University Avenue Tour

Come walk with us as we stroll down Toronto’s ceremonial boulevard and explore the buildings, landscapes and artwork that define one of Toronto’s 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!

Featured Buildings

  • MaRS Centre Phases 1 & 2, 2005 addition/renovation Adamson Associates Architects; 2014 B+H Architects
  • Hydro Place, 1975 Kenneth R. Cooper
  • Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, 1992 Zeidler
  • Peter Munk Cardiac Centre (2 buildings), renovation 2004 B+H & new building 2003 HOK Urbana
  • Mount Sinai Hospital, 1974 Bregman & Hamann (now B+H); west addition 2012 HDR Architects & BBB Architects
  • Sick Kids Atrium (New Patient Tower), 1993 Zeidler Roberts Partnership
  • The Nurses Residence (now Alan Brown Bldg), 1983 Uno Prii
  • Toronto Rehabilitation Institute University Centre, renovation & addition 2012 Murphy Hilgers Architects
  • Shell Oil Building, 1961 Marani & Morris
  • Residences of 488 University Ave., 2016-17 CORE Architects
  • Maclean Hunter Building, 1961 Marani & Morris
  • University Avenue Medians, 1961 Dunington-Grubb & Stensson
  • The Residences at RCMI, 2014 Zeidler Partnership Architects
  • Toronto Court House, 1964-66 Marani, Morris and Allan; additions 1985 & 1987; landscaping Michael Hough of Hough Woodland Naylor Dance
  • Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts, 2006 Diamond Schmitt Architects
  • Bank of Canada Building, 1955-58 Marani & Morris
  • Sun Life Assurance Co. of Canada, 1961 John B. Parkin Associates
  • Shangri-La Toronto, 2012 James Cheng, Hariri Pontarini


WHEN | Sundays 10am-12pm weekly from May 7th to October 1st
DURATION | 2 hours
DISTANCE | Approx 2 km with some stairs to & from buildings (accessibility can be accommodated)
MEETING PLACE | Corner of University Avenue and College Street (exact location provided with your e-Ticket)
FINISH | Near Queen subway station
TICKETS | $10 each (free for Children 12 & under when accompanied by a paid adult)