Photos of Wartime Toronto

A snapshot of life in Toronto during the First and Second World War

When you think about the major wars in Canada’s history, you might envision bombed-out European cities, troops engaged in combat, gas masks and many other typical imagery associated with war in the 20th century. With most of the action taking place overseas, it’s easy to lose focus on what was happening back home in Canada – but viewing the familiar sites of our city through a different lens can offer a unique perspective of life in Toronto during these crucial moments in our history.

As the years go by, it becomes increasingly more difficult to put yourself in the shoes of those living in that time period. The following photographs, taken in and around Toronto mostly during the First and Second World War, offer a bit of a glimpse of what life in our city was like during these historic eras. Have a look:

Photos from City of Toronto Archives