A return to the history of the parks of the East End

In the city we are blessed with many parks, particularly in the East End. There are quite a few of them, large and small – many of which were covered in the last issue of Beach Metro News. You may learn a little about some lesser-known parks, and maybe even a bit of history. Here […]

Historical parks of the East End

In the city we are blessed with parks and recreation facilities, especially in the East End. There are quite a few of them, large and small. You will be surprised where some of the parks are located, and there is, in some cases, a little bit of history. Some readers will not recognize all the […]

Celebrating East End naturalists

Recently I wrote about saving historic houses and buildings and making sure there was a reason to use these facilities. One of the other things to save is our natural history – our animals, wildlife, birds, vegetation, trees, etc. Not being a naturalist or an expert on wildlife, I bow to those who wish to […]

Celebrating Glen Stewart Ravine

Gene Domagala will cover the historical aspect of an organized walk through the Glen Stewart Ravine on Sunday, Oct. 25 as part of the launch of a new Friends of Glen Stewart Ravine group. See page 4 for details.   Twelve thousand or so years ago an ice age retreated, leaving a lake called Lake […]

History of Kew Williams Cottage finally recognized

One of the most historic sites in the East End, Kew Williams Cottage, will be receiving a historic plaque from Heritage Toronto at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 12. Finally, because of organizations like the Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, Friends of Kew Williams Cottage, the Toronto Heritage Board, the Toronto Beach Rotary Club, […]

A brief history of the business of dying

Cemeteries, funeral parlours, and undertakers have been around in the East End for quite a long time. There are probably native burial grounds in the area, but their exact locations are not known. Originally in our area, when there was not a burial ground, the people, especially farmers, buried their dead on their own land. […]

Pan Am Games bring past games to mind

This column is dedicated to the late Glenn Cochrane, who grew up in Hamilton, but was a Beacher by choice with his wife Jean, and a great Canadian. I learned a lot from Glenn about Hamilton sports in a national context. I recently had a discussion about the Pan Am Games, which someone said was […]

In praise of our historical society

Speaking to several people about history in our area, I hear, “Oh, there are these other historical societies in the East End, and they are really good.” I started to think about our Beach and East Toronto Historical Society, which has been involved in local and city-wide history for more than 40 years – we […]