Architecture Tours

From city landmarks to hidden gems, learn the stories behind the buildings, landscapes and art that make Toronto a one of a kind city with our architecture walking tours!

Toronto boasts a world class mix of both heritage and modern architecture designed by local and internationally acclaimed architects like Mies Van der Rohe, Frank Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Will Alsop, Diamond & Schmitt and KPMB to name a few.  Join the Toronto Society of Architects’ guided outdoor walking tours for a 2 hour journey happening every weekend and holiday Monday from the first weekend in June to the first weekend in October.

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The Classics

These crowd-pleasing favourites are sure not to disappoint! With a mix of landmark buildings and hidden gems, our tour classics have something for everyone and are a great way to get familiar with some of Toronto’s most well known buildings and public spaces!

Towers

Look up! Waaaay Up! And join us for a walk as we explore how Toronto grew tall! From bank towers to residential high rises, learn the stories behind the buildings that shape Toronto’s iconic skyline and the pioneer towers that started it all in what has quickly become one of North America’s skyscraper capitals.

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Art and Performance

From the theatre to the symphony, movies to the fine arts, some of Toronto’s most exciting (and often controversial) buildings are those designed to house the city’s cultural institutions. Join us as we as we explore the story of Toronto’s vibrant cultural scene through its architecture and landscapes.

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Waterfront *new for 2019!*

Once a busy commercial harbour dominated by warehouses, factories, and seafaring merchants, Toronto’s waterfront is quickly re-establishing itself as a place for people to live, work, and play. From urban beaches to artist studios, high-tech offices to whimsical public spaces, join us as we explore the buildings and landscapes that are redefining our relationship to lake in one of the world’s largest revitalization projects.

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New and Noteworthy

Looking for something a little different and dig deeper into Toronto’s architectural scene? Our newest set of tours are designed to highlight some of the city’s hidden gems and explore the less known stories of long-established landmarks.

University Avenue

Stroll down Toronto’s ceremonial boulevard and explore the buildings, landscapes and artwork that define one of our most unique thoroughfares: University Avenue. Discover the stories behind the architecture – from the origins and growth of hospital row to the city bylaws behind the light coloured facades that line the boulevard. We’ll help you see our grand avenue as you have never seen it before!

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Art & Architecture on the Spadina Line *new for 2019!*

Join us on this one-of-a-kind subway ride as we explore the stories behind the underground gallery that is the Spadina Line! From grounded brutalist hubs to playful multi-coloured stops, come explore the line’s unique stations – all drastically different from one another and featuring integrated artwork in fun and unexpected ways.

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New Meets Old *new for 2019!*

With over 80 heritage designated buildings, the St. George campus is among Canada’s most remarkable architectural collections – but this campus is far from a museum, requiring retrofits, renovations and additions to keep up with its changing population. Join us on this walk and see how architects have worked with, added to, and repaired some of the university’s earliest buildings and the opportunities that arise when dealing with heritage structures.

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North York Civic Centre *new for 2019!*

For Toronto’s suburbs, the 60s was a decade of unprecedented growth, change and possibility – and nowhere was this more evident than in the rapidly transforming North York. From High-Modernist interior streets to Post Modern spires, grand public spaces to award-winning buildings, join us as we explore the unique architectural and civic legacy of North York’s planned core and share the stories behind its significant structures.

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Private and Off-Schedule Tours

We’re always happy to give our tours featuring examples of Toronto’s great contemporary architecture – even outside our regularly scheduled tours!

For more information on off-season, off-schedule, group and private tours, please send us an email at tsa@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca!

School Groups

Looking for an educational class outing? The TSA is happy to provide FREE architecture walking tours to school groups.

For more information or to book your free tour please send us an email at tsa@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca!


Our walking tours program is made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Association of Architects.

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