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Cabbagetown, Toronto

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Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood located on the east side of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Administratively, it is defined as part of the Cabbagetown-South St. Jamestown neighbourhood. It comprises "the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America", according to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association.Cabbagetown's name derives from the Irish immigrants who moved to the neighbourhood beginning in the late 1840s, said to have been so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards. Canadian writer Hugh Garner's novel, Cabbagetown, depicted life in the neighbourhood during the Great Depression.HistoryThe area today known as Cabbagetown was first known as the village of Don Vale, just outside Toronto. Before the 1850s it consisted of farmland dotted with cottages and vegetable plots. It grew up in the 1840s around the Winchester Street Bridge, which before the construction of the Prince Edward Viaduct was the main northern bridge over the Don River. This was near the site where Castle Frank Brook flowed in the Don River. By the bridge the Don Vale Tavern and Fox's Inn were established to cater to travellers. In 1850 the Toronto Necropolis was established in the area as the city's main cemetery.
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  • Cabbagetown was almost demolished along with the rest of downtown in the 50s and 60s, were it not for hippies and yuppies who recognized the gracefulness of the Victorian row houses and started to mov...  more »
  • Walking distance to downtown, the village, blood street and more. Great cafes, restaurants and shopping.  more »
  • Great for exploring, lots of architectural curiosities and neat homes to see. Took a walking tour with the family and had a great time.  more »