Neighbourhoods at a Glance: Cabbagetown
The story of Cabbagetown begins in the 1840’s. Thousands of settlers came from Ireland fleeing the potato famine in their homeland. These families were very poor and grew cabbage on their front lawns in order to feed themselves.
The working class in this neighbourhood was hit hard by the great Depression in the 1930’s. It turned Cabbagetown into slums. The worst slums hung around Gerrard Street where the homes were demolished in the 1950’s to put up the Regent Park housing development.
The neighbourhood came back to life in the 1970’s and 80’s when new home buyers restored the area’s Victorian homes.
Cabbagetown is one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods with many Toronto apartment rentals available. Its residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds, however they all share a strong sense of community spirit and pride in their neighbourhood.
Check out the Cabbagetown Fall Festival every September. The festival runs for an entire weekend, and features a mini marathon, historical tours, a parade and the community wide yard sale.
The ‘Old Cabbagetown’ shopping district on Parliament Street boasts many original shops and restaurants. Carlton Street is another popular shopping area in Cabbagetown, looking like Parliament Street but on a smaller scale. Retail shopping can be found on Gerrard, Sherbourne and Wellesley streets.
Riverdale Park is the center of attention. You will find the Riverdale Farm which includes horses, ducks, sheeps, pigs, chickens, cows and geese – a great treat for the kids! The farm is open seven days a week and admission is free. Within the park you will also find sports fields and access to the Lower Don Recreation Trail.
The Community Arts Center on Parliament is a great place to witness live music and drama. Dance programs are also offered to children while the Youth Center on Lancaster offers sports, and arts and crafts. You will find a public library at the intersection of Gerrard and Parliament.
Having an Toronto apartment rental in Cabbagetown you must know how to get around. To connect to the Bloor-Danforth subway line use the Sherbourne and Parliament streetcar. For the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line use the Wellesley and Carlton buses.
Lord Dufferin Jr. & Sr., 303 Berkeley Street, (416) 393-1760
Sprucecourt Jr., 70 Spruce Street., (416) 393-1522
Winchester Jr. & Sr., 15 Prospect St., (416) 393-1270
Rosedale Heights Secondary School, 711 Bloor St. E., (416) 393-1580
(Public High School)
Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis Street, (416) 393-0140
(Public High School)
St. Martin Annex, 55 Salisbury Ave., (416) 393-5222
Our Lady of Lourdes, 444 Sherbourne St., (416) 393-5221