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An Area in Toronto as Varied as its Name - Cabbagetown

By Edited Dec 3, 2013 0 0

Cabbagetown is a surprising name, so what are its roots? Despite the fact there are a few stories about the origins of Cabbagetown, the most common reason is when Irish immigrants settled in the area sometime in the 1840s. With no money left after leaving Ireland in the grip of the potato famine, the resourceful Irish took to cooking the cabbages in their yards to make stew. Therefore people named the town after their main food source and the Cabbagetown name is still used today.

A long time ago, it was a run-down, low-or-no-income part of Toronto, the 'largest Anglo-Saxon slum in North America' as Hugh Garner stated in his novel "Cabbagetown". The district stayed this way for many years until the first enterprising homebuyers saw the possibilities in Cabbagetown.

Pouring funds into the area in the 1970s, Canadians that saw the potential started to restore the old buildings and the gardens to their former beauty. Now Cabbagetown has a wide array of occupants and is very popular with writers, musicians and artists, making it a very Bohemian neighbourhood.

Cabbagetown is north of the early settlement, less than 10 minutes from Toronto’s downtown and mid-town shopping area, entertainment and business districts.

What to see and do in Cabbagetown

As a Cabbagetown real estate professional, I can suggest some enjoyable activities. Riverdale Park, is a park for all the family, experience a day out in wonderful surroundings. The park has a municipal farm where you can see what its like to work on a farm with the daily tasks such as grooming horses, milking the cows and goats, feeding the animals; fun for the little ones and all other ages. There are paths weaving through 7.5 acres of wooded areas, around ponds and then visit the butterfly-herb-vegetable-flower gardens.

The Cabbagetown Fall Festival is another event not to be ignored; taking place each September it is a big success for visitors and residents alike. The two day event starts off with a parade, which has many outstanding floats, dancing and bands all led by local politicians; definitely worth turning up there early so you can get the best views. The festival also hosts an arts and crafts fair, a dog show, a community-wide garden sale and the well-liked Cabbagetown Short Film & Video Festival.

Cabbagetown is couple of steps away from Canada's massive gay community. The neighbourhood is packed with cafes, restaurants, gay-oriented shops and a large array of bars and hot nightspots that cater to an irresistibly seductive mosaic of orientations, cultures, ages, shapes and sizes. The Showtime program Queer as Folk was filmed in the area. The last week of June sees another fantastic event taking place in this village, when Church and Wellesley host the annual Pride Week celebrations; an event were the talents and energy of the gay communities work together to celebrate the diversity of citizens that live in Toronto and Canada itself



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