Tuesday, February 10, 2015

My how the tides have changed

The PortsToronto / Toronto Harbour Commission building sits high and dry now, a long way from the edge of Lake Ontario which has steadily moved southwards - probably scared away by the high price of real estate. A photo exhibition in Brookfield Place shows Toronto's past along the ever changing waterfront, including the time when the Commission building was right at the water's edge.
The Ports Toronto display of historical images from their own archive can be viewed from February 8-20, 2015 in the long Allen Lambert Galleria. Pictures of construction workers and buildings from long ago show the rather smaller scale of the city. They describe the harbour as having a significant contribution to the development of Toronto "as a commercial and cultural hub of Canada", which makes the rest of Canada automatically not want to see the exhibition.

"In the early years of Toronto’s development, a large portion of the city’s current waterfront and South Core areas were either uninhabitable swampland or under water. In the 1900s PortsToronto, then called the Toronto Harbour Commissioners, built the waterfront and constructed more than 2,000 acres of land from the mouth of the Humber River to Ashbridges Bay. Today, the area is home to businesses, residences, parks and some of the most significant commercial and residential development currently taking place in North America."
Making Connections to Toronto's Waterfront

See more of the historical images after the jump.

A picture of the Commission building on the day the Prince of Wales first visited the city in 1919

An incredible photo of the skyline by Jag Gundu

Development surrounds the old building in some of my more recent pics

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