Huntington Society hosting Toronto architectural walking tour

Join the Toronto Chapter of the Huntington Society of Canada for the 20th Annual Wiswell Family Gems Walk featuring the Downtown West Neighbourhood. Every year, the group gathers in a different neighbourhood to explore the fascinating history that can be found within Toronto’s architecture. The walk ends with a social at the Elephant and Castle for participants to reminisce about the walk and meet other families affected by Huntington disease (HD). Please feel free to attend the social even if you are not participating in the walk.

Huntington Disease, Architectural walking tour, Toronto
The Royal Alexandra Theatre, a prominent example of Toronto Beaux-Arts architecture. Photo by Benson Kua via Wikimedia Commons.

This event is the inspiration of a local Toronto resident, Jim Wiswell, who loves the City’s neighbourhoods and is in the early stages of HD, a devastating neurological disease that has already claimed the life of his father.

20th Annual Wiswell Family Gems Walk + Social
Sunday April 29, 2018 — Walking Tour Begins at 2:00 p.m., Social Begins at 4:00 p.m.
Walk — Meet at David Pecaut Square, opposite the Royal Alexandra Theatre, 260 King St. West Social: Elephant & Castle, 212 King Street West

Huntington disease (HD) is a debilitating brain disorder that is fatal and incurable. About one in every 7,000 Canadians has HD and approximately one in every 5,500 is at-risk of developing the disease. Many more are touched by HD whether as a caregiver, a family member, or a friend. Huntington disease is often described as having the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and ALS – simultaneously. As the disease progresses, a person with Huntington’s become less able to manage movements, recall events, make decisions and control emotions. The disease leads to incapacitation and, eventually, death.

The Huntington Society of Canada (HSC) is a respected leader in the worldwide effort to find a meaningful treatment for Huntington disease. HSC is the only Canadian health charity dedicated to providing help and hope for families dealing with Huntington disease across Canada.

More detailed event information is available here. For Chapter and HD information visit