Historic photos from around Cherry Beach, Toronto

Located at the southern end of Cherry Beach, the beach itself was previously called Clarke Beach Park, named after the alderman who created the official park in the 1930's. It was then renamed named Cherry Beach in 2003.

Back in the 1850's the area was a marsh and sandbar, eventually disconnected from the Toronto Islands in 1852 - now the Eastern Channel. The area was called Fisherman's Island for a while, with a commercial fishery operation and a church.

Just north of the beach itself has been an industrial area for a long time. Two bridges along Cherry street and the Keating Channel, and Polson pier.



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.

1898 Historic photo from 1898 - Old dry dock foot of Cherry Street in Cherry BeachOld dry dock foot of Cherry Street
126 years ago - 1898 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1915 Historic photo from Tuesday, August 31, 1915 - Ashbridges Bay east of Leslie St. in 1915 - general views in Cherry BeachAshbridges Bay east of Leslie St. in 1915 - general views
109 years ago - Tuesday, August 31, 1915 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location
1915 Historic photo from Monday, September 20, 1915 - Public School with wooden sidewalk on the sand - Fishermans Island in Cherry BeachPublic School with wooden sidewalk on the sand - Fishermans Island
109 years ago - Monday, September 20, 1915 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 21.7°C - Min temp: 7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
1915 Historic photo from Monday, September 20, 1915 - Path looking west from foot of Cherry St. on Fishermans Island towards Wards Island in Cherry BeachPath looking west from foot of Cherry St. on Fishermans Island towards Wards Island
109 years ago - Monday, September 20, 1915 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 21.7°C - Min temp: 7.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
1915 Historic photo from Wednesday, October 13, 1915 - P.W.C. Dining cottage - Fishermans Island in Cherry BeachP.W.C. Dining cottage - Fishermans Island
109 years ago - Wednesday, October 13, 1915 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location
1916 Historic photo from 1916 - Launching the ship Aquilla in Cherry BeachLaunching the ship Aquilla
108 years ago - 1916 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1918 Historic photo from Monday, April 15, 1918 - Bascule Bridge on Cherry Street raised in Cherry BeachBascule Bridge on Cherry Street raised
106 years ago - Monday, April 15, 1918 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location
1920 Historic photo from Friday, August 20, 1920 - Raising the Cherry Street lift bridge (north bascule)  in Cherry BeachRaising the Cherry Street lift bridge (north bascule)
104 years ago - Friday, August 20, 1920 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 27.2°C - Min temp: 17.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1920 Historic photo from Tuesday, September 28, 1920 - Bank of Montreal classical revival style building under construction - Villiers St. looking east from Cherry St. Toronto, Ont in Cherry BeachBank of Montreal classical revival style building under construction - Villiers St. looking east from Cherry St. Toronto, Ont
104 years ago - Tuesday, September 28, 1920 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location
1932 Historic photo from Tuesday, July 19, 1932 - Bathing station, foot of Cherry Street in Cherry BeachBathing station, foot of Cherry Street
92 years ago - Tuesday, July 19, 1932 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 28.9°C - Min temp: 17.8°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1933 Historic photo from Saturday, July 1, 1933 - Bathing beach, foot of Cherry Street, T.T.C. bus service in Cherry BeachBathing beach, foot of Cherry Street, T.T.C. bus service
91 years ago - Saturday, July 1, 1933 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 27.8°C - Min temp: 18.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1934 Historic photo from Thursday, December 13, 1934 - Proposed lavatory building, Clarke Beach Park for the Parks Department in Cherry BeachProposed lavatory building, Clarke Beach Park for the Parks Department
(Categorized under: Architectural drawings )
90 years ago - Thursday, December 13, 1934 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: -6.1°C - 1.3cm of snowfall (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Wednesday, February 20, 1935 - Suggested colour scheme, Clarke Beach lavatory building for the Parks Dept. in Cherry BeachSuggested colour scheme, Clarke Beach lavatory building for the Parks Dept.
(Categorized under: Architectural drawings )
89 years ago - Wednesday, February 20, 1935 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: -2.8°C - Min temp: -8.9°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Monday, August 12, 1935 - Cherry Beach Lavatory in Cherry BeachCherry Beach Lavatory
89 years ago - Monday, August 12, 1935 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 31.1°C - Min temp: 19.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1935 Historic photo from Monday, August 19, 1935 - Lots of people in the water at Cherry Beach in Cherry BeachLots of people in the water at Cherry Beach
89 years ago - Monday, August 19, 1935 - Cherry Beach
Max temp: 30.6°C - Min temp: 19.4°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1966 Historic photo from 1966 - Loading of streetcars onto ship named SHUN-EI MARU : Pier 28 off Polson in Cherry BeachLoading of streetcars onto ship named SHUN-EI MARU : Pier 28 off Polson
58 years ago - 1966 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1990 Historic photo from 1990 - 309 Cherry Street - built 1920, designed by Darling & Pearson Cherry Street and Villiers Street in Cherry Beach309 Cherry Street - built 1920, designed by Darling & Pearson Cherry Street and Villiers Street
34 years ago - 1990 - Cherry Beach
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)