Don Mills

A Bold Vision between The Forks How Modern Design Helped Shape a Community’s Character Don Mills Crossing is a unique place within the City of Toronto, featuring an expansive, iconic modernist architecture. Created in answer to the growing Toronto population during the post-war period, Don Mills and Flemingdon Park developments were designed as complete neighbourhoods […]

Queen’s Wharf Schooner
(LiDAR Capture)

In May 2015, ASI archaeologists discovered a schooner dated to the early nineteenth-century during an archaeological assessment of the Fort York Boulevard and Bathurst Street area, downtown Toronto. The mast step of the ship yielded an American penny, dated to 1827, which provided the date and origin for the schooner.  (To learn more about “mast stepping” […]

The Burgoyne Bridge

As Canada’s leading cultural resource management firm, ASI is dedicated to, as our motto aptly states, “To best preserve our cultural heritage legacy in any planning and development context.” To that end, we employ many tools from our toolbox that are not necessarily trowels and shovels. The Burgoyne Bridge in St. Catharines, Ontario, is an […]

King’s Point Site

Sailboats gently bob in the sun, fastened to docks awaiting the perfect wind. Tourists cycle and walk where the lake meets the river. It has always been a spot where people come to enjoy the water. Hundreds of years ago – even thousands of years ago – where sailboats flutter by and tourists soak up the sun, Ontario’s First […]

Dollery Site

Urban archaeological fieldwork conducted in the hustle and bustle of the big city can be exciting. The potential exists to uncover some extremely complex sites created over decades and centuries of development, demolition and rebuilding. As people live their lives on small parcels of inner city land, the parcels are changed by their daily activities. […]

The Damiani Site

In 2006, ASI was retained to assess a large secondary plan in the City of Vaughan. Five sites were originally discovered on the property (three Euro-Canadian sites and two precontact Indigenous sites) during Stage 1 and 2 investigations. Additional work was recommended for all five. Further investigation revealed that one of the precontact sites was a […]

The First Parliament Site

People strolling along Front, southern Berkeley and Parliament Streets, downtown Toronto, would find a car wash, a parking lot, and a car rental agency and a Porsche dealership. However, if it was possible to peek underneath the pavement, one would find an impressive relict of our national history – Upper Canada’s First and Second Parliament […]

The Huson Site

Today vehicles drive right though the exact spot where more than 90 centuries ago a small band of hunters set up camp and went about their daily lives shaping stone into tools and weapons. Welcome to the Huson Site, a site so rare in Ontario, ASI pulled out all the stops to decipher and understand […]

The Mantle Site

The Mantle site is a large 16th century ancestral Huron (Wendat) community, which was discovered in an agricultural field just south of the Town of Whitchurch-Stouffville. It was excavated by a team of ten archaeologists between 2003 and 2005 and was found to cover an area of almost ten acres (4.2 ha). While the remains of multiple rows of […]

The Peace Bridge Site

Since the spring of 1992, ASI has carried out extensive archaeological investigations along the shore of the Niagara River within the Town of Fort Erie. This work was undertaken on behalf of the Buffalo and Fort Erie Public Bridge Authority, and the Public Works Department of the Town of Fort Erie, in conjunction with the […]