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I lead a variety of Toronto history tours filled with fascinating and unexpected stories from the city's past. I usually offer a public tour about once a month during the not-so-freezing-cold part of the year and am always available for private tours, too!


PUBLIC TOURS

I generally offer public tours from the late spring through to December. I try to list them all here beforehand, but the best way to keep up-to-date with whatever I've got coming up is to subscribe to my Toronto History Weekly newsletter, which you can do for free here. You can also follow me on social media: @todreamsproject.

Here are all the details for my next public tour:

Death and Scandal in Rosedale

As one of the city's most affluent neighbourhoods, Rosedale has long been home to millionaires and billionaires. But it's also filled with secrets. On this tour, we'll uncover the tales of shocking scandals and grisly deaths hidden among the stately old mansions, from murder mysteries to illicit affairs to killer goats. And along the way, we'll learn about how those strange stories have shaped Rosedale and the city beyond.

When: Saturday, July 20 at 3pm.

Where: Meet in Lawren Harris Park. The tour will last about 1.5 to 2 hours and end at Castle Frank Station.

Price: Pay what you like.

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PRIVATE TOURS

If you'd like to take a Toronto history tour with family, friends or co-workers, I offer nearly all of my public tours as private tours as well. They're available for $25 per person (plus tax), with a minimum of $150. If you'd like to arrange a private tour, you can get in touch at adam@torontodreamsproject.com.

Here's the full list of tours I currently offer:

A Scandalous Tour of Old Toronto
There are plenty of skeletons in our city's past; Toronto's history is filled with tales of dishonour, disgrace and disrepute. On this walk through the city's oldest neighbourhoods, we'll uncover some of those notorious scandals. From deadly duels to lustful brothels, from bribery and corruption to incest and infidelity… there are shocking tales to be told about the history of Toronto.

Length: 2 hrs.
Start: The Distillery District.
Finish: Near Yonge & King.


A Romantic Tour of Old Toronto
The history of Toronto has been deeply shaped by stories of romance, heartbreak and devotion. And its oldest neighbourhood is one of the best places to find them. In this tour, we'll explore the evolution of the city — and its changing attitudes toward love — through tales of smitten soldiers, lovelorn politicians and scandalous movie stars.

Length: 1.5 hrs.
Start: St. James Park.
Finish: Near St. James Park.


A Morbid Tour of Old Toronto
Uncover grisly and gruesome tales from Toronto's formative years in the neighbourhood where the city began. From the city's grandest cathedral to stories of brutal riots, duels and plagues, you'll travel back in time to the early 1800s to learn about decades of violence that rocked the city to its core. A walk through the historic neighbourhood that was once at the heart of bloody battles over the future of Canadian democracy.

Length: 1.5 hrs.
Start: St. James Park.
Finish: St. James Park.


A Twisted Toronto History Tour
Originally created in celebration of Friday The Thirteenth, this tour explores some of the strangest tales in the city's history. We'll walk through the financial district uncovering stories about everything from curses, omens and phantoms to mysterious disappearances and grisly deaths.

Length: 1.5 hrs.
Start: Old City Hall.
Finish: Union Station.


Love, Death & The Brick Works
The history of the Don Valley Brick Works and its surroundings is tied to stories both romantic and grisly. Hidden among the industrial relics and the bulrushes are tales of lust and disaster, of love poems and séances, of scandalous affairs and bone-chilling murder. On this tour, we'll explore some of those hidden tales of the Brick Works, uncovering stories of love and death that have shaped the site and the city that surrounds it.

Length: 1 hr.
Start: Don Valley Brick Works.
Finish: Don Valley Brick Works.


Death, Scandal & The Islands
The Toronto islands haven't always been a peaceful place. They've witnessed many of our city's most dramatic events — from deadly shipwrecks and heroic rescues to heart-breaking disaster and bone-chilling murder. We'll uncover the fascinating hidden histories of the islands on a walk from Hanlan's to Gibraltar.

Length: 2.5 hrs.
Start: Hanlan's Point Ferry Docks.
Finish: Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.


Death & Scandal in Rosedale
As one of the city's most affluent neighbourhoods, Rosedale has long been home to millionaires and billionaires. But it's also filled with secrets. On this tour, we'll uncover the tales of shocking scandals and grisly deaths hidden among the stately old mansions, from murder mysteries to illicit affairs to killer goats. And along the way, we'll learn about how those strange stories have shaped Rosedale and the city beyond.

Length: 1.5 to 2 hrs.
Start: Lawren Harris Park (a short walk from Yonge & Bloor).
Finish: Castle Frank Station.


A Spooky History of U of T
There are few places in our city said to be as haunted as the campus of the University of Toronto. Stories of spirits wandering its grounds have been told since the 1800s, and they include some of Toronto's most chilling tales. On this tour, we'll explore those stories — tales of ghosts, murder, spectres and séances — and see what they can teach us about the history of the school and the city that surrounds it.

Length: 1.5 hrs.
Start: Massey College.
Finish: The Royal Ontario Museum.


Love, Death & The Simcoes
Explore our city's past through stories about the Toronto's fascinating founding couple, their children and their pets. We'll walk in the footsteps of those who were here in the late 1700s while talking about everything from scandalous rumours to heartbreaking tragedy to the family's complicated legacy, which we're still wrestling with more than 200 years later.

Length: 1.5 to 2 hrs.
Start: Victoria Memorial Square.
Finish: The Simcoe Wave Deck.


A Morbid Tour of Queen's Park
The grounds of Ontario's provincial parliament building are filled with statues. Many have complicated and bloody pasts. From the founder of Toronto to toppled monarchs to poets and prime ministers, many of the figures who helped to shape Toronto died gruesome deaths that give us insight into the city of today.

Length: 1.5 hrs.
Start: Queen's Park.
Finish: Queen's Park.


A Morbid Tour of the St. Lawrence Market
Toronto's oldest market has a dark side. Behind the produce stalls and peameal bacon sandwiches lie tales of murder, tragedy and flames. From gruesome accidents to a vengeful goat, you'll explore a side of one of the city's most popular attractions that tourists rarely see.

Length: 45 min.
Start: The St. Lawrence Market.
Finish: The St. Lawrence Market.


A Toronto Christmas History Tour
Celebrate the season by exploring the history of Christmas in Toronto. Together, we'll uncover yuletide tales of love, war, celebration and scandal: from Christmas trees and window displays to holiday parties and parades. We'll meet at Old City Hall.

Length: 1.5 hrs.
Start: Old City Hall.
Finish: Old City Hall.


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