This afternoon Gord and I did the Toronto Laneways Walking Tour led by Graeme Parry.
Graeme does four walking tours and twelve bike tours of Toronto laneways over the summer and there is no charge. I asked him why he does these tours and he said he finds laneways interesting and wants to share this with others. It's a different way of exploring the city.
I must admit that I never really took much notice of laneways but Graeme has opened my eyes.
This was the route for today's walking tour (which was in our 'hood):
It's about 3.25km at a brisk pace (it took just over an hour). There were about a dozen of us.
We met at the SW corner of Bathurst/Queen W. When Gord and I arrived, Lia Grainger was interviewing Graeme for an article in an upcoming National Post.
We started in the laneway just south.
Our mayor, Rob Ford.
It's a long long laneway running east-west.
We headed north on Palmerston. In addition to graffiti, we also came across houses such as these on Euclid Pl.
We spent some time in the laneway south of Queen W again.
We crossed Queen W again and headed north towards Dundas W on St. Mathias Pl.
We walked west along Dundas W and headed south just east of Ossington.
We crossed Ossington and headed west. I didn't even know this bakery was there. It's not actually even on a street ... it's surrounded by laneways.
Heading north towards Dundas W on Skey Lane.
Heading east towards Ossington.
We came upon a photo shoot as we came out of that alley (at Grove, just south of Dundas W).
Still heading east towards Ossington, south of Dundas W.