Welcome to Moss Park
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The Moss Park neighbourhood is a large L-shaped swath of land in Toronto’s downtown east side that encompasses Corktown, a portion of the Garden District and, at the centre, the Moss Park community. Named after the park at the corner of Sherbourne and Queen streets, Moss Park was historically the site of a dense urban population of new Canadians and the factories that employed them. In the 1960s, many of these buildings were demolished to make way for a public housing project. With the departure of many of the area’s factories, the neighbourhood lost its economic engine during the 1970s. Today, the community is in the midst of changes, with a $100-million revitalization plan in the works. Those that live in the mainly residential region (which is bordered by Carleton and Queen street to the north, Jarvis and the Don Valley Parkway to the east and west, and Front Street and Eastern Avenue to the south) are proud of Moss Park’s history as one of the oldest neighbourhoods in Toronto.
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To the south, Corktown is a prime example of early 19th century British-style row housing, which was built for the waves of Irish immigrants who came to work in the nearby breweries or brickyards. The community is also home to St. Paul’s Basilica, the city’s first Roman Catholic church. Today, many of these heritage sites are used for private events, including the Berkeley Church and Enoch Turner School. Further east along King Street, you’ll find a great selection of bars and restaurants, including local favourites Betty’s and Petit Dejeuner.
The Garden District gets its name for the plot of land at the north-west corner of Moss Park, Allan Gardens. This indoor botanical garden is the perfect retreat no matter what time of year. Just remember to bring your furry pal to enjoy one of the two off-leash dog parks nearby. The spillover from nearby Ryerson University means this area has a lot of student renters. Just west of Parliament on Carlton a smattering of cute boutiques, restaurants and bars mark the entrance to upscale Cabbagetown.
Four streetcar routes operate in Moss Park, including the College, Dundas, Queen and King lines, all of which take passenger east to the subway. Several bus routes run along the north-south streets. A handful of convenience stores and bodegas are scattered throughout the neighbourhood, with the majority of chain grocery stores (including a No Frills and Bulk Barn) stationed at the southern end. Options for public schools are limited, but there are several schools in neighbouring communities. George Brown College’s St. James campus is located on King Street, just east of Jarvis Street.