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Exploring a Historic Map of Toronto from 1884 and Comparing it to Today

Take a look back in time with this cool historic map of Toronto from 1884 showing St. James Ward. Compare it to a Google Map of the same area today and explore the changes in the city.
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This is a cool historic map of Toronto from 1884 showing St. James Ward.

Atlas of the city of Toronto and suburbs from special survey and registered plans showing all buildings and lot numbers. (1884)

Source: Toronto Public Library

Here’s the Google Map of the same area today.

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Here’s a view of St. James Cathedral from 1903.

Southwest view of the tower and spire of St. James in 1903. Photo from the City of Toronto Archives

Source: Taylor on History

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