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 […]
Well, speaking personally, I must say that I’m a little overwhelmed by what these views on Wheeler Avenue reveal. Who could have foreseen such a transformation in three short years? They say change is good, and I must accept the fact that my son is growing into a fine young man.
This view of 1133-1131 Woodbine Ave. was taken on VE day in May 1945. The bunting and flags celebrated the end of the war in Europe. The Union Jacks at 1131 were displayed by an English family whose father served in the British army. The Treadway family, who lived next door, were rejoicing over the […]
In the early 80s, a Beacher, trying to find a gift for their spouse’s second cousin’s birthday celebration, might have considered dropping in at Miracles. Proprietor, Norman Smith billed his business as “A wonderland store that has everything and something more.” This image was taken opposite Kew Gardens by Ann Patterson. Thank you Ann!
The Woodbine ‘Bend’ or extension was built over 10 years, from 1955 to 1965. Wrapping around the southeast side of the old racetrack, it links Woodbine to Lakeshore Boulevard. Do you have an old photo you’d like to share? Please call me at 416-691-4774.
The archival photograph was taken in the late summer of 1972. To the left of the streetcar is the tail end of the Glen Stewart Ravine, which we now know as Ivan Forrest Gardens. The park was named after Beach resident Ivan Bruce Forrest who was the city’s Commissioner of Parks and Recreation for most […]