About Toronto in Time

Toronto in Time is a free mobile app for iOS and Android that highlights the history of Toronto through "then and now" photos, slideshows, trails, and historical stories for more than 150 sites!

Through Toronto in Time, discover the story of the club that hosted the Rolling Stones, U2, and Marilyn Monroe; explore where soldiers of the War of 1812 lie buried; stand on the site of a 17th century First Nations village, and much more. Meet a cast of characters that includes inventors, musicians, entrepreneurs, bank robbers, artists, visionaries and dreamers who paint the rich portrait of Toronto's history.

Search stories by theme, neighbourhood, map, or follow specially curated trails. Read introductions to themes and trails and share stories with friends on Facebook and Twitter. Suggest story ideas for future upgrades on our Facebook page.

Toronto in Time is second in the "Cities in Time" series, which was launched with Vancouver in Time in the fall of 2011, available for free in the App Store.

“Cities in Time” was conceived by James H. Marsh, Editor in Chief of The Canadian Encyclopedia. He sought to make history interesting, accessible and relevant to the modern person, and using mobile technology seemed like a natural choice. “The most appealing thing about history,” said Mr. Marsh, “is that it's all around us. There is history in street corners, and in parks, and old storefronts.” With this in mind, all the historic stories on the app are tied to a location, and the photo features show the evolution of a site, and by extension, the evolution of the city. Said Mr. Marsh, “Hopefully, people will understand the deep connection between place and history and see the journey that Toronto has taken over time.”

Toronto in Time is a partnership of The Canadian Encyclopedia, Historica Canada, Museum Services of the City of Toronto, and Heritage Toronto. We gratefully acknowledge funding from the Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

Download Toronto in Time from the App Store

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Contact us at citiesintime@historica-dominion.ca