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[PHOTO] Map of west Toronto, 1868

This map, displayed at the Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden parkette in the west-end neighbourhood of Roncesvalles, depicts territory that was–one year after the formation of Canada–still substantially rural. The map clearly shows the great arc of Dundas Street West as it curves north, avoiding what were then swamps and other lowlands and now substantially High Park, as well as the shallower curve of east-west artery Davenport Road to the northeast along the base of the escarpment marking the shoreline of the Ice Age’s Glacial Lake Iroquois.

These territories have all been transformed radically, densely urbanized and booming. Even the Humber River that was once a boundary has become an internal waterway of the City of Toronto, Etobicoke on the western side being part of the legal city.

Map of west Toronto, 1868 #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #dundasstreetwest #map #peacegarden #dundasroncesvallespeacegarden

Written by Randy McDonald

November 12, 2019 at 11:45 am

[PHOTO] Four photos of murals on Roncesvalles Avenue

Roncesvalles Avenue, the street at the heart of the west-end neighbourhood of Roncesvalles, stands out for its particular density in high-quality public art, the many huge murals lying in plain sight of all.

Mural after Norval Morrisseau on Garden Avenue just east on Roncesvalles, with bikes #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #gardenave #mural #publicart #bike #norvalmorrisseau

Mural on Wright Avenue just east on Roncesvalles, with bikes #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #wrightave #mural #publicart #bike #504king #streetcars

Mural on Roncesvalles opposite Dundas West, with bikes #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #dundasstreetwest #mural #publicart #bike #rowellsowell

Garage door rose, Roncesvalles below Grenadier Road #toronto #roncesvalles #roncesvallesave #rose #garage #door #publicart #mural

Written by Randy McDonald

May 22, 2019 at 9:45 am

[PHOTO] The wired Queensway

The wired Queensway #toronto #queenstreetwest #roncesvallesavenue #queensway #wire #ttc #streetcar

Where Queen Street West meets Roncesvalles coming from the north just as it mutates into the Queensway, with the Roncesvalles Carhouse just a bit further west, there is a forest of streetcar wires.

Written by Randy McDonald

May 1, 2016 at 10:48 am

[PHOTO] “The Mother of Grain – Quinoa”

Walking north on Roncesvalles Avenue with a friend, we came across a small store enthusiastically advertising the Andean pseudocereal quinoa in all of its diversity.

"The Mother of Grain - Quinoa"

Written by Randy McDonald

June 6, 2013 at 12:31 pm