Located between Runnymede and Keele, and St Clair and Bloor, is the west Toronto neighbourhood named The Junction.
Once an industrious manufacturing community, The Junction predominantly featured mills, foundries, factories, and assembly plants. As development continued, it became a hot spot for the transport and traffic of goods through the local port, instead of the city’s. As industry grew, the population did as well bringing in immigrants from the United Kingdom and Europe who hoped to establish new lives, careers, and families in the new world. The Junction hit times of prosperity and despair, with the opening and eventual closing of the factories, making way for pubs, taverns, and residents working in the railway. By 1909, it was annexed into Toronto, and by 2009 it was becoming a gentrified neighbourhood for young professionals and families alike hoping to find a home in the city.
Now, instead of factories you will see a burst of new residential condos, lofts, and townhomes that come attached to a half a million dollar price tag to find living space close to High Park and the amenities that the downtown core has to offer. The older homes available are traditional 2 and 3-storey Brick Victorians constructed back in the 1920’s and 1930’s. Additional revitalization brought the development of West Toronto Railpath, a linear park leading from the Junction to the ‘heart of the city’ complete with landscaping and artwork to beautify the cityscape.
Who Lives Here?
Families will take comfort in the vast amount of public and catholic schools in the area, with private institutions available just north and south of the neighbourhood. The YMCA and Perth Dupont Library are also close by with programing for preschool and school age children.
What's There To Do?
Greenspace can be found at High Park and Perth Square, with outdoor facilities such as playgrounds, wading pools, and ice rinks!
Shopping, dining, and additional services can be found at the Galleria Shopping Centre at Dupont and Dufferin as well as the Crossways at Dundas and Bloor. Junction Gardens is another busy shopping district offering patrons local chain and independent shops and restaurants.
What About Commuting?
Commuters can make use of bus transit on Keele, Dundas, and Dupont Streets and Symington and Lansdowne Avenues. These connections will take passengers to Yonge-University-Spadina and Bloor-Danforth subway lines. Motorists can travel via Bloor or Dundas to make their away throughout the city!