Toronto’s Lost Villages

Overview

Explore the vestiges of the hamlets and villages that have been swallowed up by Toronto’s relentless growth.

Over the course of more than two centuries, Toronto has ballooned from a muddy collection of huts on a swampy waterfront to Canada’s largest and most diverse city. Amid (and sometimes underneath) this urban agglomeration are the remains of many small communities that once dotted the region now known as Toronto and the GTA. Before European settlers arrived, Indigenous Peoples established villages on the shore of Lake Ontario. With the arrival of the English, a host of farm hamlets, tollgate stopovers, mill towns, and, later, railway and cottage communities sprang up. Vestiges of some are still preserved, while others have disappeared forever. Some are remembered, though many have been forgotten. In Toronto’s Lost Villages, all of their stories are brought back to life.

Awards

Winner
Heritage Toronto Award
1997

About the Author

Ron Brown

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Ron Brown

Ron Brown, a geographer and travel writer, has authored more than twenty books, including Canada&#8217s World Wonders and The Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. A past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada and a current member of the East York Historical Society, he gives lectures and conducts tours along Ontario’s back roads. Ron lives in Toronto.