Heritage Toronto announces 2010 summer program of free walking tours

In 2010, Heritage Toronto is celebrating its 16th year of free historic walking tours. Held most weekends until October, Heritage Toronto Walks are a great way for residents and visitors alike to discover the people, places, events and stories of the city.


Eight new walks that are part of the schedule this summer include The Trees of Queens Park, William Lyon Mackenzie: Toronto’s First Mayor and Faces on Places: Toronto’s Architectural Sculpture.


Heritage Toronto Walks is a true community project. The tours are researched, designed and led by local historians, groups and professionals from across the city, who volunteer their time and energy. Walks are free and no reservations are required in order to attend.


This year’s July to October schedule includes the following tours:


* Wednesday, July 28 – 7:00om: The Exhibition Grounds

* Saturday, August 7 – 1:30pm: Cabbagetown – South

* Sunday, August 8 – 1:30pm: Baby Point: 10,000 Years of History

* Saturday, August 14 – 10:00am: The Trees of Queen’s Park (NEW)

* Saturday, August 14 – 1:30pm: William Lyon Mackenzie: Toronto’s First Mayor (NEW)

* Sunday, August 15 – 1:30pm: The Howards of High Park

* Saturday, August 21 – 11:00am: The Royal Alexandra Theatre and its Neighbourhood

* Sunday, August 22 – 1:30pm: Faces on Places: Toronto’s Architectural Sculpture (NEW)

* Saturday, August 28 – 1:30pm: The Natural Heritage of the Scarborough Bluffs (NEW)

* Sunday, August 29 – 11:00am: The Danforth

* Saturday, September 11 – 1:30pm: Marlborough to Summerhill

* Sunday, September 12 – 10:00am: Old Town (NEW)

* Sunday, September 19 – 1:00pm: Fort York and the Garrison Commons: Urban Development, Battlefields, Graves and Condos

* Saturday, September 25 – 10:30am: Toronto Botanical Garden and Edwards Gardens (NEW)

* Sunday, September 26 – 11:00am: Yorkville

* Saturday, October 2 – 10:30am: Library to Library in Riverdale (NEW)


For full descriptions of Heritage Toronto Walks, please visit www.heritagetoronto.org or call the Heritage Toronto Information Line at 416.338.3886.


The Heritage Toronto Walks Program is generously supported by TD Canada Trust and TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. Heritage Toronto works with the citizens of Toronto to

advocate for, preserve, and promote a greater appreciation for our city’s rich heritage. Through partnerships with local community groups and volunteers, Heritage Toronto works to heighten awareness of our shared history by providing city-wide programs and services. Programs include free neighbourhood walking tours, our downloadable iTours, the annual Heritage Toronto Awards and William Kilbourn Memorial Lecture, a heritage plaques and markers program and participation in Doors Open Toronto.