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Toronto's naturally protected harbour was used by Native Canadians as a trading route stop long before European settlers arrived. In the 1740s, it was the site of the first French trading post in this part of North America, Fort Rouille. In 1749, the first large cargo-carrying vessel arrived in the harbour, and in 1793, the Governor of Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe, established a British military garrison nearby, largely due to the excellent harbour. The fort -- and town -- were both called York, but reverted to their traditional Huron Indian name, "Toronto," 40 years later.
Over the years, Toronto's waterfront grew in activity and importance, with a mixture of industrial and recreational uses. Early in the 20th century, many steamers used Toronto as a base for their Great Lakes routes, and lake cruising was very popular. A number of dance halls sprang up along the waterfront, as well as amusement parks and a baseball stadium.
Large freighters began stopping in Toronto with the opening of the St. Lawrence Seaway in 1959. Harbour traffic grew steadily until the late 1960s, when road transport began to displace water as the preferred means of moving goods. As in many cities at that time, Toronto's waterfront fell into a period of decline. In the 1970s, though, local residents and government saw the potential of the area, and mixed-use revitalization of the area was spurred.
Today, the waterfront thrives. Harbourfront Centre is the focal point...a multi-purpose cultural facility that also includes commercial, residential, and retail developments. A substantial local population lives in high-rise towers along Queen's Quay, as well as a smaller residential community on the Toronto Islands.
To verify that you have found the proper virtual cache, please email me with the answers to ALL these questions:
1. When was the oldest surviving building on Toronto's present waterfront originally built?
2. In what year was it relocated to the present site? PLEASE pay attention to the wording here!
3. This is the fun part of the cache...How many fish!?
NO MENTION OR PHOTOS OF THE FISH ALLOWED in the logs and any such logs will be immediately removed without notification. PLEASE play by this one simple rule!
I will email you back and if your answers were correct, you may log your visit to the virtual cache. Please do not include details in your Found It log that would spoil the fun for others (no spoiler photos or encrypted hints either...otherwise your log may be deleted at the discretion of the CO and without notification).
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[2.] Gur svfu. Gurl'er boivbhf. Gel gb pbhag gurz nyy!
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