Discovery & Innovation

Toronto’s innovations and penchant for best practices began in the 19th century with many of the public institutions created on the former British Garrison lands. Such was the case of the Provincial Lunatic Asylum, now the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH).

The stories and sites gathered under the theme “Innovation” showcase centres for innovation and discovery throughout the city’s history. In the 20th century, many innovators and their work were associated with the University of Toronto. In the 21st century, a whole neighbourhood just east of the University has been named the Discovery District.

This trail highlights stories of outstanding achievements in the centre of the city, mainly associated with the University of Toronto. However, it starts in a surprising place—the Casa Loma Stables. Known more for their equine opulence, the stables played an important and secret role during the Second World War.

The Stories