“The answer to this issues question, “Is it true that Beaches was once connected to the Toronto Island?” is yes, if you consider the Beaches to be a part of the larger peninsula. A storm in 1853 breached the sandbar creating and island, but on April 13, 1858 a storm breached the low sandbar at the eastern end of Toronto peninsula, carrying away trees, a hotel, a wharf, and the out buildings of the Quinn and Herson families, opening a 1,500 foot gap between the penninsula and the mainland; creating the Toronto Islands. On May 31st the schooners Highland Chief of Frenchman’s Bay, and Eliza of Toronto, drawing five feet of water, became the first ships to pass through the newly created Eastern Gap.” – Gerry Ouderkirk
April’s question is Veronica Taylor.
“Regarding the question ‘When and why did the original Woodbine Racetrack cease to exist?’ The original Woodbine Racetrack, located between Lakeshore and Queen Street East did not actually cease to exist. A new racetrack was built in 1956 in Etobicoke, and the name was transferred there, along with the thoroughbred racing. The Beach racetrack location was known as “Old Woodbine Racetrack” for years, and the name was eventually changed to Greenwood Racetrack, after the local street. It retained the trotter and pacer races. It was demolished in 1994 and became the home of the new housing development. For many years I enjoyed passing the Greenwood track on the 501 streetcar on my way to work, and seeing the horses being exercised. I was sad to see it go.” – Veronica Taylor
This issue’s question:
I’ve been living in the Beaches for three years and I would like to know when and why did the original Woodnbine Racetrack cease to exist?
– Sandra W. H.
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