Historic & Vibrant Cabbagetown

Located just east of Downtown Toronto, Cabbagetown is a historic neighbourhood with a vibrant character. TTC streetcars can drop you off on some of the main commercial streets of this district. A working farm, concert hall and botanical gardens are some of the area's notable attractions. Click to book your Toronto tours.

Attractions and Parks

Historic and Vibrant Cabbagetown
Cabbagetown - a historic neighbourhood with a vibrant character
Centrally located in Cabbagetown, the Allan Gardens has a conservatory-style greenhouse that covers 18,000 sq feet. As one of the city's first parks, this attraction serves as an urban sanctuary for exotic plants that normally wouldn't grow in the local climate. For example, the greenhouse includes palm trees and succulents from Asia and Central America. An off-leash dog park is open to the public at the botanical gardens. If you don't have your own canine companion, you could still admire the playful dogs at the bark park. Click to book your Toronto tours Situated on the Don River, the Riverdale Farm is a 7.5-acre property that gives residents and visitors the chance to experience agricultural life in an urban setting. Dozens of animals reside at this tranquil working farm, which has daily demonstrations and other seasonal special events. Some of the charming buildings that are located at the farm include the Simpson House, The Residence, Island House and Meeting House. Cows, horses, goats and sheep graze at paddocks that are scattered throughout the lush grounds. Other animals reside at the Pig Pen and Poultry Barn. History buffs should explore the Toronto Necropolis, which has a distinct Gothic facade dating back to the 19th century. This burial area reveals information on some of the community's earliest residents. You could also take a self-guided tour of the St. James Cemetery, which dates back to the 1840's. The main chapel at this historic cemetery also has a Gothic Revival design. Additionally, the residential areas of the community are lined with Victorian homes dating back to the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Entertainment and Events

The Phoenix Concert Theatre is one of the premier entertainment venues in Cabbagetown. Having approximately 18,000 sq feet of floor space, this facility hosts music bands, DJ's and other performers from Canada. The Main Room includes multiple bars and a dance floor with nightclub-style lighting and acoustics. The Balcony and Parlour are usually reserved for private parties and special events. Hosting more than 100 vendors, the Cabbagetown Festival is one of the district's largest annual events. Live entertainment, games and other fun activities are included at this cultural celebration that's typically held in early September. Held on the same day as the Cabbagetown Festival, the St. James Town Festival celebrates the cultural diversity of Toronto. Click to book your Toronto City Hop-On Hop-Off Tour.

Visiting the Cabbagetown

Old Cabbagetown in Downtown Toronto
Old Cabbagetown in Downtown Toronto
The Don River forms a natural border between Cabbagetown and Riverdale in the eastern part of Toronto. Carrying northbound and southbound traffic, Bayview Avenue and the Don Valley Parkway run along this narrow river. Operating during the day, the TTC 506 streetcar makes numerous stops along Carlton Street and Gerrard Street. Part of the Blue Night Network, the 306 line follows a similar route in late evenings and nights. Additionally, you can reach the neighbourhood by riding the 505 line that runs along Dundas Street. The district has a traditional grid layout, so navigating the streets and avenues by car should be easy. Most of the metered parking lots and parking garages are concentrated in the community's northwestern corner. Public parking is limited in the central and eastern residential zones that overlook the Don River. Whether you're using public transportation or a private vehicle, the ride between Downtown Toronto and the neighbourhood normally takes less than 10 minutes.
By: Denise Marie
Published On: 2018-11-18
Updated On: 2019-06-25

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