This blog post is devoted to photos shared with us by the Durance family, including Robert Lansdale.
Please note (1) : Robert Lansdale has shared with us the following message. If you can help with contact information, please let us know:
“If you ever hear of anyone having lived on old Lake Promenade, on the spit, then I would be interested as I need some more perspective on that area. Most of those people, however, are in their 80’s or 90’s by now, such as my father.
It’s most interesting to stand on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in what is now Marie Curtis Park, and to picture the community that lived here in the past.
As Robert Lansdale, who has shared many great photos with us, has remarked:
“It’s a stark change in perception when one stands on top of the same spots shown in my maps + images. It’s like walking on the moon in terms of the major land changes made since 1954.”
(1) I’ve learned from inquiries to the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) that the border between Mississauga and Toronto, south of Lakeshore Roade East (in Mississauga) and south of Lake Shore Blvd. West (in Etobicoke), is at Applewood Creek, which you can see in the first photo in this blog post.
The border goes up through Marie Curtis Park and continues north along Etobicoke Creek.
(2) The second photo on this page depicts a smaller creek, located between Applewood Creek and Etobicoke Creek. [To my knowledge, based on subsequent information that I’ve come across, that is Serson Creek. I will check to ensure this is the correct name.]
(3) The third image on this page shows Etobicoke Creek as it existed during the time when the eastern branch of the stream was being channelized. If you click on the image, you can enlarge it. Click again, and the image will be further enlarged. Use your browser’s ‘Back’ button to return to the page you are now reading.
As you will note from this aerial image, Lake Promenade — at the bottom of the photo — did not end at Forty Second Street as it does now. Instead, it extended a significant distance to the west.
In the photo you can also see Forty Third Street running from Lake Shore Blvd. West to Lake Promenade. The street was located just east of where Etobicoke Creek, in its channelized version, is now located. Now a walkway exists roughly in the area where this street used to be.
Etobicoke Creek during the channelizing process
(4) The fourth photo features the Durance family. We have yet to determine where near the mouth of Etobicoke Creek the photo was taken.
(5) The final photo is an aerial view of the spit of land near where the western extension of Lake Promenade was located. The arrows point to buildings of significance for the Durance family. Again, you can enlarge the photo by clicking on it.
Please note (2): A question that interests me is: What is a good length for a blog post? It will be helpful to get feedback regarding this question from site visitors. Have you had to do a lot of scrolling to read this post? Or is the length of the post fine as it is? Your comments, as a site visitor, will be much appreciated.
I’m aware that, as a rule, a brief communication tends to be more effective than a longer one.