Spacing Magazine is pleased to announce the commencement of this season’s Heritage Toronto walking tours. The first tour begins this Saturday, April 19, in Rosedale, and kicks off the 14th year of these free tours.
Have you ever wondered about the story behind that building on the corner, the creek that used to run through that ravine, or your neighbourhood’s most infamous resident? Heritage Toronto Walks take you to the streets to hear the stories our City can tell. The tours are researched, designed and led by local historians, community groups and professionals, who volunteer their time and energy. Covering all areas of the City, our walk leaders bring Toronto’s past to life.
Spacing Magazine is the promoting partner for the walks, so we will announce each one as they come up, but you can take a peek at all the planned walks here. Put on your patrician pants and fancy walking shoes for Rosedale tomorrow, it looks like it will be a good one.
This prestigious neighbourhood was named after the estate of Sheriff William Botsford Jarvis and his wife Mary Powell, members of Toronto’s early 19th century elite. Set amongst wooded ravines, the area developed slowly due to its isolation from the city and to various economic downturns. As a result, it boasts buildings representing a variety of 19th and 20th century architectural styles.
LEADERS: Janet Langdon and Elaine Campbell (in English); La Société d’histoire de Toronto (in French)
START POINT: Parkette in front of Rosedale Subway Station, E side of Yonge St
START TIME: 1:30PM
FINISH POINT: Ancroft Pl (near Sherbourne and Bloor Streets)
LENGTH: Approx. 2 hours
FOCUS: Architectural, historical
DIFFICULTY: Long walk on sidewalks, some slopes
Photo by Nate Archer.