Water Cooler

23 historic photos of snow-covered Toronto

With Toronto -- and most of Canada -- under an extreme cold weather alert, it’s fair to say that winter in the ‘Great White North’ can be tough. Whether you’re scraping ice, slush and snow off your windshield or trudging carefully through it, Old Man Winter gives us plenty of reasons for developing a case of the wintertime blues.

But the season is also a great time to get outdoors, partake in some cold weather activities and take in the beauty of freshly fallen snow. Just take a look at these 23 historic photos we found in the City of Toronto archives. Spanning over a century, they portray Toronto winters through the years and how some Torontonians like to spend them.

Spadina Avenue, 1906

Winter walk in High Park, 1907

Kew Beach, 1907

Ice fishing on Centre Island, 1908

Christie Pits, 1909

Old City Hall, 1910

Bellwoods Park, 1910

Tobogganing in High Park, 1910s

Toboggan hills at High Park, 1910s

Toronto skyline, 1912

Rosedale Ravine, 1912

Sunnyside Avenue, 1918

Snowshoers in High Park, 1920

Bay streetcar, 1931

Horse-drawn snow plow on Front Street, 1931

Horseback riding at Casa Loma, 1936

Bay Street, 1944

King Street West near John Street during a snow storm, 1961

Toronto Harbour, 1970s

Railway lands looking west, early 1980s

St. James Park looking south-east, 1980s

Tobogganing in Riverdale Park, 1980s

Niagara and Wellington looking south-east, 1993

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