Toronto’s Downtown Waterfront Through The Years

Photos from way back in the day remind us that the city never stops changing.

Toronto’s waterfront has seen a ton of changes and new development lately. Just for fun let’s take a look way, way back and see exactly how much the city has grown over the past century. It’s barely recognizable in the oldest available images, and it’s crazy to think what another several decades of development is going to end up looking like. Here’s a few gems dug up and dusted off from the archives:
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Toronto waterfront in 1854
 


Spadina looking north from waterfront, 18–
 


Waterfront at Don River looking north, 18–
 


Harbour Commissioners’ Building looking north-east, 191?
 


Looking south from approximately Yonge and Front streets, 1929
 


Waterfront, west from Royal York Hotel
 


Waterfront looking west from above
 


Central waterfront looking north c. 1938
 


Western waterfront looking east from Jameson, c. 1950
 


Toronto skyline from Island, 1966
 


Central waterfront 1970
 


Ontario place c. 1972
 


Toronto Harbour from Mackenzie Building October, 1973
 


Waterfront looking west, 1978
 


Looking west over Humber Bay [between 1980 and 1998]