Toronto #16: Emergence of Luxury Hotels

As the city expands to the west of Yonge Street, William Gooderham decides to build the King Edward Hotel, the first luxury hotel in Toronto to preserve the east end of the city. He fills it with the contents of a Palace shipped from Paris and designs it so that the ladies of the city have their own private entrance and dining room. In 1929 as part of their plans to take advantage of the tourism boom across Canada, the Canadian Pacific Railway builds the City’s next luxury hotel, the Royal York, directly opposite Union Station and the railway lands. See the Toronto 175 category for more episodes.

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