The ArQuives offers presentations to organizations interested in Canadian LGBTQ2+ history and the founding of The ArQuives. Since 2015, we have presented in many cities across Canada including Victoria, Vancouver, Thunder Bay, Ottawa, London, Guelph, Toronto, Peel Region, Durham Region, Montreal and more. Presentations are variable in length depending on the nature and setting of the presentation, but are usually about 1 hour long.

We request an honorarium for presentations, but charities and community groups will be charged on a sliding scale.


  • The ArQuives offers tours of the archive building itself, located at 34 Isabella Street. This tour allows members of your group to see how The ArQuives operates and a chance to view the wide variety of materials that The ArQuives collects. A brief presentation will accompany the house tour. We’re happy to show materials based on your group’s interest or to provide a more general overview of the history and current functioning of The ArQuives themselves.
  • The ArQuives offers several walking tours in Toronto, including the Church-Wellesley Village Tour, the Outside the Village Tour, and the University of Toronto St. George Campus Tour. These tours focus on Canadian LGBTQ2+ history with a volunteer guide to answer your questions.
  • For private groups interested in scheduling a walking tour, we currently offer two 90-minute historic walking tours. We request an honorarium and/or donation to The ArQuives. Due to the weather conditions, both walking tours are only available in late spring to early fall.
  • 1. Church-Wellesley Village Tour covers LGBTQ2+ history after the Second World War.
  • 2. Downtown Tour (Dundas and Bay to King and Yonge) covers early to mid-twentieth-century history.
  • 3. St.George Campus (University of Toronto campus) covers the history of the University of Toronto and student groups.

How to Book Our Educational Programs and Tours

To request a presentation, please complete this Tour & Presentation Request Form.

Please have the following information ready when you make your request:

  • Estimated group size and make-up (age range, special interests, affiliated organization, etc.)
  • Location of the presentation (we are only offering virtual presentations at this time)
  • Which tour(s) you would like to go on: Church–Wellesley Village Tour, Downtown Tour or The ArQuives House Tour (CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE)
  • Any specific archival materials your group would be interested in seeing
  • Any accessibility requirement or mobility limitations. For walking tours, they consist of 90 minutes of walking and standing on flat terrain; they don’t require stairs. For house tours, our house has three stories, but only two are accessible with our lift.
  • A range of dates and times your group will be available, two months from now.
  • If you have any questions, please email