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March 4, 2009
Toronto’s Historic Sites are free this weekend, March 6-8
In celebration of Toronto’s 175th anniversary all eight of Toronto’s Historic Museums open their doors for free this weekend.

"The city's past is uncovered at Toronto's Historic Sites -- from our city's beginnings at Fort York National Historic Site to the home of Toronto's first Mayor at Mackenzie House," said Mayor David Miller. "This weekend everyone can learn more about how the city came to be at Toronto's Historic Sites. And best of all, they're free."

Tour the Regency picturesque cottage of John and Jemima Howard, the couple who founded High Park, at Colborne Lodge. Visit Toronto’s birthplace and Canada's largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings at Fort York National Historic Site. Get a glimpse into Toronto's rural past at Gibson House museum, an 1851 family farmhouse. View Mackenzie House, the 1858 home of Toronto's famous rebel and first mayor, William Lyon Mackenzie. Enjoy the hospitality of 1847 Montgomery’s Inn. Discover Scarbourough Historical Museum and experience rural life from the 1850s to 1900. Indulge in the “good life” at Spadina Museum: Historic House & Gardens one of Toronto's finest Edwardian mansions. Toronto’s industry began in the Don River Valley, explore these historic buildings and homes at Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre.

In addition, on Sunday, March 8, Mackenzie House opens their exhibit Toronto's Tumultuous Year: William Lyon Mackenzie as Mayor. It runs from noon to 5 p.m. with talks by Mackenzie Scholar, Chris Raible at 1:30 and 3 p.m. Enjoy Dundee Cake after your tour. Also free.

Museum hours of operation vary, please see and click on “Other events” for details.

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. Toronto has won numerous 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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