Corktown. The County of Cork.
Bordered by Jarvis St, Queen St E, Front St and the Don River, the name ‘Corktown’ was coined after the majority of families from the County of Cork in Ireland settled in this east-end Toronto neighbourhood back in the early 1800’s. It has recently become quite popular among young urban professionals who find the proximity to the downtown business and entertainment districts extremely convenient.
Corktown features some of the oldest Victorian row-houses in the city, many of which date back to the mid-1800’s. These historic homes are found along the quiet narrow laneways that are tucked away from the main streets of Corktown.
This neighbourhood has also recently experienced revitalization to many of its commercial and industrial buildings, many of which are being revamped into live/work studio lofts that offer residents all the modern amenities and conveniences possible. This is all thanks to the more laid-back zoning bylaws in the area, which has helped to provide a renewed sense of pride to the entire neighbourhood.
While the shopping is quite limited directly within the confines of the neighbourhood, residents of Corktown can still enjoy local shops, including 290 ION, Artik, Haven Toronto, EcoStems, Urban Barn, and John Fluevog. Locals can also easily and conveniently access the St. Lawrence Market - Toronto's prime food market - within walking distance.
Restaurants/Cafes: Sukho Thai, Soma Chocolate, Schnitzel Queen, George St Diner, Balzac’s, Gilead Café, White Elephant Restaurant and Bar, Mystic Muffin, Morning Glory Cafe
Fitness: Float Suspension Yoga, Core Fitness, Extension Room
Shopping: 290 ION, Artik, Haven Toronto, EcoStems, Urban Barn, John Fluevog
Staying social and active in Corktown is easy, with the John Innes Community Rec Centre on Sherbourne Street readily available. This centre offers residents an indoor pool, a gym, a running track, a games room, a craft room, and a woodworking shop.
The Sackville playground on King St E features a tot park, a wading pool, and a basketball court, while the St. Lawrence Community Centre on the Esplanade offers squash courts, a pool, a gym, a piano room, and a games room.
Parks: Orphan’s Green, Sackville Playground, Corktown Common
Nelson Mandela Park Public School
Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Residents of Corktown can easily commute via public transit, with the Queen and King streetcars connecting passengers to subway stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina line. In addition, the streetcar that runs along Parliament St connects commuters to the Castle Frank subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line. People traveling by car can quickly access the Don Valley Parkway, the Gardiner Expressway, and Lakeshore Boulevard within a few short minutes.
Car shares, BIXI.