I will always remember my first impressions of the Beach. When I moved here almost 20 years ago, I couldn’t get over how many baby strollers and dogs I kept bumping into on the sunny side of Queen. Happily not much has changed, except some of the businesses. Little Tots Hair Shop is the only […]
The Beach has several cul-de-sacs. This one, on Neville Park Boulevard north of Queen Street East, is where the coyotes roam. The archival photo was taken in 1919. Do you have a photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-390-2527.
It’s not often someone calls and tells me they have a Beach photograph from the turn of the last century. My heart leaps in anticipation – is it a usable image, will I be able find the right spot, are there any houses or original structures still standing? Such is the case with this beautiful […]
Our beloved boardwalk has had many structural changes over the years. Sections of the path were elevated several feet above the beach as seen here at the bottom of Scarboro Beach Boulevard in 1952. Heaven help your ankle if you ever fell through a loose or water-logged board! Do you have an old photo of […]
This winter view of Beech Avenue was taken in 1933. The passage of time is marked solely by the growth of trees and foliage. Do you have an old photo of the Beach you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774.
In 1901, the northwest corner of Silver Birch and Queen was the location of the Georgia Villa Inn. The inn was torn down in the 1950s. A Red & White grocery store was built in its place. It once was a Loblaws and in 1990 the transition to a Valu-mart is what we have today. […]
The view is looking northeast, at the corner of Southwood Drive/Main Street and Kingston Road. Demolition and construction had began to erect the Norm Houghton housing complex (run by Neighbourhood Link Support Services), which was completed in 1994. Directly across the street the iconic Dip’N’Sip coffee shop remains. Rumours are swirling that a developer is […]
The first image (taken in 1984 for Beach Metro News) shows the footbridge connecting Williamson Road and Glen Manor Drive East. A century ago at this location, an earlier bridge spanned across Howard’s Pond, a private waterway and stream owned by Allan McLean Howard Sr. In 2007 the walkway was replaced with an arch bridge […]
What an incredible amount of debris was washed up on shore during a late winter storm in 1973. This view is the beach between Munro Park and Silver Birch Avenues, looking west. A special thanks to Eleanor and Bill Guest for providing this image taken by George Coates. Do you have an old photo you’d […]
At the turn of the 20th century for any civic holiday or celebration (such as the Queen’s birthday), Beachers would adorn their front porches and verandahs with flags and buntings. Such is the case in this archival photograph taken at the bottom of Balsam Avenue. A special thank you to Sonya Munro for providing this […]