Take a stroll through Toronto’s 200-year-old St. Lawrence Market through this time-lapse video as hundreds of tourists and locals gather to enjoy fresh food, unique crafts and a bit of Toronto history.
Named the world’s best food market by National Geographic, the first Market structure was erected in 1803 when Governor Peter Hunter officially announced the area as “Market Block.”
The original wooden building has now transformed to three buildings and is home to 120 vendors and merchants.
Since its humble beginnings, the building has gone through many major facelifts, being torn and rebuilt at least twice, including after the Great Fire of 1849 that destroyed the Market along with most of Toronto.
In 1971, trouble came knocking again as planners discussed the Market’s demolition. But a group of Torontonians managed to convince the city’s property department to restore the historic building and renovations officially began in 1974.
Now, visitors can walk through the historic halls, enjoying refreshing foods, good company and cultural exhibitions in the Market Gallery on the second floor.