Toronto 1900

This is what Toronto looked like in the 1900s

This is what Toronto looked like in the 1900s

Toronto in 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 Toronto looked like through the 1900s.

1900

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Toronto skyline

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Board of Trade Building

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Cycling club

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Weston Train Station

1901

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Avenue and Bloor

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Eaton's factory interior

1902

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Laying asphalt on Elm Avenue

1903

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Jarvis Street

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Entrance to U of T campus

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Yonge looking north from Temperance

1904

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Fire aftermath

toronto 1902

Fire aftermath

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CNE midway

toronto 1902

Candy department Eaton's

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High Park

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St. Lawrence Market

toronto 1902

Toronto Ridings

1905

toronto 1902

Friday deals at Eaton's

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Newsboy

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Tally Ho showing visitors around the city

1906

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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

toronto 1902

Yonge Street Dock

1907

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Bookies at Woodbine Race Track (original)

toronto 1907

Carriage ride

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Cycling in Mimico

toronto 1907

Flagpole painter looking west on Front

toronto 1907

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

toronto 1907

Old Union Station

toronto 1907

Diving Horse at Hanlan's Point

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The Grange

toronto 1907

Confederation Life Building

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Yonge Street Warf

toronto 1907

Yonge north of Bloor

1908

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Queen and James

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Government House

toronto 1908

Yonge and Queen

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Dufferin Racetrack

toronto 1908

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

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William Davies Store

toronto 1908

Toronto Street

1909

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Collecting coal

toronto 1908

Queen and Spadina

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Ruins of Hanlan's Point Hotel


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