Toronto audio tour: Discover Yorkville-Bloor: The Heritage Neighbourhood with a Modern Twist

Discover Yorkville-Bloor: The Heritage Neighbourhood with a Modern Twist

Walking Tour

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40 mins
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1mi

About the Tour

Toronto has been described as a “mosaic of neighbourhoods,” and Yorkville is one of my favourites. Its fascinating history, chic boutiques, fine art galleries, luxury hotels, award-winning landscape architecture, charming cottages and heritage buildings provide the perfect backdrop for a delightful stroll.

On this 45-minute walking tour, you’ll experience Yorkville’s evolution from a small Victorian village on the outskirts of Toronto to the centre of a world-famous music scene during the 1960s and 70s, and finally to the upscale retail destination replete with exclusive residences that it is today. Together we’ll peel back its layers of history while learning about the architects, personalities and developers who have left their mark on its urban fabric. I’ll show you how new construction and the conversion of heritage properties continues to transform the character of what was once considered “the Canadian Haight-Ashbury”.

Along the way, I’ll guide you through some of my favourite, sometimes easy-to-miss spaces including secluded art-filled courtyards and laneways, and quiet residential streets lined with heritage homes and landmarks. I’ll also point out some excellent places to stop for coffee or a bite to eat, browse for fine art, or indulge in an afternoon shopping spree in the neighbourhood.

Join me for an unforgettable excursion and hear the fascinating stories that Yorkville has to share!

Tour Producer

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Jane Herman

I'm the founder of On the Town Tours in Toronto. Since 2013 we've offered an eclectic menu of tours that highlight Toronto's history, architecture, and culture. 50% of Torontonians (including me) were not born here. As a non-native, I've always been driven to understand how Toronto became the city it is today. My curiousity and love of learning have led me to study our city's history, architecture and culture in a deep and serious way, and in turn share my passion for our urban fabric and its treasures with visitors and curious residents alike. Come join me!

Major Landmarks

  • Village of Yorkville Park

  • Royal Ontario Museum

  • Bloor Street

  • 77 Yorkville Ave.

  • 100 Yorkville Ave.

  • Heliconian Hall

Directions to Starting Point

Town Hall Square at 25 Yorkville Ave. is two blocks from the entrance to the TTC (subway) at Yonge and Bloor, just a few steps in from Yonge and Yorkville. Half a block east of the Four Seasons Hotel.

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Tips

Places to stop along the way

Summer's Ice Cream; Flo's Diner-great lunch spot; Sassafraz, Hemmingways; Carole's Cheesecake on Cumberland across from the Park; Sorry Coffee; Yorkville Village (upscale clothing, food court, Whole Foods). Various fine art galleries; Royal Ontario Museum.

Best time of day

Mid-day to late afternoon, when retail shops, galleries, and restaurant patios and cafes are open, especially May-October.

Precautions

This is generally a safe and upscale neighbourhood.

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Discover Yorkville-Bloor: The Heritage Neighbourhood with a Modern Twist