First Story Toronto App & Bus Tour

Many Indigenous communities have left their mark on our city’s past and present and continue to shape its future. The First Story app is an
interactive map accessing original stories, photographs, archival
documents, audio and video clips that illuminate the evolving Indigenous history of the Toronto area.

This grassroots community application was developed at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto in partnership with Centre for Community Mapping. First Story endeavours to bridge traditional knowledge with social media, inviting users to explore Toronto’s history as told from the perspective of Indigenous communities.

Download the First Story app here:

What is the First Story Toronto bus tour?

This is a 3-hour tour of pre-contact and historical landmarks illustrating the Indigenous presence in Toronto. Join us and discover the cultural geography/indigenous history of this land.

The tour begins at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and highlights include:

  • Lakeshore
  • Spadina Road
  • High Park
  • Casa Loma
  • Don Valley and River
  • Yonge and Bloor
  • Yonge Street
  • Tabor Hill
  • Toronto Islands
  • Rouge Hill
  • Old Fort York

What is the difference between this tour and “other” Toronto tours?

The answer is over 11,000 years!

How long does a tour last?

Tours are approximately three hours in length and can be adjusted to your organization’s/ group’s schedule.

What is the cost of a tour?

Tours are $1200 for the entire bus and can accommodate up to 40 people. Tours must be booked at least two weeks in advance and a 50% deposit is required a week before the booking date.


Please contact to book your tour!