Toronto residents can show love to Toronto by becoming tourists in their own neighbourhoods with StrollTO.
Starting this weekend, residents can participate in StrollTO, part of the City of Toronto’s ShowLoveTO initiative. StrollTO will feature self-guided itineraries for each of the City’s 25 wards to encourage residents to actively discover shops, stops, places and spaces on their local main streets.
ShowLoveTO, in association with Founding Sponsor American Express and in partnership with Destination Toronto, was launched by Mayor John Tory on September 14 to encourage local tourism within the public health guidelines and foster community engagement and economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Using the StrollTO itineraries, residents can become tourists in their own city as they stroll through Toronto’s unique neighbourhoods. Each StrollTO itinerary will highlight points of interest that are culturally and historically significant with a spotlight on Indigenous placemaking and equity-seeking groups. As StrollTO evolves, the City will work with community partners to ensure the many points of view of Toronto and the lived experiences of its past, present and future are reflected.
StrollTO itineraries are available at https://www.seetorontonow.com/explore-toronto/strollto/.
Mayor Tory launched the program yesterday by exploring the StrollTO LEGO “Dot Your World” installation at Canoe Landing Park, 95 Fort York Blvd with local Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 10 Spadina-Fort York). The installation will be available until October 4 from noon to 6 p.m.
StrollTO has been designed with guidance from Toronto Public Health to provide a safer environment for participants. Participants are requested to wear a mask and to leave and come back another time if attendance does not allow for physical distancing.
In addition to StrollTO, ShowLoveTO City-led initiatives this fall include ActiveTO, BigArtTO, CaféTO, DineOutTO and HistoricTO. Each initiative will be delivered with guidance from Toronto Public Health to provide a safer environment for participants.
The City and Destination Toronto are partnered to present StrollTO in association with Founding Sponsor American Express. StrollTO is sponsored by LEGO Systems, Inc. and the Carpenters and Allied Workers Local 27 and Media Partners CHUM 104.5, Virgin Radio and Newstalk 1010.
ShowLoveTO is produced by the City in association with Founding Sponsor American Express and Media Partners CHUM 104.5, Virgin Radio and Newstalk 1010.
More information about ShowLoveTO is available at http://www.toronto.ca/showloveTO.
As COVID-19 continues to circulate in the community, residents are reminded to adhere to Toronto Public Health’s advice to stay home when they are ill, wash their hands often, stay within their social bubble of no more than 10 people, practise physical distancing with those outside of their social bubble, and wear a mask or face covering where mandatory or when physical distancing cannot be maintained. Wearing a mask or face covering is required in all indoor public spaces in Toronto.