Lakefront or Beach Front: Woodbine Beach to Victoria Park

By Joanne Doucette

Come on Leslievillers, Riverdalers, and Torontonians in general, come with me time travelling through images to that lost vacation land, Lakefront also known as Beachfront. Where was it? Well, read and on and see the pictures. What was it? Not a true street, but a sandy path on the beaches, designated as a “street” with addresses because without an numbered address letter carriers could not and would not deliver mail. When was it? Well, some of it is still there, but most of the houses were torn down to make the park we enjoy today. Who lived there? Rich and poor and everyone in between, in the summer and a brave few, all year round — these were summer cottages after all. None had basements and a place down there for furnaces. Few had insulation beyond old newspapers.

Beach from Woodbine Beach to Victoria Park,1924 Goad’s Atlas
Photo by Joanne Doucette, 2020

Published by Leslieville Historical Society

Welcome to the Leslieville Historical Society's website. Please feel free to join us, to ask questions, to attend walking tours and other events, and to celebrate Leslieville's past while creating our future. Guy Anderson, President, Leslieville Historical Society and Joanne Doucette, local historian and webmaster.

3 thoughts on “Lakefront or Beach Front: Woodbine Beach to Victoria Park

  1. Thanks so much for these.

    On Thu, Feb 11, 2021 at 11:03 AM Leslieville Historical Society wrote:

    > Leslieville Historical Society posted: ” By Joanne Doucette Come on > Leslievillers, Riverdalers, and Torontonians in general, come with me time > travelling through images to that lost vacation land, Lakefront also known > as Beachfront. Where was it? Well, read and on and see the pictures. What” >

  2. I grew up in the beach. Walked the board walk. Swam at the Summerville pool. Danced, played squash and lawn bowled at the Balmy Beach Club. Thanks for sharing this history on the homes on the Beach.

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