Historian of the city, politics, and society
For two decades, Heritage Toronto has been organizing historical walking tours of Toronto and its neighbourhoods. It’s a great example of community-engaged public history. The tours, developed by community members and historians, are open to all for a small donation, and are always well-attended.
For the 2015 season, HT is offering more than forty tours, and I was really pleased to be asked to lead one. Entitled “Creating Toronto: The Story of the City in Seven Stops,” it uses visits to seven key downtown sites to provide insight into Toronto’s journey from colonial settlement to modern metropolis. Ambitious, but worthwhile: it’s a great introduction to the city’s history for visitors, and a chance for Torontonians to put their local knowledge into a bigger framework.