Remnants of the Toronto Suburban Railway

By Scott Haskill

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WALK DETAILS:

The Toronto Suburban Railway was an electric passenger or "radial" railway that ran from 1917 to 1931 between West Toronto and Guelph. This walk will follow parts of the east end of the railway, and we will look for signs of the line still visible many decades later.

 

We will have old photos for "then and now" comparisons. We will also touch on a much earlier, even shorter-lived railway, the Toronto Belt Line, from the 1890's. Although long gone and mostly forgotten, old railways can leave their mark on the urban form for many years afterwards.

  • Walk Start Location: Keele Street/Weston Road/St. Clair Avenue intersection. Walk Leader will be holding a Jane's Walk sign. 

  • Nearest Public Transit: 512 St. Clair streetcar, 41 Keele, 89 Weston busses.

  • Walk End Location: Jane Street at Corbett Avenue. Frequent bus service available. 

Saturday, May 7

10:00AM - 12:00PM 

DETAILS

Language: English 

Area: Downtown

Theme: History & Culture, Transit or Accessibility.

Accessibility: Family-friendly, uneven terrain, pet-friendly, bicycles welcome, walk leaders uses a speaker/voice amplification, stairs, mud or poor drainage. 

COVID protocols: Masks recommended. No limit on number of participants.