A City “Set in Malarial Lakeside Swamps”: Toronto and Ashbridge’s Bay Marsh

Rod Giblett


The city of Toronto was founded and built next to Ashbridge’s Bay Marsh. The marsh was filled over the next 150 years for reasons of health and industrial devel- opment. This article considers the relation between culture, ecology, postmodernism and psychoanalysis in order to retrace the history of the marsh in the maps drawn of it and the stories told about it.The loss of the marsh is a memory to retrieve and a story to retell about the fraught relationships between culture and nature, city and wetland, past and present.

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