Walk T.O. is Toronto’s foremost educational walking tour company. We’ve been showing school-children the “Sole of the City” since in 2011, having guided over 30,000 students. Founded by a teacher and a journalist, we take pride in making sure that our walks hit Ontario curriculum requirements by focusing on interactive learning. We bring Toronto to life with tours that draw an intimate, unique map of the city, sharing its history, culture and the stories of its people. Our tours aim to inspire and motivate students to explore more of the city’s offerings.
All of our guides are university graduates and educators who are passionate about the environment, the arts, media and urban planning. Most are long-time Toronto residents with a passion for sharing their knowledge and stories of the city. Click here to read about each one.
The Big Kahunas
WALKT.O. is the brainchild of Michelle Galea and Crystal Luxmore – friends who were swapping travel tales one evening and realized that it was a few great walking tours that had made them really fall in love with the cities they visited. So these long-time Torontonians wanted to do the same for their own beloved city – and WalkT.O. was born.
Crystal’s inquiring mind led her to pursue a Master’s in Canadian History and run communications for a renewable energy research group in England before returning to Toronto to work as a freelance writer and journalist. She has written about Toronto, the environment and Canadian culture and history for various publications including Toronto Life, the Toronto Star, and Elle, and for CBC.ca. These days she writes about beer, and runs guided tastings and events at Craft Beer Tastings. An avid traveler, Crystal has taught English in Japan, worked in England’s Black Country and backpacked through Southeast Asia, South America, Western Europe and India.
Having moved out of Toronto after our 2016 season, Michelle now serves as our Educational Consultant. She was a long-time member of the Peel School Board and still remains passionate about education.
The Rest Of Our Team
Susan Luxmore – Booking and Administration:
After raising four daughters, Susan went back to school and earned a legal administrative degree from Sheridan College. Since that time, she has provided administrative services to a real estate office, an accounting firm and an engineering consultant firm. Susan has been working for Walk T.O. for almost 4 years. She and her husband David are semi-retired and live in Wasaga Beach. When not busy scheduling school trips, Susan enjoys quilting and undertakes frequent trips to the city to visit children and enjoy grandchildren and to Walk T.O.