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  • Opening of the Cottage July 1 2008
The Tollkeeper's Bulletin
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Last Saturday in May:
Saturday May 27 at 2:00 pm
To celebrate Asian Heritage month, local author Catherine Little is delighted to share a reading of her Chinese zodiac origin story, Twelve in a Race with families at the Tollkeeper’s Cottage. She will introduce the concept of the zodiac, discuss the characteristics of each animal, and read from her book. Participants will be given the opportunity to receive a stamp of the animal of their birth year. ​Following the reading there will be opportunities for colouring and puppetry. Admission by donation.
Saturday May 27 DOORS OPEN
Although the Tollkeeper's Cottage is not officially participating in Doors Open, you are welcome to stop by to visit on Saturday, perhaps on your way to or from some other local sites. We encourage you to try to see some heritage gems from a list of 150+ Toronto sites that are participating. 

Please consider donating your lovingly read or listened to books and CDs for others to enjoy. Email us at 
tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com for pickup.

The results of  Our Photo Event Fall 2022 are in!  Click here to see in a new windowl


RAMP AND ROOF: If you've walked or cycled past the Cottage lately, you've seen workers on top! YES, we have a new roof! using cedar shakes, nailed in by hand.
OUR FORMERLY WEAK AND UNSTABLE RAMP HAS BEEN PARTLY REBUILT: thanks to volunteers Tony and Margaret Reyes, Max Gross and Board Member Ed Janiszewski. Thank you for helping us to remain securely wheelchair accessible.
THE DETERIORATING TOLL GATE HAS BEEN REBUILT: If you peak through the construction fencing, you'll see a freshly painted sparkling white toll gate, rebuilt thanks to our Board Member Bill Kindree and former Board Member Terry Marescaux. Great work!


.Our membership year is now January to December. Your membership fee of $20 individual or $35. per family will get you one whole year of membership, voting at the Annual Meeting in March or April, and an opportunity to run for the Board of Directors. Any questions, please email us at tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com.

   There is a sign cottage open , on the lawn when the cottage is open..

Take a tour of the cottage..


Jane Beecroft our founder, passed away Oct  10 2021.


We have some slide shows on the site!. Please check them out here.

We also added two little buttons next to this scroller so you can go back if this scroller is too fast for you!

Please keep us in mind during this season. If you would like to make a donation or pay a membership fee, you can now do it in the modern way online! We can now receive an e-transfer at our email address! Donations and membership fees will receive an income tax receipt in February.

Send us an Email to tollkeeperscottage@gmail.com . Thanks for your support..

The Community History Project that manages the Tollkeeper's Cottage Heritage site has various collections of materials in its archives focusing on local history, places and people. We have restored and run the cottage museum for 12+ years and our not-for-profit; charitable organization.

We can still use help of our supporters in the heritage community in locating a more permanent, more economical space of 500 to 1000 sq feet to house our collections or your help with increased donations to help pay for the temporary storage.

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Educational class tours (in English or French) or Educational adult tours can be arranged. (teachers and administrators may wish to print out the brochures referenced)

The Tollkeeper's Cottage
The oldest structure
of its kind in Canada - now
a museum about tolls, roads,
and nineteenth century life
owned, restored and operated
by the
Community History Project
(now a charitable organization)

Located at the corner of
Bathurst St. and Davenport Rd.

(Toronto, ON)
in The Tollkeeper's Park.

Community groups can use the space for meetings also

Look for the Blue Canoe near our commemorative birch trees. Thanks to the wonderful people at City of Toronto Parks Department, the David Suzuki Foundation, and the Mississaugas of the Credit for making this possible.

There are gift-type items for sale at the museum such as: books on local history, hand-made pure soap, knitted wear, walking tour guides, recipe collections.

We have Tollkeeper's Cottage Tee shirts for sale
We have just started selling hand-made dolls' clothes suitable for American Girl and other 18 inch dolls.

Volunteers wanted eg we need a spinner volunteer-- so people can watch us spin yarn.

See a video tour and a virtual tour of the Cottage

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