Toronto turns 185 today! Celebrate accordingly.

To mark the occasion, the City of Toronto Archives posted a colourful map of the city in its infancy. That map, a watercolour produced by Ethel G. A. Foster for Toronto’s centennial in 1934, shows just how much things have changed. The hand-painted map shows the western limit of the city at Peter St., just east of where Spadina Ave. is now. West of that, the map shows Fort York, Garrison Creek, before it was covered and turned into a sewer, and the ruins of “an Indian trading post known as Fort Rouille.”To the east, the new city essentially stops just past Parliament St., with little on the other side of the Don River except a few farms and “the ruins of Castle Frank.”


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