Did you know five members of the Group of Seven live in Thornhill?

Join us for a guided walking tour on June 12, 2022 and learn where they lived.
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Group of Seven Walking Tour - FAQ

What precautions are in place due to COVID-19?

We are committed to making this a safe activity for everyone involved. We are following guidelines from York Region Public Health. We limit the walks to a group of 15-20 people. We are walking outdoors and will try to maintain a healthy physical distance as permitted.

What is the deadline for booking?

We encourage you to book as soon as you can so book well in advance.

I did not sign up. Can I still go on the tour?

Yes, if space permits.

Is there a fee for the tour?

There is no fee for the guided tour but we ask that you consider a donation which you can give directly to the tour guide after the tour or place your donation at the Thornhill Historical Society booth.  The money will go towards the Thornhill Historical Society and its efforts to promote Thornhill’s history and architectural heritage.

Who can take the tour?

The tour is available for all ages!

Can I bring my Dog along?

Dog are great and we love to have your furry friend join but maybe this walk is just for us humans.  This way we can keep the group enjoying the tour without disruptions and you show your furry friend a new route on your next walk.

What precautions should I take when I am walking with children below the age of 12?

To ensure the safety of any younger children joining you on the walk, we ask that you keep a close eye on them as we will be walking next to busy roads (Yonge Street, John Street) and space on the sidewalks are limited.

What if I need to change my booking?

Please email us ASAP at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. requesting a change. We will do our best to accommodate your change but cannot guarantee it.

How do I cancel my booking?

Even though this is a free event we ask that you let us know if you have to cancel your booking so we can make space for others.  Email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ASAP.

I use a mobility device and can’t walk far distances, can I still join the tour?

The walk will take place using sidewalks with the exception of the tour through Pomona Mills park. At the end of the park there is a steep flight of stairs so if you do not feel comfortable taking the stairs we will have a volunteer take an alternative route via John Street back to Colborne street. If that sounds doable then yes do join us!

Where do we meet for the tour?

The tour will start at 11:30 am and 1: 30 pm in front of the MacDonald house on 121 Centre Street.

Where do we park?

We ask that people please walk or use public transport to the event as parking on side streets is limited. If you arrive via car parking is available on Brooke St., Old Jane St. and Elizabeth St.

What if it rains?

The tour will take place come rain or shine so please dress appropriately.

How long is the walking tour?

Approximately 60-90 minutes.  3.5-4km of casual walking.

Are bathrooms available along the tour route?

There are no public washrooms along the tour route. Washrooms are available at the MacDonald House.

What should I bring with me on the walking tour?

A sense of curiosity, a few questions and a willingness to learn something you might not have known before. Of course, dress for the weather; bring a hat, water battle, umbrella, solid walking shoes and anything else you need to be comfortable on the walk.  

Lost or Stolen Property
Please report any lost/stolen property at the Thornhill Historical Society Booth.  All lost/found items will be held for one month after the event at which time they will be donated to Value Village.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for any inquiries.
Lost Child/Dependent Adult
Please report your lost child/dependent adult immediately to the Thornhill Historical Society booth.  Police will be altered at the time.  Any lost child or dependent adult can come to the Thornhill Historical Society booth and remain there until their parents/guardians are located.

What booths are available at the event?

We have a number of community groups who will have a booth at the event so be sure to stop by. They include:

Refreshment booth 

Thornhill Historical Society

Thornhill Heritage Foundation

Thornhill Garden & Horticultural Society


McMichael Art Collection