Cabbagetown Area Central Toronto

HeatherILT By HeatherILT, 14th Feb 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/ce0pfu1k/
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Cabbagetown sounds like a strange name, so what are its roots? The most well-known story of how Cabbagetown got its name dates back to the Irish immigrants settling in the area in the 1840s. For those of you that know your history, at the time Ireland was in the clutches of a potato famine, because they were so poor they used the cabbage in their gardens to make stew;

Cabbagetown History&Tips

Cabbagetown sounds like a strange name, so what are its roots? The most well-known story of how Cabbagetown got its name dates back to the Irish immigrants settling in the area in the 1840s. For those of you that know your history, at the time Ireland was in the clutches of a potato famine, because they were so poor they used the cabbage in their gardens to make stew; which was all they could afford. Cabbage became one of the major substances of their diet, and the name Cabbagetown stuck, as it is still used more than 150 years later.

Decades 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". This was the case until people outside the community started seeing the worth of Cabbagetown and started buying up properties.

In the 1970s, wealthy Canadians started buying up run-down Victorian houses and restored them to their original beauty with fanciful architectural detailing, brightly painted walls, delicate iron fencing, carefully manicured lawns and fragrant gardens. Cabbagetown has now turned into one of Toronto's most favored neighbourhoods, attracting a large number of Bohemian personalities, namely artists, folk musicians, and writers.

Not far away is downtown and mid-town Toronto which has shopping, entertainment and business and all are less than 10 minutes from Cabbagetown.

Things to do in Cabbagetown

As a Cabbagetown real estate professional, I can suggest some enjoyable activities. Riverdale Park, is an adventure for all the family, have a day out in beautiful surroundings. In Riverdale park, you’ll also find the municipally managed Riverdale Farm, where you can take your younger family members to enjoy demonstrations of daily farming chores like animal feedings, egg collection, cow and goat milking, horse grooming, and other agricultural concepts and experiences. There are pathways through 7.5 acres of wooded areas, around ponds and then on to butterfly-herb-vegetable-flower gardens.

The Cabbagetown Fall Festival is one more event not to be missed; taking place each September it is a big hit for visitors and residents alike. The parade full of bands, floats and local politicians, begin marching on the Saturday morning of the festival at 10 am. The celebration does not end with the parade, throughout the 2 day event entertainment is in abundance, with street dancing, bands, a variety of food vendors, barn dancing at the farm and a massive community garage sale.

Cabbagetown is located close to Toronto’s Gay Village which is home to Canada’s biggest gay neighbourhood. There's lots of things to do in the village, with plenty of bars and nightclubs for those that like to party, for the shoppers amongst us there is a variety of shops that cater for the gay community and for those that like the quieter life, the village has plenty of cafes and restaurants. The Showtime program Queer as Folk was made in the Gay Village. The last week of June sees another big 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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Heather Hadden is top Toronto realtor. She loves her city and turned her website into thrilling Toronto lifestyle hub.

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author avatar Tranquilpen
21st Feb 2011 (#)

Hello Heather/LT, your biography mentions your love for your city and it's lyfestyle, your article amicably reflects those qualities you possess, I'm looking forward to more of your fascinating reads.

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