“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.

Beltline Map with Lost Stations

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
Reproduction of archival drawings of the bridge across Yonge Street
Plaque on the Lost Yonge Street stations showing the bridge. Saturday October 31st, 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

The last of the three stations to be built, it is located just north of Eglinton Ave West, almost under the bridge along the retaining wall behind the apartment, and the Toronto Fire Station 135 at 325 Chaplin Crescent.

‘Lost’ Eglinton Station sign, Monday June 1st, 2021
Platform done, some planting around the base, Monday, June 1st 2021
Cement poured, Saturday November 14th, 2020
Under construction – wood frames in place, Tuesday, November 10th, 2020
Toronto Beltline Eglinton Lost station construction
Breaking ground on the Toronto Beltline Lost Station at Eglinton, Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

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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