Waterfront Toronto will be hosting a series of walking tours for the general public through the City's new "blue edges" beginning in June.
The first tour will be along Queens Quay, which prior to its reopening after a few years of construction in 2015, had very little to give for pedestrians and cyclists alike. Now arguably Toronto's most complete street, two lanes of vehicular traffic were eliminated on Queens Quay West to better serve all forms of mobility and transportation, including completing a gap in the Martin Goodman Trail. The 90 minute tour will take place at 7 PM, Thursday, June 8th and 7 PM, Tuesday, June 13th, meeting at the Simcoe WaveDeck and moving east to Bay Street. Register here.
Another tour will take you through Corktown Common, the heart of the Canary District neighbourhood. Built on reclaimed industrial brownfields that blighted the Downtown's east end for years, Corktown Common was designed to double as protection from Don River flooding, while creating a public space where the topography allows for a wide variety of uses, while providing dramatic views of City's skyline to the west. The 75 minute tour will meet at the pavilion in the park on Saturday, June 10th at 11 AM. More information can be found here.
A tour of the Public Art in the West Don Lands will run on Thursday, June 15th from 7 PM. Beginning at Underpass Park, the tour will loop through the area, ending at Corktown Common. For Waterfront Toronto, creating a strong public art program was a key ingredient to the success of the public realm: this 90 minute tour will highlight the diverse and celebrated artworks that resulted. Registration can be accessed on this link.
A history of the Central Waterfront will wrap up the Spring 2017 collection of walking tours. Set for 11 AM on Saturday, June 17th, this 90 minute tour will start at 60 Harbour Street, and finish at Spadina and Queens Quay West. The tour will focus on the development that has shaped the Central Waterfront through the 1980s, 90s, and early 2000s. Access to registration can be found here.