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Old Toronto

The Toronto we know today has grown in leaps and bounds to become a megacity, but back in the day, Toronto, or Old Toronto as it is referred to now was a much smaller, albeit dense area that was home to 19th Century buildings, many of which are only two or three stories tall as well as being the ‘hub’ of commerce for the area.

Today, Old Toronto is also known as ‘downtown’, ‘south’ or ‘central’ and harkens back to the pre 1997 days, before amalgamation, using boundaries that were established back in the 1960’s. While we are familiar with the skyline of the great city, with the towering skyscrapers and of course the CN Tower, Old Toronto is also home to bay and gable style houses, many of them dating back generations that give it that old fashioned feel, even in the midst of the big city.

Toronto first became a city in 1834, changing its name from the Town of York that it was once called. Annexation expanded the city in 1967 and by 1998 the megacity was born with an amalgamation that included several large cities, most of which still go by their former names, even though technically they are part of the ever growing city.

Old Toronto today is still the densest area of the Greater Toronto Area. It is home to Queens Park, City Hall and Nathan Phillips Square and holds its boundaries as Bloor Street, Lake Ontario, the Don River and Bathurst Street. The first Ontario Parliament buildings were built there between 1829 and 1832 near Front, John, Simcoe and Wellington Streets but by 1903 they were torn down and the new Queens Park was born. Old Toronto also encompasses many neighbourhoods like Chinatown, Cabbagetown, Corktown, Harbourfront, Casa Loma, Bedford Park, The Beaches, Fort York, Davenport to name just a few.

If you live in Old Toronto chances are you live in an older home and older homes need special care when it comes to roofing. You want the new roof to fit in with the style of the home while being sturdy to withstand the four seasons and all the precipitation and wind they can bring. This is why you need to call in the experts, the folks at Advanced Roofing. They proudly serve the GTA and all of its unique needs from the new builds to the beautiful old houses of yesteryear.