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Events Guide: This weekend’s Heritage Toronto walking tours and Black Creek Historic Brewery Opening

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Leslieville (NEW!) – SATURDAY, JUNE 20 @ 10:00 AM

In the mid 1800s, gardener George Leslie began a plant nursery business near the shores of Ashbridges Bay. Hear about his contribution to Toronto’s forest and gardens as well as stories of some of the other residents and businesses of this one-time postal village.

After the tour, join Heritage Toronto, LEAF (Local Enhancement and Appreciation of Forests), Councillor Paula Fletcher and local residents at the Leslieville Tree Festival (Celebrating 125 years of Leslieville joining the City of Toronto) in Leslie Grove Park at 12:00pm for a Heritage Toronto plaque presentation in celebration of George Leslie.

Leader: Joanne Doucette
Start Point: Ashbridge Estate, 1444 Queen St. E, just west of Woodfield Rd.
Finish Point: Leslie Grove Park, Queen St. E at Jones Ave
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: pavement, park grounds, one long slope

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Campus and Cosmos: Astronomy in Toronto (NEW!) – SUNDAY, JUNE 21 @ 1:30 PM

Celebrate the 400th anniversary of Galileo’s development of the telescope and the International Year of Astronomy with this tour exploring Toronto’s astronomical heritage. Hear about the people and organizations who have contributed to the development of astronomy in Toronto, an international centre for astronomical research and education, on this stroll around the University of Toronto area.

Leader: John Percy, University of Toronto
Start Point: Bloor St. West and Devonshire Place (near Varsity Stadium)
Finish Point: St George Street and Russel Ave, one block north of College street
Length: Approx. 2 hours
Walk Difficulty: pavement, some rough ground, average walk on lawn

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

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Black Creek Historic Brewery Opens!

Black Creek Pioneer Village is pleased to announce the opening of Black Creek Historic Brewery – an authentic working reproduction of a 19th century brewery set in the heart of a beautifully recreated 1860s’ Ontario village. Toronto’s newest tourist destination uses traditional tools, techniques and recipes to recreate the ales, stouts and porters enjoyed in Upper Canada before Confederation. Because everything is done by hand on a small scale, the Black Creek Historic Brewery provides a unique opportunity for learning about beer and the brewing process. And visitors can complete the experience with a glass of Black Creek ale in the Brewery restaurant and pub.

WHAT: Black Creek Historic Brewery
WHEN: Daily until the end of the year, with two guided tours of the Brewery each day
WHERE: Black Creek Pioneer Village, 1000 Murray Ross Parkway (one block east of Jane St., south of Steeles Avenue, right next to York University), Toronto
HOW MUCH: Included in general admission to Village ($15/14/11), guided tours an additional $4
WEBSITE: Black Creek Brewery

Photo courtesy of the Toronto Archives (Series 71, item 11825)