Parkdale has begun to undergo a full-scale revitalization-one that preserves much of the charm that has made it a popular location to live and play, while also adding a sense of modernity.
Queen Street West serves as the primary neighborhood thoroughfare, and is lined with shops and restaurants that cater to Parkdale’s diverse population. This stretch of Queen is also popularly known as “Little Tibet”, with a high concentration of Tibetan-owned businesses (including a number of renowned dining establishments) being present here. Further south, a series of long narrow blocks give way first to a strip of parkland known as Marilyn Bell Park and then to Lake Ontario. The neighborhood is noted for its glut of historic homes, renovations of which have become popular amongst young professionals. While single-family homes continue to be the norm, modern condominiums have begun to establish more of a presence here.
Transportation in Parkdale
Frequent streetcar service is available on both King Street West and Queen Street West. Together, the #501 Queen and #504 King provide convenient access to both Downtown Toronto and the thriving tech and retail hubs that have sprung up along both corridors. Exhibition GO station lies just outside the neighborhood to the east, and is within walking distance for many local residents. From there, the downtown core and a long list of local and regional destinations are easily accessible. For drivers, the Gardiner Expressway is just minutes away.