You and anyone you wish to bring along are welcome to attend a historical tour of the 19th century patient built asylum boundary walls located at the present-day Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), 1001 Queen Street West, Toronto.
The purpose of this tour is to remember the contributions of the women and men who lived, worked, and died in the Toronto Asylum for the Insane, as is represented by the boundary walls that they built which stand as an enduring testament to their abilities, and to use the past to challenge discrimination experienced today by people who have a psychiatric history.
This tour is wheelchair accessible.
TIME: Sunday, November 1 from 1 to 3 PM.
LENGTH OF TOUR: Approximately 2 hours.
PLACE: CAMH is located at 1001 Queen Street West which is at the intersection of Queen and Ossington.
MEET: Meet at 1 PM just outside the FRONT DOORS of CAMH, 1001 Queen Street West, which faces onto the corner of Queen and Ossington. If you arrive late and the tour has already started, go along the length of the wall (east-south-west) and look for the tour as it proceeds along the boundary wall.
TRANSPORTATION: Take the Queen Street streetcar WEST from the OSGOODE Subway Station to the corner of Queen and Ossington (or east if coming from the opposite direction along Queen Street).
The OSSINGTON 63 bus can also be taken SOUTH from the Ossington station to Queen Street, right across the street from CAMH.
Pay parking is also available in the parking lot which is just off Shaw Street as well as on surrounding streets.
The wall tour is open to everyone interested so please bring along anybody you would like to invite.
Please note: since the tour is on the grounds of a mental health facility, in order to respect people’s privacy, we will not be going into the buildings.
The wall tour is entirely outside so please dress appropriately.
You can also read more about the history of the patient built wall on the Psychiatric Survivor Archives web site: