WHEN SUMMER’S HEAT & HUMIDITY BECAME TOO MUCH, TORONTONIANS TOOK OFF FOR SUNNYSIDE

fonds 1266, Globe and Mail fondsFonds 200, Series 372, Subseries 41 - Miscellaneous photographs This once was TORONTO’s Coney Island. On summer afternoons thousands crowded the beaches and amusement park rides where King Street intersects Queen Street West. There was little air-conditioning, cottage country was too far away, the city was sweltering, but the fresh, cool waters of Lake Ontario beckoned, providing welcome relief to one and all.  You could hop a tram and be there in no time.

SUNNYSIDE1 SUNNYSIDE6The Sunnyside Amusement Park was demolished in 1955 to make way for the Gardiner Expressway.  But the fresh-water beaches endure, and the city’s largest swimming pool isn’t far away.  <PHOTOS – Toronto Star Archive and City of Toronto Archive>

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