Toronto audio tour: From the Green Ravines of Rosedale to the Glittering Towers of Yorkville

From the Green Ravines of Rosedale to the Glittering Towers of Yorkville

Walking Tour

60 mins

About the Tour

Most Canadian cities are defined by hills and mountains, but Toronto has an upside-down quality. Its ravines are its hidden treasures, and you have to seek them out.

On this walk, you'll cross over Rosedale Valley and wind your way into Yorkville, a neighbourhood with a lively history, now filled with chic boutiques and restaurants. You'll hear about the people who lived and worked in these neighbourhoods along the way, from musicians and artists, to soldiers, sheriffs, schoolgirls and wealthy financiers.

Tour Producer


Philippa Campsie

Philippa Campsie teaches in the urban planning program at the University of Toronto and believes that urban planners need to get out and walk if they are going to understand any city. She and her husband visit Paris regularly and write about it on their blog, "Parisian Fields." Philippa has created tours in both Toronto and Paris.

Major Landmarks

  • Rosedale Valley

  • Branksome Hall

  • Group of Seven Studio

  • Toronto Reference Library

  • Yorkville Fire Hall

  • Yorkville neighbourhood

Directions to Starting Point

Take the Bloor-Danforth subway to Sherbourne. The route starts at the intersection of Bloor and Sherbourne Streets.

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Places to stop along the way

The best places to eat are close to the end of the walk, and there are too many to list.

Best time of day

Morning, so that you can have lunch in Yorkville afterwards.


You will be crossing a few streets where there is no traffic light. Watch carefully for traffic. The route includes some stairs and gentle slopes.


A really interesting and informative tour!

Posted by Elise H , almost 3 years ago
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From the Green Ravines of Rosedale to the Glittering Towers of Yorkville