About the Neighbourhood
- Billed by many as the next West Queen West, The Junction is already attracting artists and entrepreneurs for its cheaper rents and converted industrial and warehouse spaces.
- A raw food restaurant and organic grocer are two recent additions to the Dundas West strip, joining established residents like Vesuvio who some say have the best pizza in the city.
- The neighbourhood is also turning into something of a furniture and design destination sporting three great shops in Post + Beam Reclamation, Forever Interiors and Smash.
- Brockton Village is a quiet, unassuming neighbourhood in west downtown Toronto. Historical street signs along Dundas Street mark the entrance way to the commercial centre of the neighbourhood.
- The Junction is a neighbourhood in Toronto, that is near the junction of four railway lines in the area known as the West Toronto Diamond.
- The neighbourhood was previously an independent village, town and city until amalgamating with Toronto in 1909. The main intersection of the area is that of Dundas Street West and Keele Street.
- The Village of Brockton was likely named after Captain James Brock, who held a large parcel of land in this area in the early 1800's. Captain Brock was a cousin of Sir Issac Brock, a Canadian war hero who fought in the War of 1812.
- Brockton was initially settled in the 1840's by Irish immigrants. These first settlers found employment in Brockton's two rope making factories. They also cultivated their land and tended to their livestock as a source of income.
- In 1881, Brockton was incorporated as a village. However, only three years after its incorporation Brockton had accumulated a large debt. Brockton's financial troubles led the residents of the village to vote in favour of amalgamation with the City of Toronto. This merger became official on March 25th, 1884.
- Ed Note: The Village of Brockton Town Hall, built in 1882, is still standing on the south-west corner of Dundas Street and Brock Avenue. This historic building is now being used as a retail store.
- The majority of Brockton Village houses were built between 1880 and 1920. There are many types of homes here, but the most common is the Victorian semi-detached, or row house.
- Many of the houses feature a front porch with pillars, and steps with wrought iron railings, that lead to beautifully maintained gardens.
- The houses are fairly narrow, and so are the lots. Parking is accessed from laneways at the rear of the properties.
- Alexander Muir/Gladstone Jr. and Sr., 108 Gladstone Ave., (416) 393-9140 (Public School)
- Brock Jr., 93 Margueretta St.,(416) 393-9245 (Public School)
- Shirley St., Jr., 38 Shirley St., (416) 393-9270 (Public School)
- Kent Sr., 980 Dufferin St.,(416) 393-0400 (Public School)
- Bloor Collegiate Institute, 1141 Bloor St.West, (416) 393-1420 (Public High School)
- Brockton High School, 90 Croatia Street.,(416) 393-0430 (Public High School)
- West TorontoCollegiate, 330 Landsdowne Ave.,(416) 393-1500 (Public High School)
- St. Helen, 1196 College St.,(416) 393-5208 (Catholic School)
- St. Veronica, 30 Bank St., (416) 393-5280 (Catholic School)
- Bishop Marrocco/Thomas Merton Secondary School, 1515 Bloor St., West, (416) 393-5545 (Catholic School)
- St. Mary Secondary School, 66 Dufferin Park Ave., (416) 393-5528 (Catholic School)
- High Park Alternative School-A public elementary school sharing space in the Annette Street Public School, it was founded in 1981. The school has grown from its original 3 classrooms to its current 7 classrooms. It is committed to: family involvement in all aspects of the school small school environment non-competitive environment and evaluation multi-age grouping community-based curriculum
- The McCormick Recreation Centre has a gymnasium, an exercise room, a games room, and an indoor pool. The playground adjacent to the centre has a wading pool and a baseball diamond.
- Dufferin Grove Park has a myriad of sports facilities including tennis courts, a basketball court, a playing field, and an artificial ice rink. This park also offers some wonderful arts and crafts and nature programs.
- Brockton Village's main shopping districts are on Dundas Street West and on College Street. These two shopping areas contain mostly Portuguese food shops and restaurants, which cater to the large Portuguese community in this neighbourhood.
- The Bloordale Village shopping district along Bloor Street has a wide range of shops and restaurants. The merchants here frequently sponsor special events for the local community.
- The Dufferin Mall, south of Bloor Street, includes large chain department stores and over 100 retail outlets.
Cool Things in the Neighbourhood
- The Junction Arts Festival (September). http://www.junctionartsfest.com/
- Participate in the Toronto city-wide Contact Photography Festival (May) http://www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com/
- Participate in the Torontocity-wide Cavalcade of Lights (December) http://www.toronto.ca/special_events/cavalcade_lights/2010/
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) District: W02
Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) Communities: Junction Area (0410)