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!