Facts About Old Toronto


Old Toronto is the retronym of the original portion of Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

It was first incorporated as a city in 1834, after being known as the Town of York, and became part of the region that was then known as York County.

In 1954, it became part of Metropolitan Toronto. It expanded in size by annexation of surrounding municipalities, reaching its final boundaries in 1967.

Finally, in 1998, it was amalgamated into the present-day “megacity” of Toronto.

Because I was born in Toronto and have personally seen many of its changes over the years, I am planning to highlight many facts about Toronto over the coming weeks.  I hope you enjoy them.

My first Toronto home, when I was a little girl, was on Jones Ave. in the east end of  the city.  I remember that most of the houses on our street were up quite high on a hill and we had several outside steps to climb before reaching our front door.

It must have been quite a chore to cut the grass on that hill while balancing one of those manually operated lawn mowers.  I guess my dad managed to do it though because I don’t remember his ever complaining about it.  The picture below is of one of the houses (similar to the one we lived in) that is standing there on Jones Ave. today.

House on Jones Ave.






As you can, see there is quite an expanse of grassy area and many steps.


If you visit the east end of Toronto, you will see a lot of very interesting neighbourhoods.

My best to you,





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