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What do a King and a friend of Oscar Wilde have in common?

By David Raymont



This walk through a section of the Earlscourt neighbourhood of Toronto (southwest of Dufferin and St. Clair Ave W.)

I am an amateur historian and will talk about the origin of the Earlscourt name, the community's growth from First Nations times to the 1930s, the large 1850s home that once stood there and the 1910-era neighbourhood of workers homes that replaced it, a description of the homes and of the occupations of people who lived there, the impact of the First World War on the community.


Attendees are encouraged to wear comfortable shoes and the walk will be on city sidewalks with little in the way of elevation. The large home that once stood here was the childhood of home of Robbie Ross, a close friend of Oscar Wilde, and in 1919, on Lansdowne Avenue, a war widow stopped the car of the heir to the British throne to present him with a bouquet.


I have led walks for other organizations and helped with Heritage Toronto walks.

  • Walk Start Location: Northwest corner of MacKay Avenue and Dufferin Street, beside Phil's Shoe Repair, 1660 Dufferin St., M6H 3M1. Walk leader will wear a grey cap and hold an old flag of Canada.

  • Nearest Public Transit: St. Clair Avenue West and Dufferin Street streetcar stops, both east and west.

  • Walk End Location: La Paloma restaurant, 1357 St. Clair Ave. West, M6E 1C5.

Saturday, May 7



Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: History & Culture, Indigenous Communities.

Accessibility: Busy Sidewalks, Breaks Offered.


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