Toronto’s Lost Villages


Explore the vestiges of the hamlets and villages that have been swallowed up by Toronto’s relentless growth.

Over more than two centuries, Toronto has ballooned from a muddy collection of huts on a swampy waterfront to one of Canada’s fastest growing and most diverse cities. Amid this urban agglomeration are the remains of the many mill towns, farm hamlets, and railway and cottage communities that dotted the former countryside, some now preserved, others forgotten.

Toronto’s Lost Villages gives the curious urbanite and visitor a chance to see the vestiges of Toronto’s bygone era.


Heritage Toronto Award

About the Author

Ron Brown

Posted by Dundurn Guest on October 30, 2014
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Ron Brown

Ron Brown is a geographer and heritage writer. He has authored more than twenty books, including Rails Over the Mountains and The Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore. A past chair of the Writers’ Union of Canada, he also conducts tours along Ontario’s back roads. He lives in Toronto.