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April 28, 2009
Free historic walks at York Museum and Fort York in association with Jane's Walk
At 175 years old, this city has a lot of stories to tell. Rather than reading about your city’s history, why not walk and explore it? In association with Jane’s Walk, two of Toronto’s Historic Sites offer free urban walking tours through their neighbourhoods and through time.

On Saturday, May 2, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., discover The Changing Landscape of York. Much of the former City of York developed as a working-class community. In the 1930s a tent “city” labeled Red Square was located at the current site of George Harvey Collegiate. The community later stabilized, with trades people and new Canadians coming to work at industries like Kodak and CCM.

Walk leader Lori Zuppinger of York Museum uncovers the topography, local parks, architecture and roadways that evoke stories of the early residents who shaped this charming neighbourhood. She will pepper the tour with interesting facts about yesterday and today’s community. The tour starts at York Museum, 2694 Eglinton Ave. W. (in the Centennial Recreation Centre). The walk includes sidewalks, park paths and some hills. Free but please RSVP: 416-394-2759

Both natural and human factors have continuously changed Toronto’s waterfront and its revitalization is an important current issue. Fort York’s René Malagón leads a walking tour called 200 years of Lakefront Development, which goes far into the past to explore the area’s early geology, the British colonial era, the origins of the fort through to the Battle of York (1813) and onward, the lakeshore (from the fortification of the harbour to its peak use in the 1960s), and the Garrison Common. The walk, on Sunday, May 3 from 1 to 2:30 p.m., is a local historian’s dream promenade, but it will appeal to anyone interested in this vital but often forgotten area of the city. Start at main (west) entrance of Historic Fort York, 100 Garrison Rd./ The tour includes sidewalks with some stairs, hills and rough ground. Free. RSVP: 416- 392-6907

Toronto is Canada’s largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. It is the economic engine of Canada and one of the greenest and most creative cities in North America. In the past three years, Toronto has won more than 70 awards for quality, innovation and efficiency in delivering public services. 2009 marks the 175th anniversary of Toronto’s incorporation as a city. Toronto’s government is dedicated to prosperity, opportunity and liveability for all its residents.

Media contact:
Vanessa Higgs, Program Development Officer, Cultural Services, 416-338-0045,



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