Heritage Toronto announces 2012 spring program of walking tours: 39 free neighbourhood walks

This year is Heritage Toronto’s 18th year of delivering free heritage walking tours all across the city. Held most weekends from April to September, this year’s 39 Heritage Toronto tours offer residents and visitors an opportunity to discover Toronto’s architecture, explore our natural heritage and hear stories of the diverse residents who came before.

The Heritage Toronto Walks program is a true community project. The tours are researched, designed and led by local historians, groups and professionals from across the city, who all volunteer their time and energy.

In 2012, several significant local anniversaries are highlighted with a number of new walks. This year marks the start of the bicentennial commemoration of the War of 1812. A number of walking tours, including our Exhibition Place and the Battle of York, 1813 tour (June 22, 7:00pm) will visit some of the sites from the war era that lie hidden below familiar neighbourhoods. 

Heritage Toronto also remembers the 175th anniversary of the 1837 Rebellion of Upper Canada with the Eglinton: Montgomery and the Rebellion of 1837 tour (June 3, 10:00am), which will visit the neighbourhood of the rebels’ gathering place, Montgomery’s Tavern. The 1849: The Rebel Returns! tour (July 14, 1:30pm) will explore the reaction to rebel leader William Lyon Mackenzie’s amnesty and return to Toronto in 1849.

Other new walks this spring include: DAggie’s Wildflowers (May 12, 1:30pm), James Ellis: Architect of the Junction (June 10, 1:30pm), and The Art Deco Towers of Bay Street (June 16, 10:00am). There will be more walks to come in the July to September schedule, which will be published in June.

All of our walking tours are free and no reservations are required in order to attend. Walks usually run about an hour and a half to two hours in length. Tours go rain or shine! For full descriptions of the spring walks, please visit Heritage Toronto’s website at www.heritagetoronto.org or call the Heritage Toronto Information Line at 416.338.3886.

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. The Heritage Toronto Walks Program is generously supported by TD Bank Group.