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Toronto's First Historical Discovery Walk Opens to Reveal the City's Cultural Heritage along the Humber River

Jun 09, 2011

Media Advisory

On Saturday, June 11, celebrate the launch of The Shared Path/Le Sentier Partagé, the city's first continuous Historical Discovery Walk. The project is one in a series of self-guided Discovery Walks that link city ravines, parks, gardens, beaches and neighbourhoods. The Shared Path/Le Sentier Partagé, Discovery Trail is 15 km long and loops through the Humber River Valley from Lake Ontario up to Dundas Street, and back down to Bloor Street and the Old Mill Subway Station. The trail tells Canada's early history where it actually happened along the banks of the Humber River. It connects an ancient Aboriginal portage route to modern roads and railways, First Nation settlements to 18th century French trading posts and the beginnings of French Toronto, and the ruins of water-powered mills to the birth of industrial Toronto. There are 13 picturesque historical nodes with interpretative story panels along the trail for people to learn more about the history of the area. All signs are bilingual (English/French), with Seneca, Ojibway, and Huron-Wendat words appearing on respective First Nations panels. 

The development of The Shared Path/Le Sentier Partagé Discovery Walk was spearheaded through a partnership between La Société d'histoire de Toronto, Toronto and Region Conservation and the City of Toronto.

WHEN: Saturday, June 11, 2011; 9:00 a.m - Noon

9:00 a.m Walking/Hiking Fair

9:30 a.m. Opening Ceremony and Trailhead Sign Unveiling

10:00 a.m. Free Guided hikes from nodes 1-7 in 15 minute rotations, each hike will take less than an hour and will be lead by hike leaders with the Toronto Bruce Trail Club. At each node participants will be greeted by a local historian who will tell the Humber's story for that particular point.

12:00 p.m. End of event at node 7

WHERE: By the Humber River Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge, on the Eastern Bank.

  • Parking for the event will be available at Sir Casimir Gzowski Park (between Ellis and Windermere Avenues) immediately to the east of the Humber Bay Pedestrian Bridge. Public parking is also available along the Lakeshore.
  • Access is also available by taking the 501 Queen streetcar to Windermere, then walking south to the waterfront.


Master of Ceremonies: Mr. Christian Bode, Vice President, La Société d'histoire de Toronto

City of Toronto - Councillor Norm Kelly, Chair, City of Toronto, Parks and Environment Committee

La Société d'histoire de Toronto - Ms. Rolande Smith, President

Toronto and Region Conservation - Mr. Gary Wilkins, Humber Watershed Specialist

 To view a map of the Shared Path please go to:

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.



With more than 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at


La Société d'histoire de Toronto (SHT), founded in 1984, is a registered not for profit organisation whose primary mandate is to create a better knowledge and appreciation of Toronto's francophone heritage through exchanges of historical and genealogical information, conferences, guided tours and workshops.









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