Due to winter’s final kick, I haven’t been out shooting as much as I would have liked. But, this past Thursday, the first day of spring, though it was cold, grey and periodically snowy, I decided to take my camera along for a lunchtime stroll. I decided to head east and venture into the most beautiful part of Toronto… Old Toronto.
Established in 1793 as York, and declared the new home of the capital of Upper Canada, and later named Old Toronto, the area spans the streets in lower East side of Toronto and borders the glassy and fast-paced financial district, that can be seen in the background of some of the photos below.
The neighbourhood’s most prominent, and famous, landmark is the Gooderham Flatiron Building. Much smaller than it’s much grander cousin in New York, the Flatiron Building is a beautiful red-brick building that has stood at the centre of Toronto since 1892.
A walk through the streets of Old Toronto is like suddenly stepping back into the mid-19th century. The neighbourhood was devastated by a massive fire in 1904, but the buildings and streets that remain boast gorgeous architecture and detail that we will likely never see again.
The buildings are now home to restaurants, shops and office spaces, but it’s an awe inspiring stroll through our country’s past.