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Heritage Toronto walking tours this weekend: Hanlan’s Point and the Lighthouse, and Theatres in Old Toronto

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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):

NEW! Our Favourite Sands: Hanlan’s Point and the Lighthouse
Saturday, July 5 – 11:00 AM

Leaders: Société d’histoire de Toronto and Heritage Toronto
Start Point: Toronto Ferry Terminal, foot of Bay St behind Harbour Castle Westin Hotel – meet inside ferry terminal in waiting area (11:00 AM); or at Hanlan’s Point Ferry Dock (11:30 AM)
Finish Point: Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, Toronto Island
Duration: Approx. 1 ½ to 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Long walk (about 2.5 km) on park grounds and paths, rough ground

In 2008, Toronto Island marks two significant anniversaries – 150 years since a violent storm turned what was a sand peninsula into an island; and 200 years since the lighthouse was built on Gibraltar Point. Explore the western portion of the Island from Hanlan’s to Gibraltar Point and hear how the landscape and use of the Island has changed dramatically over the years. Tours will be offered in English and French, with a special tour (in English) for school-aged children and their families.

Bring a picnic lunch and join us after the tour for a 200th birthday celebration in honour of the lighthouse at the Gibraltar Point Centre for the Arts, held in partnership with Toronto Parks & Recreation and Island residents. Festivities begin at 1:00 PM, with official remarks and a Heritage Toronto plaque presentation at 1:30 PM.

Note: Participants must pay own fare for the ferry
(Adults $6.50; Students/Seniors $3.50; Juniors under 14 $2.50. Cash only). Visit or call 416-392-8193 for more details.

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Theatres in Old Toronto
Sunday, July 6 – 1:30 PM

Leaders: Theatre Museum Canada
Start Point: SE corner of Bay and Adelaide Streets

Finish Point: The Distillery Historic District, Trinity and Mill Streets

Duration: Approx 2 hours

Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks

Visit sites where theatres once stood, and learn about the buildings – old and new – that now house some of Toronto’s world-renowned performing arts groups.

Spacing is pleased to be the promoting sponsor of the Heritage Toronto walking tours.



  1. They’re also offering a harbour tour on the Trilliam. Does anyone know if the Trillium allows bicycles on board?

  2. Let me be the first wise guy to ask if the Hanlan’s tour is “clothing optional”.


  3. the ‘theatres’ tour is listed as starting at 1:30 and finishing at 3:30 on the Heritage Toronto site.