Yorkville

As many other districts in Toronto Yorkville is a former village annexed by the City of Toronto.It was founded in 1830 by entrepreneur Joseph Bloor (after whom Bloor Street, one of Toronto’s main thoroughfares, is named) and William Botsford Jarvis of Rosedale, Toronto and it  began as a residential suburb.

In the streets they still are testimony of that time including the beautiful picture on the side of the building that portraits what was known at the time as the Incident on the Old York Lane.Check out the second picture to know what the fuss was all about.

In the 1960s, Yorkville flourished as Toronto’s bohemian cultural centre. It was the breeding ground for some of Canada’s most noted musical talents, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young and Gordon Lightfoot, as well as then-underground literary figures such as Margaret Atwood, Gwendolyn MacEwen and Dennis Lee. Yorkville was also known as the Canadian capital of the hippie movement.

Wondering  what happened to this part of town?

Well, right now Yorkville  is a high-end shopping district.Upscale Bloor Street, the main shopping avenue, vies nationally with Vancouver‘s Robson Street. In 2006, both were the 22nd most expensive streets in the world.

Check out  some of the stores :

Such a nice place to visit.

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