Heritage Toronto Tours


Discover Toronto and walk with us.

2019 Tours Season – Tour Proposal Applications have now closed!

Thank you for your submissions!

Since 1994, Heritage Toronto has run its Tours Program to enhance the understanding and appreciation of Toronto’s history. In 2019, we will further diversify our tour offerings – to tell as many stories of the people, places and events that make the city distinct.

We’re excited to share more information with you soon. Please check back here for updates!

2018 Tours Season

This past tours season (May 3 – October 6), we ran 61 public tours showcasing Toronto’s rich history from all angles. We learnt about the city’s flourishing food scene, illustrious architecture and even the counter-culture movements of years gone by.

Old favourites returned to the tour line-up (such as Guild Park: Where Art Meets Nature) alongside new additions, including Creating Toronto: The Story of a CityA Shore Thing: Toronto’s Central WaterfrontGood Eats: History of Food & Dining in Toronto, and many more.

Thank you to everyone who came out and participated!

For more information on all tours, download the 2018 Tours Brochure (PDF).

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In 1994, we began programming walks 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.

Private Tours

Toronto’s First Chinatown, Image: Alex Willms

Heritage Toronto also offers a selection of its tours to private groups.  Click on this link to download the Private Tour Booking and Information form.  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.

Toronto in Time

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.



iTours visit areaHT_iTours_RGBMEDIUMs of the city that are difficult to traverse with larger groups of people.. 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.