Cemetery tour: Death, Disease, and Doctors in Victorian Toronto

Victorian Toronto was not a healthy city. In a town nicknamed "Muddy York", where the filth ran in the streets, where people emptied their chamber pots out the front door, and where the poor lived packed like sardines into dark, damp quarters.... there were countless ways to die.

The Burial Register of any Victorian era cemetery reads like an encyclopedia of illnesses long forgotten or vanquished, strange diagnoses and sad tragedies.

Join Toronto Cemetery Tours on a brand new tour as we revisit The Toronto Necropolis, a beautiful example of a Victorian cemetery. Over the course of 2 hours you will learn about deadly outbreaks, unusual cures, and important medical advances.

Meet at the gates of the Necropolis on Winchester Street, across from Riverdale Farm. Be prepared for a two-hour walk over grass and uneven ground and wear appropriate footwear in case of mud.

This public tour is free to everyone and registration is not required.

Accessibility notes: This is an outdoor tour which moves at a medium pace, sometimes over rough, grassy, or muddy ground. There are no stairs or hills on this tour. There are no benches on which to sit. The guide wears a small headset and speaker to be more easily heard by those present. Being an outdoor event with a large space to spread out, attendants are not required to wear masks or show proof of Covid vaccination.

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See you in the cemetery!

Cemetery tour: Death, Disease, and Doctors in Victorian Toronto

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