Kensington Market & Chinatown

4–12 / Full Day

Program Category

Curriculum Connections
Canadian and World StudiesGeographyHistoryOffsiteSocial Studies

Encounter a kaleidoscope of culture in two of Toronto’s most interesting and diverse communities! In this workshop, your students will 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 do 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 related to immigration and culture

Drop Off: Harbourfront Centre
Pick Up: Dundas and Spadina

Workshop Itinerary*


Introduction to Kensington Market/Chinatown
(onsite at Harbourfront Centre)


Travel to Chinatown


Chinatown Exploration




Walk to Kensington Market


Kensington Market Exploration


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.

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

Regular School Visits rates apply.