More ‘Unbuilt Toronto’: An airport at Sheppard & Bathurst

Airstrip envisioned in countryside north of city, now the heart of North York

From the Toronto Telegram, July 1928

Newspaper drawing of 84 years ago shows the Canadian Air Express Ltd.’s newly proposed flying field for Bathurst Street near Sheppard Avenue. The caption explains that the property was formerly the Salvation Army farm, which had been purchased, and that a hangar and the pavillion were already in construction. The “flying field with its runways is to be levelled and rolled. N. A. Armstrong & Co. have prepared the plans.”

The airport was never built as planned near the Sheppard-Bathurst intersection, which became a thriving residential neighbourhood in the postwar era. ♦