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Old Town, Toronto

Old Town
Detail and location of Old Town within Toronto
Detail and location of Old Town within Toronto
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto

Old Town is a neighbourhood and retail district in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It was the first of Toronto's named neighbourhoods, having acquired the moniker no later than 1815, at which time the original town of York was expanding. The old neighbourhood was referred to as "Old Town" by residents, and the new neighbourhood as "New Town".[1] The site still has a large number of 19th-century buildings. The neighbourhood's approximate boundaries are Queen Street on the north from Church Street east to Parliament Street, Parliament Street south to Front Street, Front Street west to Jarvis, one block north to King Street and Church Street north to Queen Street.


  • Character 1
  • Landmarks 2
  • Transportation 3
  • References 4
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The area is filled with buildings predominantly two or three storeys tall. Along the main streets of Front, King and Queen are numerous first floor restaurants and stores with walk-up apartments on the upper floors. The area also has numerous older warehouses that have been converted to lofts or offices.

The area between Front Street on the south and Adelaide Street on the north, between Berkeley Street on the east and George Street on the west, is the ten blocks that make up the original town-site of York, as laid out in 1793. While no buildings in the area date from that time period, there are numerous heritage buildings such as Toronto's first post office on Adelaide within the area.



The 504 King Street and the 501 Queen Street streetcar serve the neighbourhood. The 65 Parliament and 75 Sherbourne buses also serve the area.


  1. ^ Firth, Edith G., ed. (1966). The Town of York: 1815—1834; A Further Collection of Documents of Early Toronto.  

External links

  • Old Town Toronto business listings

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