Exploring “downtown” Centreville in the winter: A ghost town in more ways than one

At the peak of it’s population in the 1950s, homes, cottages, and mansions lined the entirety of Toronto Island from... Read More

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

The great Toronto bridge swap of 1928

The Canadian Pacific Railway had two 243-ton problems in early 1928. Its two newest and most powerful locomotives were due to be ready... 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 horror of the Rupert Hotel fire still lingers

The fire had been burning out of control at the Rupert Hotel for 17 minutes before someone called 911. As flames and acrid smoke... Read More

The grim history of the Ku Klux Klan in Toronto

Two men in hooded Ku Klux Klan uniforms flash Nazi salutes on a porch. Beside them, a woman with “white power” tattooed crudely across... 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 slow and deadly evolution of Toronto’s crosswalks

Crossing the street in Toronto has been a potentially deadly challenge for almost a century. Until the 1950s, when the number of... 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

Good Reads: Special Edition of Fort York’s newsletter Fife & Drum

A special edition of the Friends of Fort York’s quarterly newsletter, Fife and Drum was released recently to celebrate the opening of... Read More