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 […]

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. […]

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 […]

Alexandra Site

In 2000, ASI was retained to conduct a Stage 3 and 4 mitigative excavation of an area in Scarborough (now the city of Toronto) that was planned for a subdivision development. The original Stage 2 investigations of the site area revealed a total of 249 artifacts – 197 of them stone, including one Iroquoian triangular […]

Bishop’s Block

ASI was retained to complete a Stage 4 mitigative excavation of the Bishop’s Block site, located on the north side of Adelaide Street West, between Simcoe Street and University Avenue in downtown Toronto. The excavation involved digging six trenches to expose the foundations and backyard features of four townhouses – three of the houses were […]

Blacker’s Brickworks

Stage 4 archaeological salvage excavations were carried out in the summer and fall of 2013 at the Blacker’s Brickworks site (AgHb-415) located within part of the area of proposed residential development at Tutela Heights Phase 1, Stewart & Ruggles Tract, formerly, County of Brant, Ontario. Operational circa 1870-1890, the site was the smallest of four […]

City of Toronto
Archaeological Master Plan

The City of Toronto retained ASI, in association with Commonwealth Historic Resources Management Limited, Golder Associates, and Historica Research Limited, to prepare a detailed planning and management study for archaeological resources within the City. The Archaeological Master Plan has four major goals: 1) the compilation of detailed, reliable inventories of registered and unregistered archaeological sites […]

Elmbank Cemetery

  In the fall of 2000, ASI was involved in the relocation of Elmbank Cemetery, located within the active infield area of  Lester B. Pearson International Airport (Mississauga). Established in the churchyard of the original Elmbank mission, from 1832 to ca.1933, Elmbank Cemetery was the burial ground for many of northwest Toronto’s early Roman Catholic settlers. […]