many attractions including the CN Tower, the Rogers Centre, the Royal Ontario Museum, Air Canada Centre, Toronto Harbour and so much more.
The flight we took was 7 minutes in total (sounds like it it too short but you cover a fair amount of ground – 15km or so – in that time) but be aware that you need to be at the Toronto side of Billy Bishop airport terminal at least 45 minutes before your flight so you can make your way to check-in for the flight 30 minutes prior. Finding Toronto Heli tours on the Island side of Billy Bishop airport isn’t complicated (when you book your flight you receive detailed instructions) but don’t leave it to the last minute as there are forms to fill out, a safety video to watch and a further safety briefing before you get on the flight – all of which does take around 30 minutes once you are in the correct building.
This tour takes place at 2,000 feet and an average speed of 160km/h. The tour takes in the Canadian National Exhibition grounds in the West (a very different way to see the Ex!) heads on over to the Don Valley in the East and from Lake Shore boulevard in the South up to Bloor Street in the North.
Expedia actually offers a number of different options for exploring Toronto a little differently. Sometimes it’s nice to play tourist in your own city (I love to explore my own city, especially when it involves food!) and it is a great place to look for activities for out-of-town visitors if you need to find something for them to do while you are at work (my mum took the Kensington Market and Chinatown tour the last time she was here and had a blast)!
Disclosure: Thanks to my friends at Expedia.ca for covering our helicopter tour of Toronto on this trip as part of the Big World Explorer programme. I have not received further compensation and everything is written based on my personal experience on this trip.