Being Black on King

A Map titled ““UNDERGROUND” Routes To Canada, Showing The Lines Of Travel Of Fugitive Slaves, W. H. Siebert 1896”. This map shows the routes used by freedom seekers travelling from the Northeastern and Midwestern United States to Ontario, Canada, via various ports leading to the Great Lakes.

Discover the Black history that spans King Street East: from the first Underground Railroad site excavated in Canada, to one of Toronto’s first soul food restaurants whose name, design and atmosphere surfaced the history of slavery in the US and Canada, while also celebrating the community leaders who risked everything to ensure freedom. 

September 9, 2023 3:00 pm
3:00 pm-4:30 pm

More dates available

Start Point
Inglenook Community School (19 Sackville Street)
End Point
Birkbeck Building (8-10 Adelaide Street East)
Cost & Registration
$9.85 ($8.00 ticket + $1.85 Eventbrite transaction fee); pre-registration required

Tour Information

This Heritage Toronto tour runs rain or shine and lasts approximately 90 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.

Cost and Registration

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).

Donations Encouraged

If you share our passion for accessible and inclusive heritage programming, we invite you to make a donation while on the tour 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.

Tour Distance and Accessibility

This tour is approximately 1.7 kilometers in distance and takes place predominantly on paved city sidewalks and streets. There are some unpaved portions of the route that take place in city parks.


Heritage Toronto tours take place outside. We ask for your help and patience in making the experience as safe as possible for everyone. All participants are welcome to wear a mask. Masks will be available upon request.

If you have any questions prior to the tour, please contact us at [email protected]

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Inglenook Community School (19 Sackville Street)

19 Sackville Street

Look for our volunteers in white t-shirts and our Heritage Toronto white flag.

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