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Sunnyside

Sunnyside has long been known for many things besides its railway station. In fact, the TTC was, and still is, far more significant with its Roncesvalles Divison car barn handling a number of streetcar routes including; King and Queen operating past Sunnyside along with Carlton, Dundas and Long Branch.. The street intersection was a very complicated arrangement with streetcars tracks connecting at all five points. (Four remain). The Five Points (four remain) intersection of Roncesvalles Avenue, King Street, Queen Street, The Queensway and Lake Shore Blvd. (This latter intersection was eliminated with the construction of the Gardiner Expressway which opened between the Humber River and Jameson Avenue in Parkdale on August 8, 1958). On the opposite corner (north west) to the railway station was a Gray Coach Lines bus terminal. Competition for the railways! An amusement park existed nearby for many years along with the largest swimming pool in Canada known as "The Tank".

TTC Long Branch route car just arrived at left. Below car has looped around behind the hotel
and is now loading for Swansea, Mimico, New Toronto and Long Branch. It will turn right to head west.


The Edgewater Hotel, (a.k.a. the "Bilgewater") long a favourite watering hole for the area, stands near the north west side.
On the corner is the Gray Coach Lines bus terminal built to an Art Deco style, it opened December 21,1936. (The main terminal at Bay Street had opened in December 1931. Just like the railway station on the opposite corner, nothing originated or terminated here but, it was an important stopping point for Hamilton and Buffalo bound passengers. It declined in usage
with the coming of GO Transit and sale of GCL in 1990, some time after which it closed. A fast food restaurant is located
here and the building remains property of the TTC. Hidden behind is the TTC Roncesvalles Division car barn still in use today.
June 11, 1941 Toronto Transportation Commission.

Sunnyside Bus Terminal circa 1940's

TTC 4314 a King car is at south end of Roncesvalles Avenue about to cross Queen Street West and turn east
on King Street West. Edgewater Hotel still around! Note Yellow Cab turning north off Queen. 9/13/1969

Looking north at the five points of Sunnyside. Massive rebuild of all tracks.



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