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A Walk through Toronto's Old Town

Rebecca Rizzo

Imagine a Toronto where the tallest building is only three stories high, where Lake Ontario reaches Front Street, where the wagon wheels grind through the muddy roads, the air smells of smoke and animal, and the surrounding lands is farms, fields, and forests. This was what the neighbourhood looked like in the early 1800s. Beginning at St. James Cathedral and ending at Toronto's First Post Office, this walk will focus on the earliest buildings of the Town of York and will include the history of St. James Cathedral, St. James Park, St. Lawrence Hall, Market Lane, St. Lawrence Market (North & South Buildings), William Lyon Mackenzie's Homestead and Printshop, King Street, the First Bank of Upper Canada, and Toronto's First Post Office.
Rebecca will be on the steps of St. James Cathedral holding a clipboard and wearing a name tag. She will be facing King Street East.

Walk Start:

On the steps of St. James Cathedral at 106 King Street East, St. Lawrence neighbourhood, near Church and King Street East intersection.

Toronto's First Post Office, 260 Adelaide Street East, St. Lawrence neighbourhood, near George and Adelaide Street East intersection.

Walk End:

Date: May 3

10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.




History and Places


Uneven terrain, Stairs or other barriers, Walk leader will use audio amplification.

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