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Jane’s Walk Toronto Walk Listings 2019-04-18T17:07:47+00:00

JANE’S WALK 2019

The 2019 Jane’s Walk Festival occurs May 3-5th. If you are interested in hosting a Jane’s Walk – you can do it! Contact Cheryll.Case@Janeswalk.org if you have any questions. She’s happy to provide you the encouragement you need to get walking. If you’re ready to go, register your walk here.

UPCOMING WALKS

Jane’s Walks are taking place in neighbourhoods across the City. To see see where click here.

FRIDAY, MAY 3

Reimagining Thorncliffe Park: Building Connections
Led by Esel Panlaqui; Sadia Zafar; Esha Kidwai, with TNO-The Neighbourdhood Organization.

10:00 am – 12:15 pm | Meet at 18 Thorncliffe Park Drive. Look for the registration table.

This walk highlights the historical and cultural heritage of Thorncliffe Park and provide opportunity for residents to connect with their neighbours and share stories/memories and future visions.

Walk ends at 48 Overlea Blvd.

The Role of Public Markets in Placemaking

Led by Samantha Wiles, with St. Lawrence Market Complex, City of Toronto.

12:00 pm – 1:15 pm | Meet at 92 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C4. Samantha will be wearing a St. Lawrence Market shirt

What makes a great public space, and what role can public markets play in placemaking? St. Lawrence Market is currently in the process of planning activities for 2019, and this walk is a great opportunity to help influence the thinking. Join us on this walking conversation as we discover the different types of public spaces in and around the St. Lawrence Market, and explore questions like:
– What makes a great public market, and what makes a market a great public space?
– What are the qualities of great public spaces?
– How do public and private spaces relate to each other? How can the public and private sectors work together to create welcoming and engaging spaces?

Walk ends at St. Lawrence South Market .

Malvern: Past, Present and Future
Led by Auriel Haynes with Malvern Action for Neighborhood Change.

11:00 am – 2:00 pm | Meet at 1575 Neilson Rd.

we will meet by the Neilson Park 1800’s Stone House & Community Garden and walk south towards a small forested area in a new business hub. We will discuss the ever evolving landscape of the area and the importance of protecting the green-spaces and wildlife that still call Malvern home. The walk will end at the Malvern Library. There will be stops at the new skate park, places of worship, local businesses, community hubs and gardens.

Walk ends at 30 Sewells Road.

Six Points Interchange: Walk ‘Back to the Future’
Led by Allison Reid and Kellie Spence, with the City of Toronto.
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Meet at Six Points Park (10 Viking Lane). They will be wearing safety vests.

An exciting transformation is taking place in Etobicoke Centre! Join City of Toronto designers Allison Reid and Kellie Spence for a guided walk through the emerging Six Points reconfiguration.
Look back and learn about the local history and
evolution of the “spaghetti junction.” See today where the bridges are demolished and experience firsthand the new roadway connections, sidewalks and streetscape designs. Look forward to the possibilities ahead and share in the vision for future development, including the planned Etobicoke Civic Centre, community spaces, civic square and public parks. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to walk “back to the future”.

Walk ends at Six Points Park, 10 Viking Lane

Harbord Village West
Led Richard Longley,  Former President of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario. Walk leader will be outside the Brunswick House Rexall drugstore.
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm | Meet at 481 Bloor St. W. Toronto ON M5S 1Y2

This Walk is a sequel to last year’s Harbord Village East Walk.
Explore the human and architectural history of one of Toronto’s most interesting downtown neighbourhoods. Walk includes (exteriors only) the Brunswick House, the bank that is now Pauper’s Pub, HotDocs Cinema, Honest Ed’s re-development, the church that is now the Randolph Centre for the Arts, Central Technical School, Hose Station No 8 (now Fire Hall 315) and the church of St Stephen in the Fields. Walk ends at the entrance to Kensington Market.

Issues will include neighborhood history and architecture, gentrification for and against, heritage conservation districts

Walk ends at College St at Augusta Ave, entrance to Kensington Market (midway between Spadina and Bathurst).

#peace4scarborough
Led by Warden Woods Community Centre & ZERO GUN Violence Movement.
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm | Meet at 74 Firvalley Court, Scarborough.

Every day we have opportunities to choose peace in our lives. For the past five years, we have walked the neighbourhood with you, declaring that we stand for peace, non-violence and for a community that is welcoming and free of bias and discrimination. The 5th Anniversary event for #Peace4Scarborough #Peace4the6ix will be a celebration of the peace that we have managed to achieve everyday as well as an acknowledgement of the acts of violence that have necessitated this annual recommitment to peace. We will remember the lives of victims, the avoidable tragedies and the lingering loss, through a lens of eternal hope for an enduring and entirely possible, peace. We would like to ask walkers to wear white or light blue as a show of unity. 

Walk ends at 74 Firvalley Court.

Queer East: From the Toolbox to Church
Led by Geraldine Cahill. Geraldine will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign.
5:30 pm – 7:00 pm | Meet at the small parking lot on the North East side of Morse and Eastern (510 Eastern Ave)

If you catch yourself staring at the north-west corner of Eastern Ave and Morse St, there is no reason to imagine this was once a gay landmark, just steps away from Toronto’s Hells Angels headquarters. But so it was. The Queer East Jane’s Walk will explore what other hidden histories exist in Leslieville and Riverdale, including unlikely queer hot spots and enduring queer-friendly businesses and community hubs. Join us as we kick-off Jane’s Walk 2019 celebrating Toronto’s lesser-celebrated but still deeply significant, queer neighbourhood.

Walk ends at the Metropolitan Community Church 115 Simpson Ave, Toronto, ON M4K 1A1.

Kindness and Joy in the Financial District
Led by Alia Scanlon, who will be by the big pink Waterfront TO sign and holding a Jane’s Walk sign.

6:00 pm – 7:30 pm| Meet at HTO Park (339 Queens Quay W, by the big pink Waterfront TO sign)

Our environment has a HUGE impact on our emotional well-being and social behavior. How does living in a city make us feel and act towards one another? We’ll wander Toronto’s downtown South Core District to explore what about our city makes us feel (or not feel) kind, joyful, and content as residents of a dense urban community.

Walk ends at Union Station.

Local Library History
Led by Emily Macrae.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm | Meet outside the the Lillian H. Smith Branch (239 College St).

This Walk explores the origins and evolution the world’s busiest urban library system: from the architectural styles that define different approaches to shared spaces to changing role of technology like radio broadcasts of children’s stories in the 1940s and 3D printing classes today.

Walk ends at the Toronto Reference Library.

Walk as Workout
Led Lee Scott with WoW Power Walkin. They will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign.
7:30 pm – 9:45 pm | Meet in Kingsmill Park , 9 Catherine Street

Do you love walking? Would you like to get more fit from walking? Come out to this vigorous fresh air walking session with Lee Scott, international fitness presenter and co-author of the The Walking Solution

Walk ends at Etienne Brule Park, 2 Catherine Street

SATURDAY, MAY 4

Bridging the Don: The Prince Edward Viaduct
Led by Lori Zuppinger, Todmorden Mills, who will be wearing a red TO Historic Sites Shirt

9:15 am – 11:15 am| Meet at Southeast corner of Bloor & Sherbourne

Opened in three phases concluding in 1919, the Prince Edward (Bloor) Viaduct is such an iconic part of the cityscape that it is hard to imagine Toronto without it. But bridging this gap between east and west was a massive challenge – and not just in the technical sense. Join us for a guided walk and learn about the controversy over what was once called a ‘bridge to nowhere’, as well as the viaduct’s impact on the neighbourhoods on either side of the Don Valley.

Walk ends at Chester subway station.

Art Tour of the Lower Don Valley
Led by Floyd Ruskin.

10:00 am – 11:30 am| Meet at the Corner of Bayview and Mill Street. Floyd will be by the large sculpture on the corner.

Meet at the corner of Bayview and Mill Street. Look for the orange Jane’s Walk banner.
A first of a kind Art Tour of the Lower Don Valley. Join Floyd Ruskin from A Park for All and friends as we share the art in the valley. The walk will include both public and privately curated works along with artwork in less structured elements. We begin in Corktown Commons with the world renowned ‘No Shoes’ by Mike di Suvero. Eleven works are highlighted on the walk before we complete the tour at the Don Valley BrickWorks. Discussions will revolve around not only the pieces themselves, but also the importance of art in unexpected and public places. At the brickworks we will have an additional opportunity to view installations by artist in residence Ferruccio Sardella, David Hind and others.

Approximately one and a half hours‎

No washrooms until the Don Valley Brickworks.Fully accessible only at Corktown Commons, Pottery Road and Don Valley Brick Works

The start and finish are easily reached by public transit:

Walk ends at Don Valley Brickworks

High Park Stories
Led by Richard Fiennes-Clinton with Colborne Lodge, City of Toronto.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm| Meet at the High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive). Look for the person holding the white parasol.

Ever since John and Jemima Howard conveyed their land to the create High Park in 1873 , it’s been a sanctuary for people looking to escape from the frantic pace of the city. On this special tour for Jane’s Walk, you’ll hear some of the history of the Howards, and how High Park began. We also want to hear your stories and memories of High Park! The tour ends at the Howards’ Tomb adjacent to Colborne Lodge, their home from 1837 till 1890, and now a historic house museum.

Walk ends at the Howard Tomb Monument, across from Colborne Lodge Museum, 11 Colborne Lodge Drive.

 

 

Beyond Blossoms
Led by Jenny and Clarissa with the High Park Nature Centre.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm| Meet at the High Park Nature Centre (375 Colborne Lodge Drive). Clarissa or Jenny will be in front of the Nature Centre at 10:15 am

Cherry blossoms draw thousands of people to High Park every spring but did you know that High Park is also home to the Black Oak Savannah, a nationally endangered ecosystem? Learn about how it was almost lost but thanks to a little flower was found again. All ages are welcome.

Walk ends at High Park Nature Centre, 375 Colborne Lodge Drive

 

 

Riverside Wild Plant Walk

Led by Danette Steele, with Riverside BIA.

11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Meet at 765 Queen St East, corner of Queen/Saulter Library. The leader will be using a Riverside Shirt and we’ll have a bright pink sign.

If you would like to learn to identify local plants that are good for food, medicine and pollinators – come out and enjoy this Riverside Walk! Enjoy springtime walk through the Riverside neighbourhood with our local herbalist Danette Steele. She will share stories about the history and the medicinal + nutritional benefits of the plants that we find along the way. During this gently paced walk, we will wander through laneways, parks and gardens.
You will gain new insights into the green world that surrounds us in the city after you meet some wild plant friends –like Dandelion, Motherwort, Plantain and Goosefoot. Bring your travel mug as herbal teas are provided a few minutes before the walk!

Walk ends at Joel Weeks Park.

The Role of Public Markets in Placemaking

Led by Samantha Wiles, with St. Lawrence Market Complex, City of Toronto.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Meet at 92 Front Street East, Toronto, ON M5E 1C4. Samantha will be wearing a St. Lawrence Market shirt

What makes a great public space, and what role can public markets play in placemaking? St. Lawrence Market is currently in the process of planning activities for 2019, and this walk is a great opportunity to help influence the thinking. Join us on this walking conversation as we discover the different types of public spaces in and around the St. Lawrence Market, and explore questions like:
– What makes a great public market, and what makes a market a great public space?
– What are the qualities of great public spaces?
– How do public and private spaces relate to each other? How can the public and private sectors work together to create welcoming and engaging spaces?

Walk ends at St. Lawrence South Market .

The French and British Forts of Toronto by Bicycle
Led by David Juliusson with support from Fort York and Heritage York

11:00 am – 1:00 pm| Meet at 4066 Old Dundas St, York, M6S 2R6.

For a unique “Jane’s Walk” bicycling is an exciting way to view Toronto’s early history. Beginning with exhibits at Lambton House, operated by Heritage York, at the edge of Toronto Carrying Place trail, ride to “Teiaiagon,” a 17th century Seneca village and Le Magasin Royal, circa 1720. Follow the Humber Bicycle Trails south and along the Martin Goodman Trail where Fort Rouillé, the last French Fort once stood, ending at Fort York, a British fort and the place where urban Toronto (then York) was founded. The bicycle tour includes free admission to Fort York National Historical Site. Doors open at Lambton House at 10:30am.

Walk ends at Fort York National Historic Site, 250 Fort York Blvd, Toronto, M5V 3K9. Free admission to Fort York National Historic Site at the conclusion of the bicycle tour. .

 

 

Whose Sidewalk Are You On‎?
Led by Adam Vaughan, Member of Parliament for Spadina-Fort York and Bianca Wylie, Co-founder Tech Reset Canada.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm| Meet at Harbour Square Park (25 Queens Quay W, Toronto, ON). The walk leaders will be holding small Canadian flags .

A walk along the waterfront from Bay St to Cherry St with Bianca Wylie and ‎Adam Vaughan. Follow along as the pair stroll down the sidewalk to Quayside, the site of the Sidewalk Labs proposal, and trade thoughts on what’s at stake as Google tries to strike a deal with Waterfront Toronto. Tech, Talk and Walk

Walk ends at 307 Lake Shore Blvd E.

 

 

Strolling in Mount Pleasant Cemetery
Led by Dean Mart Salumäe with Estonian Studies Centre/Museum of Estonians Abroad (VEMU).

11:00 am – 12:30 pm| Meet at 5 Heath Crescent. Look for a blue-black-white Estonian flag.

This Estonian-themed Jane’s Walk will be a tour of Mount Pleasant Cemetery led by Dean Mart Salumäe. It will begin at section 46 in Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

During the tour, we will look at the resting place of Estonians in Mount Pleasant Cemetery. We will also discuss burial traditions and how they have changed over time, as well as how Canadian traditions have mixed with traditions brought along from the homeland. We will also explore the cemetery and remember well-known Canadians that rest at this cemetery.

The tour will end at 12:30pm with a discussion and coffee at St. Peter’s Church (817 Mt Pleasant Rd.).

Walk ends at St. Peter’s Church (817 Mt. Pleasant Rd.)

 

 

Bike Ride to First Nation’s History – Tabor Hill
Led by Erhard Kraus with Friends of Cedarbrook and Thompon Memorial Parks.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm| Meet at Thomson Memorial Park (1005 Brimley Rd). Look for the bicycle with the yellow side car.

Join an excursion to Tabor Hill, the First Nation’s ancient burial ground and most visible FN legacy in Toronto. The ride starts in the parking lot of Thomson Memorial Park, follows the Meadoway Corridor and some local streets to Tabor Hill.
The ride is at a comfortable pace of about 10km/hr, it stays on multi-use paths and small residential streets and returns the same route. As a choice, one can join a group that will extend the ride to visit Scarborough’s new bike Hub at Orton Park and Lawrence Avenue.

The ride will return to the starting point

 

Kindness and Joy in the Financial District
Led by Alia Scanlon, who will be by the big pink Waterfront TO sign and holding a Jane’s Walk sign.

10:00 am – 11:30 am| Meet at HTO Park (339 Queens Quay W, by the big pink Waterfront TO sign)

Our environment has a HUGE impact on our emotional well-being and social behavior. How does living in a city make us feel and act towards one another? We’ll wander Toronto’s downtown South Core District to explore what about our city makes us feel (or not feel) kind, joyful, and content as residents of a dense urban community.

Walk ends at Union Station.

Sunnylea: Glimpses of the Past Hiding in Plain Sight
Led by Pamela Gough and Heather Gough
10:30 am – 12:15 pm | Meet at Royal York Subway Station by Royal York and Bloor St. Walk leaders will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign.

Discover the many clues to the past hidden in plain sight in the small Etobicoke community of Sunnylea. Join former Etobicoke-Lakeshore public school trustee Pamela Gough and her daughter, raised in Sunnylea, on a walk through this quiet leafy neighbourhood. You’ll see evidence of the original forests and farmlands & visit the WW2 era school with a bomb shelter in its basement that gave the community its name. You’ll hear stories of dislocation, triumph, heroism and heartbreak. As we connect with the past, we’ll also talk about what the future might hold for Sunnylea.

Walk ends at Grenview Blvd and Bloor Street

Bond Street: An Urban Archeology Tour
Led by the Mackenzie House Staff
10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Meet at 82 Bond Street. Tour leader will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign.

This walking tour will look at the diverse historical layers of one of Toronto’s most fascinating streets. Churches, an early synagogue, publishing houses and the last home of the famous rebel William Lyon Mackenzie; this street packs a huge amount of Toronto history into a few short blocks.

100% guaranteed to tell you something about this city that you do not yet know.

Walk ends at 82 Bond Street.

Discover West End Hidden Gem! Mural Artwalk
Led by the Village of Islington BIA
10:00 – 11:30 am | Meet at 4709 Dundas St W. Walk Leaders will be in the Montgomery’s Inn parking lot holding a big blue sign.

Come explore the art and history of Toronto’s Village of Murals. You’ll see 28 amazing building-sized artworks and hear the fascinating stories behind them. Learn how pioneers lived, settlers played, battles were fought and disasters were overcome in this Etobicoke neighbourhood. Fun and popular tour since 2012!

Walk ends in Montgomery’s Inn parking lot 4709 Dundas W. or if you decide to wander away during the tour to explore area.

Malvern: Past, Present and Future
Led by Auriel Haynes with Malvern Action for Neighborhood Change.

11:00 am – 3:00 pm | Meet at 27 Tapscott Rd.

Ee will build on day ones theme with a trip to the Chinese Cultural Center, proposed Meadoway and Malvern Community Farm ending with a visit to Rouge Park.

Walk ends at 27 Tapascott Rd.

Trillium Park: Yours to Discover
Led by Ontario Place for All.

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Meet at William G. Davis Trail Rock, Ontario Place. Walk leaders will be holding an Ontario PLace for All Flag, and standing next to the William G. Davis Trail Stone Marker

We will discover the past, present and discuss the future of Ontario Place through this walk through Trillium Park. We will uncover the many secrets of the park that honour the origins of our city, and the origin of Ontario Place. Discover why Ontario Place must remain public for all Ontarians to discover and enjoy!

Walk ends at the end of Trillium Park

Empire, War, Meatpacking: Ossington Psychogeography
Led by Benj Hellie, with the the Ossington Community Association. Benj will be wearing Ossington Community Association clothing.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm| Meet at Lipstick & Dynamite, 992 Queen St West, Toronto

The Ossington Strip psychogeography is very unusual: self-contained (with clear endpoints at Queen and Dundas), short (at only 560m), and straight (if slightly curving); but projecting mystery, eluding comprehension, and inviting exploration, through its weird mix of buildings and many irregular, unpredictable entrances and exits: part of the city, yet somehow remote. (The laneways get even weirder.) Why? We look to (e.g.) fundamental geography, Simcoe’s 1793 imperial plan, two aristos with very different takes on the War of 1812, local meat barons and their labourers, Toronto’s first urban planner, an 1871 property tax revision, 1920s slum clearance, and 1960s immigration policy.

The Walk ends at Communist’s Daughter, 1149 Dundas West.

Toronto’s PATH – Network, History & Art Tour
Led by the Patrick Burke and Brodie Johnson of the Toronto Financial District BIA
11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Meet in front of the clock in front and outside of Union Station. The walkleaders will be holding a sign with the PATH logo.

The Toronto Financial District BIA will show you the highlights of the PATH, answer your questions and tell you how they’re working to improve signage so that more people can start using the PATH.

Walk ends at 181 Bay Street, Toronto, ON (Brookfield Place).

A Meandering History of the Lower Don
Led by Toronto journalist, John Lorinc
10:30 – 12:15 pm | Meet at the south west corner of King and Parliament. John will be wearing a black baseball hat that says “producer”.

The post-colonial history of the mouth of the Don River is also a meandering history of Toronto, from the earliest days of Muddy York to the current re-naturalization and flood protection project being undertaken by Waterfront Toronto. The walk will trace the evolution of this area, from the days when the colony first sprang up near the confluence of the Don and Taddle Creek, through the period when the Ashbridges marsh turned into a fetid dumping ground, and on to its landfilled incarnation as an industrial brownfield. The walk will culminate with a look at the construction of the new lower Don, and end at the place where the river will empty into the harbour, about five years from now.

The Walk will end at T&T Supermarket, 222 Cherry Street.

Wychwood Park
Led by Marilyn Spearin and Terry Marescaux with Community History Project.

11:30 am – 1:00 pm| Meet at Tollkeeper’s Cottage at Bathurst and Davenport. The walk leaders will be wearing Tollkeeper’s Cottage Tshirts

Wychwood Park is a little enclave of woods, beautiful houses, a pond, a creek, and a lot of history, in the heart of the city of Toronto.
The park was founded in the 1870s by artist Marmaduke Matthews and his friend Alexander Jardine, who bought 20 acres of land and built the first two houses, with the intention that the area be an artists’ colony. Architect Eden Smith designed many of the houses according to the principles of the Arts and Crafts movement. Walk around the park with us and see 300-year-old oak trees, turtles in the pond, and the former home of Marshall McLuhan.

Walk ends at the Wychwood Park gates on Davenport

Welcome to the Rouge!
Led by Marie and Ron with Rouge National Urban Park.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm| Meet at 7450 Kingston Rd, Scarborough, ON M1B 0B7. Our volunteers will be wearing red shirts

Welcome to the Rouge! Meet new friends and learn about what the Rouge has to offer in terms of Natural, Cultural and Agricultural heritage.

They will be doing a there and back loop. So the walk will end back at the Glen Rouge Campground

Ontario Place Yours to Re-Discover: Garrison Creek Ontario Place Trillium Park Bentway
Led by Richard Longley, Former President of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario
10:00 am – 12:30 pm | Meet at 5 Christie Street, Toronto ON, M6G 3B1, NW corner of Christie and Bloor West (Christie Pits opposite Christie subway station).

From the emergence of the land that is now Toronto at the end of the Ice Age to the city’s uncertain future. The centerpieces of this Jane’s walk are Ontario Place that is threatened with development that could destroy it, Toronto’s newest park, Trillium Park that is also threatened with development, Fort York, the Bentway, with its vision of life, play and culture under the Gardiner Expressway, that is sometimes home for the city’s homeless, City Place – Toronto’s Alphaville, historic Draper Street and Victoria Memorial Square that was Toronto’s first cemetery. Issues will include the future of Exhibition Place, Ontario Place, Trillium Park,

Walk ends in at the Wellington pub, NE corner of Portland and Wellington St W at Victoria Memorial Square.
(Close to King, Queen, Bathurst, Spadina streetcars.)
Early or later dropouts possible.

A Unique Treasure Hunt in Hillcrest Cedarvale
Led by John Cummings and Leehe Lev,  with Friends of Cedarvale Park and Toronto Tool Library.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm| Meet at 830 St Clair Ave W (on the west side of the Toronto Tool Library building in the vacant lot). Look for people with garbage bags and trash pickers.

Plogging is the latest fitness craze from Sweden, and is now making its debut at this year’s Jane’s Walk. This event is for both walkers and joggers. Get fit, while helping to clean our city. Find treasures while discussing waste diversion and reduction ideas. The City of Toronto Solid Waste Management will be loaning out trash grabbers, gloves and garbage bags on a first come, first served basis.

Walk ends at St Clair west station..

French and British Forts of Toronto: A Bicycle Tour
Led by Fort York National Historic Site, who meet everyone outside of Lambton House.

11:00 am – 1:00 9m| Meet at 4066 Old Dundas Street, Toronto, ON

Explore Toronto’s early history in a unique and exciting way! Fort York, in partnership with Jane’s Walk and Heritage York’s Lambton House, will conduct a Janes Walk Ride on Saturday, May 4. This free bicycle tour will begin at Lambton House, at the edge of the Carrying Place Trail, and will end at Fort York, a British fort and the place where urban Toronto (then York) was founded, heralding the end of the French era of Toronto.
Enjoy complimentary admission to Fort York after the tour!

Walk ends at Union Station.

Going Up | Architecture, History and Elevators
Led by Joshua Nelson of the Elevator Scene Studio
11:30 am – 1:00 pm | Meet in front of Union Station where the Walk leader is set up

Explore elevators and their indispensable role in cities and architecture across Toronto from the turn of the century to the latest advances in the vertical transportation industry.

This Walk will explore exemplary historical elevators dating as far back as 1894 at the Flat Iron building to panoramic glass elevators overlooking 14 storeys at the Atrium on Bay. Along the way, learn about the role elevators play in modern cities, how we can better think the vertical commute and the technological advances that allow people to live and work closer than ever before.

Walk ends at Yonge & Dundas Square

Living Sustainably in Bloordale
Led by Meg Marshall with the Bloordale CIA and Bloordale BIA . They will by the green and silver refillable foil balloons at the front entrance.

11:00 am – 12:15 pm | Meet at Bloordale Collegiate – 141 Bloor St W

Join us as we talk about local businesses and initiatives that allow us to live more sustainably in Bloordale and beyond. Be sure to bring a reusable container, a water bottle or thermos and a reusable bag. Everyone can make small improvements in their day to day lives to reduce their environmental impact.

Walk ends at the end in the laneway behind Burdock.

New Ground Old Water -The Nordheimer Ravine as Changing Watershed Life
Led by Susan Aaron. They will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Meet at St Clair West subway south side St. Clair Ave

The land of this area , now called a city, has changed over generations, but the need for life integrated with nature continues. Come out and enter into the potential for this life, based on the remnants and growth of biodiversity with which we can change our lives.

Todmorden Mills: Landscape, Industry & Change
Led by Todmorden Mills staff . They will be wearing a red Historic Sites tshirt.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Meet at the Todmorden Mills Heritage Site, 67 Pottery Road

Nestled in the lower Don Valley, Todmorden Mills was once a small industrial community, and is now home to a museum, gallery, theatre and wildflower preserve. Join us for a guided walk on Todmorden’s grounds and nature trails and discover the changing uses of this landscape over time.

Walk circles back to end at Todmorden Mills, 67 Pottery Road.

Churches & Dragons: Stories of Old Agincourt
Led by Howard Tam
1:00 pm – 2:45 pm | Meet at 4200 Sheppard Av E @ Midland (Tim Hortons). Howard will be wearing a pink shirt.

Come for a fascinating walk around old Agincourt in Scarborough! We’ll explore a place where the 19th century meets modernism and the heart of “Asiancourt” – one of the most diverse communities in Toronto. We’ll touch on early Scarborough settlers, development of a suburb & the lessons of planning & racial tension around the Dragon Centre. We’ll stop to discuss the Agincourt Recreation Centre, its tragic recent fire and what we’d hope to see as it rebuilds. Then we’ll finish with a meal at one of the best restaurants in the city!
This is meant to be an interactive walk – please bring your stories of Agincourt to share and we’ll try to capture them to build a oral history!

The walk ends at Agincourt Collegiate Institute.

Multigenerational Reflections on Cloverdale Mall
Led by Danielle Lenarcic Biss with QuadReal Property Group

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Meet in Cloverdale Mall (250 The East Mall) at the south end, between Winners & Kitchen Stuff Plus. Danielle will be wearing a bright yellow backpack and holding an orange Jane’s Walk sign.

Since 1956, Cloverdale Mall has been not just a shopping centre but a meeting place & hub for social activity in Etobicoke. Your walk leader took her second steps in the mall – and now she invites you to join her on a stroll down memory lane.

This interactive walk will explore how Cloverdale has evolved across generations. What kind of shopping did you do here for your growing family? How do you remember visiting as a child? What role does Cloverdale play in your life now?

We’ll invite walkers young & old to share their stories of Yesterday’s Cloverdale and together we’ll contribute ideas for how Tomorrow’s Cloverdale can foster inter-generational connection, collaboration, and community.

Walk ends at the Cloverdale Common in the north end of the mall (next to Service Ontario).

Farmers, Rebels & a Princess: People of Willowdale
Led Sam Sharp, Meredyth Schofield of the Gibson House Museum
1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Meet in the Atrium of the North York Centre Library (5120 Yonge St). Walk leaders will be in the atrium of the library, holding an orange Jane’s Walk sign.

Farmers, rebels, a princess, a hockey player, and your neighbours. It can be difficult to imagine what might unite them all, but community spaces do just that. These community spaces have in turn been shaped by some of Willowdale’s prominent members. We will explore today’s community spaces as well as ones that shaped early Willowdale and along the way we learn about some of the characters that have animated and shaped this community and Canada.

Walk ends at Gibson House Museum (5172 Yonge St).

Note: Prior to the walk, we welcome you to join Heritage Toronto at 12:30 for the unveiling of a plaque commemorating the Golden Lion Hotel. 

Exploring Toronto’s Niagara Neighbourhood

Led by Brett Willemsens.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm| Meet at 915 King St. West, Toronto, ON M6K 3M2. Brett will be wearing a bright red rain jacket and holding a clipboard.

We’ll be exploring Toronto’s Niagara Neighbourhood, its history and the importance of park space in the area.

Learn about the history of the Massey-Harris Manufacturing Company, the Smarties Company, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). As well as see some examples of great and not-so-great park spaces.

The Niagara Neighbourhood is in west side of the city and is bound Queen Street, Bathurst Street, the railway, and Sudbury Street.

Walk ends at the Queen Street West entrance to Trinity Bellwoods Park.

History & Archaeology of the St. Lawrence Market

Led by Nicole Markland, with City of Toronto Market Gallery.

2:00 pm – 2:45 pm| Meet at the Gazebo in St. James Park (120 King St. East). Look for the Jane’s Walk sign.

Where did the St. Lawrence Market start? Why does it have an old building inside it? Why is there a hole in the ground across the street and what did the archaeologists find there? Is the site going to become a condo? Find the answers to these and other questions on a guided walk of the St. Lawrence Neighourhood with staff of the City of Toronto’s Market Gallery.

Walk ends at Market Street.

Sights and Sounds; Eglinton’s Reggae Culture

Led by York Eglinton BIA, Maria Shchuka Library and co-hosted by Scott Boogie and Michie Mee.

2:00 pm – 4:00 pm| Meet at 1745 Eglinton Ave W. Look for the ‘Walk With Us’ sign.

Culture resides here and is reflected not only through the music but the people as well. Admire powerful murals, hear equally powerful stories and experience the infectious, positive spirit of this storied community.
We will hear stories from business owners and people in the music and entertainment industry, speaking to a time when the Caribbean community here was at it’s height.

Reggae music had been influential across, cultures, and genres (ie. Hip Hop, Raggaton, Japanese Reggae, revolutionary music etc. etc.) and still woos people in its original form. Experience the sights and sounds of Eglinton West and the culture it influenced.

Walk ends at 1529 Eglinton Ave W

Streetart & Public Art in Bloorcourt
Led by Meg Marshall, with the Bloorcourt BIA
2:00 pm – 3:20 pm | Meet at 1126 Bloor St W, Toronto ON. Look for green and silver balloons.

Join us on Saturday, May 4th at 2pm here in Bloocourt as we go on a walking tour of our neighbourhood. The main focus will be highlighting our amazing street art pieces, Rosina plaques, poems and sidewalk art. We will touch on the history of these projects and what inspired us to do them. We can’t wait for you to join us. And may we also mention that there may be a treat or two from some of our local businesses…. Also note, we encourage you to stay in the neighbourhood to shop, dine, and explore Bloorcourt before or after our walk.

Walk ends at The Makerbean Cafe.

**Note, our neighbouring BIA, Bloordale, is also hosting a Jane’s Walk at 11am which we recommend people to attend. Enjoy a day along Bloor St W!

Wayfinding and Placemaking in the City
Led by Monika Idzior, with Entro Communications. =
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Meet in front of Artscape Daniels Launchpad (North East corner of Queens Quay and Lower Jarvis). Look for red paper with the Entro logo on it.

Join us as we embark on a journey of wayfinding and placemaking in the city!

Led by members of the Entro team, we will explore the places and spaces we’ve influenced and share the design thinking behind each of these projects located in the downtown core. We will also discuss how design, branding and the signage of spaces create impressions, affect our experience of a place and most importantly, how we move our way through spaces.

These spaces are important in a city of this caliber. Through the use of design in both practical and beautiful ways, they connect people to place, providing identity and meaning to enable a powerful sense of place in a metropolis like Toronto.

Walk ends at the Four Seasons Performing Arts Centre.

History, Heritage and Hemingway
Led by Cheryl Millett and Jonathan Spencer with the Casa Loma Residents Association.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Meet at North East Corner (by the drinking fountain) of Wells Hill Park (145 Hilton Ave).

Walk through Toronto’s most recently surveyed heritage neighbourhood, the leafy Casa Loma district south of St. Clair West subway, on the shores of ancient Lake Iroquois. See the houses associated with Marshall McLuhan, Neilson chocolates, McLean’s Magazine, Jeremiah Dinwoody, and, yes, Ernest Hemingway.

Walk ends at the NE Corner Wells Hill Park.

Internet Mysticism in Wychwood Park
Led by Parker Kay with the Centre for Experimental Research
2:00 pm – 3:45 pm | Meet at 601 Christie St. Parker will be at the intersection, wearing a white hat with a “P”on it, and while carrying a Jane’s Walk sign.

There is an oasis at the centre of Toronto. Near Davenport and Christie, Wychwood Park was designed in 1874 to be an artists’ haven. The neighborhood has many intriguing elements such as: the unique presence of Arts and Crafts architecture, suspicious deaths, residents like Marshall McLuhan, and traces of the now hidden Taddle Creek.

This walk will not only explore this unique piece of Toronto history but also how it has resisted the pull towards a digital existence. Because of its publicly accessible private land designation, Wychwood Park’s streets escapes the eyes of Google Maps and have developed an augmented allure due to an emerging term: Internet Mysticism.

The walk ends at the intersection of Wychwood Park rd and Davenport rd.

Downsview Park – More Than Just Concerts!
Led by Rosanna Seca-Iaboni & Jonny Deshman with the Downsview Lands Community Association. They will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign

3:00 pm – 5:00 pm | Meet at 70 Canuck Ave, North York, ON M3K 2C5, Canada

It’s not every day that a huge metropolis gets handed a vast open area, yet that’s exactly what happened when CFB Downsview was decommissioned in 1994. Unfortunately, a park doesn’t get built in a day.
Transforming 572 acres of military land is not a simple task; there are a number of different perspectives to think about. What is a healthy balance between recreational, residential and commercial land use? How does an active railroad and a future subway station affect neighbourhood traffic patterns? The Canadian Forces Supply Depot was built to withstand a bomb! How does one begin to repurpose that?

Walk ends at the Aerospace complex.

Ghost Walk – Exhibition Place
Led by Steve Collie with the Exhibition Place . Steve will be wearing a black ‘After Dark Tours’ shirt. Other walk organizers will be wearing reflective vests.

7:00 pm – 9:00 pm | Meet at the General Services building (2 Manitoba Drive)

This tour takes you behind locked doors at Exhibition Place to introduce you to known ghostly hot-spots. Exhibition Place is known for its bright lights and entertaining shows and events, but lurking below the surface are many well-kept secrets that, until this walking tour, were primarily known only to staff who work the late shift. That the grounds should harbour otherworldly visitors is not much of a surprise: the Horticulture Building was once used as a temporary morgue; the site was a bloody battlefield during the War of 1812; and the grounds were once home to two military forts – plenty of time and plenty of reasons for an accumulation of “things that go bump in the night.”

Walk ends at the Scadding Cabin (Exhibition grounds) – walk leader and volunteers will walk back to the General Services building, passing the TTC/GO station after the end of the tour.

How To Spy On Your Neighbour
Led by Oona Fraser.

9:45 pm – 11:15 pm | Meet at 8 Dorval Rd. Oona will be wearing glow sticks.

One of the joys of a night walk is catching a glimpse of a neighbor’s home through a glowing window. Don’t you wonder about other people’s lives?

Co-conspirators are invited sneak through Toronto’s hidden laneways – neglected, liminal spaces between public and private – and contemplate the intimacies shared between neighbours. As we wander we will ask, what are our expectations of privacy and ownership and how did it get this way? What is neighbourliness? Who gets to belong to a neighbourhood?

Re-enchant the city by breaking free of named and numbered streets! Expect to participate in periods of contemplative walking and silent listening, no ball or hockey playing.

Walk ends at Keele Subway Station.

 

SUNDAY, MAY 5

Walking the Don: Past, Present and Future
Led by Claire Ricci (Todmorden Mills) & Floyd Ruskin (A Park for All) . They will be wearing a red Historic Sites tshirts.

9:30 am – 11:30 am | Meet at the St. Matthews Clubhouse, 450 Broadview Ave.

In the 1790s, the Don valley was wild and unspoiled. Over the next two centuries, the river was harnessed, channeled, polluted, moved and ignored. Join Todmorden Mills, Evergreen and A Park For All for a walk through the Lower Don trail system from Riverdale Park to Pottery Road and see how humans have impacted the valley – and how it is being reclaimed as a vital green space at the heart of the city.

Walk ends at Pottery Road trail junction (between Broadview & Bayview)

Ontario Place Yours to Re-Discover: Garrison Creek Ontario Place Trillium Park Bentway
Led by Richard Longley, Former president of the Architectural Conservancy Ontario
10:00 am – 12:30 pm | Meet at 5 Christie Street, Toronto ON, M6G 3B1, NW corner of Christie and Bloor West (Christie Pits opposite Christie subway station).

From the emergence of the land that is now Toronto at the end of the Ice Age to the city’s uncertain future. The centerpieces of this Jane’s walk are Ontario Place that is threatened with development that could destroy it, Toronto’s newest park, Trillium Park that is also threatened with development, Fort York, the Bentway, with its vision of life, play and culture under the Gardiner Expressway, that is sometimes home for the city’s homeless, City Place – Toronto’s Alphaville, historic Draper Street and Victoria Memorial Square that was Toronto’s first cemetery. Issues will include the future of Exhibition Place, Ontario Place, Trillium Park,

Walk ends in at the Wellington pub, NE corner of Portland and Wellington St W at Victoria Memorial Square.
(Close to King, Queen, Bathurst, Spadina streetcars.)
Early or later dropouts possible.

Discover West End Hidden Gem! Mural Artwalk
Led by the Village of Islington BIA
10:00 – 11:30 am | Meet at 4709 Dundas St W. Walk Leaders will be in the Montgomery’s Inn parking lot holding a big blue sign.

Come explore the art and history of Toronto’s Village of Murals. You’ll see 28 amazing building-sized artworks and hear the fascinating stories behind them. Learn how pioneers lived, settlers played, battles were fought and disasters were overcome in this Etobicoke neighbourhood. Fun and popular tour since 2012!

Walk ends in Montgomery’s Inn parking lot 4709 Dundas W. or if you decide to wander away during the tour to explore area.

Local Library History
Led by Emily Macrae.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm | Meet outside the the Lillian H. Smith Branch (239 College St).

This Walk explores the origins and evolution the world’s busiest urban library system: from the architectural styles that define different approaches to shared spaces to changing role of technology like radio broadcasts of children’s stories in the 1940s and 3D printing classes today.

Walk ends at the Toronto Reference Library.

Sunnylea: Glimpses of the Past Hiding in Plain Sight
Led by Pamela Gough and Heather Gough
10:30 am – 12:15 pm | Meet at Royal York Subway Station by Royal York and Bloor St. Walk leaders will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign.

Discover the many clues to the past hidden in plain sight in the small Etobicoke community of Sunnylea. Join former Etobicoke-Lakeshore public school trustee Pamela Gough and her daughter, raised in Sunnylea, on a walk through this quiet leafy neighbourhood. You’ll see evidence of the original forests and farmlands & visit the WW2 era school with a bomb shelter in its basement that gave the community its name. You’ll hear stories of dislocation, triumph, heroism and heartbreak. As we connect with the past, we’ll also talk about what the future might hold for Sunnylea.

Walk ends at Grenview Blvd and Bloor Street

Skateboarding in Toronto’s Financial District
Led by Ariel Stagni with Toronto Skateboarding Committee.

10:30 am – 12:00 pm | 21 Osgoode Ln, Toronto, ON M5G 1T3, ”Equal Before the Law” sculpture. Look for skateboarders by the ”Equal Before the Law” sculpture.

Two hundred years of American technology has unwittingly created a massive cement playground of unlimited potential. But it was the minds of 11 year olds that could see that potential.” Craig Stecyk III, 1975.

We will walk Toronto’s Financial District and explore how skateboarders re-imagine spaces. Is there value to this practice? What do we lose by forbidding it?

Walk ends at the CBC building.

Get Outside and Enjoy!
Led by Meg Marshall with the College Promenade BIA.

11:00 am – 12:20 pm | Meet at 976 College St. At North East Corner of College and Rusholme; look for green and silver foil balloons

The College Promenade BIA has just finished its extensive streetscape plan. From art to widened sidewalks, increased bike parking and more! And now it is time to celebrarte it! Improvements were made to encourage people to get outside and enjoy their community.

We will also stop by a few businesses to hear how they are contributing to their neighbourhood in a sustainable way.

A treat or two will be enjoyed by guests throughout the walk.

Walk ends at Maderas Cafe.

Schooners to Skyscrapers: Fort York’s Neighbourhood
Led by Fort York National Historic Site

11:00 am – 11:30 pm | Meet at the Fort York NHS at 100 Garrison Road. Walk will begin at the west gate.

It took nearly 220 years for the 1040-acre military reserve surrounding Fort York to almost completely disappear. In that time the reserve lands, encircled by modern Peter Street, Queen Street and Jameson Avenue, have undergone incredible change from military, to industrial and now residential use. This tour is about a neighbourhood in flux, but anchored by the re-purposing of historic features and the memories of the people who helped shape it. Explore the Fort York neighbourhood and learn the history and significance of some of its most familiar landscapes.

Walk ends at Fleet Street and Fort York Blvd.

Stories of Spadina
Led by the Ontario Jewish Archives with the Blankenstein Family Heritage Centre

11:00 am – 12:30 pm | Meet in Bellevue Square Park. Walk leaders will be standing in front of the Al Waxman Statute and wearing name badges.

Travel back in time to an era when Kensington Market was a thriving Jewish village teeming with kosher bakeries, synagogues, and social clubs. On this tour, Jewish Toronto’s past—biographies of its former inhabitants; the sounds; the smells; Yiddish language; religious, social, and political attitudes—is brought to life. Visits to the architectural gems that remain in the area today are supplemented by photographs from the holdings of the OJA as vivid reminders of a once vibrant community.

The walk ends in front of 10 St. Andrew Street.

Long Branch 135: A Jane’s Walk Bike Tour
Led by David Juliusson with Etobicoke South Cycling Committee and Long Branch Neighbourhood Association.

11:00 am – 1:00 pm| Meet at Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail (). Look for David, who will be in a blue bike jacket

In 2018, City Council adopted special guidelines to preserve the unique character of Long Branch. We will look at some of the historic sites and events. Long Branch has a rich heritage, ranging from Colonel Sam Smith building his home in 1797 to Hurricane Hazel to the first Heritage tree being declared in April. We will stop at those sites. In addition, the ride will stop at the site of the Long Branch hotel, pass historic cottages, and go to the border of Mississauga. We will pass murals, visit a cenotaph and enjoy the beauty that is Long Branch.
NOTE: This is a cycling tour.

Walk ends at Colonel Samuel Smith Skating Trail (65 Colonel Samuel Smith Park Dr, Etobicoke,.

Corktown: A Bicentennial Walk
Led by Coralina Lemos.

12:30 pm – 2:14 pm | Meet at 383 King St E, t the South East Corner of King St E and Berkeley St. Coralina will be holding a Jane’s Walk sign.

In response to Town of York citizens, who requested a proper hospital following the War of 1812, council members agreed to sell some of its land holdings to raise money. One, in particular, was the “Government Park” reserve that totaled 380 ac. and whose underlying footprint includes a portion of the Corktown neighbourhood. 2019 marks 200 years since the first lots east of Berkeley Street were sold.

Join Coralina Lemos, author, local historian and Corktown resident.

This walking tour will cover select stories taken from my newly released book, “Corktown: The History of a Toronto Neighbourhood and the People Who Made It”. Hear about some of its more prominent Shakers, Idols and Guardians.

Walk ends at King Street (south side), opposite Wilkins Ave.

Take a Walk on the Dumb Side
Led by Aftab Mirzaei

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Meet at 307 Lakeshore Blvd. E, Toronto, ON M5A 1C1. Look for the person with one or more balloon(s)!

This walk offers an opportunity to engage with life at the proposed site for Quayside (Sidewalk’s smart neighbourhood project), as it exists now (in its dumb condition!) while also highlighting some of the significant narratives of its past. We will take a “sensuous” walk through the area currently proposed for Sidewalk’s project, and attune our senses to the life that is currently and already underway there. The walk invites participants to map the site of the future neighbourhood in different ways, and to think about the ways in which intelligence already exists in the space. The walk is a hybrid exploration that works towards a hybrid narrative for an outgoing and an incoming space.

 

Gete-Onigaming (Davenport) Hill
Led by Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens.

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Meet at Spadina Museum 285 Spadina Road, Toronto M5R 2V5. The walk will begin inside the iron gates of Spadina Museum.

This tour explores the development of the land above Davenport Road from nineteenth century clearings to 1920s suburbs. Issues: impact of grand estates, impact of cars, liveable neighbourhoods

Walk ends at St. Clair Reservoir at south end of Sir Winston Churchill Park next to Spadina Rd.

More Than Art Blooms: Exploring Bloordale
Led by Tanya Hannah Rumble
1:00 – 2:30 pm | Meet at Bloor Collegiate Institute: 1141 Bloor St W. Walk Leaders
will be sitting on the steps of the front entrance to Bloor Collegiate Institute.

Bloordale is home to a diverse mix of people, as well as land use including a number of large industrial plots, some of which are still in use, others are in transition. Like the Tower Automotive Building on Sterling Road that now houses the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art. This walk will expose you to the amazing global cuisine, laneway graffiti, and community /institutions that are transforming the once barren strip of Bloor between Dufferin and Sterling. The walk will be just under an hour and a half, a non-strenuous walk, suitable for all ages.

Walk ends at the Museum of Contemporary Art: 158 Sterling Rd, Toronto

St. Andrew’s Road: A Snapshot of Old Scarborough
Led by Evan McMurtry with the Scarborough Museum.

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm | Meet at the front entrance of Scarborough Museum (1007 Brimley Rd).

Presented by Scarborough Museum staff, this walking tour will explore the historic stretch of St. Andrew’s road. It will explore themes such as Indigenous presence, European settlement, and settler society in the nineteenth-century, all illustrated with interesting stories from Scarborough’s past.

Walk ends in the Scarborough Museum.

Multigenerational Reflections on Cloverdale Mall
Led by Danielle Lenarcic Biss with QuadReal Property Group

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Meet in Cloverdale Mall (250 The East Mall) at the south end, between Winners & Kitchen Stuff Plus. Danielle will be wearing a bright yellow backpack and holding an orange Jane’s Walk sign.

Since 1956, Cloverdale Mall has been not just a shopping centre but a meeting place & hub for social activity in Etobicoke. Your walk leader took her second steps in the mall – and now she invites you to join her on a stroll down memory lane.

This interactive walk will explore how Cloverdale has evolved across generations. What kind of shopping did you do here for your growing family? How do you remember visiting as a child? What role does Cloverdale play in your life now?

We’ll invite walkers young & old to share their stories of Yesterday’s Cloverdale and together we’ll contribute ideas for how Tomorrow’s Cloverdale can foster inter-generational connection, collaboration, and community.

Walk ends at the Cloverdale Common in the north end of the mall (next to Service Ontario).

Exploring Exhibition Place for the Community

Led by Bruce Van Dieten,
1:00 pm – 2:45pm | Meet at the Prince’s Gates (at Strachan Ave). Bruce will be wearing a Safety vest.

Enjoy dazzling city views with a little bit of a workout.

Exhibition Place is a living/working museum and is at risk through privatization. Our FREE tour is intended to explore the rich treasure trove of buildings and public art.

Walk ends at Prince’s Gates.

 

The Steps of Old Lake Iroquois

Led by Gary Shaul, who will be gathered with other walkers at the base of the Baldwin steps. Gary will be wearing an orange vest with a megaphone.
1:00 pm – 2:45pm | Meet at the Baldwin Steps (in Spadina Park, by Davenport Rd and Spadina Rd)

Enjoy dazzling city views with a little bit of a workout.

We will explore historic and current land use along the ridge above Davenport Road between Spadina Road & Dufferin Street. What was Lake Iroquois? Who were the first peoples to live in this area? Who were some of the early Toronto movers and shakers? What was the origin of Wychwood Park and Tollkeeper’s Cottage? What’s the story behind Casa Loma and Spadina House? What are bad bricks? What is the origin of Wychwood Park and its pond? Where is Garrison Creek? Walkers are encouraged to add to our growing list of facts!

Walk ends at Davenport & Glenholme Avenue at the top of the stairs (just east of Dufferin)

Note: there’s no longer parking on Davenport. People who drive down now need to park on Madison or Huron south of Davenport.

A Province of Toronto
Led by Al McPherson with The Committee for the Province of Toronto.
2:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Meet at 6576 Queen St W. Al will be at the North-west corner of Queen St. and University Av.

It is about the movement to make Toronto a Province .

Walk ends at the North entrance to Spadina Subway Station.

 

Dupont 2050
Led by Daniel Rotsztain, The Urban Geographer
2:00 pm – 3:10 pm | Meet at Yorkdale Subway Station, in front of the fare gates. The walk leader will be holding a sign.

Bridgeland Avenue, just south of the 401 and west of Dufferin Street resembles the further south Dupont Street in many ways: handsome brick warehouses abut a high traffic transportation corridor. This walk will be an absurd and speculative imagining of what Bridgeland might look like in 30 years time, after waves of gentrification, densification, and economic transformation.

Walk ends in the Yorkdale Shopping Centre

 

Exploring Toronto’s Niagara Neighbourhood
Led by Brett Willemsens.

2:00 pm – 3:30 pm| Meet at 915 King St. West, Toronto, ON M6K 3M2. Brett will be wearing a bright red rain jacket and holding a clipboard.

We’ll be exploring Toronto’s Niagara Neighbourhood, its history and the importance of park space in the area.

Learn about the history of the Massey-Harris Manufacturing Company, the Smarties Company, and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH). As well as see some examples of great and not-so-great park spaces.

The Niagara Neighbourhood is in west side of the city and is bound Queen Street, Bathurst Street, the railway, and Sudbury Street.

Walk ends at the Queen Street West entrance to Trinity Bellwoods Park.

Public Art in the Beach Village
Led by Adam Smith, with The Beach Village BIA and Mural Routes.

3:00 pm – 4:00 pm| Meet at Queen St E and Neville Park Blvd. Adam will be there with clipboard in hand.

Queen St in the Beach has many large murals and a few other public art pieces. A new mural is in the works to replace the Jazz up the Beach mural on the east side of the Foodland building.

Joining us on the walk will be representatives from Mural Routes, who are leading the project management of the Beaches Foodland Mural, and the mural artist. Mural Routes and the artist will be available to answer questions and receive community input for the mural design, and will be sharing flyers for their upcoming Mural Community Consultation Event on Monday, May 13th from 7-8pm at The Beaches Library.

https://muralroutes.ca/beaches-mural-2019/

Walk ends at Queen St E and Lee Ave.

LATER DATES

From Underused Spaces to Urban Oases
Led by Brian Burchell, Ellie Hayden and Dominic Cobran with the Bloor Annex Business Improvement Area.

May 18th, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm| Meet at 425 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1X6; outside metro. Look for the Robert Street Parkette storyboard, as well as a Walk sign! 

The Bloor Annex BIA presents “From Underused Spaces to Urban Oases”, promoting our upcoming Street Revitalization Project, a greening initiative which will transformation four underused rights-of-way along Bloor – at Howland, Brunswick, Major and Robert – into dynamic green spaces featuring pollinator gardens, artistic bike parking, murals, public art seating and more! The event kicks off with a guided tour along Bloor. Attendees will be led to each parkette site and other key locations in the neighbourhood where we will speak to significant elements of the project and the community. Included will be live mural installation, seed giveaways, free bike check-ups, live music and free food!

Walk ends at Howland Avenue (where Howland meets Bloor) by the ‘bee mural’

 


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