The West Toronto neighbourhood of The Junction is named for the north/south and east/west railway lines that intersect in the area of Keele Street and Dundas Street West. Initially, the railway lines made The Junction the central hub of the West Toronto area, until the arrival of the subway system in the 1960s gradually shifted the area’s focal point to Bloor Street.It is the oldest of the West Toronto neighbourhoods, and its narrow tree-lined streets boast many stately Victorian and Edwardian homes, some of which have been converted to two and three-unit dwellings. Recently the area has seen the construction of a number of new condo buildings as well.
The north part of The Junction was home to the Ontario Stockyards, for many years the largest livestock market in Canada, the center of Ontario’s meat-packing industry and part of the reason for Toronto’s nickname: “Hogtown”. Since the closure of most of the stockyards and meat-packing plants in the early 1990s, the area has undergone dramatic re-development. This has contributed to the recent gentrification and revitalization of The Junction neighbourhood, now offering its residents a trendy and thriving community of antique stores, art galleries, organic grocers, cafés and shops. The installation of period-style lighting and signage, and the very popular Junction Arts Festival, has helped to make this a very desirable neighbourhood for young families and singles alike.
Hop on one of the many neighbourhood buses and make your way to the subway station and then to downtown Toronto in just 15-20 minutes. Travel by car to either downtown Toronto or the airport is easily accessed via Lakeshore Blvd., from the foot of Keele Street/Parkside Drive.