Spring 2011

The History of T.O.'s H2O

Kim Tait, associate curator of Mineralogy, and Mary Burridge, assistant curator of Ichthyology at the ROM

For more than two centuries, an abundant supply of fresh water has fuelled Toronto's growth and prosperity. The city's many waterways have offered pleasurable places for recreation and abundant sources of fresh food, but they've also been the source of outbreaks of cholera and typhoid fever. In many ways, Toronto's water has shaped the city we know today.