University Avenue Tour

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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About this 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!

This tour features buildings and landscapes from the 1950s to 2018 – and we even give you a glimpse of some of the projects to come in the coming years! Some highlights include Sick Kids Atrium (Zeidler Roberts Partnership, 1993), Shell Oil Building (Marani & Morris, 1961), the University Avenue Medians (Dunnington-Grubb & Stensson, 1961) and the Four Season Centre for the Perfoming Arts (Diamond Schmitt Arhcitects, 2006).


WHEN | Select Sundays from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM from June to October.

DURATION | 2 hours

DISTANCE | Approx 2 km

MEETING PLACE | North-east corner of University Avenue and College Street.

FINISH | Near Queen Subway Station.

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

Pictures from this tour

Curious 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.