A Photo Tour of Toronto’s Roundhouse Park

by Gray Cargill on April 2, 2014

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I grew up in a railroad town. The long, plaintive sound of the train’s whistle could be heard daily for miles around. All of us kids grew up learning to look both ways before crossing the train tracks.

When I think of trains and my hometown, I think of summer. My friends and I would walk along the tracks, looking for fossils in the rocks in the train beds. Always, always we were listening for a train, in case we needed to scramble off the tracks quickly. During berry season, we used to fill recycled peanut butter pails with plump, juicy raspberries that grew in large bushes next to the tracks–until the year the railroad cut down all the bushes because they were getting in the way of the trains. Raspberry pies were never the same after that.

All this is my way of saying that trains hold a special place in my memories, a sense of nostalgia for another time. Today, I’d like to take you on a photo tour of Roundhouse Park in Toronto where the history of trains is celebrated. The background of the downtown Toronto skyline makes the setting especially lovely. Train lovers, this one’s for you.


Roundhouse Park

Watch for trains


Don Station

Don Station








Roundhouse Park



Roundhouse Park

Roundhouse Park


If you want to learn more about the history of the railroad in Canada, the Toronto Railway Museum is located at Roundhouse Park in the historic John Street Roundhouse (alongside Steamwhistle Brewery, a local craft brewer). The museum is open 12-5pm, Wednesday through Sunday. Admission is $5.

Russ Milland July 16, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Lots more information about our museum at http://www.torontorailwaymuseum.com and at http://www.trha.ca . Click on “News and Events” for our railroad themed news column/blog

Gray Cargill July 16, 2014 at 8:42 pm

Thanks, Russ!

Guylaine April 2, 2014 at 7:08 pm

Wow! Great pics! I love this place. There are some wonderful murals there too.

Gray Cargill April 2, 2014 at 7:14 pm

No way, really, Guylaine? Augh! I was so dazzled by the trains, I completely missed the murals! Well, now I’ve just got to go back.

Guylaine April 2, 2014 at 7:25 pm

Yah, one is inside the Leon’s store and the other one is on the side of the building, kind of hidden. They’re based on smaller paintings by this artist. He has some pics of one mural being painted on his own web site: http://www.davidaoram.com/A_John_St_Morning_Mural.html

Gray Cargill April 2, 2014 at 7:48 pm

Wow, those are beautiful murals! I’m so sorry I missed them!

Tracy Antonioli April 2, 2014 at 2:45 pm

This is a fabulously written post, Gray. It is the kind of writing to which I aspire (but typically do not achieve. I blame time.) Bravo! Love!!! (Also a train fan. Aside from the Amtrak website. Which makes me want to rip my hair out.)

Gray Cargill April 2, 2014 at 7:03 pm

Wow, thank you, Tracy. That is high praise. It’s a bit outside my normal style, but every once in awhile, I feel like trying something different. I’m glad it worked.

Teresa @TTsTrippin April 2, 2014 at 10:11 am

I LOVE TRAINS TOO! Taking time (Making time) to catch up on reading your posts while I enjoy a solo leisurely breakfast and what a wonderful story to start my day! Thanks again Gray for giving me the #perfect reading material 🙂

Gray Cargill April 2, 2014 at 11:50 am

Yay! Another train lover! I’m so glad you liked it, Teresa. Thanks for your kind words.

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