From the award winning bridge over the mouth of the Humber River, the southern end of the 100 km Carrying Place (Toronto) trail is still visible. For thousands of years, the Humber formed part of the water and portage route that connected this spot to the Holland River, Lake Simcoe and Georgian Bay.
First Nations people have lived in the Toronto region for about 11,000 years. Long before contact with Europeans in the 1600s, First Nations people travelled, traded and fought wars along the trail. They also camped, fished, and built villages along the river. The French, followed by the British, found it equally strategic.
The Humber is steeped in history, earning its designation as a national heritage river. Most of the sites included in this theme are located along the Humber, which has been interpreted as the Shared Path/Sentier Partagé and is well worth the walk referred to below. It was the main transportation route to the northern Great Lakes until the construction of Yonge Street as an alternative military land route beginning in the late 18th century.
A 17th-Century Village at the Mouth of the Rouge , 1688
Au Revoir Toronto, Hello York , 1793
Rousseau on Humber
Before Yonge Street There Was Carrying Place Trail , 1615
Mouth of the Humber River
Mohawk Fraternal Leader Erects Skyscraper , 1895
Bay St. and Richmond St. W.
Scarborough's Mound of Bones: The Taber Hill Ossuary , 1956
Strength in Numbers: Huron-Wendat Village , 1450
Finch Hydro Corridor
Teiaiagon: Transitions from One World to Another , 1660
Humber River at Baby Point
Toronto's Wetlands: The Humber Marshes , 1999
South Humber Park
Which Way to the (Ancient) Beach? The Shoreline of Glacial Lake Iroquois , 1914