University of Trinity College, 1827

A short walk from Bloor Street’s fancy shopping is a TORONTO gem – but it’s not nearly as old as it looks.  University of Trinity College, 6 Hoskin Avenue, is one of the smallest colleges (1600 students) within the University of Toronto.  Founded by Anglican Bishop John Strachan in 1827, it was federated into the secular University under government pressure, in 1904.  Originally in Trinity-Bellwoods Park on Queen Street West, the present campus was erected between 1925 and 1961.  The chapel, built in 1955, was a gift from Salada Tea CEO Gerald Larkin.  Trinity combines elements of Gothic Revival, Jacobethan and Tudor Revival architecture.

Subway stop: WELLESLEY, and then westbound Bus #94 to Hoskin Avenue, or Subway stop: MUSEUM, then walk west half a block, and south down Philosopher’s Walk.



Spadina Museum, 285 Spadina Road – a Victorian house in an Edwardian garden

Fresh from a total refurbishment, Spadina (Spa-dee-na) Museum, 285 Spadina (Spa-dye-na) Road, is ready to receive visitors once again.

Sitting atop Davenport Hill, this is one of several museums operated by the City of Toronto.  It was built in 1866, and offers three tours – one of special interest to children.  The rooms are furnished in styles from the 1860’s to the 1930’s.

The House is surrounded by immaculate Victorian and Edwardian gardens.  It’s located adjacent to Casa Loma and the stables, with some of TORONTO’s finer homes nearby.  Nordheimer Ravine and its walking trail, Ardwold Gate, Winston Churchill Park and St. Clair Reservoir are within easy walking distance.  It’s a short drive or walk to Forest Hill Village.

The Museum is open Tuesday to Friday, noon-4 pm; Saturday and Sunday, noon-5 pm.

Subway stop: DUPONT, and then walk northwest uphill, or ST. CLAIR subway stop, and then streetcar #512 westbound to Spadina Road, and walk south.



Toronto’s Santa Claus Parade is 108 years old!

TORONTO’s Santa Claus Parade, founded by Eaton’s Department Store in 1905, is one of the largest Christmas parades in the world.  The outdoor spectacular attracts hundreds of thousands every year – in person, and on US and Canadian television.

Photos from the 1920’s, 30’s, 60’s, 2009 – Ontario Archives