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Toronto Research Tip: Place Names

If you live in Toronto, chances are that you’ve heard of Swansea, Parkdale, Leaside and Yorkville – all communities that are now part of the city but have retained their original names. But would you know how to get to Magdalla, Heron’s Bridge, Mortlake or Coonat’s Corners?

Did you know that there have been two different neighbourhoods called Corktown? Or that the area we now call Regent Park was the Cabbagetown of the 1820s?

While many of the city’s early place names do survive, some are now preserved only in libraries and archives. If you’re stumped by a reference to a Toronto locale or if you’d like to find out more about the history of a Toronto community, check out our Places within Toronto page!

Imprint of Village of Yorkville Seal

Imprint of the Seal of the Village of Yorkville 1853-1883
Toronto Reference Library, Digital Archive

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