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  • Opening of the Cottage July 1 2008
The Tollkeeper's Bulletin
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We are now welcoming   visitors to the cottage again. Saturdays 11 to 4 (winter hours), by donation. We are also open occasional Sundays from 1 to 4     There is a sign cottage open , on the lawn when the cottage is open..

Take a tour of the cottage..


Cookie day coming  December12..

Jane Beecroft our founder, passed away Oct  10 2021.


There has been so much enthusiasm for this look at the history, geography, geology, and development of the Casa Loma-Spadina   Alas... no more walks scheduled at the moment.
With this fall weather, its hard to think about walks...

   CHP member Paul Overy  led an excellent walk around the homes of the Baldwins, the Austins, the Pellatts and beyond, with a grand overview of the geology as well as the Indigenous and social history of the area around the escarpment, with interesting stuff below the hill as well!

Email us to sign up for the walks if/when more get scheduled.

.  The walks take about 1 1/2 hours and are handicapped accessible.
You must be a member to go on a walk. You receive these walks free with your membership! Our new fiscal year started June 1. Haven't renewed your membership? It’s easy! You can do so by e-trans at this page.. $20. individual, $35. family. Alternately, you can bring the membership fee to your first walk with us.
 Please wear a mask during the walk.

We have some new and updated slide shows on the site!. Please check them out here.

We also added two little buttons next to this scoller so you can go back if this scroller is too fast for you!

Please keep us in mind during this spring season. If you would like to make a donation or pay a membership fee, you can now do it in the modern way online! We can now receive an e-transfer at our email address! Donations and membership fees will receive an income tax receipt in February.


Send us an Email to tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com . Thanks for your support..

The Community History Project that manages the Tollkeeper's Cottage Heritage site has various collections of materials in its archives focusing on local history, places and people. We have restored and run the cottage museum for 12+ years and our not-for-profit; charitable organization.

We can still use help of our supporters in the heritage community in locating a more permanent, more economical space of 500 to 1000 sq feet to house our collections or your help with increased donations to help pay for the temporary storage.

Now on Twitter...Twitter

Educational class tours (in English or French) or Educational adult tours can be arranged. (teachers and administrators may wish to print out the brochures referenced)

The Tollkeeper's Cottage
The oldest structure
of its kind in Canada - now
a museum about tolls, roads,
and nineteenth century life
owned, restored and operated
by the
Community History Project
(now a charitable organization)

Located at the corner of
Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd.

(Toronto, ON)
in The Tollkeeper's Park.

Community groups can use the space for meetings also

Look for the Blue Canoe near our commemorative birch trees. Thanks to the wonderful people at City of Toronto Parks Department, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Mississaugas of the Credit for making this possible.

There are gift-type items for sale at the museum such as: books on local history, hand-made pure soap, knitted wear, walking tour guides, recipe collections.

We have Tollkeeper's Cottage Tee shirts for sale
We have just started selling hand-made dolls' clothes suitable for American Girl and other 18 inch dolls.

Volunteers wanted eg we need a spinner volunteer-- so people can watch us spin yarn.

See a video tour and a virtual tour of the Cottage

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