An incredible neighbourhood you can explore with Heritage Toronto isThistletown in north Etobicoke. This part of Toronto, originally known as St. Andrew's (but later renamed in honour of Dr. William Thistle, the community's physician), was founded in 1847 by a local farmer.In the 1950s, Thistletown increasingly became part of Metro Toronto's urban fabric. Developer Rex Heslop (whose name would live on as the progenitor of Rexdale) imagined this area as a suburban residential and industrial hub, which led to rapid development.Despite this, Thistletown remains a community with a deep history that reflects both the old agrarian roots of southern Ontario (such as in the Elm Bank Farmhouse, one of the oldest structures in Toronto) and the development of Canada as a multicultural society throughout the 20th century.
Saturday, July 16; 11 AM THISTLETOWN In the 1800s, the area around Albion Road and Islington Avenue was the site of a farming village called Thistletown. Discover gems of an earlier time that lie hidden among the suburbs and strip malls of North Etobicoke, including 19th century farm buildings, early 20th century country homes, the first public park in Etobicoke and Toronto's last working farm.Start Point: Southest corner of Albion Road and Islington AvenueEnd Point: Village Green Park (925 Albion Road)This free tour is presented in partnership with the Albion Islington Square BIA.