The History of Toronto and Surrounding Areas

Trinity Bellwoods Elusive White Squirrel Left a Mark on the Neighbourhood


One of the white squirrels from TRINITY BELLWOODS PARK has died electrocuted. The squirrel has been found dead, hanging from hydro wires with his teeth clenched on them. The way he went was quite unfortunate since he was not lucky enough to die of natural death. Even though, one might not expect a squirrel to enjoy popularity after death, all the fuss created around this creature made him quite an iconic figure.

Residents in the area of TRINITY BELLWOODS PARK seemed not to have noticed the presence of the squirrel while he was alive. There are materials proving the existence of squirrel such as photos, twitter accounts and Youtube videos, but people around the area don’t think he really existed.

The owner of the WHITE SQUIRREL COFFEE SHOP, a place located close to the park where the white squirrel died, received lots of e-mails and phones from people curious to know more about the creature. One of the strangest e-mails the owner of the Coffee Shop received was from a family in Australia who told him that they dreamed about the white squirrel. The Squirrel lover, as people seem to perceive him after the incident, is rather amused by all the attention paid to him, declaring that he likes squirrel, but that’s all.

The squirrel becoming popular overnight is not the only albino squirrel in the area, according to the executive director of TORONTO WILDLIFE CENTER. The Center sheltered an albino squirrel two years ago, while other few squirrels of the same family were spotted in the area. If they don’t die electrocuted, the albino squirrels do not live long lives anyways. In addition, they have vision problems, sometimes being entirely blind. If you need help with removing squirrels from your attic please read this article “How To Keep Squirrels Out of Your Attic“. (more…)

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Raccoons in Toronto


Being adaptive to city life raccoons are common in many American cities. According to zumanetworks.com – raccoon blog, Toronto is no exception. These small and interesting animals are omnivorous. Due to this fact, the city environment has all they would need for nourishment. They eat eggs, insects, and fruits and in the city the garbage bins can be a source of their main delicacies. Being active at night, these animals are likely to avoid human conflict. During winter they like to hibernate and this reduces their presence is in the streets. (more…)

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A History of Bed Bugs in Toronto


The bed bugs have been in existence since the time human beings have existed. They are a problem all across the world. The invasion of the bed bugs has forced so many cities to be closed down. Toronto has been invaded by these creepy little creatures very often. A recent study has mentioned that there has been a rise in the bed bug bites on the human beings. The bed bugs are present in the nature since time immemorial. Their trace can be found from the Ancient Greek times. There was a serious infestation by the bed bugs and thus let us understand the History of bed bugs in Toronto. (more…)

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Historical Hotels of Toronto


Toronto is among the most popular tourist spot and the city is tops the list of most exciting and amazing metropolitan cities. The city is surrounded by many great luxurious hotels but those who want to taste real royalty in Toronto then you must prefer staying in historic hotels of Toronto. Toronto is home to hotels that are in business for a very long time and one can find many historic hotels within the city quite easily. Some of the hotels today serve as landmarks as many of the people use name of historic hotels to explain routes. Below is the list of historic hotels and hostels located in Toronto. (more…)

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Historic Buildings in Toronto

Historic Buildings in Toronto

Since 1960s. Toronto has shown resurgence in developing new buildings. Once, this city had the buoyant optimism of creating extra ordinary architecture. It seems that the era of cultural renaissance and tourism has pushed Toronto to its former recognition – The city of contemporary architecture. Toronto has started to groom itself as a cultural and architectural hub. Surely, this transformation took a lot of time for its spectators. The Historic Buildings in Toronto have introduced new contemporary designs to the architectural world. Since it has always been a multicultural destination, the aspirations and attitudes are reflected on the buildings of this remarkable city. (more…)

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What’s On at the PCMA

Current Exhibits

Shivers: A Study of Winter
Nov 28, 2004 to March 20, 2005

Shivers is an exciting exploration into all things related to winter – from ancient to modern understandings of the season. Contrast the myths and legends that explained winter to the people of the past with contemporary seasonal science about planetary patterns, snow, ice and the aurora. Explore animal and plant adaptations to the cold and investigate human survival strategies. Education programs for students are also available with this exhibit. Learn more…»
Enter our SNAPSHOTS OF WINTER photography contest! View the contest entry form (more…)

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Visiting the PCMA

he PCMA is located at the east end of the City, right near the Peterborough Lift Lock on the Otonabee River, in Ashburnham ward. Travel along Hunter Street East, and then turn onto the winding Museum Drive, just off Hunter, at the top of Armour Hill.

Aside from the Lift Lock, other nearby landmarks include the former Westclox factory (directly across the street from the Museum Drive entrance), King George Public School (directly west at the corner of Hunter and Armour Road) and the Hunter Street Bridge / Quaker Oats (to the west). (more…)

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A History of Peterborough’s Canoe Industry

View a detailed Inventory of the PCMA’s Canoe and Boat Collections, as well as related archival fonds. (more…)

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Educational Programs for Schools & Groups

Educational Programs for Schools & Groups

In this section: our education mandate; booking information; program descriptions, availability & cost; resources for teachers.

Discovery Learning: a Museum Specialty

Your Community Museum is a Partner in Education. The Museum is an educational institution committed to the presentation and interpretation of stories, images and traces of the people and the land, from the past to the present, locally and nationally. We link our programs to curriculum at all levels providing wonderful enrichment opportunities for students. (more…)

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About the Museum

In this section: historical profile, collection overview, programs and service overview, governance and funding.

We’re Over 100 Years Old and Still Growing! (more…)

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