Meet the women who overcame persecution and prejudice in their fight for opportunity and justice in 19th- and 20th-century Toronto. From the former site of the Mercer Reformatory, the first women’s prison in Canada, we’ll explore the area’s long-lost factories, immigration centres and rooming houses to uncover the stories of the women who lived and worked here.
This Heritage Toronto tour runs rain or shine and lasts approximately 60 minutes. Please wear comfortable walking shoes and consider bringing sunscreen and water to make your tour as enjoyable as possible.
This tour uses individual audio headsets. All registered participants will be provided with an individual headset that will allow you to hear the live tour guide throughout the tour.
This tour was developed by an emerging historian. Learn more about how Heritage Toronto is empowering the next generation of heritage advocates with our Emerging Historians Program. This tour was developed thanks to the generous support of Alexander Pike.
This tour is provided for $8.00/person. The total cost is $9.85 (includes a $1.85 transaction fee). Please note that space is limited on our tours. You may not be able to join a tour group if you have not registered ahead of time through our website (see below).
If you share our passion for accessible and inclusive heritage programming, we invite you to make a donation to help fund one of our next walks. Tour volunteers are equipped to accept both cash and contactless donations, and gifts of $20+ will receive a charitable tax receipt.
Please note that this walk is approximately 1.2 kilometres, mostly on city sidewalks. There are slight grade changes, as well as limited benches or other opportunities to sit on the route. Tour participants should expect to stand for the duration of the tour.
If you have any questions prior to the tour, please contact us at [email protected]
Allan A. Lamport Stadium (1155 King Street West). Meet in the grassy section just north of the stadium (south side of King Street)
The closest TTC bus stop is the Joe Shuster Way stop via 504 streetcar travelling east or west on King Street.
Look for the volunteers in white shirts and our Heritage Toronto white flag.
For over 25 years we have been touring through the city with groups, learning some fun facts, little-known stories, and about the amazing people that have contributed to Toronto's heritage.