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Toronto Has a Main Street?

By Sarah Dewar



In the late 19th-century, the East Toronto rail yard brought settlement and steady employment. When rail operations moved elsewhere in the early 20th-century, it tore a gap in the fabric of the community.


In the 1920s, the Ford Motor Company brought skilled jobs, relative prosperity and suburban growth. By the early 1950s, Ford had moved its plant to Oakville, thus tearing another gap. In 1968, the subway arrived, ushering in a new era and a promise of a return to prosperity.


Using a combination of archival photos and storytelling, we'll learn how this neighbourhood has evolved over the past 130 years, and where it is headed in the future.

  • Walk Start Location: Stanley Grizzle Park (across from Main Street Subway Station)We will be standing across the street from the subway station in Stanley Grizzle Park. You won't miss us!

  • Nearest Public Transit: Main Street Subway Station

  • Walk End Location: Main Street Subway Station

Friday, May 6



Language: English 

Area: East York

Theme: History & Culture

Accessibility: Uneven Terrain, Family-friendly, Pet-friendly, Stairs or other barriers. The terrain is mostly flat, although the Main Street Bridge can be challenging for some. There is one point where mobility devices will need to take a detour. This will be announced at the beginning of the walk.


Mandatory masking. 20 person maximum. Click here to register.

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