BlogTO Recaps Some Hidden Curiosities of Toronto’s Urban Landscape

I’ve always thought that the most interesting parts of a city are the hidden gems — the things only the locals really know about — the things that, if you’re lucky, a native of the city will show you and open your eyes to a whole new side of the city. People love hidden wonders so much that we have a whole scavenger hunt about them called, of course, Discover Hidden Toronto.

Recently, one of my favourite websites blogTO published two lists of hidden, quirky features that you may not know about Toronto. Here are the ones I found the coolest:

1. Toronto’s Half-House


Beginning in 1957, developers began buying up property in the blocks between Queen, McCaul, St. Patrick, and Dundas Streets. The owner of 54 St. Patrick Street was upset about the tactics used by the developers and protested to the city. This half-house is the only original house that remains on St. Patrick Street, the rest of the house was demolished. Pretty incredible! The link above has more background if you’re interested.

2. The Bridge Buried Under Trinity Bellwoods Park


I love Trinity Bellwoods for it’s laid-back atmosphere and for being a great place to bring a picnic and some friends on a hot summer day, but can you imagine seeing carriages and old cars driving through the park? That’s what it used to be like until the 1960s when the Crawford Street Bridge was filled in with earth from the Bloor-Danforth subway line! According to blogTO if you head south on Crawford Street from Dundas, you’ll notice the road narrows considerably for a section of about 25 metres or so — that’s where the bridge is buried!

3. The Tiniest House in the City


This probably isn’t the smallest dwelling you’ve ever seen, but this teeny tiny home near Dufferin and Rogers Road is officially Toronto’s smallest house. It spans just 29 square metres and even made it onto the Ellen show back in 2008. You can check out more specs on this cool place (and see pictures of the inside) on its very own website: