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Your tour guide, Shirley Lum.



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Walking tours reveal the soul of cities
"One of the best ways to get to know a city is to put on a pair of walking shoes and hit the streets with a local expert. Walking tours that wind through the nooks and crannies of historic and multicultural districts give visitors and locals alike a chance to see things with 'new eyes', says guide Shirley Lum."
- Jim Fox, The Edmonton Sun, April 10, 1999

Discovering the city with new eyes
"...Toronto is one of North America's best kept secrets. Not if Shirley Lum has her way. As owner/tour guide of A Taste of the World-Neighbourhood Bicycle Tours & Walks, Lum wants visitors to experience the city's character and ambiance."
- Jeff Miller, The Boston Sunday Globe, May 9, 1999

Some of the Very Best Walking Tours
"Among the many available walking tours, some of the very best are led by the youthful, energetic and enthusiastic Shirley Lum, a self-confessed foodie... she brings all of her expertise and enthusiasm to bear on the history and social life of whichever area she is exploring. She leads a wonderful tour of the Old Chinatown that focuses on the history and personalities of the neighborhood and also includes stops at a variety of stores... the highlight of the tour is a leisurely dim sum lunch at one the best such emporiums in the community. It's great fun and you'll never look at Chinatown in quite the same way again."
- Frommer's Toronto Guide, 1997

Around the world in Toronto's global village
"Although there are several walking tour companies in Toronto, Ms. Lum's specialty is finding information that might not be particularly well known."
- The Globe and Mail, June 22, 1996

A Tale of Two Torontos: Chinatowns offer 'Taste of the World'
There are two good ways to get to Asia: Take a $1,500, 14-hour plane ride or a $15, 5-hour car ride. The first way might get you to Tokyo or Hong Kong. The latter way gets you into a major Asian population center, which happens to be in North America.

Some 350,000 Asians in Toronto, most of whom consider Chinese their first language, may not seem like much if you're comparing population centers in Asia. But standing in the middle of one of Toronto's three Chinatowns you'd have to look twice to remind yourself you're in Canada.... a tourist may well get lost in the uniquely Asian style of retail hustle and bustle. Even on Sunday the sights, smells and sounds of sidewalk markets, authentic tea shops, herbalist stores could become intimidating.

Special walking tours are becoming popular, according to tour guide, Shirley Lum. She has developed quite a following...
- Howard Gollop, The Morning Journal (Columbus, Ohio), August 20, 1995

Busy bodies see Toronto, save money
"Shirley Lum based her business on unearthing offbeat nooks and crannies skipped by most guides"
- Judi Dash, The Denver Post, August 13, 1995

A world tour on Toronto's corners
"Having Shirley along was indeed helping us to explore the city through fresh eyes."
- Helga Loverseed, The Globe and Mail, November 30, 1994


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For Foodies…

17th Annual Chinese Lunar New Year in Toronto's 2nd Chinatown Tours

Jan. 24, 25, 26, Feb. 1, 2, 7, 8, 9, 14, 2014 NEW Fridays!

7th Annual Chinese New Year’s Day 11-Course Banquet
Fri. Jan. 31st, 2014

2nd Annual Chinese New Year's Lantern Festival 9-Course Banquet
Fri. Feb. 14th 2014

Multi-Ethnic Spring Bounty in Kensington Market
March to June TBA

Qing Ming Festival in Toronto’s 2nd Chinatown
Sunday April 6, 2014

Dragon Boat Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown
May 25, June 1, 2014

Multi-Ethnic Summer Bounty: Kensington Market
July – Sept. TBA

Lotus Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown
July 2014

Harvest Moon Festival: Toronto’s Lost First Chinatown + Second Chinatown + Broadview Gateway
Aug. 24– Sept. 7

Multi-Ethnic Harvest Season: Toronto’s Kensington Market & Chinatown
Nov. 17, 24, 2014

Celebrate All The Winter Holidays in Kensington Market
Dec. 6, 13, 20, 2014

For Literary Detectives…

79th Anniversary of Lucy Maud Montgomery’s last home!
Sat. March 9, 2014

Charles Dickens' Toronto 1842 Visit
Sat. May 3, 2014

Happy early 140th Birthday, Lucy Maud Montgomery!
Sun. Nov. 30, 2014

For Ghost Hunters…

Ghostly March Break Walks
Fri. March 14 – 21, 2014

May Equinox Ghost Festival
April 29 – May 2, 2014

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival
Aug. tba, 2014

Halloween Week Special
Oct. 21 – Oct. 29, 2014

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