Everyone has seen a Segway but most people have not had the opportunity to ride on one. I always see mall cops or security guards riding them around and thought that would it be fun to ride one. I recently got the opportunity to check out what it was all about when I was in Toronto to attend a Travel Blogger Convention called TBEX.
As a part of attending the conference there were various tours put on by Tourism Toronto that we were able to sign up for. I was lucky enough to get a spot on the popular Segway Tour of the Distillery District.
I arrived for my tour at the Segway of Ontario shop and met the other participants on the tour. We signed the usual waivers and then went outside to begin training. The training started with a description of how to ride the Segway with the instructor showing us how everything worked. We then got our own Segway for some hands on training. We were taught how to go forward, backward, stop and turn.
There was a course of orange cones set up for us to practice our newly acquired skills. The instructors spent time with everyone to make sure that we were comfortable with the controls before leaving on the tour. It really was pretty easy and I quickly found out the trick was to relax and not be tense when standing on them.
After everyone was trained we set off on a tour of the Distillery District. The Distillery District is on the grounds of the old Gooderham & Worts Distillery which was once the largest distillery in Canada. Most of the original buildings have been preserved and are now a mix of retail, restaurants, offices and residential. It is a really cool area and I would have liked to spend more time there.
The tour took us in and around the different sections of the District with stops along the way to talk about the history of the area.
I really enjoyed the tour and seeing the Distillery District and would recommend it if you are visiting Toronto.
Disclaimer: The tour was provided by Segway of Ontario. All opinions expressed are my own.