Once again this year, the CPA will be offering walking tours through our beautiful neighbourhood. These free tours are led by trained and experienced guides who will be very pleased to show off this wonderful area of the city.
In the past, the CPA has been offering tours in partnership with Heritage Toronto. However, starting in 2016, Heritage Toronto decided to reduce the number of tours it offers. Heritage Toronto usually ensures the logistics of the tours (permits, support, publicity, etc.) while organizations such as the CPA provide the content and guides for the tours. Heritage Toronto indicated to us that we will be partnering with them in 2017.
This situation provides us with a unique opportunity to recalibrate our tours and organize them without the logistics provided by Heritage Toronto. It is expected that groups will be smaller with more “local” participants, which would be great as it will be an opportunity for Cabbagetowners, recent and established, to better understand and appreciate what makes this area very special.
Sunday July 10, 2016 at 10:30 am
Starting Point: the gates for the Necropolis at the east end of Winchester Street
Walking Through History: A Tour of the Necropolis Cemetery
The Necropolis is the oldest still-functioning non-denominational cemetery in Toronto. Many remarkable people from Toronto’s early history like George Brown, William Lyon Mackenzie, John Ross Robertson and of the city’s more recent history like Jack Layton, Bill Jamieson, or Marian Engel have been buried in this beautiful setting. Come hear several of these stories and many new ones.
Sunday August 28, 2016 at 10:30 am
Celebrating Restoration: The Peggy Kurtin Award for Excellence in Restoration
Starting Point: northeast corner of Wellesley and Parliament streets
Since 1993, the CPA has been celebrating great work in restoration by giving the Peggy Kurtin Award for Excellence in Restoration to owners who have completed some significant restoration work. This tour will take you to see several past winners of the Award and explain the reason why they won. When possible, we will also show some “before” pictures. The Award is named after Peggy Kurtin (1932-2009), a former CPA president who, for many years, was the soul and engine of heritage in Cabbagetown.