Toronto Neighbourhoods

West Toronto Neighbourhoods

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Long-time Torontonians certainly remember the massive, Coney Island-esque waterfront playground of Sunnyside Beach, and younger Torontonians have probably heard stories about it. When the Sunnyside Amusement Park and Bathing Pavilion opened for business in 1922 on Parkdale’s beaches, this neighbourhood west of downtown immediately became the place to be at for a generation of Torontonians. Unfortunately, Sunnyside was shut down in 1956 by the city in order to make room for the Gardiner Expressway and a revamped Lakeshore Boulevard. As a …More

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High Park

With its winding streets, gently rolling hills and towering oak trees, High Park is a neighbourhood of natural beauty that delights all those who live here and adds incalculable value to its homes for at least half a dozen blocks in every direction. The neighbourhood is named after the park itself, which is the largest and most popular park in Toronto. Flashback In 1836, John Howard, Toronto’s first surveyor, purchased the High Park property south of Bloor Street. Due to the fact …More

Central Toronto Neighbourhoods

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The Cabbage Gardens How did Cabbagetown get its unusual name? The legend goes that its name originated in the 1840s, when thousands of Irish immigrants settled in the area. Impoverished by the potato famine in their homeland, they could only afford to eat stew made from the cabbage growing in their front yards. Cabbage became one of the main staples of their diet, and the name Cabbagetown stuck, as it is still used more than 150 years later. Other versions of …More

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Seaton Village

Seaton Village is actually named after Lord Seaton. Born in Lyndhurst, Hampshire, he was a former Lieutenant Governor of Canada. However, the original settlers of Seaton Village were Colonel David Shank and Captain Samuel Smith, firends of the Lieutenant and loyalists serving in the Queens Rangers. Years after they settled, their farm lots were acquired by a successful merchant from New York City named George Crookshank. In the 1850s, the Village was laid out on the old Crookshank farm, at …More

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Corktown is the first community of its kind to be conceived in the heart of Toronto; it’s also one of its most historic neighbourhoods. In the early 1960s, a great part of Corktown was demolished to make way for several elevated roadways. Among the most significant buildings destroyed was the House of Providence (1857–1962), an institution run by the Sisters of St. Joseph to care for orphans and the elderly poor. How did Corktown Get Its Name? The name Corktown is believed …More

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St. Lawrence Market

The St. Lawrence neighborhood, located in downtown Toronto, used to be part of the shoreline of Lake Ontario. The site of the present day St. Lawrence neighbourhood was created from a massive landfill project in the early 1800s. It was originally intended to serve as a public promenade with a grand Esplanade along the waterfront. However, the city turned the land over to the railways, which in turn attracted industries to the St. Lawrence area. Known as the historical heart of …More

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Distillery District

The Distillery District is a National Historic Site with rich history, located east of downtown Toronto. It had its beginnings with the opening of the Gooderham and Worts Distillery in 1832. Founded by two brothers-in-law, it eventually became the largest distillery in the British Empire, covering about 13 acres (52ha) and producing millions of gallons of distilled whiskey and spirits in the 1800s. Even after the Great War prohibition era, this huge plant still survived. After over a century and a …More

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Davisville is a major commercial community in midtown Toronto and an attractive area to live in for many Torontonians. Although it is densely populated, it is also known for being very “green”. The neighbourhood is serviced by its own subway station along the Yonge subway line. The Man Behind the Neighborhood In 1840, John Davis, an immigrant from Staffordshire, England, was Davisville’s first postmaster. But this is not why the Village is named after him. John Davis took an active public role …More

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Lytton Park

You don’t know what you’re missing if you haven’t lived in Lytton Park! An upscale and classy neighbourhood nestled between the affluent neighbourhoods of Lawrence Park, Yonge Street, Briar Hill Avenue, and Mona Drive, this upscale neighbourhood is home to bankers, lawyers, doctors, and corporate executives who are attracted to its tranquillity, diversity, and excellent amenities. History Initially a 200-acre farm belonging to a United Empire Loyalist, Lytton Park was formerly known as Lot 3 Concession 1 West of Yonge Street. The …More

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Lawrence Park

Are you after style, glamour, and comfort? Then Lawrence Park is the place for you, and it’s as good as it gets! This neighbourhood is ranked among the most prosperous in Canada. Lawrence Park lies warmly nestled between Bedford Park, Lytton Park, and the Bridle Path, making it one of the city’s most sought-after and desirable neighbourhoods! With its serene, calm, and picturesque landscapes, buzzing with schools, local entertainment, great transport options, and shopping links, it’s no wonder this upmarket …More

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Located west of Avenue Road, south of Briar Hill Avenue, and north of Eglinton Avenue West, this charming neighbourhood provides the perfect nesting place for raising families, with its alluring and captivating homes, amazing shopping and recreational facilities, and excellent transport links. History Nothing adds more prestige to this neighbourhood than its history. Some of its earlier inhabitants were The Huron tribe, who had a village here from the 1400s until the early 1700s. Lyman. B. Jackes in his writings entitled “Tales …More

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Centred on one of the most iconic parks in the city, the Cedarvale neighbourhood provides access to a breathtaking park in the Cedarvale Ravine, wonderful outdoor areas, and residents driving a strong sense of communities. The older homes in the area bring with them a rich history matched by the area. With direct access to the TTC subway system, the neighbourhood provides a great mix of outdoor activity and direct access to the downtown core. Location Cedarvale is in Midtown Toronto. It was …More

East Toronto Neighbourhoods

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The Beaches

Located on the east side of the Old City of Toronto, the Beaches is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Ontario. The boundaries of the neighborhood are from Victoria Park to the east to Kingston Road on the north, Eastern Avenue to Leslie on the west, and south to the shore of Lake Ontario. The lakefront is divided into four sections; Woodbine Beach to the west, Kew Beach and Scarboro Beach in the centre, and Balmy Beach to …More

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Leslieville is a quiet East End neighbourhood in Toronto and part of the broader area of South Riverdale. Thanks to ongoing gentrification, it is considered the ‘next big thing’ or ‘Toronto’s Brooklyn’. With its new restaurants, relaxing cafes and quaint shops, it is an ideal destination to dine, drink and shop! According to the New York Times (2005) Leslieville is the new Queen Street West, meaning it is predicted to become one of the hippest areas in the city, not …More

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Riverdale, once called Riverside, is a diverse community named after the city park, which is a landmark in the area. Today, Riverdale attracts young affluent professionals looking for quaint Victorian homes close to downtown. Its colourful shopping districts and tall maple trees will simply make you love this neighbourhood! Flashback Back in the 1850s, Riverdale was nothing more than a small rural community. Development began with the Grand Trunk Railway and accelerated when in 1884, the area north of Queen Street was …More

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Riverside, formerly known as Queen Broadview Village, is a small multicultural and mixed-income neighbourhood located within the larger neighbourhood of South Riverdale. Nestled between downtown, the Film District, Danforth Avenue and the Beaches, Riverside District is named after the Don River, to which it is adjacent. It is one of Toronto’s oldest neighbourhoods, with long strong historic ties with the surrounding South Riverdale neighbourhood. It is also a commercial area, featuring many small, family-run shops,as well as supermarkets and big …More

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Victorian Architecture of Cabbagetown and Toronto

The Cabbagetown neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada has one of the largest areas of continuous, preserved Victorian housing in all of North America … More

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