Heritage Toronto Tours

Our neighbourhood heritage walking tour program was introduced in 1994 to provide residents and visitors with an opportunity to learn about the heritage and architecture of the city. All tours are researched, designed, and led by local historians, community groups, and professionals who volunteer their time and energy.

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Photo credit Anthony Sladden

Whether you’re interested in learning more about Toronto’s architecture, exploring natural heritage or hearing stories of our diverse city and its past, we’ve got a Heritage Toronto tour for you!

Our tour season runs from April to October each year.

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Tour Types 

We offer three main types of tours:

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DONATIONS OF $5 – $10 ENCOURAGED
Heritage Toronto is able to offer our pay-what-you-can walking tours to you through the considerable time and effort of staff and volunteers. There will be a collection after the tour or you can pay your donation online at the time of registration.

In addition to our regular pay-what-you-can walking tours, Heritage Toronto offers Enhanced Walking Tours. These are ideal for those who prefer to join a small group of roughly 20 people for a more intimate tour experience.

Bike - web icon Hop on your bike and join our knowledgeable guides on a leisurely ride through Toronto history. Heritage Toronto partners with the Community Bicycle Network to deliver these tours!
Bus - web icon Explore Toronto’s heritage from the comfort of a bus! Get on board for a ride with our expert tour guides. You’ll hear stories you will want to tell everyone about!

 Private Tours & Talks

Heritage Toronto also offers a selection of its tours to private groups.  You can download the Private Tour Booking and Information form here.  For more information about booking a private tour or to inquire about Heritage Toronto delivering an illustrated talk or presentation please call 416-338-2175.

Digital Tours

Heritage Toronto also offer self guided Digital Tours: Our Toronto in Time app and iTours are a convenient way to discover our city’s history.

Toronto in Time is a free mobile app for iOS and Android that highlights the history of Toronto through “then and now” photos, slideshows, trails, and historical stories for more than 150 sites!

Meet a cast of characters that includes inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, bank robbers, artists, visionaries and dreamers who paint the rich portrait of Toronto’s history.

Search stories by theme, neighbourhood, map, or follow specially curated trails. Read introductions to themes and trails and share stories with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Suggest story ideas for future upgrades on the Toronto in Time Facebook page.

Download Toronto in Time from the App Store.
Download Toronto in Time from the Google Play store.

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iTours visit areas of the city that are difficult to traverse with larger groups of people, and are a convenient way to discover our city’s history. Featuring archival photographs, iTours take you on a photographic journey of the people, places and events that have shaped Toronto. You can watch individual iTours by clicking below:

Islington Village iTour
Don Mills iTour
Toronto Island iTour
Spadina iTour

Audio Tour

Audio tour based on Michael Redhill’s novel, Consolation narrated by the author.