If you live in Brampton, chances are you’ve spent at least a little bit of time on Chinguacousy Hill. For many of us, it’s the hill where we took our first toboggan rides or learned to awkwardly master the pizza slice while skiing.
We all heard the myth through childhood, from kids and adults alike, that the giant hill in the middle of our city is made of garbage. In fact, many of us probably helped perpetuate this myth ourselves.
And a myth it is: the hill isn’t actually made of garbage, at least not the kind we were all thinking.
Chinguacousy Hill is actually made of dirt removed from basements during the construction of Bramalea back in the day. It wasn’t built on top of a literal landfill with cans, plastic and other waste.
There is a hill made of literal garbage nearby though. Centennial Hill in Etobicoke was built on top of a municipal dump, and this may be where the rumour about Chinguacousy came from.
There’s an interesting conversation piece you can whip out at your next family gathering or school reunion.
And now that your world view has completely shifted and your childhood ruined…