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Railway Heritage Discovery Walk

  The TRHA will link the John St. roundhouse and Union Station together with the Railway Heritage Discovery Walk. Many of Toronto's most famous public venues occupy sites that were once filled with now-demolished railway facilities. These include the CBC Broadcast Centre, Simcoe Place, Metro Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, the CN Tower, the Toronto Convention Centre, Skydome, Skywalk and the Air Canada Centre. As well, there are the facilities that still exist, including Union Station, the Royal York Hotel, the three Toronto Terminals Railway interlocking towers and the John St. roundhouse, along with its related structures, including Cabin D, the coaling tower, the water tower and a relocated Don station.

The Discovery Walks will consist of guided walks as well as self-guided walking tours with brochure/maps and interpretive signs at appropriate stops along the way. Along with extensions of the trail to the Royal York Hotel, the Air Canada Centre and the Scott St. tower, as well as significant backtracking within Union Station, the complete Railway Heritage Discovery Walk will be approximately two kilometers in length.

The TRHA has already proven its expertise in providing such interpretation during Doors Open and the Heritage Toronto Walks. Interpretation along the trail would be provided by a variety of means, with the visitor determining the level of interest:

  1. A free brochure/map outlining the trail in the broadest terms.
  2. A detailed guidebook for sale in the museum gift shop.
  3. A podcast programmed with maps, photographs and audio commentary and available for sale on the TRHA website.
  4. Display panels at each site with maps, period photographs and text
  5. Guided tours provided by museum tour guides.
Join a Tour of Union Station Today

The TRHA currently offers tours of Union Station on the last Saturday of each month at 11 a.m. Cost is $10 each.
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