Old Town Toronto – Historic Queen East


The historic town of York was established by Captain Jonh Simcoe in 1793. A few years later(in 1797) Queen Street East, although at the time with another name , became the town’s northen limit.

Bounded now by  Yonge Street and the Don River and stretching from Lakeshore Boulevard north to Queen Street you can still have the perception of the original 10 blocks that made up 19th-century Toronto.

Queen Street East is known for it’s many historic sites such as the Metropolitan United Church. This church is one of a trio of  similarly-designed churches that is complemented by St. James’s Cathedral (Anglican) and St. Michael’s Cathedral (Roman Catholic)  and are good example both of 19th century architecture and the financial hub of the city.

Walking in the grounds of the Church you can feel that indeed you are in an older part of town .

The chess players sitting around the park also help to this feeling.



Along this street you also have old brick buildings and one of them caught our attention.It bear the name Richard Bigley. Turns out that our instincts were correct because according to this source it is known as the oldest ghost sign(ancient ad left painted on walls long after businesses have folded and owners have passed on) in North America and also the place where in the  1970s the architect Eb Zeidler drew up plans for the Eaton Centre.

Let me show it to you:



As in most of the neighbourhoods of Toronto here you can find many places to eat , different kinds of food.

If you want wonderfully complete information about this street visit this site.

Hope you enjoyed because I’ll be showing more of the Old Town.


6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Modest Mom
    Jul 21, 2009 @ 12:11:25

    Thank you for sharing such beautiful pictures with us.

    We’re on the lookout for places to travel to and the more I see the more I add to my list.


  2. Kari
    Jul 21, 2009 @ 14:17:39

    Wow, Old Town Toronto looks like such a neat place to explore. I love beautiful cathedrals. Interesting to see the “ghost sign” and a much older-style building in between a more contemporary restaurant and nail salon!


    • nurmisur
      Jul 22, 2009 @ 09:35:51

      Kari-Although they say that most of the old buildings were taken down, or were restaured in not such a good way you still can feel the mixture of the old and new all over town.It’s fun to see a very proper victorian building with a trendy store in it 🙂


  3. Monica
    Jul 21, 2009 @ 14:27:13

    Nice town. It seems like a real ideal place to visit and/or live.


    • nurmisur
      Jul 22, 2009 @ 09:37:34

      Monica- What I find fascinating is that you actually have people living downtown, what doesn’t happen much in the older parts of Lisbon.


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