CPA Walking Tours - 2017 Season

Get outside! And a very good reason to do so is to join a guided tour offered by the CPA. They are led by experienced and knowledgeable CPA guides (volunteers). They are offered free of charge; however, a “hat” will be passed around at the end of tour. Donations are strongly encouraged and are reinvested in the programs of the CPA and its partner organizations.

The Necropolis
Toronto Doors Open: May 27 and 28
at 10:00, 12:00 noon, 2:00 and 4:00
Starting Point: Gates of the Necropolis 

One of Cabbagetown’s gems, the Necropolis cemetery at the east end of Winchester Street, is taking part in Toronto Doors Open (TDO) 2017. This year, TDO’s theme is linked to Canada 150. We will be offering at 10:00, 12:00 noon, 2:00 and 4:00 during both days, tours of one of Toronto’s oldest cemeteries where remarkable Canadians are buried: including politicians, explorers-discoverers, rebels, freedom fighters, soldiers and more.

Cabbagetown By The Valley
July 6 at 6:30 pm and August 26 at 1:30 pm
Offered in partnership with Heritage Toronto
Starting Point: Wellesley Park, east end of Wellesley Street

The evolution of Cabbagetown is closely linked to the Don River Valley nearby. The bucolic nature of the valley had John Graves Simcoe, Upper Canada’s first Lieutenant-Governor, choose our area for his summer home. The industrialization of the valley started in the mid-19th century, at about the same time Cabbagetown was getting populated. Industrialization lasted one hundred years and brought jobs, a sense of prosperity but also pollution and eventually
urban blight. It is now difficult to imagine Cabbagetown as being part of an industrial complex. Virtually no traces exist of this past, except some pictures. The area also played a role as a hub for city services (cemeteries, hospital, parks, etc.). Come discover an aspect of Cabbagetown you may not have known.

Cabbagetown et la vallée de la rivière Don
In French. July 2, 2017, at 2:00 pm
Offered in partnership with la Société d’histoire de Toronto
Starting Point: Wellesley Park, east end of Wellesley Street

Voir la description en anglais ci-dessus.

Builders of Canada: Tales of a Country in Two Cabbagetown Cemeteries, Part 1
Date and Time July 23 at 1:30 pm
Starting Point: Gates of the St. James Cemetery, on Parliament just north of Wellesley Street

See description below.

Builders of Canada: Tales of a Country in Two Cabbagetown Cemeteries, Part 2
Date and Time August 13 at 1:30 pm
Starting Point: Gates of the Necropolis Cemetery at the east end of Winchester Street

The two-part walking tour Builders of Canada is the CPA’s contribution to Canada 150, the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the Canadian Confederation. 

Did you know that in 1866 an organized group of soldiers tried to take Canada hostage? Who was the first person to find dinosaur fossils in Canada? Ever proudly stood on the grave of a Father of Confederation? Did you know that Canada hanged two rebels who are now regarded as heroes? Did you know that, during the First World War, a Canadian was credited with killing the feared german pilot nicknamed the Red Baron?

Cabbagetown’s two historical cemeteries, St. James Cemetery and the Necropolis, are open-sky history books, full of these stories. Both cemeteries opened in the middle of the 19th century and served a growing city that needed more space to house its deceased.

Many people who left their mark and helped build this country are buried in either cemetery. Come hear their rarely-heard stories. These people distinguished themselves in fields like exploration, politics, education, industries, immigration, philanthropy, transportation, war, sports, communications, etc.

These walking tours will be featuring many of the graves mentioned in the presentation on the Builders of Canada that will follow the CPA Annual General Meeting on May 29, 2017.