Toronto #21: High Park – Legacy of the First City Engineer

Railway Barons took the land reserved for Parks and cut the City of Toronto off from the waterfront. John Howard, the first City Engineer purchased land from Humber Bay to Bloor Street and designed his country home, Colborne Lodge. When he died he left his land, now known as High Park, to the people of Toronto, while his watercolours became a fascinating and enduring record of the City in the 1800s. In time other parks, including The Beach, were added for the people’s enjoyment. See the Toronto 175 category for more episodes and information.

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