Monthly Archives: May 2016

Join us this weekend for our Doors Open Toronto walk

This weekend, as part of the city-wide Doors Open Toronto festival, we are offering 4 FREE 90-minute walks:

Starting at 11am & 2pm, on both Saturday and Sunday May 28-29

We’ll meet at Yonge & Gould, on the steps of the new Ryerson Student Learning Centre, and end at Allan Gardens a few blocks away.

To keep crowds manageable, we’ve been asked to limit each walk to 50 people so if you’re interested, please reserve online here.

(And if you’d like to volunteer on one or more of the walks, to help with traffic, etc., send us a message at

FREE First Story Walking Tours this weekend

This year, First Story is participating in the 10th annual Jane’s Walk festival. More than 100 FREE walking tours are happening all weekend, including 2 by First Story (alone or in partnership with friends from compatible projects). Here’s our list of events, but have a look at the complete list – your neighbourhood may be there waiting for you to discover its secrets!

Jane’s Walks are free, locally organized walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about and celebrate their neighbourhoods. Where more traditional tours are a bit like walking lectures, a Jane’s Walk is more of a walking conversation. Leaders share their knowledge, but also encourage discussion and participation among the walkers.

FIRST STORY TORONTO’s tours this weekend:

* SATURDAY, MAY 7, at 4:30pm, starting at the Spadina Wave-deck (Queens Quay West at the foot of Spadina):

An Alternate Version of Toronto’s Origin Story: Torontonians are beginning to appreciate that this isn’t a “new place.” We’ll explore sites on the waterfront that tell a fuller, more inclusive story of the 12,000 years of Toronto history. Details here:

(Come early and enjoy the BBQ hosted by the nearby Harbourfront Neighbourhood Centre starting at 3:30pm)

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* SUNDAY, MAY 8, at 2pm, starting at the Allenby Public School, Avenue Rd at St. Clements Ave (4 blocks north of Eglinton)

Mud Creek: the Path of our Past, Present and Future

Led by First Story and our friends at Toronto Green Community and Lost Rivers, we’ll explore the deep roots of the neighbourhood, tracing back to the time of the Wendat, then on to the present with a view towards reconciling our relations with each other and Mother Earth. Following the route of the buried Mud Creek, visit the site of the former Wendat village and ossuary perched on the hill where Allenby Public School is today. We’ll recall the Pears Brickyard and ask whether the clay was used by Wendat potters centuries earlier. And we’ll end at Eglinton Park and its Community Garden with a Worm Composter. Hear about Rain Gardens and the Three Sisters. What’s in a name? How many streets, buildings, and sites in Toronto maintain their original Indigenous names? Where did Mud Creek start and end? Where can we find it now? Do you know about other Lost Rivers in Toronto? For more details:

Jackes site, Wendat Village_Kocsis

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