29 Photos That Tell The History Of The Junction, Toronto

The Stockyards, 1923
The Stockyards, 1923 | Public Domain/Wikicommons
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The Junction, named after its four intersecting railways in this west Toronto neighborhood, has a rich and fascinating history, encompassing a whole scope of interesting, trivia-worthy facets. From its old Native Canadian trading trails, to railway tracks that fostered the growth of industry, to Canada’s largest livestock market and center of Ontario’s meat-packing industry, the Junction is steeped in history.
The neighborhood was dubbed the “wild west” of the city thanks the behavior of some of the workers at the turn of the 20th century. The notorious behaviour led to an alcohol ban which lasted nearly a century. After the close of the stockyards in 1993 and repeal of the alcohol ban in 1998, the area began to transform and was redeveloped with housing, shops and restaurants. It has regenerated itself into a unique Toronto enclave between Runnymede Road and the Canadian National Railway corridor, nestled between Annette and St. Clair street. The “small town charm” of the area is still deeply felt. Despite its growth and revitalization, most of the original architecture and character remains intact. This vibrant neighborhood has plenty to see.

May 4, 1906: The Weston Streetcar

Weston Car Toronto Junction 1906

September 17, 1912: Dundas Street West and the Peacock Hotel

Dundas Street West at Royce Avenue (Peacock Hotel)

October 15, 1913: Keele Street Park

Keele Street Park

C. 1915: Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library; Annette Branch, Annette St., s.w. cor. Medland St.

c. 1916: Maple Leaf Milling Co. and Campbell Flour Mills Co.

Maple Leaf Milling Co. and Campbell Flour Mills Co. Ltd.

February 8, 1922: Dundas Street and Pacific Avenue

South-west corner of Dundas Street and Pacific Avenue

October 17, 1922: Dundas Street West

Dundas Street West, from Indian Grove

March 21, 1923: Dundas Street

Dundas Street bridge west to Sterling Road

1923: The Stockyards

The Stockyards, 1923

November 28, 1923: Dundas Street, looking west

Dundas, looking west, from Pacific

October 31, 1924: St. Clair Avenue and Hounslow Heath Road

St. Clair Avenue and Hounslow Heath Road, looking east

March 16, 1927: Heydon House Hotel

Heydon House Hotel, northwest corner of Weston Road and St. Clair Avenue

August 2, 1929: Runnymede and Lambton bus stop signs

Runnymede and Lambton bus stop signs, on Keele Street, south of Dundas Street

November 14, 1929: Lansdowne Avenue

Lansdowne Avenue – Royce Avenue crossing

July 9, 1931: Union Street and St. Clair Avenue

Union Street and St. Clair Avenue, looking south

July 9, 1931: Mulock Avenue

Mulock Avenue looking south from St. Clair Avenue West

April 23, 1932: Subway – Royce Ave

Subway – Royce Ave, east of Dundas

April 23, 1932: Canadian General Electric Co.

Subway – Lansdowne Ave, north of Royce Ave

August 29, 1934: Symes Road incinerator

Symes Road incinerator

June 26, 1941: Dundas Street

Dundas Street, west from Indian Grove

1942: A fire hall on Jane Street

A fire hall on Jane Street, in the Junction, 1942

c. 1950: Canada Packers stock yards

Canada Packers stock yards, south-west corner of Keele Street and St. Clair Avenue West

February 19, 1952: Annette Street

119-121 Annette Street

1955: West Toronto Railway Station

West Toronto Railway Station (C.P.R.), Old Weston Road, e. side, n. of Dundas St. W.

1956: Interurban Electric Company

Interurban Electric Company Ltd., Mavety St., e. side, s. of Dundas St. W.

August 31, 1957: C. P. R., Runnymede Yards

C. P. R., Runnymede Yards, roundhouse, Runnymede Road, south-west corner St. Clair Avenue west, Toronto, Ont.

December, 1958: Davenport Road and Osler Street

Pedestrian crossing sign at Davenport Road and Osler Street

c. 1987: Dundas Street West

Dundas Street West in the Junction

Now: Keele and Dundas Street

Keele Dundas Junction Toronto October 2011

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