Every year on the first weekend of May, free walking tours are held all around the city of Toronto to honour the legacy of urbanist Jane Jacobs. The first Jane’s Walk was held on May 5th 2007 and since then, thousands have participated. The walks allow individuals to explore a wide range of urban landscapes and topics related to urbanization and Toronto’s general gentrification process. Join in this weekend and get better acquainted with your (future?) neighbourhood!
Here is our list of tours to consider:
Making CityPlace a Place
Saturday, May 7th @11:00 a.m.
Meeting Place: In front of Sobey’s, 22 Fort York Blvd. (NW corner of Fort York Blvd. & Spadina Ave.)
Join City Councillor Adam Vaughan, Ward 20, Trinity-Spadina, as he guides participants through the emerging CityPlace neighbourhood. The discussion will involve the former railway lands’ past, present and its future as a home and meeting spot for residents and visitors alike. You will hear about plans for a new park, a public library and a pedestrian bridge with a connection to the waterfront. Joining Councillor Vaughan on the walk will be local residents and some of the partners involved in the creation of this emerging neighborhood in the downtown core.
Buildings in the Neighbourhood:
Apex I & II
Harbourview Estates I, II, III & IV as well as Harbourview Estates Lofts
Luna I & II
Old Town Toronto
Sunday, May 8th @ 10:00am
Meeting Place: St. James’s Park, King St. E and Church St., just E of the fountain.
Join Heritage Toronto in exploring this fascinating area, where Toronto developed to become more than a military post, beginning in the early 1800s. Some of the city’s most remarkable buildings can be found here, including Canada’s oldest bank building and the Flatiron Building. Condominiums have recently joined quaint shops, restored warehouses, and Toronto’s Anglican cathedral.
In the Neighbourhood:
Backstage on the Esplanade
King George Square
200 Years of Lakefront Development: Covering Fort York & parts of Garrison Common
Sunday, May 8th @ 1:00pm
Meeting Place: The group will meet next to the canteen/admissions office by the main (W) entrance at Fort York (off Garrison Rd.). Ask for tour leader René Malagón at the admissions desk.
Starting at the canteen at Fort York National Historic Site, this special walking tour explores the evolution and history of Fort York, the Garrison Common and the nearby Lake Ontario shoreline from the early British colonial era to the present day. On this tour you will learn about the origins of Fort York, the fortification of the harbour, local railway & road building. You will also learn about the subsequent industrial, recreational and residential development of the area – thus coming to understand its transformation through the years. You may discover a surprising blend of past and present in the historic landscapes surrounding the Fort. The tour centers on historic events, the war of 1812, and its connections to modern urban development. There will be free admission to Fort York following tour. There will also be free Parking.
In the Neighbourhood:
Library District Condos
LTD (Malibu II)
Tip Top Tailors Building
West Harbour City