Heritage Toronto Tours – Yorkville: From Counter-culture to Couture

Heritage Toronto started its walking tour program in 1994. Since then, tourists and Torontonians alike have immersed themselves into the fascinating history of the heritage and culture of our beloved city.

This year, there are 61 public tours showcasing Toronto’s rich history from all angles. Learn about the city’s flourishing food scene, illustrious architecture and even the counter-culture movements of years gone by. Counter-culture to couture is the main focus of the tour here in Bloor-Yorkville.

“We are delighted to be partnering with the Bloor-Yorkville BIA to highlight this vibrant neighbourhood for both Toronto residents and tourists.  People are curious and fascinated by the neighbourhood’s rich history and current style.  Yorkville: From Counter-culture to Couture is quickly becoming one of our most popular tours.”

Allison Bain, Heritage Toronto Executive Director

As a Tour Sponsor, we are proud that the Yorkville tour has been quite successful, entertaining and informative.  All tours are researched, designed, and led by local historians, community groups, and professionals who volunteer their time and energy.

A large crowd forms for the May 31st Heritage Toronto Tour! – photo by Herman Cust

“During the 1960s, Yorkville was the Bohemian centre of the hippie and youth counter-culture movements. Today, it is a destination for couture shopping, fine art galleries, and celebrity watching. Join us on a walk through Yorkville as we explore the transformation of one of Toronto’s most noteworthy neighbourhoods.”

One stop includes the Heliconian club, which was founded in 1909, by a music teacher from the Royal Conservatory of Music, to give those within the arts an opportunity to meet and network. This historic building was originally a church built in 1875.

Heliconian Club – photo by Herman Cust

An awesome sneak peek at another fun Yorkville fact. Did you know that in 1967 young activists held a “sleep in” at Nathan Phillips Square in an effort to make Yorkville car free? It wasn’t exactly a success, and the city responded by creating a 10 pm curfew for youth under 18!

Young Yorkville activists!

Join tonight’s tour at 6:30PM – details below.

Start Point: Village of Yorkville Park (115 Cumberland St) – Note:  this tour route includes a short set of stairs (2 steps) but is otherwise accessible.

*Note: The meeting point for the tour in Yorkville Park will be at the big rock, directly east of the Bay Station exit.

End Point: Village of Yorkville Park (115 Cumberland St)

Cost:   $10 donation suggested

Register now at heritagetoronto.org/events to guarantee yourself a spot.

For more information on all tours, download the 2018 Tours Brochure (PDF).

Check out the excellent reviews of the tours on TripAdvisor!

Heritage Toronto also offers a selection of its tours to private groups.  Click on this link to download the Private Tour Booking and Information form.  For more information about booking a private tour or to inquire about Heritage Toronto delivering an illustrated talk or presentation please call 416-338-2175.

If you miss tonight’s tour, don’t fret! There is another tour on September 1st to enjoy!