Finding Old Graydon Hall
By Bob Georgiou, Scenes from Toronto
In the 1930s, Henry Rupert Bain built Graydon Hall, a country-style manor and estate in the hills of North York. The 150-acre estate was the definition of extravagance – it was a decadent escape in what was then Toronto’s countryside. But in less than 30 years, the property was dismantled, its footprint erased by apartment towers and office buildings. Or was it?
This walk will look through the geographic past and present of the Graydon Hall. We’ll look for clues about the estate that once was and look at what is today, finding old roads, ruins, and amazing vistas.
As a pre-walk primer, I have constructed a Google Map guests can reference: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/edit?mid=1uY7TEJlJfMOkYgbLmlTGiAu1wnvizmCw&usp=sharing
Note: I have no affiliation with Graydon Hall Manor, so this will (sadly) be an outdoor walk only.
Walk Start Location: G.S. Henry Academy, 200 Graydon Hall Drive
Participant Identify You: We will meet under the flagpost. I am tall and recognizable.
Nearest Public Transit: 122 Graydon Hall Bus from York Mills Station & 25 Don Mills Bus from Don Mills Station/Pape Station
Walk End Location: Betty Sutherland Trail Park, 250 Duncan Mill Road
Saturday, May 7
Theme: Arts & Architecture, History & Culture
Accessibility: Uneven Terrain, Pet-friendly, Bicycles Welcome. We will be trekking largely through parkland and uneven and potentially muddy terrain depending on the conditions of the day, so proper footwear is recommended. Although most of the walk will be downhill, Graydon Hall is built on a hill in case we do pass through any inclines.
Walk will take place in mostly open spaces where spacing out should be possible, but guests are reminded to observe physical distancing as much as possible throughout the walk. Masks are optional but will be recommended where distancing cannot be observed or in the case of a large group.