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May 4, 2011
New City of Toronto website features self-guided walking tours
The City of Toronto has created a website where residents and visitors to Toronto can get information about 26 self-guided walking tours of some of the city’s most beautiful and interesting areas.

A self-guided tour is a walking tour without a guide, a fee, or a set date or time. It is an opportunity for individuals or groups to explore the city at their own pace while learning about their surroundings.

“Walking is a great way to get around the city and this website is a terrific resource where the public can go to select areas of the city they wish to explore on foot,” said Councillor Minnan-Wong (Ward 34 Don Valley East), Chair of the City's Public Works and Infrastructure Committee.

In addition to the walking tours currently posted, the City is offering organizations and individuals the opportunity to create a customized self-guided walking tour. There are a limited number of grants up to $500 a year that are available to cover the costs of producing such a tour.

The following organizations and individuals are eligible to participate:
• not-for-profit organizations
• Grade 1 to Grade 12 students
• college and university students
• individuals or a group of friends interested in walking.

Preference will be given to self-guided walking tours that meet one of the following objectives:
• located in a neighbourhood not currently represented in the database
• innovative and fun
• focused on health and well-being.

More information about the program is available at

The City has many guidelines, programs and projects that focus on improving pedestrian environments and fostering a culture of walking, such as, the pedestrian priority intersections (scramble intersections), Discovery Walks, Walk into Health program, pedestrian countdown signals and the Live Green initiative.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

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Steve Johnston
Senior Communications Co-ordinator



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