Queen and Shore Street, SW corner

  • The much anticipated Toronto Grey and Bruce Railway reached Bolton late in 1870.  The tracks from Weston were laid the entire distance in less than a year and passenger service started in June1871
  • Around 1872, local farmer Edmund Shore saw the need for a hotel for train passengers and built the ‘Toronto Hotel’ on Shore Street, adjacent to the new TG&B railway station
  • The hotel was often referred to as the Station Hotel
  • The 1873/74 Peel Directory lists Shore as the proprietor and Perkins Bull recorded the existence of Edmund Shore’s 1873-4 tavern license
  • The Toronto Hotel had several subsequent owners with John Weir as Innkeeper: John Dennis 1879-1881, William Curliss, Edmund Shore’s brother-in-law who operated the Masonic Arms Hotel 1881-1884, merchant John Switzer 1884-1890, James Wilson 1890-1908. 

And the building?

  • After the CPR built a new station ~750m further west in 1906, the hotel closed its doors.  The later history of the building is not known
  • The original Toronto Grey & Bruce railway track bed is now Ellwood Drive
Photo of first Railway Station taken in 1898