Discover Toronto’s history of healthcare, from the ground-breaking development of insulin to the inspiring story of Dr. Alexander Augusta, one of our first Black physicians. Learn how the city battled infectious disease, including the 1847 Typhus outbreak, and about the polio treatment in the 1950s that serves as a precursor to Canada’s epidemic and pandemic response today.
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 relies on a loudspeaker sound system. For over 25 years, our goal has been to share Toronto’s history and showcase its architecture, spaces, communities and cultures with as many people as possible. We continue this commitment by providing these accessible tours and ask you to support this work by making a donation when you register or on the tour.
This tour was developed and will be led by an emerging historian. Learn more about how Heritage Toronto is empowering the next generation of heritage advocates with our Emerging Historians Program.
You will 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 with your free registration 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.
This tour is approximately 3.2 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.
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 Heritage Toronto safety measures. Heritage Toronto tours take place outside. All participants are welcome and encouraged 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]
23 College Street (Please meet at the south side of the street, next to the patio for Pogue Mahone’s).
Look for the volunteers in blue shirts and our Heritage Toronto umbrella.
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.