A Toronto historical map of London, England

Toronto has a deeper connection to London, England than it does to almost any other city in the world. After all, our entire country... Read More

Sir John A. Macdonald, drunk and in flames

It’s one of the best-known facts in all of Canadian history: our first Prime Minister drank. Like, a lot. Sir John A. Macdonald... Read More

The day the sun turned blue above Toronto

The first sign of the apocalypse came on a Saturday night in the early autumn of 1950. It was a little after 9 o’clock... Read More

The giant prehistoric beavers of the Don Valley Brick Works

Meet the giant beaver. It’s one of the largest rodents to have ever walked the earth: as much as seven feet long and more than 200... Read More

Two Toronto nurses and one of the most terrible nights of the First World War

One dark night in the summer of 1918, the HMHS Llandovery Castle was steaming through the waters of the North Atlantic. She was far... Read More

The first (almost) Canadian President

There’s a small town on the very western edge of England, not far from the River Severn, which marks the border with Wales. It’s... Read More

A.Y. Jackson paints for his life

It was 1916. The First World War was in full swing. And while men were dying in the trenches all around him, A.Y. Jackson was about to... Read More

William Lyon Mackenzie’s mission to London

It was 1832. William Lyon Mackenzie was fed up. He’d spent the last decade fighting for democratic reform in Upper Canada... Read More

Billy Bishop and the rich and famous

One spring day in 1916, Billy Bishop woke up in the hospital. He was in London, England. Today, the building overlooking Bryanston... Read More

Mary Pickford’s nightmare honeymoon

It was 1920. Mary Pickford was the most famous woman in the world. She’d been born in Toronto in the late 1800s: on University... Read More