Toronto was so cold in February 1924 that Lake Ontario reportedly froze over. A blizzard that blew through the city in December 1944 caused 24 deaths and was accompanied by winds strong enough to knock over a streetcar.

The city has had its share of rough winters throughout its history, and this collection of 28 archival photos spanning a century of the season in Toronto is a testament to that.

It’s also a possible distraction from this winter — and a reminder that the mercury can always dip lower, the snow pile higher.

Unknown location, 1896

train-winter-toronto

Sunnyside, 1908

Sunnyside. - [ca. 1908]

Bay and Albert Streets, 1908-1912

Northwest corner of Bay and Albert streets. - [between 1908 and 1912]

High Park, 1914

High Park toboggan runs. - 1914

Spadina Avenue and Queen Street West, 1914

Spadina Avenue, looking south from Queen Street. - Febraury, 1914

Trinity College (now Trinity Bellwoods Park), 1916

Trinity College gates, Queen Street West. - 1916

Toronto Bay at Cherry Street, around 1920

Toronto Bay at Cherry Street. - [ca. 1920]

Queen Street, 1922

Snow shovellers, Queen St.. - December 28, 1922

Yonge and King Streets, Dec. 24, 1924

Noon hour traffic, Yonge Street looking north from King Street. - December 24, 1924

Union Station, 1930

Train entering Union Station. - [1930?]

Bay streetcar, March 9, 1931

Toronto harbour, 1934

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Yonge and Adelaide Streets 1940

*** Local Caption *** Item consists of one photograph. A note by TTC Archivist Ted Wickson says it was taken by the TTC to show the result of snow storms.

Bay Street, 1944

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Unknown location, 1944

toronto-blizzard-1944-2

Unknown location, 1944

toronto-billzard-1944-3

Unknown location, 1952

toronto-snow-1952

Unknown location, 1960

File consists of photographs of OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) cars in the snow.

King Street West, 1961

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King Street West 1961

Series 65 -Metropolitan Toronto Planning Department Library coll

Toronto Bay, 1976

Views of port area.. - 1976-1976

Toronto Street, 1978

Job sites - lighting, buildings, streetscapes.. - 1978-1978

Toronto islands, 1978-1983

Toronto Island/Island Airport. - 1968-1983

King Street West near John Street, 1982

Streets - King & Lansdowne streets. - 1982-1982

Queen Street West, Jan. 30, 1982

Queen St W from Yonge - snow plows

Waterfront, 1982-1986

Aerial Views. - 1982-1986

Toronto aeriel view, 1990-1994

Aerial Views. - 1990-1994

West Don Lands, 1993-1994

File consists of slides depicting block plans, computer generated models and aerial photographs.

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