Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour, Toronto

Because it is an ethnically diverse city, Toronto has different types of churches beginning with imposing Revival style Cathedrals to small postmodernist churches.This tour however aims to introduce you to some of the most famous religious structures in the city. While in Toronto be sure to check the ones listed below.
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Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
Author: ann
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Trinity Square

1) Trinity Square (must see)

The Trinity Square located in downtown Toronto and is accessed via James Street or by walkways from Bay Street and Dundas Street. It is surrounded by the Eaton Center, Bell Trinity Square and Marriott Downtown Eaton Center Hotel. 

The owner of the site of the Square, John Simcoe Macaulay sold the site in 1845 and made way for the construction of the Church of the Holy Trinity, which stands even today as the Anglican Church of the Holy Trinity. The area around the Church was called...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Church of the Holy Trinity

2) Church of the Holy Trinity

Standing poignantly at the Trinity Square, the Church of the Holy Trinity welcomes all, from every walk of life and every segment of society. With a history of upholding charity, reaching to the needy and poor, the philosophy of the Church of bringing traditional faith to today’s issues is taken seriously now as ever. With a congregation of people representing all strata of society, the Church has built a reputation of changing with time and welcoming every individual with open arms.

Built...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Michael's Cathedral

3) St. Michael's Cathedral (must see)

On Church Street in the Garden District of Toronto stands St. Michael’s Cathedral. Clad in tones of grey and brick, the Cathedral stands solitary with exceptional majestic appeal and timeless architectural pride. And why not, St. Michael Cathedral is the oldest church in Toronto dating back to the mid-19th century.

This overpowering structure demands the attention of any passer-by, with its robust Neo-Gothic architecture and linear, geometric patterns. Although the exterior may be quite...   view more
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Metropolitan United Church

4) Metropolitan United Church

On your architectural tour of Toronto, the Church that will definitely make the A list is the Metropolitan United Church. With an overpowering appeal and majestic dignity, the Metropolitan United Church stands at the junction where Queen Street meets Church Street. Designed by Toronto’s revival godfather- Henry Langley, the Church took form in 1872.

Built with the capacity to seat more than 1900 people, the Church was very often referred to as Cathedral of Methodism. So elaborate and rich...   view more
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St. James Anglican Cathedral

5) St. James Anglican Cathedral

One of the most enthralling churches in Toronto is the St. James Cathedral. Not only does the facade of the Church make it captivating but it is also the story that comes along with the Cathedral.

The Cathedral is home to the oldest congregation in the city of Toronto, which was established in 1797. Apart from that, the St. James Cathedral also serves as the spiritual center of the St. Lawrence neighborhood. One of the most treasured heritage sites in Toronto; the Cathedral also serves as the...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Little Trinity Anglican Church

6) Little Trinity Anglican Church

Standing modestly on Kings Street in the Corktown neighborhood is the oldest standing church in Toronto. Simple and austere in its appearance, the Little Trinity Church has served as a place for worship, peace and brotherhood for many generations of families in Toronto. Built in 1844, the Church is the oldest surviving church building in the city.

The cornerstone for the Church was first laid in 1843, after a congregation that was set up by the working class who could not afford the high pews...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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St. Paul's Basilica

7) St. Paul's Basilica (must see)

Tucked in the quiet neighborhood of Corktown is one of the most stunning churches in the urban landscape of Toronto. Housing the oldest Roman Catholic congregations in Toronto, the St. Paul’s Basilica is a must-see if you admire vintage architecture.

The present structure was built in 1889 and designed by Joseph Connolly, an architect of Irish- Canadian origin best known for his Gothic Revival churches. Connolly was quite a popular choice for Roman Catholic Churches and his designs were...   view more
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St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church

8) St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church

Standing modestly in the quiet area of Regent Park is the St. Bartholomew Church, known far and wide for being one of the most selfless churches in Toronto. Built in the late 19th century, the St. Bartholomew's Church belongs to the Anglo-Catholic order. Administering to the emotional, physical and spiritual needs of many, the Church has earned a reputation as being one of the most altruistic community bodies in Toronto. In fact, the Church was one of the few places visited by Mother Teresa...   view more

Walking Tours in Toronto, Canada

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Create Your Own Walk in Toronto

Creating your own self-guided walk in Toronto is easy and fun. Choose the city attractions that you want to see and a walk route map will be created just for you. You can even set your hotel as the start point of the walk.
Toronto's Waterfront Self-guided Tour

Toronto's Waterfront Self-guided Tour

Toronto is located on the shore of Lake Ontario and it is more than obvious that the locals, as well as visitors to the city, cherish and admire the alluring views of the lake. Toronto's waterfront is one of the most picturesque places for walking, but it is also a great destination for those in search of entertainment. This walking tour will reveal all the pearls strewn along the quay. Don't hesitate to visit all the attractions on this itinerary, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.2 km
Toronto's Historic Walking Tour

Toronto's Historic Walking Tour

Once an Anglo backwater, Toronto represents today the cultural and economic heart of English-speaking Canada. It is not only a beautiful city, but also has a rich history dating back to 1793. This tour invites you to explore, at your own leisure, the heritage of Toronto. Don't miss visiting its most exciting and representative sights, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Shopping Tour in Toronto

Shopping Tour in Toronto

There are many ways to enjoy shopping in Toronto. You can either walk along the oldest streets of the city, like Yonge street and visit the huge fancy shopping centers, or you can experience the atmosphere of the historic market of St. Lawrence. This tour has it all: from small unusual stores to big "all-mighty" malls. So don't hesitate to enjoy an authentic shopping experience by visiting the attractions listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.5 km
Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Best of Toronto's Museum and Galleries Tour

Because of being one of the most culturally and ethnically diverse cities in the world, it is more than obvious that Toronto is not just another expensive global city, but also has a strongly developed sense of culture. Just give this city a chance to convince you of this. Take this walking tour and check out the best of Toronto's museum and galleries, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 5.7 km
Souvenir Shopping Part 2

Souvenir Shopping Part 2

It would be a pity to leave Toronto without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Toronto, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.0 km
Cabbagetown Walking Tour

Cabbagetown Walking Tour

This neighborhood, located east of Toronto's downtown, was established in 1840. Once a small community of Irish immigrants and one of the poorest neighborhoods in Toronto, Cabbagetown was declared a historic district in 2004 and claims to be "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in North America". Check out the highlights of this region, as listed below.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km

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