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Public tours will run throughout the rest of 2024! I expect to offer about one a month until December. To get all the latest updates, you can subscribe to my Toronto History Weekly newsletter for free here, or follow me on social media: @todreamsproject.

Here are all the details for my next public tour:

The Rampaging Cow of Spadina

One June morning in 1913, a cow escaped from her owner in downtown Toronto and went on a rampage through the heart of the city. She raced up Spadina Avenue, startled crowds of church-goes, and left chaos in her wake wherever she went.

Jamie Bradburn wrote a wonderful article about that cow's adventure for Torontoist years ago — and I've been a huge fan of the story every since. So last year, we teamed up to create a walking tour that follows in the cow's hoofprints as we explore the history of Edwardian Toronto. And this year, for the 111th anniversary of this bizarre bovine escapade, we're bringing the tour back!

When: Saturday, June 15 at 3pm.

Where: Meet in Victoria Memorial Square — at Wellington & Portland. The tour will last about 2 to 2.5 hours and end in the Annex.

Price: Pay what you can.



I also offer a variety of other public tours from time to time, and am available for private versions of those tours as well.

Private tours are available for $25 per person, with a minimum of $150. If you'd like to arrange one, get in touch at

Here are the tours I 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. (Approx. 2 hours. Begins in the Distillery District and ends near Yonge & King.)

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 elegant stained glass windows of 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. (Approx. 1.5 hours. Begins and ends at 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. (Approx. 1.5 hours. Begins at Old City Hall and ends at 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. (Approx. 1 hour. Begins and ends at the 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. (Approx. 2 to 2.5 hours. Begins at the Hanlan's Point Ferry Docks and ends at the Gibraltar Point Lighthouse.)

A Spooky History of U of T
There are few places in our city said to be more haunted than 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. (Approx. 1.5 hours. Begins at Massey College and ends at 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. (Approx. 1.5 to 2 hours. Begins at Victoria Memorial Square and ends at 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. (Approx. 1.5 hours. Begins and ends at 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. (Approx. 30 minutes. Begins and ends at 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. (Approx. 1.5 hours. Begins and ends at Old City Hall.)

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