On the Edge of the City: Toronto in 1833

3D Walk


Language: English

Area: Downtown

Theme: History & Culture

Accessibility: Family-friendly

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By Zoé Delguste-Cincotta

Curator (Town of York Historical Society)

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Walk Description:

Imagine a Toronto where the tallest building is only three stories high, where Lake Ontario reached Front Street, where the wagon wheels grind through the muddy roads, the air smells of smoke and animal, and the surrounding lands is farms, fields, and forests. This was what the neighbourhood looked like in the early 1800s. In this virtual tour, explore the surviving built environment of the original 10 blocks of Toronto and discover how the Town of York, which started as a colonial outpost with a couple hundred residents, turned into the City of Toronto in 1834, with just over 9000.