Beautiful Cabbagetownhas the highest concentration of Victorian homes in North America. It is a wonderful oasis in downtown Toronto. Most of these very attractive cottages, semi detached and detached Victorians have been lovingly restored. They are the centrepiece of the lives of the many professional singles, couples and vibrant young families who live in Cabbagetown.
The History of Cabbagetown began in the 1840’s when thousands of Irish immigrants settled here. They were very poor and grew cabbages in their front gardens to put food on the table. In the 50’s and 1960’s you would have walked through streets of decaying Victorians, several divided into rooming houses. But in the 70’s many young couples saw the charm and recognized the potential. Together, city politicians, urban activists and local residents fought off redevelopment attempts. In 1989 The Cabbagetown Preservation Association was founded which soon led to the establishment of the Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District whose goal is to encourage the preservation of the Cabbagetown streetscapes and facades.
Cabbagetown Events: The Riverdale Farm is open every day of the week with many farm animals and in the spring, their ‘babies’ on show! The Cabbagtown Festival is held in September along with the annual Blair’s Run and a street party on Parliament. The Riverdale Farmer’s Market is open to the public in Riverdale Park every Tuesday from May to October, The Forsythia Festival is held in May, and ‘Luminato’ in June.
Parks: Riverdale Park, home to 'The Farm' and has picnic tables and splash pool in the summer for kids with a lifeguard on duty. This is the venue for The Cabbagetown Art Fair at the begining of September with art work and crafts exhibited from all over Ontario. The Farm is open year round and it is especially exciting for kids in the spring with the arrival of baby farm animals!
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Carved tree stump by the Carlton St. parking!
Eateries: An ice cream cone at 'Park Snacks’ on Sumach, coffee at Jet Fuel, Olya or Starbucks. Dinner at F’Amelia, lunch or dinner at The Pear Tree, House on Parliament, The 420 Smokehouse, Kibo Sushi, Irv Gastro Bar, Butter Chicken Factory, Rashnaa, Merry Berry, Cranberries and others..
Shops: For food shopping there is No Frills, the new Loblaws at 'Maple Leaf Gardens'. There is also St. Jamestown Steak & Chops for grain fed meat and local produce and Epicure for cheeses, pate etc.. Fab new dress shop, Sinate Creations. Also The Healthy Whey, The Menagerie Pet Shop. Mi Casa and other gift shops and specialty clothing shops.
Entertainment/Outdoors: There are Movies at the Carlton Rainbow Cinema and at Market Square. There is trivial pursuit and other game nights at the Winchester Hotel. There is biking in the Rosedale ravine, Riverdale Park to Broadview and Cherry Street to the lake. For tennis, yoga and fitness you should check out The Lakeshore Mayfair Club, just 10 minutes away.There is also tobogganing on the big hill in Riverdale Park.
Transit: Even though you feel that you are not downtown, you are only 10 minutes by car or bus to the city centre and the financial core. There is shopping on Bloor Street. It’s 10 minutes to the DVP, 20 minutes to the Island Airport and ½ hour to the Pearson International Airport.
Schools: Winchester Public School, Spruce Court Public School, Our Lady of Lourdes P.S.,Jarvis Collegiate. Private schools close by:Branksome Hall, De La Salle College, Upper Canada College and University of Toronto Schools. The University of Toronto, The Ontario College of Art and Ryerson.
Hospitals: Toronto General Hospital, St. Michael’s Hospital, Mt. Sinai Hospital, Sick Children's Hospital.