Creating Toronto: The Story of a City

Coloured illustration of King St East from the vantage point of looking east from Leader Lane. Buildings line either side of the road, pedestrians are walking along the side walk and on the road there are several horse-drawn carriages. In the background, the spire of St James Cathedral and Lake Ontario is visible.

Join us on this in-person walk as we explore the hidden gems of Toronto’s St. Lawrence Neighbourhood, once the Old Town of York, and learn about the city’s early days as a thriving metropolis.

December 11, 2021 10:30 am
10:30 am-12:00 pm
Start Point
South-end of Market Lane Park (149 King Street East)
End Point
St. Lawrence Market (93 Front Street East)
Free to attend; pre-registration required

In-Person Tour Information

Walk through the history of Toronto as we connect today’s bustling city with remnants from the past. This walk provides a great introduction to the city for newcomers, with interesting and little-known stories for those who already call Toronto home. 

As part of our partnership with StrollTO and our continued support of ShowLoveTO, we are happy to announce an extension of the 2021 tour season through November and December, with the presentation of eight unique tours.

We ask for your help and patience in making the experience as safe as possible for everyone. All in-person events will follow Toronto Public Health guidelines and enhanced Heritage Toronto safety measures including:

Registration Required

You will not be able to join a Tour group if you have not registered ahead of time through our website.

Registration fee

Our partner StrollTO invites you to register for this in-person presentation of Creating Toronto: The Story of a City free of charge.

For those of you moved by the generosity of our partners, a donation to support Heritage Toronto’s Tour program can still be made at the time of registration.

Individual sound systems

We have purchased individual sound systems to ensure physical distancing and improve the quality of the experience. Your system will be synched to a transmitter worn by the tour leader. It will sound like the tour leader is standing right next to you, even if you are 20 feet apart!

Contactless check-in

This will include contact tracing and self-screening for all participants.

Contactless donations

We will also be introducing contactless payment methods on Tours for people who wish to make a donation to our charity.


Certain portions of this tour may include walking on uneven terrain. Due to ongoing construction in the area, tour accessibility may be affected. Please contact Heritage Toronto at [email protected] for more information.


For everyone’s safety and comfort, we respectfully ask all participants to wear a mask during in-person tours. Masks will be available upon request.

Register now

Starting location

South-end of Market Lane Park

149 King Street East

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