Parkdale

Overview

  • Parkdale is one of the most historic neighbourhoods in Toronto, originally founded in the 1850’s and officially joined to the City of Toronto in 1889
  • Bounded where Lansdowne Ave meets the railway south to the Gardiner Expressway, Dufferin St west to Roncesvalles Ave
  • Characterized by large Victorian mansions and multi-unit buildings, desirable views of Lake Ontario and its ample green space is attracting newcomer families
  • Parkdale is the ongoing site of the Canadian National Exhibition, Canada’s largest annual fair, which runs every year for the last two weeks of August
  • Best accessibility to Toronto transit and highways – steps to street cars, GO Train, Lakeshore Blvd W and Gardener Expressway
  • There are six parks within the neighbourhood, Marilyn Bell Park provides the neighbourhoods beachfront, fun fact – the park is named after the 16 year old girl from Toronto who was the first person to swim across Lake Ontario!
  • Signs of gentrification are apparent especially on its vibrant storefront commercial strip on Queen Street West, with local & antique shops, indie cafes, trendy bars and restaurants, and art galleries including Local Kitchen & Wine Bar, Dumbo, RaviSoups, Parts & Labour, Tennessee Tavern, Electric Mud etc