Many different histories share the Lakeshore Grounds and have influenced its built and natural development.

The Lakeshore Grounds are located within the traditional territory of the Ojibwe Anishinaabe. They were also:

~ comprised of the Gouldthorpe and McNeil family farms

~ the site of the former Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital

~ home to the former Lakeshore Teachers' College

~ extended to create Colonel Samuel Smith Park

~ and the backdrop to many movies and TV shows 

Situated in New Toronto and bordered by Mimico to the east and Long Branch to the west, the Lakeshore Grounds are likewise part of the unique region of Etobicoke-Lakeshore and its history.

The Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre is continually researching the histories that share the Lakeshore Grounds; this research informs all of our exhibits and events. Interested in following history in action? Below you will find the records of our current research projects. These pages will be updated regularly with details of our most recent work.

The Hospital History Project

The Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital operated on the grounds for 89 years. When it closed in 1979, the majority of its records were lost.

Follow as our team works decade-by-decade to rebuild the lost archives of the Hospital.

Project pages last updated: May 2020

The Film History Project

The Lakeshore Grounds have been a popular destination for the film  industry since the 1970s - and production crews are still regularly seen on the grounds to this day. 

Explore the list of movies and TV shows that have made the Lakeshore Grounds their backdrop.

Project pages last updated: November 2019

External Sources

We're not the only ones interested in the histories of the Lakeshore Grounds and Etobicoke-Lakeshore communities! Below are a few of the sites we recommend to learn more about the area:

Humber College Archival Collection

Lakeshore Psychiatric Hospital Cemetery Project

Etobicoke Historical Society

Preserved Stories

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