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Three Centuries of Corktown

By Lynne Kurylo, Helene St. Jacques - Chair, Enoch Turner Schoolhouse Foundation


Sunday, May 8

10:00AM - 11:30AM 


Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: Arts & Architecture, History & Culture, Heritage Preservation

Accessibility: Fast Paced, Family Friendly, Speaker or Amplification, Wheelchair-friendly, Tour crosses King and Queen streets which may be busy.


30 person maximum. Click to register.


Corktown, one of Toronto’s oldest areas, retains a rich stock of heritage buildings including churches, schools, theatres, and the site of the first Parliament buildings.


The name Corktown refers to the Irish immigrants who lived here in the 1800s, many of whom embarked from Cork.


Corktown stretches from Berkeley St. to River St. and from the south side of Shuter St. to Lakeshore Blvd. Vestiges of 19th century workers' housing and remnants commercial and industrial activity are still visible but Corktown has undergone substantial change as new residences and businesses and cultural venues transform the area.


Walking tour starts at the historic Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (King and Parliament).

  • Walk Start Location: Enoch Turner Schoolhouse at 106 Trinity Stree. The Walk Leader will be at the front door of the schoolhouse

  • Nearest Public Transit: TTC King Streetcar stop at Parliament Street.

  • Walk End Location: Corner of King Street East and Berkeley Street

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