Lifestyle and CultureBloorcourt Village officially became a commercial district in the late 1970s with the establishment of a business improvement area. Throughout the years, the City of Toronto has worked closely with dozens of BIAs in the downtown core and other surrounding communities. Situated on Bloor Street West, this district naturally receives plenty of vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow. Locals and tourists appreciate the dense layout of businesses in this well-managed community that has easy access to TTC services. With more than 30 dining options to choose from, you'll never go hungry or thirsty in this vibrant area just outside of downtown. From 241 Pizza and African Place to the Progress Cafe and Mazz Sushi, there is a variety of authentic food venues within walking distance of each other. The Mulberry Bar, Baseline Music Bar and Monica's Bar are ideal for those who'd like to hop between bars in the evenings. Dozens of independent retailers are also recognized by the Bloorcourt Village BIA, including Ewe Knit, Gigi's House of Frills and Muddy George. You won't see any skyscrapers in this community that retains an old-fashioned Main Street layout with charming buildings that rise only two or three floors above the ground. The brick facades, neon signs and colorful awnings further add classic appeal to this bustling stretch of Bloor Street. Flanking the neighborhood's eastern end, Christie Pits Park offers great recreational opportunities for residents and visitors. Covering approximately 22 acres, this municipal green space originally opened in the early 20th century. Half of the grounds are covered in lush grassy fields that are ideal for picnics. Patrons from the neighborhood's restaurants and cafes love to enjoy fresh food on the well-manicured lawns of this historic park. A baseball diamond also hosts local youth competitions in the park's northeastern section. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour. Open during the summer season, the Alex Duff Memorial Pool provides some relief from the heat. This outdoor facility includes a wading pool that's designated for young children. The Sid Smith Artificial Ice Rink provides fun activities during the winter season. Other facilities at Christie Pits Park include a basketball court, public restrooms and multiple picnic shelters.
Visiting Bloorcourt VillageBloorcourt Village occupies multiple blocks on the north and south sides of Bloor Street West in Toronto. Dufferin Street marks the district's western end, and Montrose Avenue marks the east end. You can take the Bloor-Danforth Line 2 subway train to Dufferin Station, which has a marked concourse area at street level. This rapid transit service also stops at Ossington Station, which has multiple platforms for TTC buses, including the 63 and 94 routes. Situated between Ossington Avenue and Concord Avenue, this intermodal transportation facility is roughly located in the center of the community. Located just a few blocks east of the district, Christie Station is served by the Line 2 subway. Running on Bloor Street West, several TTC buses with the 300-level routes can drop you off near most of the district's businesses. Click here to visit Bloorcourt Village website.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2019-09-27
Updated On: 2019-11-19
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