Yorkville is known for its wealth, style and luxury. This is a neighbourhood where living car-free is not just possible, but also practical, as everything is within walking distance. It offers a busy mix of Victorian houses, luxury condominiums, plush hotels, theatres and offices as well as Toronto’s premier shopping district and some of it finest gourmet restaurants.
It’s come a long way since the 1960s when it was shabby, rundown and known for its hippie culture. Its coffee houses and clubs were frequented by many struggling artists, including Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Gordon Lightfoot, Margaret Atwood and Dennis Lee.
The neighbourhood is named for the Yorkville Brick Yards which were located on what is now Ramsden Park. The brick yards produced the distinctive yellow brick, seen throughout much of downtown Toronto, including the original firehall on Yorkville Avenue.
Ramsden Park is a quiet refuge in the heart of the city, popular with dog owners thanks to its large off-leash area. It also has a baseball diamond, tennis court (converted to a large outdoor rink in the winter) as well as two playgrounds and a wading pool.