Hidden Toronto – Unmarked Mass Graves

Hidden Toronto – Unmarked Mass Graves

Downtown on the corner of Queen Street East and Power Street sits St. Paul’s Roman Catholic Basilica. It’s a busy city street corner and the church is lovely but nothing spectacular. Things don’t become interesting until you find out that under the unassuming parking lot is one of the larger unmarked mass graves in Canada. In 1847 100,000 Irish emigrated to Canada fleeing poverty and famine in Ireland. Thousands didn’t survive the voyage...

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Hidden far under Toronto

Hidden Toronto Tuesday this week is truly hidden. So hidden we can’t get a photo of it or see it! The Toronto Transit Commission (the TTC) built a second subway station under the currently used Queen and Yonge Street station. When the TTC was planning and constructing the Yonge Street subway line in the 1950s they optimistically thought that a Queen Street branch would follow soon. The funding from the federal government never materialized and...

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Hidden in plain sight

Hidden in plain sight

Don’t you love things that are hidden in plain sight? There are few things as charming as the Little Free Library movement which creates a sense of community and fosters a love of reading and is something that can bring a smile to a Tuesday morning. “take a book, leave a book” is the motto of the Little Free Library movement which has been spreading quickly over the last few years. Anyone can create a box, fill it with books and label them...

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Underpass Park

Underpass Park

Our second Hidden Toronto Tuesday feature is Underpass Park. This space isn’t so much hidden as difficult to find but if you drive down the Bayview Extension and continue around and back up River Street toward Eastern Avenue you will see it as you go under the Gardiner Expressway. Conceived as the first ever underpass playground in Canada, Underpass Park uses the unique location as a positive feature in the landscape design. Incorporating the...

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Hidden Toronto

Hidden Toronto

It could be the parkette where you stop and sit on a hot day, it could be the charming alleyway that you pass that makes you smile, your favourite walking path, the best graffiti… it could be anything. Little hidden gems that charm you, make you stop and really look or do a double-take are what makes a city yours. Hidden Toronto Tuesdays will highlight some of these gems. First up is a traffic signal box that has been painted at the corner of...

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