When you consider this photo, taken just over a century ago, you realize that Toronto isn’t much beyond its infancy. This is on Ashdale Avenue, just a few blocks from where my home would be built — a couple of decades after this shot was taken.
The photo can be found on the Flickr Toronto History page, among others such as Leslie Farm that underline the city’s rural history. If you live in the old City of Toronto, it’s likely that your house is set on the muddy field of a former farm, perhaps one that looked like this.
That’s something to think about on a rainy day.
Photographer: William James
City of Toronto Archives
Fonds 1244, Item 24