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Toronto’s Golden Mile enters new era with Crosstown development

Metrolinx News is checking in with each of the Crosstown stations to highlight progress being made.

May 27, 2019

Places, like people, come with plenty of unique character and their own background story.

Toronto’s Golden Mile holds a special place in the development of Canada. You can almost chart each chapter of the nation’s history, and Toronto’s growth, in this one relatively small corner of Scarborough.

After spending millennium as a deep forest, it was turned into farmland in the early 1800s, where the soil was cultivated by Scottish immigrants helping to feed their families – and later, a young country. Then it was home to a munitions factory for the Second World War. At that time, the Golden Mile was considered far from the actual city of Toronto – a safety buffer during any accidental explosion.

By the middle of the 20th Century, it was taking shape as one of Canada’s first commercial industrial parks.

Now, it’s on the move again.

Located at the intersection of Eglinton Avenue East and Warden Avenue, Golden Mile will be a surface level stop for the Crosstown light rail transit line. It will be accessible and will be a far side platform stop. The stop will be complete with a covered waiting area with benches and automated Presto payment machines to pay your fare before you board.

Construction of this stop began in 2017, with utility relocations and the removal of medians down the centre of the roadway. Guideway work has started and will continue into this fall, with completion scheduled for 2020.

There’s a lot more to the history of the Golden Mile, and the new transit line – which will lead to even more future development.

Your chance to learn all about this is coming up as we have partnered with Heritage Toronto to host free walking tours of the Golden Mile area. Sign up online today and check out the Crosstown progress for yourself.

Until our light rail vehicles start rolling, it’s a good walk through Canadian history.

by Erika D’Urbano Communications senior advisor