5 subtle signs of lost rivers in Toronto

Like many North American cities, the street grid in downtown Toronto is (for the most part) rigidly geometric. Where there’s an... Read More

The mysterious case of the grave of Stella Vanzant

When little Stella Vanzant died of causes unknown some time in the early 1800s, her bereaved father interred the girl’s young... Read More

Happy birthday to the Toronto streetcar system

There are perhaps few things more symbolic of Toronto than its streetcars. For more than 150 years, surface rail has formed the... Read More

Dead rail lines, lost streets, and more Toronto oddities

There’s a couple of new lofts at the southeast corner of Carlaw and Dundas. The courtyard between the two buildings curves... Read More

The Toronto link to America’s bloodiest serial killer

The bodies of the children were buried under the cellar floor. In a gloomy crawlspace beneath the home at 16 St. Vincent St. near... Read More

The fall of Sir Henry Pellatt, king of Casa Loma

A carved marble fountain of child figures supporting a dolphin, a solid bronze buffalo head, and hundreds of champagne flutes, wine... Read More

A dizzy history of revolving restaurants in Toronto

Nothing epitomizes space age urbanism quite like the revolving restaurant. Imagine sitting at the top of a modern skyscraper, the... Read More

First Canadian Place: 40 years on top in Toronto

First Canadian Place has been the tallest skyscraper in Canada for four decades now. At 298.1 metres from sidewalk to rooftop, the... Read More

How Toronto learned to love the patio

For all the time Torontonians will spend sipping lager and pinot on patios this summer, it would be easy to conclude that the people... Read More