Toronto's Historic Walking Tour, Toronto

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.
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Toronto's Historic Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Toronto's Historic Walking Tour
Guide Location: Canada » Toronto (See other walking tours in Toronto)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 9
Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.7 km
Author: ann
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Canada Life Building

1) Canada Life Building

Canada Life Building in Toronto is the fourth headquarters of Canada’s largest and oldest insurance company, Canada Life. The 15 storey limestone building is famous for its weather beacon at its pinnacle which was built in 1931 by Sproatt and Rolph. The 285 feet (361feet with the weather beacon) Beaux Arts building was supposed to have more storeys but due to the Great Depression, the construction came to a halt.

The one of a kind weather beacon, was not a part of the initial design and...   view more
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Campbell House Museum

2) Campbell House Museum

Built by the Sixth Chief Justice of Upper Canada, Sir William Campbell, and his wife in 1822, the Campbell House is the oldest remaining house from the original city of York in Toronto. Lady Campbell inherited this Georgian-style house after the death of William Campbell in 1834. All contents of the house were auctioned after her death and until 1890 it served as a residence for local notables.

Originally, the house was on Adelaide Street East and after 150 years, the 300-ton house was...   view more
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Osgoode Hall

3) Osgoode Hall

A heritage building spread over six acres in Toronto is the Osgoode Hall. This hall has garnered attention for 170 years for its legal activity. The hall was named Osgoode to honor the first Chief Justice of the province, William Osgoode. Although construction began in 1829, this historic structure was completed after 20 years and under several architects like John Ewart and W.W. Baldwin. The outer facade retains the Italian Renaissance style and the inside of the Hall boasts beautiful stained...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Massey Hall

4) Massey Hall

The Massey Hall in Toronto, Ontario is the venue where one can enjoy a variety of art forms, from classical music to jazz to world music to international dance troupe performances. Gifted to the city by the Massey family, this architectural beauty was designed by Sidney Badgley at a cost of $152,390.75. A host to more than 100 events annually, this Hall can seat up to 2,765 people in two balconies and a ground floor.

In 1894, the Hall had its debut concert featuring Handel's Messiah....   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Mackenzie House

5) Mackenzie House

Built in the 1850s, the gas-lit Georgian style row-house located at 82 Bond Street, Toronto is the Mackenzie House. This house is believed to be haunted by the ghost of the first mayor of Toronto, William Lyon Mackenzie. In 1820, Mackenzie emigrated from Scotland and published a political newspaper, Colonial Advocate.

The house functioned as a print shop initially and was used for Mackenzie's publications. Mackenzie lived in the house with his wife Isabel and 13 children, and passed...   view more
Sight description based on wikipedia
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Gooderham Building

6) Gooderham Building

A city is best experienced when traveling on foot and Toronto is no exception. Filled with its own blend of sights and sounds, the city comes to life with its quirky museums, beautiful churches and unique architecture. The St. Lawrence neighborhood is one place where traveling on foot is very advantageous. One of the many places worth visiting in this locality is the Gooderham Building. Hardly five stories tall, the Gooderham Building is one of the most photographed sights in Toronto.

Set in...   view more
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St. Lawrence Market

7) St. Lawrence Market (must see)

Established on 1803, St. Lawrence Market is owned by the City of Toronto and is the nerve centre for commercial and administrative activity for the city. The market is located between Jarvis, Front, King and Church streets, the former industrial area of the city. It is the largest market in the city and is open five days a week, Tuesday to Saturday.

The South Market houses the daily sale of fresh fruits and vegetables along with dairy and meat products. Freshly baked goods are available here...   view more
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St. Lawrence Hall

8) St. Lawrence Hall

Standing elegantly next to the St. Lawrence Market is a building which can put any other structure in the vicinity to shame. Such is the grandeur and immense presence of the St. Lawrence Hall. This spectacular building took shape in the mid-19th century and was the work of the renowned Anglo-Canadian architect William Thomas. Thomas first moved to Canada with his wife and 10 children in 1837, to escape the economic crisis. His career took off no sooner than he stepped foot in Toronto and is now...   view more
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Daniel Brooke Building

9) Daniel Brooke Building

One of the very few structures that escaped the devastating fire of 1849 is the Daniel Brooke Building. This antique building stands in all its glory and wisdom on Jarvis and King Street. Built in 1833, The Daniel Brooke Building was owned by Daniel Brooke, a wealthy merchant of the city.

Built in an elegant Georgian style, the architecture is quite a rare sight in the city. Throughout the years, the building has served as home to an array of commercial enterprises. In fact, the building was...   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 Islands Self-guided Tour

Toronto Islands Self-guided Tour

This chain of small islands located in Lake Ontario represents a great recreation destination surrounded by a peaceful and joyful atmosphere. The chain consists of three major islands (Center Island, Algonquin or Sunfish Island and Olympic Island) and several small ones. The Toronto Islands offer a great panoramic view of Toronto. Check out the attractions listed below that these islands offer to tourists.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 6.5 km
Downtown Nightlife Part 1

Downtown Nightlife Part 1

An international hub and major metropolis, Toronto is also an important cultural center in Canada and North America. Seeing a large influx of tourists throughout the year, Toronto features a vibrant nightlife scene chock full of clubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges in the thriving Entertainment District located in the heart of the city and in outlying areas as well. Take this Toronto Nightlife Tour to experience all this fantastic city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

Religious Heart of Toronto Walking Tour

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.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.1 km
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
City Orientation Walk II

City Orientation Walk II

Toronto, the capital of Ontario, is a major Canadian metropolis on the shore of Lake Ontario renowned for its dynamic pace and a high-rising skyline comprising ultra-modern skyscrapers and historic architecture. The city boasts rich cultural scene and a multitude of green spaces, offering a wealth of entertainment and recreational facilities. To learn more about and enjoy the delights of Toronto, follow this orientation walk!

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 3.2 km
Downtown Nightlife Part 2

Downtown Nightlife Part 2

An international hub and major metropolis, Toronto is also an important cultural center in Canada and North America. Seeing a large influx of tourists throughout the year, Toronto features a vibrant nightlife scene chock full of clubs, bars, restaurants, and lounges in the thriving Entertainment District located in the heart of the city and in outlying areas as well. Take this Toronto Nightlife Tour to experience all this fantastic city has to offer when the sun goes down.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.4 km

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