April 18, 2008
by Canadian Architect
Discover Toronto’s unique architecture and rich history through ROMwalks, a series of free, guided walking tours of the city. From May to October, tour leaders from the Royal Ontario Museum’s (ROM) Department of Museum Volunteers will lead the public through some of the city’s most distinctive neighbourhoods, visiting Toronto landmarks and illuminating their architectural and historical significance.
The 2008 ROMwalks series kicks off on Sunday, May 4 at 2:00 pm with Along the Front, which highlights the St. Lawrence Market, Flatiron Building, BCE Place, Dominion Public Building, Royal Bank Plaza, Royal York Hotel and Union Station.
Launched in 1980, the ROMwalks repertoire continues to expand, with 20 walks (up to 14 different walks given per season) and two ROMwalks Plus. This summer, ROMwalks will offer two new walks. Yorkville: A Tollgate Village includes historical sites such as the library, fire hall, Heliconian Club, Hazelton Lanes, Church of the Redeemer and selected 19th-century homes. A brand new ROMwalk Plus, (Rosedale Part Two is the sequel to the Rosedale Walk and explores a different area of this early suburb intended for Toronto’s wealthy and influential citizens.
Walks take place on most Sundays at 2:00 pm and Wednesdays at 6:00 pm and last from one and one half to two hours. Look for the blue ROM umbrella at the starting point of each ROMwalk. A complete schedule of ROMwalks, with meeting points and highlights can be found at www.rom.on.ca/programs/rom_travel/index.php?keyword=&offering_ids%5B%5D=3&start_date=2008-04-10&end_date=2009-03-10&cat_id=2&ref=searchresult&submit=Search
The tours are free to the public, with the exception of private group walks and ROMwalks Plus walks (see below). Please call 416.586.5799 or visit www.rom.on.ca for additional information.