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How a storm created the Toronto Islands

Lyndsay Morrison, staff writer

April 13, 2011 — Have you ever visited the Toronto Islands? Turns out, the weather played a major role in how they came to be.

The Toronto Islands
The Toronto Islands

The Toronto Island is actually a series of several islands, and at one point it wasn't an island at all.

A violent storm on April 13, 1858 created the eastern gap - separating the Peninsula from the Mainland.

Over the years, the island was reshaped to become a popular getaway with cottages, amusement areas, and at one point even a baseball stadium where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run.

In 1956, responsibilities of the island were transfered to the municipality of metropolitan Toronto to be developed as a park.

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