Parkdale is a truly unique neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end. One of the most diverse and rapidly changing neighbourhoods in the whole city, Parkdale today is not your parent’s Parkdale. Parkdale today offers everything from beautiful Victorian homes to bars and restaurants, and arguably Toronto’s best burger! Parkdale is full of hidden treasures, and may just surprise you!
Parkdale‘s borders are generally considered to be the lake shore to the south, the CN Railway tracks that travel northwest between Queen and Dundas to the north, Dufferin Street to the east and Roncesvalles Avenue to the west. Queen Street is the main commercial street in the neighbourhood, and there is also a cluster of chic cafes and more along Sorauren Avenue, just a few blocks east of Roncesvalles.
The ease of getting around in Parkdale is one of the many things that make it great. While many of the large Victorian homes feature laneways and garages for parking, you have many options if you don’t want to drive. The 24 hour Queen streetcar will take you right along Queen, and all everything the street has to offer. The King streetcar, just a few blocks south will take you right into the heart of Toronto; King and Bay in a matter of minutes. The King car also heads northwards along Roncesvalles to Dundas West subway station on the Bloor Danforth line, which makes going east or west a snap!
Parkdale is full of Victorian homes, and all the charm that they bring. From gables, big bay windows, transoms, and impeccable woodwork to spacious verandas, it’s hard not to find something you’ll be mesmerised by. If something more modern is what you’re after, townhouses are starting to go up in Parkdale. Parkdale is also well served by schools and libraries.
In addition to the undeniably cool shops and restaurants lining Queen West, there is one of Toronto’s true treasures waiting for you in Parkdale. Just cross a bridge at the foot of Roncesvalles and Queen, and you’re right on Toronto’s western beaches! Everything from a boardwalk, to multiple playgrounds, a multi-use trail and an outdoor Olympic sized pool are waiting for you- and all for free!
Parkdale is one of Toronto’s game changing up and coming neighbourhoods. From it’s unique ambience to its great location, Parkdale is a great find!