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C. H. Lavender was a confectionery store located on Kingston Road just west of Balsam Avenue. Beth Lavender from Pickering was so kind to share this photograph of her family and their former business. The image, taken sometime in the mid 1920s, depicts her grandmother Catharine standing in front of the door in white, Beth’s […]

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Five years later, there’s been much trouble for any business trying to start up on the southeast corner of Queen and Leuty. After Becker’s Milk vacated in 2006, the owners of Quigley’s  purchased the property and planned to open a sister bar with a large patio spanning the east side of Leuty. Well, things must […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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.

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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. […]

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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 […]

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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 […]