Walking Tour: North York City Centre

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. What not long before had been a mostly agricultural region dotted by small villages, North York had quickly evolved into the fourth-largest and fastest-growing municipality in the country. The young borough had big plans for its future – including a new vibrant downtown that would be a source of pride for its residents and a showcase of the ambitions and dreams of this burgeoning city.

Come join us on a walk as we explore the buildings and landscapes of North York City Centre, the unabashedly modern downtown created during the 70s, 80s and 90s. 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 this planned core and share the stories behind its  significant structures. Along the way we will discuss some of the challenges facing North York today, as well as the exciting proposals that promise to shape its future.



We strive to host inclusive, accessible tours that enable all attendees to fully engage with the experience. Our Walking Tours take place on mostly flat terrain, such as city sidewalks and paths. To notify us of any accommodations you may need, or for inquiries about accessibility, please contact us at tsa@torontosocietyofarchitects.ca.



All TSA Walking Tours require prior registration. You can register online anytime prior to the start of the tour and walk-ins will be accommodated, unless we have reached capacity. Exact change is required for any tickets purchased at the tour ($15, HST included). Please note the TSA Membership discount is only available for tickets purchased online.

All tours are 1.5-2 hours long, and include mostly exterior stops. Your tour guide will be equipped with a microphone and speaker system to ensure you’re able to hear the tour clearly.

Please arrive 5-10 minutes before the tour begins for your tour guide to check you in. We encourage you to go paperless — we can use either your digital ticket or your name for check-in.

Our tours take place rain or shine, so please double check the weather on the day of your tour and dress appropriately. Should inclement weather require tour cancellation, we will reach out in advance of the tour to the email/phone number you shared when registering.


Thank You!

TSA Walking Tours are made possible thanks to the generous support of the Ontario Association of Architects and the passion and dedication of our volunteer Tour Guides.

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When Sunday, August 20, 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Duration 90 minutes (approx.)

Meeting Place Northeast corner of Mel Lastman Square, right beside Starbucks

Finish Princess Park

Cost $15 General Admission, FREE for TSA Members with code from bulletin

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