Toronto Public Library Logo Toronto 175 Years - 1834-2009

Toronto is celebrating its 175th anniversary by engaging the community to a number of events. The city’s celebrations include museum tours, literary reading and book launches, music, art, festivals and a song competition.

In celebration of this anniversary, Toronto Public Library invites you to explore Toronto's past with material from the Special Collections at the Toronto Reference Library. Click on each image below to explore.

Toronto Celebrates! Looking back to 1884 and Toronto’s semi-centennial celebrations. Coming to Toronto: The Golden Road to a New Life.
Toronto Life and Times, 1834 TORONTO FOR SALE in the 19th Century

To learn more about the history of Toronto, explore these past exhibits:

Also, check out the following two books from our Curator's Showcase:

To search for more historical images of Toronto from our collections: