Aerial Photos Toronto

This is what Toronto looked like from the air from the 1920s to 1980s

Aerial photos of Toronto offer a chance to explore how the city has changed over the years. There's no better way to get a sense for how Toronto's built environment has expanded than by looking at the city from the air over the decades. 

Many buildings we're familiar with seeing on the skyline may be absent, so it's fascinating to see how our beloved Toronto looked before they were built. 

Here are some aerial photos of Toronto from 1920 to the 1980s.

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King West and what is now Liberty Village in 1920

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Toronto Islands, 1920

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Toronto Islands and Hanlan's Point Stadium, where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run

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The Distillery District was just a touch bigger in 1927

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Looking north across Toronto, around 1929

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Downtown Toronto, 1930

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Bayview and Lawrence in 1930

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Above what is now Pearson International in 1930

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Northern Secondary School, 1930

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Queen's Park, 1930

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Maple Leaf Stadium near Bathurst and Lake Shore, 1930

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Toronto Islands, 1930

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Mount Dennis and Kodak Plant, 1930

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Looking southeast across Toronto 1930 (The Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce Building was quite prominent back then)

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Chorley Park in 1930 (the trace of which can still be seen from the air)

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Aerial with R-101 Dirigible in view, 1930s

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Downtown Toronto, 1932

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Maple Leaf Gardens and the now demolished Normal School (Ryerson campus today)

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Bathurst north of Eglinton had yet to be developed much in the 1930s

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Above Forest Hill in 1935

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Different Angle, same year

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The current site of the Island Airport, 1937

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Above Toronto in the 1940s

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East York Aerial, 1942

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St. James Town Aerial, 1942

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The Garden District, 1942

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High Park Aerial, 1942

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Rosedale north to St. Clair Avenue, 1942 (notice the Rosehill Reservoir was yet to be covered)

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Summerhill CPR Station, 1950

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Damage from Hurricane Hazel north of Toronto in 1954

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Looking southwest from around Jane and Lawrence, 1950s

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A freshly demolished Maple Leaf Stadium, 1960s

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The TD Centre has arrived, late 1960s

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Hello to the CN Tower, mid-1970s

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The Port Lands in the 1970s

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Exhibition Stadium and the CNE grounds 1980s

Photos by

The Toronto Archives. With files from Derek Flack. 


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