Beach residents Emma O’Farrell and Sheila Frost decided it was time to get back to their British roots – and facilitate others getting in touch with theirs, as well. The pair recently launched a community group called the Beaches British Meet Up, aimed to bring together anyone from Britain, new or old, those who are […]
To celebrate Canada’s 150th birthday, this series looks back at the people and events that shaped our community “On This Week” in Beach history. January brings a New Year and new hope. For 14-year-old Leonard Thompson of Pickering Street, 1922 brought only faint hope that he would survive the ravages of Type 1 juvenile diabetes. […]
Our readers often tell us how much they enjoy David Van Dyke’s Deja Views column — a look at the Beach, then and now, through photographs. We certainly enjoy them, too — and are grateful to the many of you who submit photographs. While Deja Views is a hit in our print edition, it is […]
Dreaming of summer days? This photograph of the Donald D. Summerville pool was taken in 1966, just three years after the pool opened. Fifty years later it is still the Beach’s number one summer cooling off centre. Thank you to Donna Halliday for providing this image. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? […]
A lovely stroll in Balmy Beach Park. The unknown photographer shot this photograph of the bottom of Silver Birch Avenue, where the boardwalk begins and stretches out to Ashbridges Bay Park, in the fall of 1972. Do you have an old photograph you’d like to share? Please contact me at email@example.com.
When Keteline Pierre walked into the coffee shop on November 15, she looked bright-eyed and hopeful, her smile wide as she stuck out her hand to introduce herself. Her composed nature belied her past experiences: massive devastation, disease and starvation. In Haiti, Pierre has been witness to exactly that. Pierre speaks eloquently as she begins […]
I took the first photograph back in 2007, after the previous owners called me saying the “Cowan house” on Wheeler Avenue was to be razed. Well, at least they kept the birch trees! Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Another streetscape from the lens of Ann Patterson. This image was taken in front of Kew Gardens on Queen Street East sometime in the early ‘80s. I love this photo because it is a casual observation of a moment when we cross a crosswalk. Thank you, Ann. Do you have an old photograph you’d like […]
This street view of Queen Street East taken in 1995 depicts two very prominent eating establishments from days gone by. In the foreground is the Lion on the Beach, now the Stone Lion, and across the street on the corner of Kenilworth Avenue is Licks, a very popular hamburger joint (especially if you liked happy, […]