Yorkville's had many faces over the decades, from the brickyards and breweries to beatniks and bohemians. The Yorkville that we know today started to take shape in the 1970s when upscale retailers, designer boutiques, condos, fine dining establishments and galleries moved in. It is now one of Toronto's most glamorous, vibrant and alluring neighbourhoods to live and play in!
Parks and Green Space
The Village of Yorkville Park at the corner of Cumberland and Bellair used to be a parking lot, but was transformed into an urban oasis in the late 90s. The award-winning park features a series of gardens that reflect the diversity of Canada's landscape, plus seating areas and water features.
Yorkville was once its own town before it became part of Toronto, and Town Hall Square is where that town hall once stood. It is now historically protected land and was turned into an urban green space with trees and benches, perfect for a lunch or coffee break outdoors.
Nearby Ramsden Park once housed the brickworks where the signature yellow bricks were made that you can still see in some of Yorkville's Victorian-style buildings. This large park is popular year-round with a canopy of old trees that provides shade for an afternoon of reading during the warm months, and a large ice skating rink in the winter.
Arts and Culture
Yorkville is a hub for arts and culture in the city, with museums, galleries, libraries, churches and impressive architecture. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is one of North America's largest museums of world culture and natural history. It's a mix of old and new architecture, with the modern addition of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal nestled against the original building that opened in 1914. Nearby is the Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art, with a permanent collection that features nearly 3000 items from around the world.
The recently renovated Toronto Reference Library is one of the city's largest, and includes an event space, a Geneaology and Local History Collection, and a room dedicated to Arthur Conan Doyle that's designed to look like Sherlock Holmes' study. The Yorkville Public Library was built in 1907 and still in use as the Toronto Public Library's Yorkville Branch. It stands as a historic landmark of Yorkville's Victorian roots. Speaking of architectural landmarks, Church of the Redeemer is not only a house of worship that anchors the neighbourhood at Avenue Road and Bloor, but the Gothic Revival style building is also a concert venue and event space.
If you are an art buff, the monthly Yorkville Gallery Walk will take you through the area's art galleries. This free tour will allow you to meet artists exhibiting at the galleries, and hear curators talk about their collections.
Rooftop Bars, Patios and People Watching
Yorkville is a place to see and be seen, and you can do it all from its patios, lounges and rooftop bars. The Flight Deck at The Pilot has been rated “Canada's Favourite Patio.” This covered and heated rooftop bar is open from March to December each year. Hemingways features a double-decker rooftop patio that is open all year, plus a small sidewalk patio that's perfect for weekend brunch. One of the area's largest sidewalk patios is at the Hazelton Hotel's ONE, a great spot for people watching while enjoying fine food and drink. Yorkville's Four Seasons Hotel re-opened in 2012 with a 55-story building, and its street-level lounge d|bar features floor to ceiling windows and a seasonal patio.
The Park Hyatt's 18th floor Roof Lounge is a favourite for locals and celebrities, and offers a panoramic view of the city. For an indulgent, low-key option, get out that fancy hat and head to the Tea Room at the Windsor Arms Hotel, which offers Afternoon or Twilight Tea each day.
Summer sunshine or winter chill, Yorkville is front and centre when it comes to festivals in the city. The Bloor Yorkville Icefest features breathtaking ice sculptures, an ice carving competition, refreshments from area restaurants, music and more. The Summer Music in the Park concert series brings music for all tastes – like jazz, swing, Latin and pop – to the Village of Yorkville Park. And Holiday Magic transforms Yorkville into a festive wonderland with decor and lighting displays, the Toronto Santa Speedo Run benefitting Sick Kids, and the 12 Trees of Christmas featuring trees by Toronto's top designers.
A Home in Yorkville
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This large 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom unit spans over 1300 square feet, and features:
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