Asian Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian Heritage Month with these special walking tours in May. Presented by Heritage Toronto in partnership with Citizenship and Immigration Canada.

Limited spaces. Pre-registration required for all Asian Heritage Month tours.
Click on the tour dates below to secure your spot. 

CHINATOWN: THEN AND NOW

Experience the energy of Toronto’s largest Chinatown as you walk Spadina Avenue and Dundas Street with author Arlene Chan. Hear stories of how the Chinese community faced the challenges of anti-Chinese legislation and discrimination, and learn about the community’s remarkable contributions to Toronto’s economy and cultural vibrancy.

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LEADER: Arlene Chan, Chinatown BIA
START/FINISH
POINTS: Provided upon registration
LENGTH: Approx. 1 1/2 hours
FOCUS: Historical, cultural
DIFFICULTY: Walk on crowded sidewalks

WEDNESDAY, MAY 7 – 6:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 14 – 6:30 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 31 – 10:00 AM

KOREA TOWN
Since the 1970s, the stretch of Bloor Street between Bathurst and Christie streets has been known as Korea Town. Learn about the history, culture and distinctive immigration experience of the Korean community as you walk past the church, community organizations and businesses that have contributed to the transformation of this neighbourhood.

LEADER: Jason Lee, Koreatown BIA koreatown_webready-6679START/FINISH POINTS: Provided upon registration
LENGTH: Approx. 2 hours
FOCUS: Cultural, historical
DIFFICULTY: Average walk on pavement

SUNDAY, MAY 4 – 1:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 28 – 6:30 PM

GERRARD INDIA BAZAAR
Savour the sights and aromas of ‘Little India,’ a crossroads for Toronto’s diverse South Asian communities since the 1970s. Walk the stretch of Gerrard Street between Greenwood and Coxwell avenues to learn about the history of this dynamic neighbourhood, and about the cultures that have shaped it.

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LEADERS: Subbu Chintaluri, Gerrard India Bazaar
BIA START/FINISH POINTS: Provided upon registration
LENGTH: Approx. 1 1/2 hours
FOCUS: Cultural, historical
DIFFICULTY: Average walk on pavement

SATURDAY, MAY 10 – 1:30 PM
WEDNESDAY, MAY 21 – 6:30 PM

ST. JAMES TOWN AND THE FILIPINO COMMUNITY
Learn about the history of the Filipino community in Toronto through stories of culture, family and work. Hear how making a life in St. James Town helped this community make their mark in Toronto.

LEADER: Diana Marie RoldanTOUR koreatown_webready-6745
START/FINISH
POINTS: Provided upon registration
LENGTH: Approx. 1 1/2 hours
FOCUS: Historical, cultural
DIFFICULTY: Average walk on pavement

SUNDAY, MAY 11 – 1:30 PM
SATURDAY, MAY 31 – 10:00 AM

Learn about how generations of newcomers to Toronto have made this city home with a free walking tour designed to be suitable for learners of English as a second language.

IMMIGRATION STORIES:
MAKING A HOME IN OLD TORONTO

Toronto is famous for its cultural diversity. Tour the area around Toronto City Hall, once a settlement neighbourhood for newcomers. Hear stories of the hardships they faced and the contributions they made that have shaped today’s bustling, multicultural city.

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