Toronto's Historical Plaques
Discover Toronto's history as told through its plaques
2004 - Now in our 13th Year - 2017
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Photo by Alan L Brown - Posted May, 2004
Photo from Google Street View ©2013 Google - Posted October, 2013
Photo Source - City of Toronto
Photo Source - Wikimedia Commons
If you take the ferry to Ward's Island, that's the leftmost one on the map above, you'll see this Ontario Heritage Trust plaque across the road from the ferry dock there. Here's what it says:
Coordinates: 43.631241 -79.356839
Toronto Island is part of a sand-bar which begins on the mainland near Woodbine Avenue and extends westward for about 9 km before turning northward toward the main shore. The building of the bar began with the formation of Lake Ontario about 8,000 years ago. Eroded from the Scarborough Bluffs, the sand was shifted westward by wave action during easterly storms. Eventually a long curving peninsula was formed, creating the large natural harbour on which Toronto was founded. The bar's westward growth was halted shortly after 1858 when a storm opened a large gap near the eastern end of the peninsula. The island thus formed became one of Toronto's major recreational areas.
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