BILL GENOVA TOUR GUIDE
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At the beginning you'll hear why Toronto was located here. Its beginnings as an Imperial War Garrison to protect from an American attack that eventually came. The layout of the streets. The pattern of Toronto's growth. Hear the stories of the historic Whose Who over the years. Traveling through Old Town you'll visit the former sites or current historic buildings such as Torontos First Post Office, the Upper Canada Bank, the site of Joseph Campbell's house, which now resides at Queen and University.
Find out that George Brown College was once the home Mr. Christie, the site of William Lyon McKenzies Print Shop that was involved in the Type Riots, Wm. Davies Packing building, Russell Abbey, the great mural telling the history of Toronto on the back of the Toronto Sun Building. In Corktown you'll view the converted former Consumer Gas Building that house the Canadian Opera, Can Stage and the new police station. The site of the first Parliament Buildings and the Toronto's third jail.
On to Gooderham and Worts in the Distillery District with its Victorian Industrial buildings still intact. North to visit the Enoch Turner School house the oldest school in Toronto. Visiting Little Trinity and St Michaels Basilica. Turing back towards the St Lawrence Market will travel past the former stables of Christies, the converted Wellesley Church now an Event Centre, a fire house now a theatre. Past historic Inns and stores dating back to the beginnings of Toronto.
Visiting St. Lawrence Hall and St James Cathedral. Becoming aware of where the first Courthouse and Jail were to the west of St. James Cathedral. Hearing the story of King St and its central role in Toronto's growth even today. Back down to Front Street and the Victorian factories that have survived and are used as movie backdrops for films. Finally back to the St. Lawrence market at 1 p.m.
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