The area that encompasses the Church-Yonge Corridor has had a colourful past. Initially a part of the Alexander Wood Estate, many of the City’s most influential families lived here in the past. However, this area is most famously known for the underground bathhouses and bars within the Church and Wellesley Village during the early 1800’s. Now, Wood’s statue stands within this portion of the corridor signifying the historical significance to the now LGBTQ community that resides within this segment.
The neighbourhood of Church – Yonge Corridor is considered an alternative community with a variety of ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds and identities. This area is transitioning into one of the citys’ most sought after neighbourhoods. This is due in part to its availability to offer diverse living accommodations, from Victorian era free standing homes, to high rise condominiums. As well, it offers the availability to support a variety of lifestyles. Closer to the core the appeal to the vibrant city lifestyle is available. Dundas square- one of Toronto’s cultural and entertainment hubs sits within this segment.
As one moves farther north, a clear shift from high-rise commercial and residential buildings to low-rise and street level retail can be seen. Parkettes are strung throughout the northern portion of the community. Community centres, sporting fields and farmer’s market can be found within this portion of the community. Allen Gardens, the 100 year old park sits within the heart of the area. Offering public access to 16,000 square feet of greenhouse year round, this park is the largest in Toronto.
Entertainment within this neighbourhood is as eclectic as its residents. The National Ballet offers nightly events, training and a host of activities for young professionals and children. The Eglin and Winter Garden Theatres as well as Massey hall offer a variety of live musical entertainment. The Drake Hotel and the Gladstone Hotel are historical hotels with both entertainment appeal as well as cultural appeal. Pride Toronto is hosted in this neighbourhood annually, bringing hundreds of thousands of tourists and residents alike to the community. Pride Toronto has hosted the North American premiere of World Pride.
With the increase in young families to the Church-Yonge Corridor, both Toronto District School Board and the Toronto Catholic School Board have schools within this community. Additionally, St. Michaels Choir School for both junior and senior students resides here. Accessible day care is available for those with young children.
The Yonge- University subway line runs throughout the length of the Corridor as well as street cars and buses are available within the city. For those who drive, secondary arteries are available including Danforth Ave. and Yonge Street, allowing for access within the city.