Celebrating 143 years of Parkdale Village

This February, we encourage you to stand proud and celebrate our beautiful community through continued love and kindness.

Celebrating 143 years of Parkdale becoming a Village, and how far it’s come, has a whole new meaning during this Covid-19 era. The community we call Parkdale Village occupies and sits on the traditional territories of many nations and the hardships many members of our community have faced over many generations have brought us here. The adversities, grief, and challenges have built a resilient community, and we embrace it all with love and hopefulness for the future.  Parkdale Village’s history and the many people from all walks of life who have called it home, who have lived, who immigrated, who have studied or worked here have all helped in building this into a colorful and resilient neighborhood.

This year, as we celebrate in the month of love, we ask you to be #ProudlyParkdale and share your #ParkdaleLove;

“What do you love about Parkdale”?

“What local initiatives will you support or built up this month”?

“What are your fondest memories”?

The Village of Parkdale was proclaimed a municipality in January 1879; it became a town in January of 1886 and was annexed by the City of Toronto in March 1889. Although the village celebrates over 143 years, the settlement of the area predates its foundation. For over 10,000 years Indigenous peoples have lived in this area, the area offered portage routes of the Huron, Iroquois and Chippewa, and later those of the Senecas and Mississaugas.

We acknowledge that our community is situated upon the traditional territories of the Wendat, Haudenosaunee, Anishinaabe, and the Mississaugas of the Credit, which is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis peoples and we recognize the enduring presence of Indigenous peoples on this land.

To explore more, follow the links; Parkdale in PicturesSunnyside Historical SocietyVintage TorontoLost TorontoToronto Archives, Lost Rivers, Indigenous History of High Park,  Parkdale History.

Tag us in your posts using #ParkdaleLove and #ProudlyParkdale

The original Odeon Theatre was Harvest Fresh Foods and now home to F45 Parkdale.
The old Police Station on the South West corner of Queen & Cowan. This station was replaced in the early 1930’s by the Modern version that stands today, which is home to Artscape resident artists and the Parkdale Arts & Cultural Centre organizations.
The original mural on Fullworths at Close Ave – 2006.
Now home to Common Sort at Dunn Ave – 2006.
The old 7-24 plaza before the Gwynne Ave Greep P lot
Parkdale Community Legal when it was located at Elm Grove, now home to The Workroom
Old Valentine Card, Miss Agnes Syrett Melbourne Avenue, City of Toronto Archives, Globe and Mail – 1835
Dufferin & Springhurts – 1925
Pickin’ Chicken BBQ at Roncesvalles Ave, now home to Burrito Boys – 1960
King St W and Jameson Ave – 1950
Map of Parkdale – 1887
Map of Toronto Carrying-Place Trail, an important trade route for Indigenous Peoples. Fort Rouille (near Fort Toronto) is located by Parkdale (Exhibition Grounds) and served as a trading post with the local indigenous peoples from the region.