This painting on a garage door along Croft St shows a stylized map of Toronto and its harbour with the Toronto Islands at the bottom. The Islands became separated from the mainland in 1858 when a very violent storm washed out that very narrow connection to the right so this depiction is from before then. The rivers and creeks shown are the Humber River on the left and the Don River on the right, both of which are still visible. The other creeks and streams have all been buried under city pavement and infrastructure over the years although there is a move afoot to try to uncover at least part of them. The little White Pelican at the bottom left is also no longer here.
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A very interesting garage door indeed!
I knew about the island and the lost rivers and ponds but never knew the Pelican inhabit the area. Interesting.
A very nice touch of history!
A very nice historic depiction. I wonder if the owner is a local historian or just someone who likes the history of the place.
A nice slice of visual history here Pat..
neat history piece.
I didn't know about the islands once being linked- I just always thought it was a curiously narrow gap to the mainland.
A fine tribute to natural Ontario
ALOHA from Honolulu
Very nice Pat!
Some really creative garage door painting: I would like to see more of this around here...
You sure have found some neat garage doors lately. Tom The Backroads Traveller
Very nice garage door painting. Informative post too, thanks for sharing.
Frankly My Dear
Someone went to a lot of work to paint that map on their garage door. Like the fact it shows rivers and streams that are now running through concrete popes. Interesting photo, good find.
I have never seen such an original garage door!
just interesting thanks for sharing
A beautiful creative piece. I do like this!
We once had pelicans here?!
I'm surprised this is on a garage door. Pleasantly surprised, mind.
wow, thanks for sharing a bit of history unknown to me!
Lovely sign for a garage door...
How interesting to hear about how the islands were formed! I never knew that about Toronto. That is also quite a unique way to decorate a garage door.
Unusual mural for a house.
how interesting...i wonder why they chose this for their garage door? not that i'm complaining!
A nice way to remember how things used to be. But a little sad...
Hm, I know of Ashbridge's Creek, Taddle Creek and Garrison Creek ... looks like I might be missing some, judging by this map.
Well, I just learned something new. I didn't know the island was attached to the mainland at one time!
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