Category Archives: history

Lucy’s House

I’m going out on a limb here to suggest that the book Anne of Green Gables, and its author Lucy Maud Montgomery, are Canada’s most recognized literary exports … they are most certainly in the top five. Even in my youth, … Continue reading

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The Tower of Port Hope

The doors are ordinary and rather battered, but the building they are attached to is definitely not. All along the St Lawrence River and the Great Lakes, there are numerous communities with a rich history from the 1800s.  The town … Continue reading

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Of Inns and Taverns

Last year I began to delve into a bit of Canadian history and the Rebellion of 1837, which I wrote about here. In my research about the Rebellion, I had read of an account where the leaders of the Rebellion … Continue reading

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Saving The Water Works

Our recent travels on the Trans-Canada Trail took us to Penetanguishene – pronounced Pen-ah-tang-gwish-een – where we made a rather interesting find. It was a cute old building with the windows and doors replaced with large photographs – I’m assuming … Continue reading

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Jail Time

No, I didn’t break the 11th Commandment of “Thou Shalt Not Get Caught”. This past weekend was Doors Open Toronto, a popular event when participating organizations open their doors to the public for tours.  I had time to visit only one location this … Continue reading

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Behind Closed Doors

I was downtown recently and since I was in the neighbourhood, I decided to pop into Old City Hall.  I wrote about this 1899 heritage building back in February 2016, but I hadn’t gone inside and considered that a serious omission. Rumours … Continue reading

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More To Chew On

For the second week in a row, I’m doing a Thursday Doors sequel.  This time I’m taking you back to the WM Wrigley Jr building I featured at the end of March. As bloggers, we often comment on this amazing community … Continue reading

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Doors, Ghosts, and More

To followup on my post earlier this week about the Winter Garden Theatre, today I’m featuring the interior doors and doorways of its main floor sister, the Elgin. She’s an elegant Grand Dame, faithfully restored to her former glory … save … Continue reading

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From Vaudeville to TIFF

In downtown Toronto there stands the last operating Edwardian stacked theatre in the world.  The Elgin and Winter Garden Theatres were built in 1913, eventually sank into B-movie obscurity, and then underwent a major restoration in the 1980s. I had … Continue reading

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Back to School

When I go on an excursion to look-up Toronto’s heritage buildings, I take one of two approaches.  It is either planned as a precision military-like operation with a map of addresses strategically laid out, … or I wing it. Today’s … Continue reading

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