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The Crombie Cruise Audio Tour


Hosted by David Crombie, Mayor of Toronto, 1972-1978

Hosted by former Toronto Mayor David Crombie, who served as Mayor from 1972-1978 and a Federal MP from 1978-1988, The Crombie Cruise set sail with a focus on the history of Toronto’s waterfront, as well as an imagination for what it could be. This unique walking tour allowed guests to take in many different sights and insights from both former Mayor Crombie, whose connection to and knowledge of Toronto’s waterfront is as large and extensive as Lake Ontario itself.

Click on the Star marker  on the map to begin the tour.

Begin Your Tour Here


Myseum’s “Maiden Voyage” disembarking from Queen’s Quay
(Image Source: Priam Thomas)

History of the Central Waterfront

Toronto’s Waterfront has significantly expanded over the years. At the beginning of the 20th Century, the “downtown” shoreline was actually on Esplanade St., on the southern edge of the train tracks.
(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)



The Terminal Building

The Terminal Building on the Toronto Waterfront (Image Source: City of Toronto Archives).

Rogers Centre


The Rogers Centre (Image Source: Priam Thomas)

The Waterfront: Early 20th Century


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Item consists of one photograph. Dominion Shipbuilding was located between Spadina Avenue and the Western Gap.
(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Toronto Music Garden

The Toronto Music Garden (Image Source: Wikimedia Commons)

 

Ireland Park


(Image Source: Priam Thomas)


Ireland Park serves as a tribute to the Irish immigrants who escaped famine and sought a better life in Toronto. (Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Billy Bishop International Airport


(Image Source: Priam Thomas)

(Image Source: Priam Thomas)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Just north of Billy Bishop International airport, a tunnel now connects the mainland to the island.
(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Little Norway

Dominion Shipbuilding, whose craft is pictured here, was located between Spadina Avenue and the Western Gap. Little Norway served as a base for Norwegian forces during the first half of the 20th century.
(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Tip Top Tailors


As the former headquarters of Tip Top tailors, the waterfront building is now a residential building.
(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Indigenous History of The Waterfront


Fort Rouille, a French trading post, was set up to establish a trading network on the Great Lakes and the Humber River.(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Ontario Place


(Image Source: Priam Thomas)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

The Story of Marilyn Bell


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Ladies Softball in Parkdale


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

The Boulevard on Sunnyside

Creator: Alfred J. Pearson
Date: September 26, 1928
(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Grenadier Pond

(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Sunnyside Park

(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)


(Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

Etobicoke Waterfront


(Image Source: Priam Thomas)

 

Item consists of one photograph. The building at far right is the Parkdale Canoe Club, destroyed by fire in 1913. (Image Source: City of Toronto Archives)

 

About David Crombie

After leaving his MP seat in 1988, David Crombie was appointed by the Government of Canada to head up the Royal Commission on the Future of the Toronto Waterfront. From 1992 to 1995, David Crombie headed the Waterfront Regeneration Trust Agency, established by the Province of Ontario to implement the 81 recommendations in the Commission’s final report. In 1999, David Crombie founded the Waterfront Regeneration Trust Corporation, a charity continuing the work of the Agency, with a focus on the completion, expansion and promotion of the Great Lakes Waterfront Trail as catalyst for waterfront revitalization.

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