Toronto’s got a heck of a history. The battle at Fort York; the dry city era; the formation of neighbourhoods and transportation infrastructure; the pork. Yes, we’ve got a lot to offer, but much of it is hidden. Heritage Toronto Tours aim to show that side of Toronto not seen by many, which is why You’ve Gotta Check This Out.
Each year, from April to October, Heritage Tours invites you to discover Toronto’s past. They offer tours by bike, bus or foot that run on a pay-what-you-can basis.
Is there a particular piece of Toronto history you find fascinating? Have you no idea where to begin? Check out the list of this year’s remaining tours to get a sense of what’s on offer. You can always email the organizers if your area of interest isn’t there — perhaps it will appear next year.
For now, here are our top three recommended tours taking place this September and October. Put on your walking shoes and get ready for a slice of Toronto heritage.
Heritage Toronto Tours, Fall 2013
St. Clair West: The Growth Of A Streetcar Suburb
When: September 15, 2013, 1:30 to 3:30pm
Where: Meet St. Clair West Subway Station, by the South platform
This tour focuses on the transportation development in 1917 that transformed St. Clair West — previously, a rural road on the edge of the old City — into an urban area. Tour the Wychwood Barns and learn about Toronto’s early streetcar infrastructure.
War, Invasion and Occupation: Fort York, Toronto and the American Invasion of 1813
When: September 22, 2013, 1 to 3pm
Where: Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Road
The War of 1812 had a lot of influence on Toronto’s early development. Learn about the 1813 US invasion in the spot where it all happened, Fort York.
New Toronto: A 19th Century Suburb
When: October 5, 2013, 1 to 3pm
Where: St. Margaret’s Anglican Church, 156 Sixth Street
New Toronto, an industrial suburb formed in the 1890s grew into a town of massive force by the 1930s. Tour South Etobicoke’s remaining landmarks from this era, including community housing and a war memorial.
There’s a lot to see and do in your city, and this is just one slice of that pie. Will you check out Heritage Toronto? Tell us in the comments.[Photo: City of Toronto Archives]