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June 5, 2001
'Walks by the Water with David Crombie' returns with new series: 'Historic Paths for a New Century'
  
Toronto Culture --- The popular Walks by the Water series with David Crombie,
organized by the Waterfront Regeneration Trust and the City of Toronto Culture
Division, returns on Sunday, June 10 with a walk that traces the shore of Lake
Ontario as it existed in 1793. This walk is the first in a new four-part series
that highlights the natural and cultural heritage that connects the city to the
water.

The focus of these walks is on the central waterfront area. "They will reveal
not only how the waterfront shaped the city landscape in the last centuries but
also how we can reconnect to the waterfront in this new century," says Crombie.

Rita Davies, Managing Director of Culture for the City of Toronto, and walk
co-sponsor, says "The idea for this new series is to show the potential of
these historic paths as cultural corridors that connect the core of the city
back to its roots on the water."

David Crombie and special guests will talk about the opportunities presented by
these historic paths for a new vision of 21st century Toronto.

Walks by Water: Historic Paths for a New Century will take place as follows:

June 10 - Footprints on the Shore: Lake Ontario's natural shoreline marks the
city's evolution from colonial capital to modern metropolis. Walk the original
1793 waterfront through historic Toronto. Assemble at Berkeley Street Playing
Field, southwest corner of Berkeley Street and the Esplanade. (Berkeley runs
north/south between Queen and the Esplanade, east of Jarvis and west of
Parliament.)

July 22 - From Queen Victoria to Queen's Quay: A walk along Jarvis Street still
captivates us with its Victorian elegance. Discover the industrial heritage of
the Queen Elizabeth docks and the changing face of Queen's Quay. Assemble at
Hart-Massey House (in front of the Keg Mansion), 515 Jarvis Street.

September 23 - The Street That Never Sleeps: John Street is the heart of the
city's arts and entertainment district from the Art Gallery of Ontario, CBC,
SkyDome, to Harbourfront by the lake. Assemble at Grange Park behind the Art
Gallery of Ontario, 317 Dundas West, northwest corner.

October 28 - Rediscovering Garrison Creek: A buried treasure, Garrison Creek is
a historic cultural and natural landscape. Learn about the history of this part
of our watershed through the neighbourhoods of Trinity Bellwoods Park, Dufferin
Grove and Fort York. Assemble at Christie Pits, the northwest corner of Bloor
Street West at Christie Street.

Note that all of the walks start at 1 p.m. and last until approximately 4 p.m.
The walks are linear and do not conclude at the starting point.

The Walks by the Water series is a joint project of Toronto Economic
Development, Culture and Tourism and the Waterfront Regeneration Trust. For
more information about the walks, call the Waterfront Regeneration Trust at
416-943-8080, extension 228.



 

 

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