Leslieville Timeline

11,000 to 10,500 years ago the last glaciers melted. First Nations follow game onto the tundra here at Leslieville. 1763 The Royal Proclamation of 1763 (The Quebec Act) 1766 The British, represented by Sir William Johnson, and the First Nations signed a peace treaty at Oswego 1770 The Friends disavowed Jonathan Ashbridge when he sold a black […]

Gerrard Ashdale in World War One

Everything changes, nothing remains the same. The Gerrard-Ashdale neighbourhood grew up on the farm fields to the north and east of Leslieville just before the Great War.  It was very different from the neighbourhood of today with the Indian Bazaar, the Tea N’ Bannock cafe with its native food, and the eclectic mix of old […]

Queen Walk 3: McGee

George Leslie was not the only Leslie in Leslieville: other of Clan Leslie lived on McGee Street and built it. McGee was originally called Darcy Street and was laid out in the mid 1860s and named after D’Arcy Boulton, a rich member of the Family Compact. (Bolton Avenue) is also named for him. In 1877, […]

Leslie the Builder: Robert Leslie

by Joanne Doucette The other Leslie of Leslieville, Robert Leslie (1812-1886) came to Toronto with his brother George in 1826. His father, William Leslie, had been a soldier who died in Scotland around in 1813 in wounds sustained in the famous retreat from Corunna under General John Moore. This was part of the Peninsula Campaign […]

Sources Black History

From early on ice from Ashbridge’s Bay was cut and sold by settlers like the Ashbridges.  Some who exploited this resource were the black entrepreneurs, the Cary (or Carey) Brothers. George, Isaac, John and Thomas Cary came from Virginia to Toronto in the 1830s where they opened several barber shops. (In 1856 Thomas Cary married […]