Cabbagetown was named so after the area’s early Irish immigrants grew cabbages on their front lawns to put food on the table
Cabbagetown was named so after the area’s early Irish immigrants grew cabbages on their front lawns to put food on the table. Today, Cabbagetown is one of Toronto’s most popular and trendy neighbourhoods. In the 1970's and 1980’s, Cabbagetown was revitalized by new home buyers who renovated and restored many of the area’s historic Victorian homes. This neighbourhood is now among the most heavily gentrified areas in the city.
The residents that call Cabbagetown home come from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds, yet they all share a strong sense of community, which can be easily seen every September during the Cabbagetown Fall Festival.
The rows of Victorian homes in Cabbagetown have caught international attention, with New York Times describing the area as one featuring the “largest collection of Victorian homes in North America.”
These homes were constructed during the late 1800’s, and have since been restored under the supervision of the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, which ensures that all renovations and new developments in the community adhere to the historical neighbourhood.
For one-of-a-kind artifacts, residents can head over to Parliament St where there are plenty of unique shops that sell items you won’t see anywhere else. Carlton St also features a shopping district similar to, but smaller than, the ‘Old Cabbagetown’ shopping district on Parliament. There are also small pockets of retail shops and restaurants throughout Cabbagetown, on Gerrard St, Sherbourne St, and Wellesley Ave.
This eclectic neighbourhood offers locals a number of recreational facilities, including the popular Riverdale Park, which is home to Riverdale Farm. This rec centre has been modelled after a 19th century Victorian farm, and features animals such as horses, chicken, ducks, geese, cows, pigs, sheep, and goats. This farm also features sports fields, and provides access to the Lower Don Recreation Trail.
Children can enjoy music, drama and dance programs at the Cabbagetown Community Arts Centre on Parliament, and arts and crafts programs at the Cabbagetown Youth Centre on Lancaster Ave.
Of course, the Entertainment District is close by and easily accessible via streetcar.
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Passengers in Cabbagetown can be connected to the Bloor-Danforth subway line via the Sherbourne bus and Parliament bus, and to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line via the Wellesley and Carlton St buses.
Motorists can quickly access the Don Valley Parkway within five minutes, while the business and entertainment districts of downtown Toronto can be reached in under ten minutes from Cabbagetown.