Toronto 1900s

Toronto of the 1900s

Toronto of the 1900s didn't much resemble the city we know today. Not only was the skyline virtually undeveloped -- the tallest structures were the Temple Building at 10 storeys and the Trader's Bank Building at 15 storeys -- but the Bloor Viaduct was yet to link the east and west sides of the city. Old Union Station and the Yonge Street Warf were still the main arrival points for the city, and Hanlan's Point was the place to be during the summer months.

On the flip side, what's now Old City Hall was already a towering and familiar presence, having been completed in 1899, and places like the St. Lawrence Market and the University of Toronto would be easily recognized by anyone able to travel back in time to that period.

In the 1900s Toronto had a population of approximately 210,000 people, horses and carriages were still common on city streets, and the city suffered one of the worst fires in its history, losing almost all of the main commercial district (bounded by Bay, Wellington, Yonge, and Front Streets).

Here's what it all looked like, captions above each image.

1900

Toronto skyline

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Board of Trade Building

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Cycling club

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King Street

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Weston Train Station

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1901

Avenue and Bloor

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Eaton's factory interior

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1902

Laying asphalt on Elm Avenue

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1903

Jarvis Street

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Entrance to U of T campus

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Yonge looking north from Temperance

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1904

Fire aftermath

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Fire aftermath

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CNE midway

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Candy department Eaton's

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High Park

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St. Lawrence Market

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Toronto Ridings

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1905

Friday deals at Eaton's

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Newsboy

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Tally Ho showing visitors around the city

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1906

Toronto Harbour map

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Crystal Palace (later destroyed by fire)

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Sleighing at Queen's Park

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St. George Street

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Yonge and Front

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Yonge Street Dock

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1907

Bookies at Woodbine Race Track (original)

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Carriage ride

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Cycling in Mimico

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Flagpole painter looking west on Front

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Hanlan's Point Hotel and Regatta

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Bathurst north of St. Clair

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Old (but then new) City Hall

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Old Union Station

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Diving Horse at Hanlan's Point

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The Grange

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Confederation Life Building

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Yonge Street Warf

Toronto 1900s


Yonge north of Bloor

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1908

Queen and James

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Government House

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Yonge and Queen

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Dufferin Racetrack

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University Avenue (with Queen's Park in the distance)

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William Davies Store

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Toronto Street

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1909

Collecting coal

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Queen and Spadina

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Ruins of Hanlan's Point Hotel

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All images sourced via the Wikimedia Commons.


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