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Toronto

Canada's Metropolis

Canada's largest city and the capital of its most populous province. Toronto has gone through many phases in its modern history, from Muddy York, to Victorian era Toronto the Good, and finally world-class multicultural metropolis.

Historic Walking Tours


Then and Now Photos

The Old Post Office The Old Post Office

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The Old Post Office - 1867

Toronto's Old Post Office was built in the Greek Revival Style in 1852. It was designated a national historic site of Canada in 1958.

Adelaide Street Adelaide Street

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Adelaide Street - 1874

Horse-drawn carts and piles of rubble line the sides of Adelaide Street. The photo was taken looking east from Victoria Street.

The New Post Office The New Post Office

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The New Post Office - 1873

This view is looking up Toronto Street towards the new post office, which is under construction. You can see the front facade of the old post office at the far left.

Atlantic Tea House Atlantic Tea House

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Atlantic Tea House - 1885

Several people pose for a photo outside the Atlantic Tea House. Some of the children at the right are having a hard time sitting still for the camera. Brooms and other goods hang on the walls for sale.

A Traffic Cop on Bay St. A Traffic Cop on Bay St.

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A Traffic Cop on Bay St. - 1912

A policeman stands in the centre of the intersection of Bay and Adelaide as a cart rolls by.

Busy Bay Street Busy Bay Street

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Busy Bay Street - 1930

Cars, streetcars, and pedestrians on Bay Street at the outset of the Great Depression.

Boer War Decorations Boer War Decorations

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Boer War Decorations - 1900

Buildings on Temperance Street have been decorated with bunting to celebrate the return of Canadian troops from the Boer War.

Old Customs House Old Customs House

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Old Customs House - 1890

The elegant Italian Renaissance style customs house, located at the corner of Front and Yonge Street.

Doel House Doel House

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Doel House - 1905

The home of John Doel, photographed some decades after his death in 1871. He was an important reformer politician in early Ontario history, and was a prominent supporter of William Lyon Mackenzie during the Rebellion of 1837.

Doel House (2) Doel House (2)

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Doel House (2) - 1913

The home of John Doel, photographed some decades after his death in 1871. He was an important reformer politician in early Ontario history, and was a prominent supporter of William Lyon Mackenzie during the Rebellion of 1837.

Terry's Express Terry's Express

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Terry's Express - 1885

Carts of Terry's Express service with horses harnessed have been placed in front of the company offices for a portrait. The business seemed to specialize in delivering coal and wood that was used for cooking and heating.

Monro's Monro's

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Monro's - 1887

The building at right was the warehouse of George Monro.

News Stand News Stand

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News Stand - 1875

Several men stand in front of a large news kiosk set up on the sidewalk of Front Street.

King and Jarvis King and Jarvis

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King and Jarvis - 1909

Some rather simple buildings on the intersection of King and Jarvis.

Auctioning Buildings Auctioning Buildings

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Auctioning Buildings - 1910

A cart crosses the street in front of several buildings that have signs proclaiming they are being publicly auctioned.

Cows at Market Cows at Market

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Cows at Market - 1898

A herd of cows being shepherded into the St. Lawrence Market.

St. Lawrence Market St. Lawrence Market

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St. Lawrence Market - 1898

Up the street alongside the St. Lawrence Market.

Dentist Office Dentist Office

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Dentist Office - 1910

Showing a business block on Queen Street that survives to this day. The business on the corner houses a drug store and the dentist offices of one Dr. E.F. Willard.

Blowing Snow Blowing Snow

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Blowing Snow - 1900s

A man steadies his horse as a streetcar threatens to engulf them with a mountain of snow.

Homes on Spadina Homes on Spadina

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Homes on Spadina - 1870

Several simple houses line Spadina Ave, just by College.

A Horsebus A Horsebus

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A Horsebus - 1889

The photographer was standing right in front of a horsebus when he took this photo on King Street. The sidewalks are packed full of people.


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