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toronto - then & now

A comparison photo of Toronto in the 1930’s, contrasting the smaller and somewhat depressed business epicentre of the 30’s with the stunning skyline of today, nearly 90 years later. Despite the 1930’s worldwide great depression and financial climate, the city of Toronto endured construction and development of some of today’s well known architectural landmarks and historical buildings.

Some interesting facts:

Canadian Bank of Commerce

The beautiful Canadian Bank of Commerce Building (known today as Commerce Court) was completed in 1930 and was the tallest building in the British Empire upon its completion – and remaining so until 1962.

Today, Commerce Court is a rare complex that intersects and inspires the worlds of business and architecture, in the heart of the Financial District at King and Bay Streets. The complex is connected to Toronto’s PATH with easy access to the TTC subway, Union Station and other amenities, shops and office towers in the area.

Maple Leaf Gardens

Maple Leaf Gardens (built in only six months!) opened in 1931 and was home to the Toronto Maple Leafs from 1931 to 1999. The Leafs won the Stanley Cup 11 times from 1932 to 1967 while playing at the Gardens. MLG was the only major stadium in Toronto for over 40 years, housing hundreds of sporting games and concerts.

Today, Toronto is home to two major stadiums, the Rogers Centre & Air Canada Centre as well as BMO field; and is the home to many professional sports teams and thousands of concerts throughout the year.

The Royal York Hotel

The famous Toronto landmark hotel, The Royal York opened its doors in 1929 and was the biggest hotel in the British Empire at this time. The hotel opening created a buzz throughout the city, boasting luxurious guest rooms, ten elevators, the biggest pipe organ in the country, and a telephone system so extensive it required about three dozen operators to run it!

To this day, the Royal York Hotel is the preferred accommodation for the British Royal Family when they visit Toronto, and remains the most historic and largest hotel in the downtown core.

Today, Toronto has over 35,000 hotel guest rooms at its disposal, featuring some of the worlds finest hotel chains within walking distance to many downtown Toronto landmarks.

Union Station

In 1927, Union Station was officially opened by the Prince of Wales, and was the biggest train station in Canada. Union station became the grandest stop on the Trans-Canada railway.

Nearly 100 years later, Union Station is still the busiest transportation hub in the country, serving over 250,000 passengers a day.

Toronto Eaton Centre

In the 1930’s, Toronto Eaton's was the place to shop. The building contained a floor space of over 60 acres and occupied several city blocks between Yonge & Bay Streets, north of Queen Street West.

Today, the Toronto Eaton Centre is the third largest mall in Canada with more than 285 shops, and one of Toronto's top tourist attractions; with around one million visitors per week.

In less than 100 years, Toronto has become an internationally renowned city, and the most populous city in Canada - the fifth largest city in North America. Today, Toronto is a global centre for business, finance, arts, and culture, and is widely recognized as one of the most multicultural and cosmopolitan cities in the world!

Dragonfly Meeting Solutions Inc. is excited to show you and your organization the highlights of today’s Toronto.

We live in Toronto! We work in Toronto! We LOVE Toronto!

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