The Making of a CBD

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 09:00 AM – 5:00 PM Tours
Open to All Attendees
Separate Ticket Required

Toronto’s commercial business district (CBD) has been a few centuries in the making—at one point, it hosted the tallest building in the British Dominion. Fast-forward many decades and it became a canvas where Mies van der Rohe and then I.M. Pei tested ideals of the future city. Today, it is one of the top 10 financial centers in the world—second in North America—and the fastest-growing tech economy on the continent. It features a vast underground pedestrian concourse and an interconnected deepwater heating and cooling system. And yet, it continues to grow and evolve. A second CBD—the South Core—has sprung up south of the rail tracks. It features a noticeably different approach to work space and commerce. The tour will visit many iconic buildings and plazas, while trying to dissect their contribution to city building and to the city’s economy.

Tour Cost: US$75 per person, which includes lunch.

Things to Know:

  • Tours depart from the Metro Toronto Convention Centre (MTCC). Please arrive 30 minutes prior to departure.
  • Comfortable walking shoes are recommended.
  • Tours take place rain or shine, so please be prepared!