Lakeshore Motel Strip

Long gone now, replaced with waterfront condos, Lakeshore Ave West along the Humber Bay was known as the Motel strip. Popular from the late 1940's through the 1960's when the stretch of road was Hwy 2, the 1966 opening of the Gardiner Expressway was the start of the long decline of the area.

There were many Motor Inns around Toronto, and this stretch served the downtown core, and people coming to town for the CNE. But the neon signs and outdoor swimming pools couldn't compete with chain hotels.

You will notice a lot of these photos came from a wonderful collection of photos by Toronto Archivist and photographer Patrick Cummins on a walk he took on Wednesday, January 26, 1983. 
 

List of all subjects. You can also see all the historic photos for a given neighbourhood. We also have a list of all the photos arranged by date.

And you can also go up a level to see the other photos we've put under the category of hotels photos.

1940 Historic photo from 1940 - Rainbow Motel postcard - One mile west of Toronto on #2 Highway. 22 units of the finest tourist accommodations on the shores of Lake Ontario. in Humber BayRainbow Motel postcard - One mile west of Toronto on #2 Highway. 22 units of the finest tourist accommodations on the shores of Lake Ontario.
84 years ago - Humber Bay - 1940
Link to archive record - Map location
1961 Historic photo from 1961 - Lakeshore motel strip - Rainbow Motel and the Dutch Sisters Hotel and Restaurant in Humber BayLakeshore motel strip - Rainbow Motel and the Dutch Sisters Hotel and Restaurant
63 years ago - Humber Bay - 1961
Link to archive record - Map location (From the City of Toronto Archives)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Concler Motel (formerly Chancellor Motel), 2125 Lakeshore Blvd W. along the old Lakeshore Motel strip in Humber BayConcler Motel (formerly Chancellor Motel), 2125 Lakeshore Blvd W. along the old Lakeshore Motel strip
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Hillcrest Motel - now Water's Edge Condos, 2143 Lakeshore Blvd W. along the old Lakeshore Motel strip in Humber BayHillcrest Motel - now Water's Edge Condos, 2143 Lakeshore Blvd W. along the old Lakeshore Motel strip
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Universal Motor Hotel - welcome made of shrubs - 2077 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayUniversal Motor Hotel - welcome made of shrubs - 2077 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Palace Motel - now Waterford Towers - 2083 Lakeshore Blvd West along the Lakeshore Motel strip in Humber BayPalace Motel - now Waterford Towers - 2083 Lakeshore Blvd West along the Lakeshore Motel strip
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Westpoint Motor Hotel and Restaurant, Elliot's Nest (no cover) and Saber Room - 2285 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayWestpoint Motor Hotel and Restaurant, Elliot's Nest (no cover) and Saber Room - 2285 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Sunshine Tourist Court, 2171 Lakeshore Blvd W. (next to the Rainbow Motel) in Humber BaySunshine Tourist Court, 2171 Lakeshore Blvd W. (next to the Rainbow Motel)
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Cumberland Motel - appeared in Degrassi Junior High - Season 1 Episode 9 - 'What A Night', 2139 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayCumberland Motel - appeared in Degrassi Junior High - Season 1 Episode 9 - 'What A Night', 2139 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Shady Beach Motel - formerly Newport Beach park, now Jean Augustine Park - looking down to Lake Ontario, 2115 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayShady Beach Motel - formerly Newport Beach park, now Jean Augustine Park - looking down to Lake Ontario, 2115 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Rainbow Motel, 2165 Lakeshore Blvd W. - part of the old Lake Shore Motel strip in Humber BayRainbow Motel, 2165 Lakeshore Blvd W. - part of the old Lake Shore Motel strip
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Casa Loma Motel, 2161 Lakeshore Blvd W along the Lakeshore Motel strip in Humber BayCasa Loma Motel, 2161 Lakeshore Blvd W along the Lakeshore Motel strip
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Palace Motel with distinctive clock sign, Palace Pier (North Tower - built 1978 in the background) 2083 Lakeshore Blvd W. along the old Lakeshore Motel strip in Humber BayPalace Motel with distinctive clock sign, Palace Pier (North Tower - built 1978 in the background) 2083 Lakeshore Blvd W. along the old Lakeshore Motel strip
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Universal Motor Hotel - two white horses - 2077 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayUniversal Motor Hotel - two white horses - 2077 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Shore Breeze Motel - 1939 to 2009 - 2175 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayShore Breeze Motel - 1939 to 2009 - 2175 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Eagle's Nest Motel, 2155 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayEagle's Nest Motel, 2155 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Shady Beach Motel office, 2115 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayShady Beach Motel office, 2115 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Sunshine Motel, 2171 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BaySunshine Motel, 2171 Lakeshore Blvd W.
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
1983 Historic photo from Wednesday, January 26, 1983 - Eagles Nest and Silver Moon motels, 2155 and 2157 Lakeshore Blvd W in Humber BayEagles Nest and Silver Moon motels, 2155 and 2157 Lakeshore Blvd W
41 years ago - Humber Bay - Wednesday, January 26, 1983
Max temp: -4.3°C - Min temp: -11.2°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)
2003 Historic photo from 2003 - Cruise motel (Flickr photo by jack44) in Humber BayCruise motel (Flickr photo by jack44)
21 years ago - Humber Bay - 2003
Link to archive record - Map location
2005 Historic photo from Monday, August 8, 2005 - North American Motel at night - demolished 2008 (by Jann on Flickr) in Humber BayNorth American Motel at night - demolished 2008 (by Jann on Flickr)
19 years ago - Humber Bay - Monday, August 8, 2005
Link to archive record - Map location
2006 Historic photo from Thursday, April 13, 2006 - Cruise motel from across the street (Flickr photo by highwaygirl67) in Humber BayCruise motel from across the street (Flickr photo by highwaygirl67)
18 years ago - Humber Bay - Thursday, April 13, 2006
Link to archive record - Map location
2006 Historic photo from 2006 - Hillcrest Motel - night time shot - in room coffee - seniors discount (by Jann on Flickr) in Humber BayHillcrest Motel - night time shot - in room coffee - seniors discount (by Jann on Flickr)
18 years ago - Humber Bay - 2006
Link to archive record - Map location
2006 Historic photo from Thursday, April 13, 2006 - Cruise motel (was the Palace motel) (Flickr photo by highwaygirl67) in Humber BayCruise motel (was the Palace motel) (Flickr photo by highwaygirl67)
18 years ago - Humber Bay - Thursday, April 13, 2006
Link to archive record - Map location
2007 Historic photo from Saturday, May 26, 2007 - Cruise motel  - sun shines on the Cruise (Flickr photo by jack44) in Humber BayCruise motel - sun shines on the Cruise (Flickr photo by jack44)
17 years ago - Humber Bay - Saturday, May 26, 2007
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location
2008 Historic photo from Thursday, July 3, 2008 - Hillcrest motel - partial remains - during demolition in 2008 (Flickr photo by n+s) in Humber BayHillcrest motel - partial remains - during demolition in 2008 (Flickr photo by n+s)
16 years ago - Humber Bay - Thursday, July 3, 2008
Link to archive record - Map location
2011 Historic photo from Friday, October 21, 2011 - Beach motel - closed for business - 2183 Lakeshore Blvd W. in Humber BayBeach motel - closed for business - 2183 Lakeshore Blvd W.
13 years ago - Humber Bay - Friday, October 21, 2011
Max temp: 0.0°C - Min temp: 0.0°C (weather details)
Link to archive record - Map location (From Collations Flickr stream)