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


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


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


Unknown location, 1944


Unknown location, 1944


Unknown location, 1952


Unknown location, 1960

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

King Street West, 1961


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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