About the Neighbourhood
- Billed by many as the next West Queen West, The Junction is already attracting artists and entrepreneurs for its cheaper rents and converted industrial and warehouse spaces.
- The Junction is a neighbourhood in Toronto, that is near the junction of four railway lines in the area known as the West Toronto Diamond.
- A raw food restaurant and organic grocer are two recent additions to the Dundas West strip, joining established residents like Vesuvio who some say have the best pizza in the city.
- The neighbourhood is also turning into something of a furniture and design destination sporting three great shops in Post + Beam Reclamation, Forever Interiors and Smash.
- The neighbourhood was previously an independent village, town and city until amalgamating with Toronto in 1909. The main intersection of the area is that of Dundas Street West and Keele Street.
- As with most Toronto neighbourhoods outside of the central downtown core, the area was primarily rural until the 1870s. John Scarlett was the first land owner and employer in the area. Runnymede Road was built by him and named after his home.
- From 1857 to 1876 much of the area was the site of the Carlton Race Course which was owned by the Keele family
- The Village of West Toronto Junction was founded in 1884 at the intersection of Dundas and Keele Streets. In 1889, it merged with the nearby villages of Carlton and Davenport to the north-east to become the Town of West Toronto Junction. It grew further, into the Town of Toronto Junction in 1892, then the City of West Toronto in 1908 before it was amalgamated with the City of Toronto one year later in 1909.
- The Junction was a manufacturing community that rose quickly during the late 19th century.
- The Junction is full of 19th and early 20th century homes are more affordable than its sister neighbourhoods (though the gap is shrinking).
- The Junction is attracting lots of Torontonians because of it’s cheaper rent and home prices. It’s also easy to access by transit and the neighbourhood is beginning to get it’s own artistic personality.
- Annette Street Public School
- High Park Alternative School
- Indian Road Crescent Junior Public School
- From May-November the Junction hosts a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays in the morning and at night.
- Ravina Community Garden, a place for residents of the Junction to grow pesticide free produce, herbs and flowers.
- The Junction Summer Solstice Festival (June)
- The Junction Music Festival (September)
- Participates in the Toronto city-wide Contact Photography Festival (May)
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