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Smalls Creek
Smalls Creek flowed into Smalls Pond
Country Canada
State Ontario
Municipality Toronto
Physical characteristics
River mouth Smalls Pond
Length 2 km (1.2 mi)

Small's Creek was one of the three watercourses that flowed into Small's Pond, a small body of water of several acres in area, located near the intersection of Queen Street and Kingston Road, in Toronto, Ontario. There is a small plain between the shore of Lake Ontario and the bluffs which marked the shore of the larger Glacial Lake Iroquois, Bedrock was shallow on the plain. Smalls Creek, Tomlin's Creek, the other watercourse that drains into Smalls Pond, and Ashbridge's Creek to the east were all small, short watercourses, with their headwaters on that small plain, had each become polluted by the turn of the 20th century, when the regions they flowed through were annexed into the growing city of Toronto.

A gentleman farmer named Charles Coxwell Small, who was also the Clerk of Upper Canada's Privy Council, dammed creeks to create a millpond to power sawmills on his property, and the pond and one of the creeks were named after him.

After a few years of debate, in 1909, the three creeks were buried, and turned into sewers. Smalls Pond also became polluted, and was drained and filled in, in 1935.

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