Back in the day, Torontonians had to walk ten kilometres to school in the snow, uphill, both ways. But we bet it looked awfully pretty. Check out our collection of historic pictures of the city covered in the white stuff. Get your fill of horse-drawn sleighs, toboggans and whimsical winter fashions below:

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The north side of Danforth Ave, looking west from from Dawes Road, 1900.

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A very stylish skating party at Eglinton Park in the 1920s.

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A horse-drawn rail car in 1890 on what’s thought to be Spadina Avenue.

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High Park in the winter of 1923.

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We’re kind of surprised we don’t see more of this in Trinity Bellwoods Park. The photo was taken near present-day Jackman Avenue in 1900.

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A sleigh delivering ice in Parkdale in 1924. Originally printed in The Globe, the caption read “Bread may fail, but ice comes as usual! One of the sights of the storm was the punctual appearance of ice-wagons and ice-sleighs.”

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Riverdale Park has been a popular sledding spot since forever. Here it is in 1900.

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Homewood Avenue, looking north to Wellesley Street, in 1905.

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The east side of University Ave, looking north from Queen Street West, in 1923. Originally a photo in The Globe, the picture is captioned: “This shows the Toronto Transportation Commission’s four-wheel-drive snowplow clearing a thick blanket of “the Beautiful” off the University Avenue pavement.”

All images are public domain and from the Toronto Public Library’s digital archives. 

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