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Toronto’s Downtown Waterfront Through The Years

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:

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]

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