The Junction is no longer Toronto’s best kept secret- the word is out and now it’s time for you to come discover for yourself. The Junction is celebrated among community residents and visitors, for its old world meets new world charm; come discover our variety of retail shops, restaurants, bars, furniture shops, alternative health practitioners, fitness options, the arts and our bustling night life. The Junction Business Improvement Area is located on Dundas Street West between Indian Grove and Quebec Avenue. The area is easily accessed by public transportation; bus service to the area is available at the Dundas West, Keele St. and High Park subway stations. Alternatively take your bike or walk along the West Toronto Rail path, which begins downtown at Strachan Ave. and runs until Cariboo Ave. in the Junction. In addition, our area has plenty of street parking plus municipal lots located on Keele Street north and south of Dundas and off Pacific Avenue south of Dundas Street West. Once arrived, come stroll the streets, stop and shop at our many retail options, then stay for a meal, listen to some live music while enjoying a drink at one of our lovely restaurants or bars; and don’t forget to join us for our many events. In the fall of 2012, the Junction launched our first annual ‘Junction Musical Festival’, a day long music event suitable and enjoyable all ages. We are also delighted to invite you to our annual summer event, ‘The Junction Summer Solstice Festival’, which celebrates the longest day of the year and the beginning of Summer. Please visit our website events section to get more information about our busy events calendar. Part of the Junction’s allure derives from its fascinating history that dates back to the 19 th century. Prior to 1909, the Junction was an independent town before it was annexed by the City of Toronto; however our neighbourhood still preserved the small town feel. In the past, the area was disposed to a boom and bust local economy which contributed to its unbridled history. Many are not aware that since the area voted to prohibit alcohol sales in 1904, the Junction did not completely lift their ban until 2000! Nowadays the community is recognized for its fabulous night life, even though it wasn’t until last decade did most restaurants and bars begin to open up in the area- demonstrating the revival and powerful growth of our community. We encourage everyone to bring their family and friends to the Junction neighbourhood- you will not be disappointed. Come see us where the rails meet! Next stop, the Junction!
The Junction has a rich and fascinating history. Originally, Native Canadian trading trails met at this location. Railway tracks were laid to follow these trails which fostered the growth of industry. Soon, hotels and taverns sprung up to accommodate the bevy of male workers. By 1904, the behaviour of the Junction workers was compared to that of the “wild west”, leading the residents to vote for banning the sale of alcohol until 1998. It was a long and tough fight lead by Vesuvio Pizzeria and Spaghetti House to regain the right to again serve alcohol in the area and it wasn’t until 2000 that the first drink was poured east of Keele Street at Shox’s. This is credited by many as the beginning of the revitalization of the Junction.
Founded in 1884 as a village, the Junction grew into a town, and then it became the City of West Toronto before amalgamation with the City of Toronto in 1909. The Junction has always retained a sense of its own small town feel and has continued to be a thriving centre for business. With much of the original architecture intact, this vibrant business area offers much to see both out and inside. Come and experience The Junction for a historical experience and visit the businesses to find out why it is considered such a trendy and progressive shopping area.