Forming a triangle between Lansdowne and the CPR tracks to the west and more tracks just north of Dupont.
Bloor St. West and Symington Ave.
Hipsters, competitive brunch, Portuguese community, new families, artist.
DID YOU KNOW?:
A hundred years ago, this was largely an area for factories and those factories workers. Factories that made everything from aluminum auto part to chocolate bars.
The name is relatively new, or new again any way. This area was called the Junction Triangle decades ago, but thanks to a local community group called “Fuzzy Boundaries” the area is officially known as the Junction Triangle again since 2009. There was a vote put to the neighbourhood and this is what won out. Considering the adjacent neighbourhood is called the Junction, it’s a bit confusing. And now every one seems to confuse the two, including the resident’s in both neighbourhoods.
With that said, there is a lot of promise to this place. The sleazy strip along Bloor around Landowne still has some grit, though the art galleries and tastebud thrilling eateries are moving in. A good sign of things to come. Along Bloor Street around Symington sits a delightful, little restaurant called Zocalo – it looks humble in a cool and stylish way, but don’t be fooled. The food is amazing. And I believe this is just the beginning of better things to come.
Then of course we have pretty good transit here. The access to downtown couldn’t be better. The Bloor line is right there. There are not too many places left that are affordable with easy transit access.
And for those of you who would prefer to take you’re bike, then you have the option to use one of Toronto’s best-kept secret – the West Toronto Rail Path. The bike path cuts through the city along the tracks. When it’s complete (only phase 1 is done so far), it will run all the way from Cariboo Avenue in the northwest corner of the Junction Triangle to Liberty Village.
Another big plus for this area is the influx of Portuguese in the past 50 years that has left its mark in a good way from bakeries to baked chicken. The Dupont strip between Dundas and Dufferin has some great new places as well including the always-busy Farmer’s Tavern and it’s offspring a block away, the Farmer’s Daughter.
It was not long ago that this neighbourhood was the last of the inexpensive Toronto neighbourhoods with access to the Bloor/Danforth line. Still less expensive that many subway line neighbourhoods, this area is becoming a sought out, in-demand neighbourhood.