It can be easy to forget that in the not-so-distant 1980s, Toronto looked very different from the city we see today.
Toronto was, of course, still a bustling, vibrant city — just with fewer skyscrapers and a touch more mullets and spandex. And thanks to Toronto History‘s photo archive, we can take a peek at what exactly was going on in the city in the city 40 years ago.
From the CNE to Scarborough Town Centre, here’s what Toronto looked like in the 1980s.
Markham Street looking north to Bloor Street – 1982
Street vendor outside subway station – 1985
CNE – 1985
Exhibition Place game stall – 1980
Dundas Street and Pacific Avenue, looking north – 1987
Premium gas station, Lake Shore Road – 1980
PCC streetcar on College Street – 1980
Street performers at Ontario Place – 1981
Bye Bye Birdie rehearsal, Scarborough Theatre – 1985
South-east corner, Carlaw and Danforth avenues – 1989
Balloon fountain, Scarborough Town Centre – 1980
Akropol Greek Bakery, 458 Danforth Avenue – 1987
Building under demolition – 1980
PCC streetcar 4392 on Church Street, south of Richmond Street – 1980
Street vendor, Queen and Soho streets – 1988
The Silver Rail – 1980
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