We offer guided, historically-informed tours of the Lakeshore Grounds regularly throughout the year. All tours are FREE but require pre-registration. Please visit our EVENTS page to view the upcoming schedule and to register.
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Requests for group tours are accepted throughout the year. Tours are offered free of charge from Monday to Friday during standard business hours.
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Current Tour Offerings
Learn about the history of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital as we explore the patient-built underground tunnels and nineteenth-century cottages. Tour presents an overview of the 89-years of the Hospital's history, acknowledges the varied experiences of patients and staff across different decades, and traces major treatment changes across time. Tour concludes with an optional entry into one of the un-renovated attics above the cottages.
Tour duration: 1.25-1.5 hours
Tunnels and grounds are mobility accessible; attic requires steep set of stairs.
Park History Tours
This walking tour through Colonel Samuel Smith Park traces the many histories that are located along the shoreline of the Lakeshore Grounds. We discuss the traditional lands of the Ojibwe Anishinabe, the military tract of Colonel Samuel Smith, the boundary of the Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital, the expansion of the grounds into Lake Ontario, and the creation of Colonel Samuel Smith Park.
Tour duration: 1 hour
Park paths are a mixed of paved and hard-packed surfaces that are mobility accessible.
Film History Tours
The Lakeshore Grounds have served as a popular filming location for movies, television shows, and commercials since 1977. Step behind the scenes of your favourite productions as we highlight the locations and stories of these productions. Tour route includes the oldest section of the underground tunnels.
Tour duration: 1 hour
Tunnels and grounds are mobility accessible.