At the dawn of the twenty-first century, Canada is rightfully proud of its international role as an independent nation. But an important part of the elusive Canadian culture is its status as a Constitutional Monarchy. On this tour, we explore the historic and contemporary roles of the Crown in Canada. What historic roles have successive French, English, British and ultimately Canadian monarchs had on our national development? What purpose does the Monarchy serve in twenty-first century Canada? Why does the Monarch appear on our currency, and how much does each tax-paying Canadian pay for this institution in our country? Come on our tour of Royal Toronto and find out.
Some Interesting “Royal Toronto” Snapshots
This tour will discuss the impact that successive monarchs have had on our city and our country since the days of Queen Victoria, the Mother of Confederation. We will visit the equestrian statue of Edward VII, the gates opened by the future George V, and follow in the footsteps of George VI and Queen Elizabeth (the Queen Mother) when they visited Toronto in the spring of 1939. Our tour is set in the attractive vicinity of Queen’s Park Circle and the University of Toronto.
“I treasure my place in the life of Canada, and my bond with Canadians everywhere.”
– Her Majesty the Queen, 2002
“My family’s association with this country over many generations allows me to see and to appreciate Canada from another viewpoint, that of History.”
– Her Majesty the Queen, 1977
“Every country is different, and we grew up in this one with the Royal Family as part of our heritage.”
– Hockey Hero Wayne Gretzky, 2002
“I have a considerable regard for The Queen and the monarchy although I’m a New Democrat and a socialist.”
– Canadian author Farley Mowat, 2002
Things You will Need to Know about this Tour
- It begins by the statue of Queen Victoria, just east of the main doors of the Queen’s Park Legislative Assembly building – click here for map.
- This tour is approximately ninety minutes long, and is conducted entirely outdoors
- It ends back at the front lawn of Queen’s Park, by the statue of Sir John A. MacDonald, Canada’s first Prime Minister.
Dates & Times
Sundays at 4.00 p.m.
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.
$25.00 each for one or two people
$20.00 each for three or four people
$15.00 each for five or more
Group Rates available for students and youth.
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.