Immigrant Toronto

Toronto’s multicultural character has a long and complex history. A walk through any neighborhood gives clear evidence that Toronto is perhaps the most ethnically diverse city in the world.

What are not so obvious are the roots of this diversity and where we are located in this ever-evolving narrative. Many of the stories in this app, gathered under the theme “A City for All,” retell the forgotten dramas in the sites where they took place.

This trail highlights several of the stories in a walk that will offer insights into numerous eras from our past. It begins rightly enough in Ireland Park, which commemorates the first great influx of Irish immigrants, refugees from famine and disease, whose presence from 1847 dramatically changed the city.

The Stories