Get to Know Parkdale Toronto

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Situated on the west side of Toronto, Parkdale is one of the oldest communities with the richest history. Known to many as “Parkdale Village”, this area of Toronto is overflowing with personality while upholding a small-town vibe. It is no surprise that Parkdale has captured the hearts of Parkdale locals and tourists – including TheFoxTeam.ca!

Parkdale Personality

Parkdale is regarded as one of the most in-demand areas of Toronto. It offers a warm and diverse community, with eclectic shopping opportunities and a creative vibe. It’s a great and trendy area for artists and young professionals alike.

Location

The beautiful Parkdale area is located west of downtown Toronto. Starting at Roncesvalles and Dundas, Parkdale extends south to the water and goes east all the way to Dufferin. The neighbourhood continues north and follows the CP rail back to Dundas. Lined with custom-painted tree boxes, this burrow of Toronto has all the trendy shops, restaurants, cafes and bars for you to enjoy.

The Homes of Parkdale

Parkdale is a multicultural residential neighbourhood with wide, pedestrian-friendly sidewalks, colourful street art and a mix of Victorian mansions and apartment buildings. Merely taking a stroll through the area, you’ll notice the unique and distinct stunning homes. Many of the area’s larger homes have been sectioned off into semi-detached homes, duplexes, and triplexes.

Getting Around

With Queen Street running right through Parkdale, the area is accessible to everyone, whether walking, biking, driving, or using public transit.

Streetcars run east-west along Queen Street and King Street and regular bus services run north-south providing quick access to the subway line. Biking has never been easier in Parkdale. Watch out for pedestrians along the shop-lined Queen Street, but along the lakeshore, enjoy taking bike path that can take you east to the downtown core, or west to High Park.

If you’re driving, there is direct access to the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard.

Sell Your House, Support the Parkdale Food Bank

And now for something completely different! Every year, our very own Head Fox, Alexandra Cote, is dedicated to donating her commissions from the sale of one Parkdale Property to the Parkdale Community Food Bank. When we said the Foxes love Parkdale, we meant it! Cote wants to give back to the community she loves. Cote sits on the board of directors at the Parkdale Community Food Bank and has seen demand spike. Her dream is to attain a larger, more accessible space for the Food Bank to help improve their services.

Read about Alex’s Parkdale Dreams

A Day in the Life of A Parkdale Resident

You wake up and want to start your day. You leave your house to get some breakfast, you try to dodge Craig’s Cookies and Glory Hole Donuts, but don’t worry, you’ll be back for that later. You decide to go to Atlantis Coffee Co for an ace Americano and to admire the Art Deco ceiling recently restored at The Parkdale Hall. What to do next? Should you get a massage at The Well, or go vintage shopping at Public Butter?

Next, you pick up some treats for Fido at Parkdale Pet Foods, then continue shopping, hitting up your favourite places: Made You Look, Imperative, and Common Sort. You stop for a quick lunch at the Skyline Restaurant (adorable vintage diner!) before taking a walk along the water. You head south and gaze at the unique row houses, each filled with personality. And when you’re done, you hit up those dessert places and you’ve had a successful day! Now will it be Cici’s Pizza or Loga’s Corner Momo for dinner?

Notable Sights in Parkdale

  • BMO Field
  • Exhibition Place
  • Marilyn Bell Park
  • Parkdale Community Food Bank
  • Parkdale Queen West Community Health Centre
  • Sorauren Avenue Park
  • Toronto Public Library: Parkdale Branch
  • Sunnyside Bathing Pavillion
  • Lakeshore Boulevard Parklands

Schools in Parkdale

  • Queen Victoria Public School
  • Parkdale Collegiate Institute
  • Parkdale Junior and Senior Public School
  • Mary Mother of God School
  • Holy Family Catholic School