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And Gates Tavern
Name of Historic Site
Gates Tavern and Gates Gully
- Inns and Hotels
- Natural Features
- Recreation (Waterfront Trail)
- Transport (changes in the alignment of Kingston Road)
The tavern was on Kingston Road near Bellamy Road (at about Stop
22). (Lot 20 Concession C, Scarborough.) Gates Gully runs adjacent to the east side of
the McCarthy Property which has been donated to the Ontario Heritage Foundation.
Perly's 1997 Map Coordinates: 37 C5
Residential / Commercial (Adjacent Properties)
Gates Gully has been largely transformed by a recent public works project.
Historical Description and Significance
- Tavern built by Jonathon Gates ca 1820.
- Legend holds that British soldiers buried money in Gates Gully during the War of 1812.
- Contraband goods were smuggled up Gates Gully as late as 1838.
- A Wild Beast Show and Circus (1843, 1845) and other public gatherings and picnics were
held in Gates Grove.
- Gates Inn was the rallying point for the loyal Scarborough men on Dec. 5, 1837.
- A toll gate (1839) stood just to the west of Gates Inn.
- "It (the older Kingston Road) was originally much closer to the lakeshore than now
(1896). Gates tavern was moved north to the new road fully 1/2 a mile" (I. Chester,
- In 1979 an engineering study proposed works to mitigate erosion in "Gates
Gully", now more commonly known as the "Bellamy Ravine".
The gully is highly significant for a proposed association with the Waterfront Trail
and its proximity to other "Lost Sites" ("McCowan
Farm" and "McCowan/Cudia").
The tavern is significant for its association with both the "old" and the
"new" Kingston Roads and the importance of improved transport in the Toronto
region, early 19th c.
- Cooperate with Waterfront Trail authorities re interpretive opportunities for
transportation, commerce and conservation.
- Cooperate with Ontario Heritage Foundation re promotion of and access to occasional
alternate interpretive themes using the McCarthy property (as described in "McCowan
- R.R. Bonis, "A History of Scarborough", p. 60, 70, 268
- D. Boyle, "Scarboro, 1796-1896", p. 41, 54, 107, 128, 220, 234
- Scarborough Historical Notes and Comments, Nov. 1977
- Wm. Brown, "Four Years in the United States and Canada", 1849
- Notes by Isaac Chester (1818-1899) (Boyle Collection).
Aug. 3 2000 and Reprinted in The
Scarboro Heights Record V10 #2