Cabbagetown is a popular neighbourhood in Toronto whose residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds. With all the diversity, the residents still share a strong sense of community spirit and pride in their neighbourhood. Every September this community hosts the Cabbagetown Fall Festival that runs for an entire weekend. The festival features a mini marathon, historical walking tours, a parade and a community wide yard sale.
The history of Cabbagetown started in the 1840’s during the Irish potato famine. It caused thousands of Irish people to immigrate to Canada and towns like Cabbagetown. To help feed the town, Cabbagetown residents grew cabbages on their front lawns.
The working class of this community was particularly hard hit by the Depression of the 1930’s. A Cabbagetown historian Hugh Garner wrote that the Depression turned the town into “the worst Anglo Saxon slum in North America ”. Cabbagetown was revitalised in the 1970’s and the 1980’s by new homebuyers. They restored much of this neighbourhood’s fine collection of Victorian homes. The are is now considered one of Toronto’s most gentrified neighbourhoods.
At one point in its history, Cabbage town was described by the New York Times as “containing the largest collection of Victorian homes in North America. Many of the homes were built between 1860 and 1895. Most of the homes were meticulously restored by the Cabbagetown Preservation Association. The Association included local residents that play a vital role in the renovations and new developments in Cabbagetown.
Looking for a unique shopping district? The ‘Old Cabbagetown’ on Parliament Street has many one-of-a-kind shops and a vast array of restaurants. There is also a smaller scale shopping district on Carlton Street. You can also find small retail pockets on Gerrard Street, Sherbourne Street, and Wellesley Avenue.
Most of the recreational activities in this community are done at Riverdale Park. This park has the Riverdale Farm which was modelled after a late 19th century Victorian farm. It includes horses, cows, pigs, sheep, goats, chickens, geese, and ducks. The farm is open seven days a week and admission is free.
The park also features sports fields and serves as an access point to the Lower Don Recreation Trail. There is also the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre on Parliament Street which has music, drama, and dance programs for children. The Cabbagetown Public Library is located at the corner of Gerrard Street and Parliament.
Residents in Cabbagetown have ample access to public transportation. Passengers can use the Sherbourne bus and Parliament streetcar to connect to stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Wellesley and Carlton Street buses connect commuters to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. Motorists are five minutes from the Don Valley Parkway and Toronto’s downtown business and entertainment districts are less than ten minutes from Cabbagetown.
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