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A Chronology of the Ferry Streetcar Route

Compiled by John F. Bromley

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The FERRY streetcar was a temporary operation established to connect downtown Toronto to the city’s Ferry Docks while work continued on the train viaducts around Union Station. With no service possible on Bay Street south of Front, a temporary railway bridge was built across the railway tracks to access the waterfront.

May 22, 1926

TTC operation begins. Streetcars operate daily from Bay and Queen via east on Queen, south on Yonge, west on Front, south on a railway bridge and private right-of-way to Ferry Loop #1, returning via private right-of-way, the railway bridge, west on Front and north on Bay to Queen.

The reference to ‘Railway Bridge’ indicates the substantial but temporary bridge over the railway tracks south of Front and east of Bay, ending at Lake St, with a dogleg turn at the south end, used by both streetcars and road traffic alike.

Ferry Loop #1 was on the landfill directly in front of the Ferry Docks west of Bay, and was in use prior to the completion of the Queen’s Quay roadway (over which it was partially located). Ferry Loop #1 was, shortly afterwards, replaced by Ferry Loop #2, which was located on the northeast corner of Queen’s Quay and York, west of the former site of Ferry Loop #1.

November 1, 1926

A Monday-to-Saturday stub car service begins, operating from the crossover just south of Front Street via the Railway Bridge and private right-of-way to Ferry Loop #1, returning to the Front crossover. Sunday service discontinued following the operation on October 31, 1926, for the winter months.

April 4, 1927

Sunday service reinstated, operating over the daily route from Queen and Bay. No change to the Monday-to-Saturday stub car.

May 21, 1927

Daily service operates from Bay and Queen via east on Queen, south on Yonge, west on Front, south on the Railway Bridge and via Lake Street and private right-of-way to Ferry Loop #1, returning via private right-of-way, Lake, Bay, Railway Bridge, Front and Bay to Queen.

June 3, 1927

Ferry Loop #1 closed, replaced by Ferry Loop #2, changing the daily route to operate from Bay and Queen via \Queen, Yonge, Front, Railway Bridge, Bay and Queen’s Quay to Ferry Loop #2, returning via Queen’s Quay, Bay, Railway Bridge, Front and Bay to Queen.

August 1, 1927

Last day of operation. After this date, BAY streetcars serve the Ferry Docks.


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