Photo cred - Steve Harris
Every city has it's stories, things that barely anyone knows or remembers thanks to the passage of time or the people involved not feeling the need to spread them around. Toronto's a big city with a lot of history, and because of this, a lot of things have gotten buried. Here are some interesting tidbits about the 6 that you would never have guessed.
65 Million people go through Union station every year
That's twice as many as Pearson airport. This is why Union Station is always to be avoided.
Yorkville used to be a hippie hang out
This was before it became Fancy Rich People Land. Joni Mitchell's song "Big Yellow Taxi" actually begins with a line about Yorkville:
They paved paradise and put up a parking lot
This parking lot is now Village of Yorkville Park
The Toronto Islands became a thing in 1853, when a massive storm flooded the area between them and the main land
Back then, they were considered a rough area, because they were home to a lot of brothels and gambling spots.
The King Edward Hotel was built on what used to be a hanging yard
And is therefore haunted, obviously.
The CN Tower still holds a world record!
It's not for being the highest free-standing building though. It's for being the home of the world's highest wine cellar. What even.
Photo cred - Blog TO
There's a subway station buried under City Hall called Lower Queen Station
From back in the day when the city thought they'd build a subway line going along Queen Street rather than Bloor. It's where they filmed the latest remake of Nightmare on Elm Street.
Toronto's City Hall is famous!
It's the only one in the world that's ever been on Star Trek. Go T.O!
Photo cred - City of Toronto Archives
There's a bridge buried under Trinity Bellwoods Park
And it was filled in with earth from when they dug up the Bloor-Danforth subway line
PATH is the world's largest underground mall
Take that, Montreal!
There's a house in this city that's been sawed in half
Yeah, you heard me. Half of it was sold to a developer, and the other half is still chillin' at 54 1/2 St. Patrick Street.
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