Cabbagetown Tour of Homes

Sunday September 17, 2017, Noon to 4:00 pm

After a hiatus in 2016, this year’s Cabbagetown Tour of Homes visitors will once again have the chance to view the interiors of some of the most stunning homes in the city. This year, the Tour offers a wide range of Cabbagetown living: single family, living-work spaces, “collective living” and much more.

These beautiful residences, all on the Tour for the first time, showcase the ingenuity of adapting to 21st century living in the heart of the City.

This is a self-guided tour. The Tour ticket (booklet) provides the address and description of each home on the Tour as well as an area map to help you find your way around our beautiful neighbourhood.  Begin and finish at any home on the tour. While strolling the shaded sidewalks, enjoy the variety of exceptional front gardens. A glass medallion in the garden indicates a previous winner of the friendly garden competition called Streetscapes in Bloom. 

Take a break at the local restaurants many offering special deals to ticket holders. Other special offers from local retailers also appear on the ticket.

Tickets cost $35.00.

Purchasing Tickets

Buying online using credit/PayPal

You can now buy your tickets ($35 per ticket) online using PayPal by clicking HERE

Please note that people who use PayPal to buy tickets will need to exchange their PayPal receipt/voucher for an actual ticket before or on the day of the Tour. Instructions are on the PayPal link above.  

Buying at Local Vendors

Paper tickets will also available CASH ONLY (please no credit card transactions) at the following outlets:

The Epicure Shop, 473 Parliament Street 416-928-0291

Fairway Market, 520 Parliament Street 416-921-0624

Greenery Patch, St. Lawrence Market (Front Street) 416-594-6678

Kay & Young's Florist, 136 Avenue Road (at Davenport), 416-922-5651

Kendall & Co. Design & Decor, 514 Parliament Street 416-363-9914

Mi Casa, 238 Carlton Street 416-929-1913

Ringe & Associates Floral Designers, Scotia Plaza (KIng Street) Concourse Level 416-214-0278

Sheridan Nurseries (North Toronto), 2827 Yonge Street 416-481-6429

This Year's Tour in the Media

Read the story in the Toronto Star.

Read the story in the National Post.

History of the Tour/Why a Tour?

The Cabbagetown Tour of Homes started in the late 1970s as an event organized by realtors to showcase Cabbagetown’s stock of beautiful but untouched Victorian homes. They wanted to show the potential of this neighbourhood, which at the time was a poor and neglected area of Toronto. Investors started buying Cabbagetown homes, restoring/renovating them and selling/flipping them. In its early iterations, the Tour contributed to Cabbagetown’s rejuvenation, from rags to riches.

The organization of the Tour then passed on to passionate Cabbagetowners who continued the tradition of showing off this beautiful and very special neighbourhood. The past Tours were quite different from the ones of today: the Tours were often spread over 2 days with different homes on both days. There were evening Tours, Christmas Tours, and even chamber music tours. Back then, the proceeds from the Tour of Homes were reinvested in local community causes and/or organizations.

About ten years ago, the CPA took over the Tour. Since then, a committee of CPA volunteers has been organizing it while trying to refocus it and bringing it closer to the raison d’être of the CPA: understanding Cabbagetown and explaining/showcasing its built and human heritage. We now not only “show” but we also try to “tell”.

The Cabbagetown Tour of Homes has become the CPA’s main fundraising event. The proceeds are reinvested in the CPA and its programs: the Cabbagetown People program (blue plaques, website, brochures, free tours for schools, social history research projects, etc.), the Peggy Kurtin Awards (excellence in restoration, improved facades, etc.), the CPA newsletters, the CPA website and Facebook page, the CPA walking tours in partnership with Heritage Toronto and others, the Streetscapes in Bloom garden competition, the Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces garden tour, our popular Cabbagetown Talks series and other public meetings, our information package for new Cabbagetown residents, and other important contributions to the life the city. The CPA has also been supporting various local community organizations like the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District Committee.

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association is a volunteer and not-for-profit organization. The Cabbagetown Tour of Homes is a fundraiser for CPA educational and community projects.

All homeowners generously open their private residences to the public and receive no compensation.