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History Maps Ontario Roads

From lake to lake: the story of Hurontario Street

Ontario’s first roads were trade routes established by First Nations, including the Toronto Carrying Place, which linked Lake Ontario, Lake Simcoe, and Lake Huron. These routes followed the topology and existing water courses, making navigation simple and avoiding steep hills. Many modern streets, such as Toronto’s Davenport Road, follow these old trails. With the establishment […]

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Infrastructure Intercity Rail Maps Ontario Transit

New carriers, old gaps: the state of Ontario’s intercity transportation network in 2022

With university and college campuses reopening for in-class instruction, white-collar workers slowly returning to the office, and pandemic restrictions receding, there are more intercity transport options in Ontario than at any time prior to March 2020.

However, the same old gaps continue to linger.

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Canada Development Maps Ontario Toronto Urban Planning

Mapping Toronto’s population growth

On February 9, data geeks across Canada rejoiced when Statistics Canada released the first round of data from the 2021 Census of the Population. The data was released at all levels of geography made available by Statscan. At the federal level, Canada grew by 5.2% since the 2016 Census, with a total population of 36,991,981. […]

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History Maps Toronto Transit

The TTC, by the numbers

In the 1950s, the TTC numbered its bus and trolley coach routes in a systematic fashion. But with rapid growth in the 1960s and 1970s, that scheme came to an end.

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Canada Intercity Rail Maps

The slow decline of Canada’s passenger rail network

A new interactive map depicts Canada’s passenger rail networks in 1955 and in 1980

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Infrastructure Maps Roads Toronto Walking

No exit? I’m walking here!

After I created a map showing where pedestrians can continue past a “no exit” sign in January, the City of Toronto is going to make changes for the better.

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Canada History Intercity Rail Maps Ontario

What Canadian passenger rail looked like in 1955

An interactive map depicting intercity rail services in Ontario and Quebec in 1955

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Cycling Maps Roads Toronto Walking

No exit? Yes, walk this way!

Last week, Dylan Reid and I, both co-founders of Walk Toronto, decided to create an inventory of all instances in the city where “No Exit” signs do not apply to all road users. Though these signs are required under traffic codes and regulations, they do not reflect that in many cases, there is an exit […]

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History Maps Ontario Roads Toronto

The complicated history of Dundas Street

It’s worth wondering why Toronto has a street named after a Scottish politician who had nothing to do with its history.

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Maps Parks Toronto Walking

Finding a washroom during Toronto’s pandemic winter

With ongoing COVID-19 restrictions, finding a washroom has become much more difficult. So I mapped Toronto’s park washrooms that will remain open this winter.