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Heritage Toronto walking tours this weekend: Faces on Places, Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek, and Colourful Corktown

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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! Faces on Places: Gargoyles and Other Architectural Ornament
Saturday, August 23 – 1:30 PM

Leaders: Terry Murray
Start Point: Front steps of Old City Hall, 60 Queen St W at Bay
Finish Point: Yonge and Dundas Streets
Duration: Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks

Look up…and what do you see? Writer and photographer Terry Murray spent 10 years hunting the many creatures adorning Toronto’s buildings. Explore some of that world with her. Be sure to bring your binoculars!

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Edwards Gardens and Wilket Creek
Sunday, August 24 – 1:30 PM

Leaders: Friends of the Don East and Toronto Botanical Garden
Start Point: Edwards Gardens, 777 Lawrence Ave E at Leslie; entrance kiosk in SW corner of parking lot
Finish Point: Same as start point
Duration: Approx. 1.5 hours
Walk Difficulty: Rough ground and hills

Discover the history of the families behind this beautiful Toronto park and the creation of the Toronto Botanical Garden. Hear about on-going efforts to restore the natural heritage of the site.

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Colourful Corktown
Sunday, August 24 – 1:30 PM

Leaders: Shirley Hartt
Start Point: Little Trinity Anglican Church, 425 King St E at Trinity St, 1 block E of Parliament St
Finish Point: Queen St E and Sumach St
Duration: Approx. 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Average walk on sidewalks

Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest areas, retains a rich stock of heritage buildings. Hear some of the stories of the area – from the site of the First Parliament Buildings of Upper Canada, to the saga of Thornton and Lucy Blackburn, fugitive slaves who were leaders of the Black community in 19th century Toronto.

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

Photo by Steven de Sousa