New Meets Old

In alignment with social distancing directives issued by Toronto Public Health to slow the spread of COVID-19, the TSA’s in-person tours are postponed until it is safe to gather again. In the meantime, we’ve created new online programming to allow you to explore Toronto’s architecture from home! Click on the links below to learn more.

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Virtual Tour | Humber Bay
Virtual Tour | Ontario Place
Virtual Tour | The Harbourfront Part 1
Virtual Tour | The Harbourfront Part 2


About this tour

With over 150 years of architectural history and home to over 80 heritage designated buildings, the University of Toronto’s St. George campus is without a doubt one of the most unique and remarkable architectural collections in Canada. This historical campus though is far from a museum. With just over 90,000 students, as well as thousands of faculty and staff, the University is a city that is continuously growing and evolving – requiring new buildings, retrofits and renovations to keep up with its changing population.

Join us on this walk as we explore how architects have worked around, added to, repaired, adapted and sometimes even relocated some of the university’s earliest structures. Learn about the unique challenges and opportunities that arise when dealing with heritage structures. Along the way we will explore a wide range of buildings and landscapes – from High Victorian masterpieces with gleaming glass additions, to Brutalist behemoths and modernist pioneers – many which challenge preconceptions of what heritage is and raise the question of how can we preserve our past while meeting the needs of the future.

Highlights in this tour include the Royal Ontario Museum, the Royal Conservatory of Music, Robarts Library and One Spadina Crescent.


WHEN | Select Saturdays, Sundays, and Holiday Mondays from 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Noon or 1:30 PM – 3:30 PM from June to October.

DURATION | 2 hours

MEETING PLACE | Steps of Weston Entrance (Queens Park), Royal Ontario Museum, 100 Queens Park

FINISH | 1 Spadina Crescent

TICKETS | $15 per person (free for Children 12 & under when accompanied by a paid adult). Free for TSA members!

Pictures from this tour

Curious about what you’ll see on this tour? Check out some of the images taken by previous attendees!

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