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Heritage Toronto walking tours this weekend: The Howards of High Park and the Danforth

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The Howards of High Park – SATURDAY, JUNE 6 @ 1:30 PM

Mystery, myths and the mistress! Explore the lives of John Howard, one of the first architects to come to York (1832) and the founder of High Park, and his wife Jemima, on this stroll round the gardens of Colborne Lodge and vicinity.

Leader: Catherine Raven, Colborne Lodge Museum
Start Point: Colborne Lodge, Colborne Lodge Dr, north of the Queensway. Meet at Lodge entrance sign by the parking lot
Length: Approx. 1 ½ to 2 hours
Finish Point: Park Superintendent’s Cottage, about 5 minutes walk south of The Grenadier Restaurant, Colborne Lodge Dr
Walk Difficulty: some stairs and slopes, rough park ground

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The Danforth – SUNDAY, JUNE 7 @ 11 AM

The “Danforth” used to pass through open fields and market gardens. Today we find an interesting mix of structures and sites: from the home of William Peyton Hubbard, the first African-Canadian member of Toronto City Council, to the reborn Music Hall Theatre.

Leader: Stephanie Thomas
Start Point: City Adult Learning Centre, 1 Danforth Ave (south side of Danforth, next to Prince Edward Viaduct) west of Broadview Subway Station
Finish Point: Danforth and Gough Avenues
Length: Approx. 1 ½ to 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: Long walk on pavement

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Spacing is pleased to be the promoting sponsor of the Heritage Toronto walking tours. All walks are free, and no reservations are required.

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Archives (Fonds 1244, file 1244, item 0048)