Urban Studies – Kensington Market & Chinatown

How do different immigrant groups leave their mark on our urban landscape?

Program Description

Encounter a kaleidoscope of culture in two of Toronto’s most exciting and diverse communities! In this workshop, your students will understand changing demographic patterns and uncover the fascinating cultural histories of Kensington Market and Chinatown.  

Students will arrive onsite at Harbourfront Centre and participate in a 30-45-minute introductory presentation describing the history of Kensington Market and Chinatown. With the support of our educators, students will then head offsite into the communities where they will engage in small-group discovery supported by a map, worksheet and the supervision of a parent/teacher/volunteer. 

Please note that this is not a guided tour. 

10–10:45am Introduction to Kensington Market/Chinatown 
(onsite at Harbourfront Centre) 
10:45–11:05am Travel to Chinatown 
11:10am – 12pm Chinatown Exploration 
12–12:45pm Lunch 
12:45–1pm Walk to Kensington Market 
1–1:45pm Kensington Market Exploration 
1:45–2pm Wrap up and transportation drop off 

*Please note that this is a general itinerary. Our educators will modify the timeline based on individual school group arrival and departure times. 

Program Objectives

By the end of the Urban Studies – Kensington Market & Chinatown program, students will:

  • Identify how immigration impacts urban communities over time.
  • Describe reasons why ethnic and cultural groups establish neighbourhoods.
  • Use appropriate vocabulary related to immigration and culture.

Support Material

To enhance your pre and post-visit learning, please download the package for this program.

Travel Information

Drop Off: Harbourfront Centre
Pick Up: Dundas and Spadina

Booking Details

Grades 4–12 (Full Day)

Available all year

Regular rate applies

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Curriculum Connections

Program Categories

Offsite Program, Urban Studies

A group of students gathered outside Old City Hall