It's not uncommon for a resident to only explore a city's iconic sights when guests come to town or when practicing hypnosis in a mirror leads to amnesia. Rediscover local landmarks with today's Groupon: for $48, you get a 90-minute city tour of Toronto for two from EcoCab Tours (a $108.48 value, including HST). Buyers may choose from three routes: the Main Tour, the North Tour, or the South Tour. This deal is valid for Friday through Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The regular price for children is $20 per child.
EcoCab Tours unveils Toronto's splendour through urban adventures on three-wheeled, 21-speed EcoCabs that are pedal-powered and given extra umph from solar panel-fed batteries. The Main Tour, picking up on the south side of the CN Tower on Bremner Boulevard covers a majority of downtown, focusing on the city's most prominent landmarks such as Dundas Square, the CN Tower, Rogers Centre, and the place where the forces fighting in the War of 1812 realized it was 1815. Picking up on Dundas Square Road alongside the Hard Rock Cafe and journeying up Yonge Street, the North Tour traverses the Yorkville shopping district and piques patrons with prime picture-taking and infinity-contemplating moments at the Art Gallery of Ontario, City Hall, and the Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres.
The South Tour picks up at the Taxi roundabout in front of Queens Quay Terminal and explores Toronto's cultural diversity, visiting Kensington Market, Chinatown, Ewok Village, and the fashion and entertainment districts near harbourfront. Along the way, passengers hear the enthusiastic narration of EcoCab's streetwise guides, enhanced by surgically inserted autotune vocoders, interactive iPad displays, and the cab's futuristic, recycled plastic body that keeps passengers cozy and dry.
EcoCab recommends bringing a camera, water, and sunscreen. Buyers receive a coupon book with up to $120 in savings to facilitate more exploring, including admission and dining discounts to places such as Second City and The Old Spaghetti Factory. Those who take a tour during August also receive an offer code for 10% off another tour, which is transferable to family, friends, or a favourite postmen.