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Heritage Toronto walking tours this weekend: Riverdale Homes and People, and Beaconsfield Village

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This weekend’s Heritage Toronto walking tours are a great way to get out and explore the city (free + no reservations required):

Riverdale Homes and People
Saturday, June 28 – 1:30 PM

Leaders: Gerald Whyte, Riverdale Historical Society
Start Point: Historic Don Jail, NW Corner of Broadview and Gerrard Streets
Finish Point: Broadview St and Riverdale Ave
Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks, some park grounds

Explore an old and historically significant neighbourhood. Hear stories about life east of the Don River: the oldest house; homes of the wealthy, gardeners, merchants and clerks; recreation and incarceration.

Beaconsfield Village
Sunday, June 29 – 1:30 PM

Leaders: Jon Harstone
Start Point: South side of Queen St W at Beaconsfield Ave (W of Dovercourt Rd)
Finish Point: Queen St W and Dovercourt Rd
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks

In the early 1880s, the developers of Beaconsfield Village created a middle-class community that was inspired by the ‘street-car suburbs’ that were common in the United States. We’ll examine the role of developers, architects and builders in creating this unusual Victorian community.

Photo by Kevin Steele