Victorian Architectural Tour
When Queen Victoria came to the throne in June of 1837, Toronto was a small and somewhat disreputable city, with a population of about 10,000 people. There was nothing, really, in the way of grand architecture, and even the sidewalks – where they even existed – were nothing more than boards lying across the worst of the mud filled potholes in the streets. Queen Victoria reigned for 63 years and 7 months, long enough by far for Canadians to develop an obsessive love affair with her, and long enough for Toronto to grow from a muddy backwater into “The Imperial City”.
Toronto grew up during Victoria’s reign, and by the late 1890s, when the British Empire was at its height, some eager city planners had nicknamed Toronto “the Paris by the Lake”. In this tour, you’ll learn about some of the finest Victorian architecture that Toronto had to offer. Some of it still exists, while other parts of it were wiped out, either during a massive fire in 1904, or in the ill-fated urban renewal of the 1960s, which saw the demolition of thousands of historic Toronto buildings.
More than a century after Queen Victoria died, there are still some remnants and reminders of the great city that was built here during her reign. You may have walked past some of these graceful landmarks dozens of times, without ever taking them in. Sign up for our Victorian Architectural tour, and rediscover the built gems that Toronto has to offer!
Shown below are some snapshots from Victorian Toronto
Things You will Need to Know about this Tour
- It begins in the front lobby of the Hotel Victoria, located at 56 Yonge Street, just south of King Street.
- This tour is between two and 2½ hours long, and finishes back at the Hotel Victoria.
- This tour is conducted mostly outdoors.
PLEASE REMEMBER TO CALL AHEAD BEFORE COMING ON ANY OF TOURS, TO CONFIRM TOUR AVAILABILITY. AVOID DISAPPOINTMENT BY CHECKING WITH US BEFORE THE TOUR BEGINS.
If you have any more questions, just ask!
DATES AND TIMES
Tuesdays at 5.00 p.m.
Sundays at 2.00 p.m or by request.
This tour is available throughout the entire calendar year. REMEMBER, if it is not scheduled for when you want to do it, just let us know, and we’ll change our schedule just for you! We suggest making reservations at least 24 hours before the tour starts.
$20.00 for one person
$15.00 each for two or three people
$10.00 each for four or more
Students and Youth – please contact us for details
We offer GIFT CERTIFICATES and special discount passes for visitors who plan to attend more than one tour. Contact us to find out more information.