What better way to explore your own city than on a Segway? Just picture yourself leisurely winding your way through streets and pathways while taking in the incredible views.
Go Tours Canada offers many awesome Segway experiences including the one my review partner and I tried which was called the Distillery District Segway Glide. This is a one-hour historical tour of Toronto’s stunning Distillery District.
Walking around this area on an ordinary day is one thing…experiencing it on a Segway with a professional guide who knows their history is a totally different experience. Learning all about the spectacular buildings and the people who made the area what it is today was truly a memorable journey. However, before I venture into the description, let’s back up a bit.
In case you missed my previous experience in Clearwater, Florida, a Segway is a two-wheeled, motorized transport that utilizes gyroscopes to help the rider maintain their balance. It also checks the pressure of the rider’s footprint at one hundred times per second. Therefore, the more pressure you put on your toes, the faster it will move forward; the more pressure you put on your heels, the faster it will come to a stop. Although the Segway I rode in Clearwater reached a top speed of 20km/h, the one in Toronto reached 10km/h; which is still pretty quick! This is why, for safety reasons, the tour provides a convenient helmet.
AND, of course, it’s a lot of fun. It doesn’t take long to get the hang of the Segway, at which point you can relax with it and enjoy the scenery. There are plenty of restaurants and outdoor patios in the area, along with art and theatre studios.
Gavin, our incredibly witty and knowledgeable guide, took us in and around the district on the Segways, while giving us a brief history of some of the area and buildings, and he encouraged us to ask questions if we had any.
Interestingly, this particular tour goes a step further than simply cruising through this historical region, as it offers a chocolate tasting at Soma Chocolate as well as a beer tasting at Mill St. Brewery. This is a short break in the midst of the one-hour.
There’s plenty to see on the tours. Not only are the buildings rich with history and interesting stories, some of which might surprise you, there are also several art sculptures and installations throughout the area.
Go Tours’ other Segway experiences include the Classic Distillery Segway Spin, which is a 30-minute ride but doesn’t include the chocolate or beer tasting. This tour is $39 plus tax and is recommended for beginners. I would also recommend this one for someone who is visiting Toronto for a short period of time. Additionally, there is the World’s Least Scary Ghost Tour, which is a 40-minute ride that includes, of course, ghost stories and is usually done after dark. This tour is $49 plus tax. The tour we had the privilege of experiencing is $69 plus tax. For more information on schedules and tours, simply visit the Go Tours Canada website at www.gotourscanada.com/toronto-segway
Whether going with a friend, a family member, or with your team at work, I would most definitely recommend this tour to anyone and everyone. Segways are a TON of fun! If you choose to ride, I recommend taking a sweater. Even on a warm day, you might be chilly because of the breeze while riding the Segway.
Review and Photos (except for lead) by Marisa Filippo
Lead Photo via Distillery District Social Media