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Taste the City

Discovering Canadian Flavours with Self-Guided Food Tours

By Sarah Israel/

Whether you’re only in a city for a short time or just love doing your own thing, a self-guided food tour gives you the flexibility you need, with some surprises along the way! Lace up your walking shoes and check out these self-guided Canadian foodie experiences:

  • C’est Bon Self-Guided Tours 🌈

    Ottawa, Ontario

    Thirsting for a self-guided experience of the ByWard Market’s food scene? The C’est Bon self-guided tour is your ticket! Explore the ByWard Market via a geo-localized digital map that you download on your phone. You’ll weave your way through the historic ByWard Market, discovering special points of interest, interesting facts and little-known must-sees, and of course – eat your way through the neighbourhood! Prepaid food stops will be included on your quest – your map will lead you to these designated locations and they’ll prepare your food for you! Do the tour in a couple hours, or do it over the course of a day – the choice is yours!

    Note: A cell phone with a data plan is required for this experience. Available in English, French, and Spanish.

    🌈 C’est Bon Self-Guided Tours is Rainbow Registered! For more information about the Rainbow Registered program, check out this post: A Taste of Place at Rainbow Registered Canadian Businesses.

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  • Ottawa Cest Bon
    C’est Bon self-guided tours allow you to explore Ottawa's ByWard Market at your own pace.
  • Alberta Food Finder Game

    Alberta (various locations)

    The Alberta Food Tours Food Finder Game is a self-guided food tour delivered with private access on a GPS-enabled mobile device. Just purchase the tour you want on the website and immediately receive your game code by email. Then, download a free app called “Loquiz” and start by simply entering your team name and members (you can have up to 4 team members per device). 

    Tours include Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood, downtown Canmore, or the Edmonton to Jasper road trip.

    Note: A data-enabled mobile device with Android 5.1 and higher or iOS version 9.1 and higher is required to play.

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  • Alberta Food Tours
    Play the Food Finder Game in Calgary’s Kensington neighbourhood, downtown Canmore, or the Edmonton to Jasper road trip!
  • Spicy Jan's Tasty Road Trips

    Southwestern Ontario (various locations)

    When you book a Taste Adventure by Tasty Road Trips, you will enjoy the day with your own group, without a guide. All-inclusive means that you don’t have to take your wallet out at any time while following your itinerary. Spicy Jan curates all the details of each unique tour into an exclusive itinerary that will be emailed two days in advance of your tour.

    Southwestern Ontario destinations include Port Dover, Norfolk County, Paris, Ancaster, Stoney Creek, Brantford, and more. Happy exploring!

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  • Tasty Road Trips
    A Taste Adventure by Tasty Road Trips is pre-planned and prepaid, so you can complete it at your own pace!
  • Off the Eaten Track Culinary Walking Tours

    Victoria, BC (various locations)

    Off the Eaten Track loves celebrating local small businesses, discovering hidden gems, and showcasing the culinary culture of Vancouver Island. Whether you are a local on a “staycation” or a visitor exploring Victoria for the first time, their team strives to create a memorable foodie experience and an insider perspective on our beautiful and tasty city.

    Ready to start exploring? Book the Chocolate & Churches self-guided tour and indulge in decadent chocolate treats while discovering historical ecclesiastic architecture on a self-guided walking tour, or check out the James Bay self-guided tour and discover hidden gardens and local gastronomy on a self-guided food tour of Victoria's oldest suburb.

    Note: Tours are available 10:30am-5pm – there is no scheduled start time, just pick up your passport and start the tour anytime between those hours. The team will help you download the free app with the audio so that you can use your cell phone to listen to stories and follow the route.

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  • Off the Eaten Track chocolate
    With Off the Eaten Track, there's no tour guide, no groups, no time constraints. All you need is your cell phone and an appetite!
  • Niagara Self-Guided Food Tours

    Niagara, ON

    Explore the beautiful Garden City and the recent explosion of culinary talent across a variety of curated stops that will have you coming back for more! The Niagara Food Tours Foodie Passport is a self-guided tour that allows you to do a tour when and how you want. Enjoy the convenience of purchasing a passport that gives you 3 incredible food tastings with 3 alcohol pairings with selected restaurant partners. You’ll be able to schedule your tour stops whenever you want and in whatever order you want giving you the ultimate flexibility.

    Note: After purchase, you will be emailed a confirmation of your booking with instructions on how to pick up your Foodie Passport to collect stamps. The instructions will include the list of restaurants for your tastings to reserve a table for your desired time and day. In order to redeem the tastings, you’ll need to pick up your Foodie Passport at the designated restaurant partner first.

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  • Niagara Food Tours
    Self-guided Niagara Food Tours allow you to enjoy great food and drinks on your schedule!
  • Taste the City

    Multiple locations across Canada

    Taste the City tastings are a digitally guided, all-inclusive tasting experience, including your reservations, pre-set menu, timers to pace your exploration, and pre-payment at each location. Over the course of the evening, you’ll visit 3-4 restaurants within walking distance, enjoying a small curated plate at each spot. No need to pull out your wallet or look at the menu, Taste the City will do all the thinking for you, so all you have to do is book, show up and enjoy!

    Cities include:

    • Toronto, ON
    • Victoria, BC
    • Calgary, AB
    • Winnipeg, MB
    • Waterloo, ON

    Note: A cell phone with data is required for this experience. 

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  • Taste the City
    Taste the City’s unique approach allows you to explore the vibrant restaurant culture in a new neighbourhood.

Prefer a guided food experience? Check out our recent tour of St. Lawrence Market with the Culinary Adventure Co.! To sign up for the Made in Canada tour or one of their other great Toronto foodie tours, click here