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Allan Gardens and its Eclectic Neighbours

By Peter Kopplin, Michael McClelland, Toronto Medical Historical Club/Friends of Allan Gardens



This walk will circle the square making up Allan Gardens and end up in front of the pavilion.


Attention will be paid to the architecture of four of Toronto's oldest churches. It will pause in front of the site of the old Central Hospital, pass the former home of John Ross Robertson who helped build the Hospital for Sick Children and nod at the site of the old Victoria Skating Rink.


On the south side of Gerrard we will note a series of Indigenous social services before walking north on Jarvis to view the west side of the park. On reaching the pavilion, we will examine its architecture, look back at previous buildings, and look forward to the future changes.

  • Walk Start Location: SW corner of intersection of Carlton and Sherbourne Streets. Walk leader wiIll wear black newsboy hat and stand by the bike rack.

  • Nearest Public Transit: Carlton streetcar (506) and Sherbourne bus.

  • Walk End Location: In front of the pavilion cloose to the start.

Saturday, May 7


Sunday, May 8



Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Arts & Architecture, History & Culture, Diversity & Inclusion.

Accessibility: Family Friendly, Speaker or Amplification, Pet-friendly, Wheelchair-friendly


Masks suggested while assembling. Small groups of 15 will proceed at staggered times.

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