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Myseum of Toronto

A New Archaeology for the Leslie Street Spit

March 03 - March 13
Enoch Turner Schoolhouse, 106 Trinity St, Toronto
Ben Watt-Meyer & Friends of the Spit

Toronto’s largest constructed breakwater is literally built of rubble from the demolished walls of its lost architectural heritage. To see this place as a burial ground provides a moment to mourn our losses. Yet to celebrate it as the material evidence of Toronto’s dramatic post-war urban reconstruction is an opportunity to rediscover the transformation of lake fill into a landscape.

Exhibition hours:
Thursday - Sunday
12:00PM - 6:00PM

Important Dates:

  • Opening Reception: March 03 (7:00 PM)
  • Artist Talk: March 12 (2:00 PM)


On Toronto waterfront, there is a park with a difference for nature lovers!

A Public Urban Wilderness that is the habitat of hundreds of plants and birds. An informal, unmanicured, car-free park where you can birdwatch, walk, cycle, look at wildflowers, push your baby's pram, roller bade, landscape paint, take photographs...or do just nothing.

North America's most remarkable public urban wilderness

The Leslie Street Spit is North America's most remarkable public urban wilderness. It is a 5-kilometre long peninsula, built by lakefilling, that juts into Lake Ontario close to downtown Toronto. Started 40 years ago, it was intended to be a breakwater for harbour expansion, which was not needed due to a decrease in lake shipping. » more

About FOS

Friends of the Spit is a non-partisan advocacy group, founded in 1977, to keep the Leslie Street Spit as a Public Urban Wilderness. Friends of the Spit work within the democratic process to ensure that the Leslie Street Spit remains a car-free environmental resource, entirely public and accessible at no cost. » more


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