Neighbourhood Walks

Each neighbourhood walk is two hours in length, moves at a comfortable pace and starts and ends at a location convenient to the T.T.C. The price for each walk is $20, payable at the start of the tour.

Reserve a place on any of our tours, or join our e-mail list, by contacting: architourscanada@gmail.com.

Note: This is a comprehensive list of all the tours that we offer. At this time, no tours are scheduled. Please join our mailing list on the link above.

1. The Grange Neighbourhood

With stately manors, humble cottages and art students propped up on sticks the Grange neighbourhood displays almost every era of Toronto city building. Follow Angus as he charts the path from a rural estate in early Toronto to the recent excitement of the Ontario College of Art and Design (O.C.A.D.) building and Frank Gehry’s new Art Gallery of Ontario (A.G.O).

2. University of Toronto

From drooping Ivy to taut glass towers the University of Toronto sprawls out across the City. But beneath the sprawl is a landscape built by politics, religion and intrigue. Follow Angus as he makes sense of the wonderful array of buildings and styles that tell the story of the country’s largest university and how it came to cover so much of our City.

3.  Jarvis Street

For those who like their glory faded there’s no better place to look than the neighbourhod on and around Jarvis street. Dusty mansions and defiant old churches fill the streets around Allen Gardens – a nineteenth century collection of glass and exotic plants that would make Charles Darwin proud. Follow Angus as he shows how seeds planted by a few early families grew into one of the City’s best known and most forgotten neighbourhoods.

4.  Downtown Core

Bankers, brokers and towers that scrape the sky. Follow us as we chart the changes in building technology from stone to steel and the consolidation of Bay Street as Canada’s centre of money, power and prestige. Tour meets on the steps of Old City Hall, north-east corner of Bay and Queen Streets.

5. Rosedale East

Bridges, mansions and get-rich-slow schemes characterize the property development of Edgar Jarvis, nephew of the famous Sheriff who gave Rosedale its name. Join us as we trace the boom and busts of the land speculator who was ahead of his time. Tour meets at the north-east corner of Sherbourne and Bloor Streets.

6. Indian Road

Native trails, ancient trees and the genteel breezes of an Edwardian suburb. Join us as we recount the west-end adventures of the artists, architects and entrepreneurs who created a parkside paradise along one of the oldest streets in the City. Tour meets outside the St. Joseph’s Health Centre, south-west corner of the Queensway and Glendale Avenue.

8.  The Annex

The mammoth arches of Romanesque architecture peer through the trees in the Annex, one of Toronto’s earliest suburbs and the brain-child of a wheeling, dealing real estate developer. Join us as we explore the fascinating rise, fall and rise of this late Victorian neighbourhood. Tour meets at the St. George Subway Station (St. George Street exit).

9. Rosedale West

Large homes, curving streets and a lush ravine setting created Toronto’s first garden suburb that is the envy of many still today. Join us as we explore the transformation of Rosedale from distant rural retreat to exclusive inner city enclave. Tour meets at Ramsden Park, across Yonge Street from the Rosedale Subway Station.

10. St. Lawrence Market

Markets, wharves, railways and concert halls still mark Front Street as the original, commercial and cultural centre of the city. Join us as we explore the rise of Toronto from it’s earliest days to the most powerful city in the land. Tour meets outside St. Lawrence Market, south-west corner of Front and Jarvis Streets.

11. Yorkville

Flashy cars, vanished cemeteries and gingerbread houses. Yorkville was once its own boss until it folded into the northward expansion of the City of Toronto. Join us as we explore Yorkville’s transition from rolling hills to Rolls Royces.

12. University Avenue

Visions of grandeur, real estate swindles and a fight for the spiritual heart of the province. For over 170 years Toronto has tried to make University Avenue as grand a boulevard as exists anywhere in the world. Join us as we explore the long and extra wide history of University Avenue. Tour meets at the north-west corner of College and University Avenues.

13. Parkdale

Extraordinary architecture, enchanting streets and lakeside breezes make Parkdale one of Toronto’s best kept secrets. Join us as we explore how Parkdale has gone from independent town to exclusive address to an almost forgotten gem of a neighbourhood.  Tour meets outside the Gladstone Hotel at the north-east corner of Queen and Dufferin Streets.

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