Sacred Spaces: Excursions Around Toronto

The Sacred Spaces Task Force at the Parliament of the World's Religions in keeping with the theme of the Parliament is hosting excursions to several different places of worship in the city of Toronto. The excursions will be hosted on November 1st, before the official opening of the Parliament, and on November 7th, after the official closing.  

Participants will have an opportunity to observe a service, ritual, or presentation and meet with representatives of the congregation to learn more about their faith tradition. Choose a walking tour or a bus tour, and explore Toronto's sacred spaces.

Parliament registrants must complete the Add-On Registration Form in order to attend a tour, each tour costs $35 CAD. Already registered for the 2018 Parliament and want to add on a Sacred Space Excursion? Contact miriam@parliamentofreligions.org for details.

November 1, 2018

Walking Tour 1 | Starts at 9:00 a.m from Convention Centre - Return at Leisure to Convention Centre

Sacred Spaces
1 - St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica (Roman Catholic): Arrive 9:30 a.m.
2 - Metropolitan United Church: Arrive 11:00 a.m.

*Expect 26-minute walk

Walking Tour 2 | Start at 9:00 a.m from Convention Centre - Return at leisure to Convention Centre

Sacred Spaces
1 - Church of the Holy Trinity (Anglican): Arrive 9:30 a.m.
2 - St. Andrew's Church (Presbyterian): Arrive 11:00 a.m.

*Expect 17-18 minute walk

Bus Tour 1 | Leave Convention Centre at 8:45 a.m. - Return by 1:45 p.m.

Sacred Spaces
1 - Jain Society of Toronto (Jain/ Gujarati faith) - Arrive at 9:45 a.m. - Leave 10:30 a.m.
2 - Beth Tzedec Congregation (Conservative Synagogue) - Arrive at 11:00 a.m. - Leave at 11:45 a.m.
3 - Jaffari Community Centre (Shia Islamic Centre) - Arrive at 12:15 p.m. -Leave at 1:00 p.m.

Bus Tour 2 | Leave Convention Centre at 8:45 a.m. - Return by 1:45 p.m.

Sacred Spaces
1 - First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto (Unitarian Universalist Congregation): Arrive 9:30 a.m. - Leave 10:30 a.m.
2 - Vishnu Mandir (Voice of the Vedas): Arrive 11:00 a.m. - Leave 12:30 p.m.
3 - Visit the Peace Wall depicting personalities and symbols of major faith traditions sending a message of harmony among all religions

*This tour will include lunch.

Bus Tour 3 | Leave Convention Centre at 8:45 a.m. - Return by 1:45 p.m.

Sacred Spaces
1 - Mehraban Guiv Dar e Mehr (Zoroastrian Temple): Arrive 9:30 a.m. - Leave 10:30 a.m.
2 - Cham Shan Temple (Buddhist Temple) Arrive 10:45 a.m. - Leave 11:30 a.m.
3 - St. Gabriel’s Passionist Parish (Catholic Church) Arrive 11:45 a.m. - Leave 12:45 p.m.

*Consider visiting The Toronto Public Labyrinth and the Homeless Memorial

November 7, 2018

Bus Tour 4 | Leave Convention Centre at 12:30 p.m. - Return to Convention Centre 5:30 p.m.

Sacred Spaces

1 - Gurdwara Sikh Sabha Gursikh Sabha Canada (Sikh Temple): Arrive 2:00 p.m. - Leave 3.00 p.m.
2 - BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir (Traditional Hindu Place of Worship): Arrive 3:30 p.m. - Leave 4:30 p.m.

*This tour will include lunch.

Please note that all registrants will be required to wear appropriate clothing. Shoes must be removed at some locations and a head covering (for women and men) is required to enter some of the places of worship. Be sure to carry a bottle of water and some light snacks.