The historic Tollkeeper's Cottage, believed to be Canada's only surviving tollgate from the 1800s (or earlier), certainly the only one available to the public, is open for visitors on Saturdays from 11am - 4pm in the winter, and 10am --5 pm in the summer. We ask for a minimum contribution of $2 per person (except for very young children) to help offset our on-going operating costs.
Briefly, the Cottage was "rediscovered" 20 years ago (1993) and a few years later research began in earnest re its origins and history. It's dated at 1835 (the interior has been restored to the 1860's) and was operating as a tollgate and home for the tollkeepers' families at least from 1850.
It's of a very rare vertical plank construction - a style used for a short period in the early 1800's. Its history as tollgate #3 on Davenport Road - whose history dates back to the end of Ice Ages when the passageway was used as a footpath by the First Nations people - is fascinating.
More complete descriptions of the Cottage's background , discovery and restoration are available elsewhere on this site. For images, please select " Slideshows " from the main menu.
The Cottage is also available for rent (in order to support our operating costs):
- a limit 35 persons inside - no capacity limit outside;
- one single unisex fully accessible washroom;
- rental is $25 per hour - extra charges apply for use of certain equipment;
- limited parking is available along Davenport Road. There are also large parking lots one block south of Davenport and east of Bathurst Street on Bridgeman Avenue.
Arrangement for groups, such as school tours, seniors' groups and other groups must be made in advance by emailing us at email@example.com. Thanks to Zeitguys Inc., we now have brochures for both school tours ( English and French ) and Seniors' groups .
TTC access from the subway:
.......... Take the #7 Bathurst bus from the Bathurst subway station, north to Davenport Rd.
(every 7-12 minutes).
.......... Take the #127 Davenport bus from the Spadina subway station, or the Dupont subway station, west to Bathurst St.
(every 17-23 minutes).