Urban Studies

Kensington Market & Chinatown

Grades: 4-12 (Full Day)

Program: Urban Studies

Curriculum Connections: Canadian and World Studies, Geography, History, Social Studies, Offsite

Encounter a kaleidoscope of culture in two of Toronto’s most interesting and diverse communities! Your students gain an understanding of changing demographic patterns and uncover the fascinating cultural histories of Kensington Market and Chinatown.

Students will arrive 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 out to 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.

Key Inquiry Question
How can different immigrant groups leave their mark on our urban landscape?

Program Objectives
By the end of the program, students will:

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

Download a comprehensive Education Resource Kit prepared by Harbourfront Centre School Visits educators.