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Valla Halla

Valla Halla the former home of the man who invented Roman Meal Bread. No longer used it’s now owned by the Toronto Zoo and used as a location for Films and TV shows.

James Pearce Jr. had bought this property from his father, which he leased in 1869. After James Jr. died in 1919, his youngest son Reuben purchased the property. In the early 30’s Reuben Pearce sold the property to Dr. Robert Jackson. Robert was the inventor of Roman Meal Bread, which was the start of healthy food. Robert Jackson built this awesome country estate in 1936. The Valley Halla is located in the Rouge Valley, owned by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority(TRCA). In 1978 four years after the Toronto Zoo opened they claimed ownership of this property due to a tripartite agreement between the Municipality of Metropolitan Toronto, the board of management of the Metropolitan Toronto Zoo and the TRCA. This building has nothing to do with the zoo but the board had decided the Valley Halla must be kept in a state of good repair. The Toronto Zoo does the up keep of the Estate and the Property where the Halla still stands. The estimated operating cost(utilities, custodial, security, grounds-keeping, etc.) and the upkeep is $50,000 to $75,000 per year. The estate has been rented for movie scenes and commercials, also the Toronto Zoo has used it for meetings/functions.

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