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Cabbagetown, Toronto

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Cabbagetown is a neighbourhood in central Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Administratively, it is defined as part of the Cabbagetown-South St. Jamestown neighbourhood. It largely features semi-detached Victorian houses and is recognized as "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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  • My partner and i were exploring the area and bumped into the festival. The roads were closed to many many stalls. There were live bands on every intersection, people on stilts and lots of fun for ever...  more »
  • Interesting section of Toronto. More quaint restaurants and shoppes to stop in. If you wander off the main drag right there you will see some wonderful homes and landscaping - just beautiful and pictu...  more »
  • We went through Cabbagetown on the bus but I wished we had got off here. It looked really quirky and like a friendly place to wander round. Hopefully I will get to go back to Toronto so I can walk rou...  more »

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