Historic photos from around Bridle Path, Toronto

The Bridle Path is the most affluent neighbourhood in Toronto, and across all of Canada, with an average household net worth of $22.27 million CDN. The building of the Bayview Bridge over the west Don River opened up the area to development in the early 1930s. Some of the plans included horse trails, hence the name (although the area is often misspelled as "The Bridal Path." Ed note: Even as a lifelong resident of Toronto I had this mistake here until a reader e-mailed me a correction. Thanks Nancy W.!)

Forsey Page, E.P. Taylor, and his business partner George Montegu Black, Jr (father of Conrad Black) were early residents and land developers.



List of all areas in Toronto or take a look at the historic photos by date. A subset of the photos have also been arranged by subject.

1926 Historic photo from 1926 - E.R. Wood (right) with daughter and her husband Murray Fleming (unknown location) in Bridle PathE.R. Wood (right) with daughter and her husband Murray Fleming (unknown location)
91 years ago - 1926 - Bridle Path
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1930 Historic photo from 1930 - Aerial view of the Bridle Path - north end of Bayview to the mid left, Sifton\ in Bridle PathAerial view of the Bridle Path - north end of Bayview to the mid left, Sifton\
87 years ago - 1930 - Bridle Path
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1945 Historic photo from 1945 - Construction of Sunnybrook Hospital, Bayview Ave. at Blythwood Rd. in Bridle PathConstruction of Sunnybrook Hospital, Bayview Ave. at Blythwood Rd.
72 years ago - 1945 - Bridle Path
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1947 Historic photo from Tuesday, December 30, 1947 - Aerial view of Sunnybrook Hospital in Bridle PathAerial view of Sunnybrook Hospital
70 years ago - Tuesday, December 30, 1947 - Bridle Path
Max temp: -6.7°C - Min temp: -13.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1948 Historic photo from Tuesday, May 18, 1948 - Red Cross Building at Sunnybrook Hospital (flag at half-mast?) in Bridle PathRed Cross Building at Sunnybrook Hospital (flag at half-mast?)
69 years ago - Tuesday, May 18, 1948 - Bridle Path at 2075 Bayview Ave. south of Lawrence Ave. East
Max temp: 15.6°C - Min temp: 10.6°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Archives of Ontario)
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, July 3, 1955 - James Muirhead house and farm, Park Lane Circle, near The Bridle Path? in Bridle PathJames Muirhead house and farm, Park Lane Circle, near The Bridle Path?
62 years ago - Sunday, July 3, 1955 - Bridle Path
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 18.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1955 Historic photo from Sunday, July 3, 1955 - Farm buildings at Jame Muirhead house, Park Lane Circle, near The Bridle Path? in Bridle PathFarm buildings at Jame Muirhead house, Park Lane Circle, near The Bridle Path?
62 years ago - Sunday, July 3, 1955 - Bridle Path
Max temp: 30.0°C - Min temp: 18.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the Toronto Public Library)
1956 Historic photo from Tuesday, November 27, 1956 - Training stables Windfields Farm - once the home of E.P. Taylor, now the Canadian Film Centre (CFC) in Bridle PathTraining stables Windfields Farm - once the home of E.P. Taylor, now the Canadian Film Centre (CFC)
61 years ago - Tuesday, November 27, 1956 - Bridle Path
Max temp: 1.1°C - Min temp: -2.8°C - 4.0cm of snow on the ground (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1961 Historic photo from 1961 - 7 photos of the construction of the Lawrence Avenue East overpass at Bayview Avenue in Bridle Path7 photos of the construction of the Lawrence Avenue East overpass at Bayview Avenue
56 years ago - 1961 - Bridle Path
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1961 Historic photo from Friday, September 15, 1961 - Murray Ross standing at the gates of Glendon Hall, York University in Bridle PathMurray Ross standing at the gates of Glendon Hall, York University
56 years ago - Friday, September 15, 1961 - Bridle Path
Max temp: 18.3°C - Min temp: 11.1°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From York University Archives)