Founded by French traders in the 1600’s, the name Toronto means ‘the meeting place’ in the Huron language. Toronto is the largest metropolis in Canada, and is heralded as one of the most multicultural cities in the world. Over 100 languages are spoken in Toronto and 48% of Toronto’s population is immigrants. This surprising city on the shores of Lake Ontario is a true melting pot of the nations.
We find Toronto to be one of our favorite big cities in the world. On a pilgrimage or missions trip to Toronto you will have a chance to experience a plethora of ethnicity and culture. Visiting Toronto is like traveling to 6 continents in seven days! You may even travel for a small retreat into outer Ontario. If you prefer urban exchange, join us on an expedition to Toronto.
- Worship in any language you can imagine at an indigenous church.
- Partake of the Eucharist in a cool downtown setting.
- Take time for a few hours of silence and contemplation.
- Eat food from around the world.
- Walk the harbor front on Lake Ontario.
- Visit the Young-Dundash Square, Toronto’s Times Square.
- Work at a youth center that focuses on inner city teens.
- Serve a number of indigenous churches from around the world.
- Serve in a needy community through work projects.
Every Wonder Voyage itinerary (mission trip and/or pilgrimage) is personalized to the desires, direction and personality of each group. This itinerary is only a description of the kind of journey we can create for your unique team.
- Day 1 – Northern Exposure
Sometimes you donʼt have to travel far to be in a very different culture. Your pilgrims will be able to experience that this week in Toronto. This multicultural city has the reputation of resembling a Western European city more than a North American one. After a brief orientation, we will explore the area that will be our home base for the next week. As we explore and serve we will be pondering the necessity of being exposed to the beauty and the ugliness, the joy and sorrow, the abundance and need that exist side-by-side in our global community.
- Day 2 – A Walk in Their Shoes
In the middle of this thriving city is Regent Park, the poorest area in the nation of Canada. Our journey today will take us bright and early to serve the hungry in here. Later in the day we will set our sights on some exploration, including some old churches, an underground market and a few other surprises.
- Day 3 – No Man is an Island
No man is an island. We will think about how this applies to us as we visit Toronto Island Park today. Our culture tends to elevate individual achievement above that of the community. While our main goal today is exploration, fellowship, and fun in a haven from the noise and stress of a Canadian metropolis, we will think about how we are often tempted to go it alone.
- Day 4 – Melting Pot or Mosaic
Toronto is a cultural crossroads. Many different ethnic communities are represented here and today will visit a few. We will visit Little India, Greektown, and Chinatown, and we will discuss the differences between a cultural mosaic and a cultural melting pot. What would the world look like totally blended or totally unique?
- Day 5 – Sabbath
This morning we will have the opportunity to explore our Anglican roots, whether we speak the language or understand the local culture, we know we have many of the same experiences. After church we will head to the ballpark and watch a Toronto Blue Jays baseball game. This is our day for reconnection with God, rest, and recreation.
- Day 6 – Urban Exposure
We will spend our final day in Toronto taking in some of the cityʼs best-known attractions. Our pilgrims will have time to do some shopping for souvenirs. In the evening we will have a special dinner and reflect on our busy week.
- Day 7 – New Eyes
Today we will pack up and say goodbye to a fantastic week of exploration, service and encounter. What will you take home with you? The voyage is now in fact just beginning, and we pray that you carry fresh perspective and energy with you as you travel.
Legacy in Toronto, Canada
- *This is the base cost of the trip. Your cost may differ depending on housing, activities, etc.