Known as the ‘city of neighbourhoods’ Toronto is conveniently divided into regions. Toronto of the past was just the central downtown and close surrounding area. But in 1998, the City of Toronto was revised and expanded, by a lot. The city of Toronto now has more than a whopping 240 neighbourhoods, making this great city… even greater.

The first division to look at is the four large sections; Downtown Core or Central Toronto, East End, North End and West End. There is also to take into account the large areas in the surrounding area around Toronto. These Toronto neighbourhoods will be explained at the bottom.

The Downtown Core or Central Toronto is where most of the financial and business areas are located. It is also the main original area that was the former City of Toronto. Fast paced and open 24/7, Central Toronto is not a place for those looking for peace and quiet.

The Toronto neighbourhoods that can be found in Central Toronto are as follows (alphabetically):

  • Alexandra Park
  • The Annex
  • Baldwin Village
  • Cabbagetown
  • Cityplace
  • Chinatown
  • Church and Wellesley (The Gay Village)
  • Corktown
  • Discovery District
  • Distillery District
  • The Entertainment District
  • The Fashion District
  • The Financial District
  • Garden District
  • Grange Park
  • Harbord Village
  • Harbourfront
  • Kensington Market
  • Moss Park
  • Queen Street West
  • Regent Park
  • St James Town
  • St Lawrence
  • Toronto Islands
  • Trefann Court
  • University of Toronto and
  • Yorkville

The East End became part of the City of Toronto in 1908 and had a population of just 5,000 people. It is now considered one of the best areas to live in due to it not being directly located within the heart of Toronto yet still close. The beautiful old homes, new buildings and easy TTC (Toronto Transit Commission) access are also pluses for the East End.

The East End neighbourhoods are as follows (alphabetically):

  • The Beaches
  • East Danforth
  • Gerrard St East (Little India)
  • Greektown
  • Leslieville
  • Main Square
  • Playter Estates
  • Portlands
  • Riverdale and
  • Upper Beaches

The North End is home to older neighbourhoods and homes. It is also more financially stable then some of the surrounding regions.

The North End neighbourhoods are listed below (alphabetically):

  • Bedford Park
  • Casa Loma
  • Chaplin Estates
  • Davisville Village
  • Deer Park (Yonge and St Clair)
  • Forest Hill
  • Lawrence Park
  • Lytton Park
  • Midtown
  • Moore Park
  • North Toronto
  • Rosedale
  • South Hill
  • Summerhill
  • Wanless Park
  • Wychwood Park and
  • Yonge and Eglinton

The West End is rich with culture and character. This is also a great area for living, with a lot around for all ages.

The West End neighbourhoods are listed below (alphabetically):

  • Bloor West Village
  • Bracondale Hill
  • Brockton Village
  • Carleton Village
  • Corso Italia
  • Davenport Park
  • Dufferin Grove
  • Earlscourt
  • Fort York
  • High Park
  • The Junction
  • Junction Triangle
  • Koreatown
  • Liberty Village
  • Little Italy
  • Little Portugal
  • Malta Village
  • Mirvish Village
  • Niagara
  • Palmerston
  • Parkdale
  • Pelham Park
  • Roncesvalles
  • Runnymede
  • Seaton Village
  • Swansea and
  • Trinity-Bellwoods (Portugal Village)

The surrounding regions around the City of Toronto where not always considered part of the city. They used to known as Townships around Toronto. One by one they were pulled into the Toronto municipality, expanding the city and efficiently creating what is now known as the Greater Toronto Area (GTA).

Most of the Greater Toronto Area is considered suburbs, with houses and apartments ranging from all prices depending on the area. But they have started to build their own stronger communities in the past few years.

The regions for the GTA are as follows:

  • East York
  • Etobicoke
  • Scarborough
  • North York and
  • York.

Within each region of the GTA are more villages and neighbourhoods.

Toronto is also broken up in a more diverse way. They are listed above but also deserve their own listing. As Toronto grew, more and more immigrants came to settle down. In that, they started to form their own little communities. These little communities have now grown into trademarks all over Toronto, bringing authentic cuisine, clothing, music and more.

Respectfully, they are:

  • Chinatown
  • Greektown
  • Koreatown
  • Little India (Gerrard St East)
  • Little Italy
  • Little Portugal

There are other less formal communities as well (Little Poland and Little Jamaica are a couple), all based around a group of people who came to Canada and wanted a little reminder of home.

Toronto neighbourhoods have acted like puzzle pieces. Slowly and carefully, they have shifted into place, creating the City of Toronto, as we know it today. Toronto is full of life, diversity and one great transit system (not to mention a great place for Toronto Real Estate).

See also:

Albion Islington Square
Baby Point Gates
Bloor by the Park
Bloor West Village
Bloorcourt Village
Bloordale Village
Church and Wellesley
College Promenade
Corso Italia
Crossroads of the Danforth
Danforth Village
Distillery District
Dovercourt Village
Downtown Yonge
Dundas West
Dupont Strip
Eglinton Way
Emery Village
Fairbank Village
Fashion District
Financial District and Underground City
Forest Hill Village
Harbord Street
High Park
Little India
Little Italy
Little Poland
Mirvish Village
Portugal Village
Queen Street West
St Lawrence
The Beaches
The Danforth
Theatre District