“Lost Stations” of the Toronto Beltline

In the summer of 2020 the City of Toronto “Parks, Forestry & Recreation” built a few raised seating areas along the Toronto Beltline recreation trail to commemorate the location of three stations that once served downtown commuters in the existing Ward 12 part of North Toronto. They were built along the Kay Gardner portion of the historic railpath.

Yonge Street Lost Station

Located just east of the Yonge Street bridge, almost at the north-west pedestrian entrance to the Mount Pleasant Cemetery. Just south of Merton Street at Al Green Lane, due south of the MYC Condos. The white building just south beyond the fence is the back of the Driscoll mausoleum.

Under construction – wooden benches added, Thursday September 10th, 2020
Under construction – wood frame added, Tuesday September 1st, 2020
Under construction – initial cement and metal frame with sign, Tuesday, August 25th, 2020

Upper Canada Lost Station

Located just west of Avenue Road, this station is north of Upper Canada College, in the north corner of the Forest Hill Road Park.

Grading and planting done, Friday, October 9th, 2020
Under construction – wood frame being built, Tuesday, September 1st, 2020
Under construction – initial cement still in frames, Tuesday, August 18th, 2020

Eglinton Lost Station

Seems like it will be located along the beltline just west of Robert Bateman Parkette, but as of August 2020 there is no sign of its location along the path – maybe it will be up at the level of Eglinton Ave West?

The Robert Bateman Parkette, at 281 Chaplin Crescent in Forest Hill, was called the Russell Hill Parkette up until 2010 when it was renamed in honour of the Toronto artist who lived, as a child, at 287 Chaplin Crescent which backs onto the belt line ravine.

(Header image taken from the 2019-02-21-BELTLINE-STATIONS-PRESENTATION-AGENDA_full_r2-1.pdf)

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