Parkdale Village is a vibrant commercial strip on Queen Street West from Dufferin Street to Roncesvalles Avenue. It is one of the most diverse areas of the city, with many new immigrants finding their first homes here, due to the lower rents. The presence of a large immigrant community has done much to create the vibrancy that Parkdale is known for. A multicultural destination due to the unique restaurants that represent this diverse community.
It is a historical destination because of the many architecturally significant buildings from the late 1800’s and early 1900’s found along Queen and throughout the surrounding residential streets. Also, a cluster of over 15 antique stores are located at the western entrance of Roncesvalles and Queen. It is an artistic destination because Parkdale has been a long standing neighbourhood-of-choice for artists, attracted to the area’s inclusive nature, its diversity, interesting architecture and urban edge.
Recently, it has become a hip destination attracting the creative crowd who frequent the many cafes and shops for the one of a kind unique home decor, gifts and art finds in Parkdale Village. Its location close to downtown, next to the Canadian National Exhibition and the waterfront trails and parks along the shores of Lake Ontario puts Parkdale Village in a good place. Parkdale Village really has something for everyone. Hop on a street car, ride your bike, rollerblade or drive on over and check out the cutting edge at the end of Queen Street West.