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The Museum is open Saturday from 11 am - 5 pm,(11am-4pm Nov to April) and some Sundays such as 27 Oct 2019 from 1-4pm. Also other days for special events. Come see us at the cottage.


Saturday October 26, 2019
11 – 4 pm

  • Pick up some pumpkin and apple baked treats and honey
  • Shop for cozy mittens and hats for children and adults
  • Chris Smith from Lone Wolf Indigenous Products will be selling
  • View the tinsmith demonstration
THE DAVENPORTAGE Sunday October 27 Cottage will be open that Sunday from 1 - 4 pm Portagers will arrive about 3 pm Davenportage Canada's First Nations travelled a series of trails that crossed the land. One such trail, now referred to as the Davenport Trail, crossed Toronto and has survived the millennia. Be here at the Cottage to cheer on the intrepid modern-day portagers as they arrive from the Humber River and stop for refreshments at the Tollkeeper's Cottage before continuing on their way to the Don River.

HISTORY TALKS SERIES We are launching our popular history talks this fall with the following two presentations:

SUNDAY NOVEMBER 10, 2 - 3:30 Canadian Nursing Sister Kate Wilson Simmie wrote her memoirs as a Canadian Nursing sister during the Great War. Join us to commemorate Remembrance Day, while her story is shared by our Tollkeeper's Cottage docent Erin Shaw.

THURSDAY NOVEMBER 28, 7 - 8:30 James Thompson, son of Austin Thompson who wrote Spadina: A Story of Old Toronto, will present on the theme of the survival of the Tollkeeper's Cottage (1830's-50's), Spadina (1818), and Casa Loma (1914) despite challenges to each. Al three historic sites have different narratives, yet come together as reminders of the city's history in this area.



The Community History Project that manages the Tollkeeper’s Cottage Heritage site also has various collections of materials in its archives focusing on local history, places and people. We have restored and run the cottage museum for 11+ 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.


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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)

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 New Credit for making this possible.

There are gift-type items for sale at the museum such as: maple syrup, books on local history, hand-made pure soap, apple syrup and apple butter, and other 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.
Watch yarn being spun by a spinner in period dress! Volunteers wanted

See a video tour and a virtual tour of the Cottage

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