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Heritage Toronto walking tours this weekend: Lambton Mills, and African-Canadian Women in Early 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):

Lambton Mills
Saturday, August 9 – 1:30 PM

Leaders: Madeleine McDowell
Start Point: Dundas St W and Runnymede Rd
Finish Point: Lambton House, 4066 Old Dundas St on the east bank of the Humber River
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks, some hills

The Village of Lambton Mills grew up around the mills established in the early 1800s where Dundas Street crossed the Humber River, an excellent source of water power. The village continued to thrive until 1915 when a spring flood, and later fire, destroyed many of the buildings.

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African-Canadian Women in Early Toronto
Sunday, August 10 – 1:00 PM

Leaders: Mackenzie House Museum
Start Point: South St. Lawrence Market, 95 Front St E at Jarvis

Finish Point: Mackenzie House, 82 Bond St, S of Dundas St
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks

Hear the stories of African-Canadian women who resisted their enslavement in the days when some Toronto residents had slaves, as well as later women who worked to assist fugitive slaves from the U.S. and bring about the abolition of slavery south of the border.

Photo by Alan Brown