The charming neighbourhood of Corktown located East of Old Town, North of the Distillery District and The West Don Lands District. Quaint and affordable row housing, townhouses and duplexes line the streets of this neighbourhood and the new Corktown Commons Park offers many activities for residents and visitors. Corktown has lower rental costs than most other downtown areas as well as amenities and services available to families. As a result of the affordable cost of living, more young professionals are drawn to this area. Numerous old industrial buildings have been converted to create studio lofts, apartment style condos and office space. Although the commercial standpoint of Corktown is not comparable as of yet with other neighbourhoods such as Cabbagetown or the Distillery District. Several deserted small businesses have left segments of this area in desperate need of rejuvenation. Corktown is a fairly quiet neighbourhood because of the lack of commercial units, with most of it being around Queen East. Residents are close to the infamous St. Lawrence Market as well as Sackville Park and Orphan's Green Dog Park, are in close proximity. Along Queen East, closer to Parliament, residents can check out No Bull Burgers, The Black Irish Oyster Bar and Saloon or the White Elephant restaurant for Thai food. St. Paul's Elementary Catholic School and Inglebrook Community High School are in Corktown.
The Canary District
This neighbourhood, consisting of the West Donlands, is currently the focal point of an extensive revitalization project. It will include high end affordable housing, recreational facilities, an 18 acre park and retail spaces. It was created by exceptional architects from architectsAlliance, KPMB, MJMA and Daoust Lestage Inc., who designed the eight block Canary district. This neighbourhood has the largest YMCA in Canada, offering community facilities, pool, fitness centre and the first student resident at George Brown University. This ground breaking urban project consists of four buildings - condos, 24 Townhomes, 12 lofts as well as 250 affordable housing units. This will provide torontonians a charming laid backsetting with an urban lifestyle. Providing a walkable lifestyle the The West Donlands, the Canary District is only minutes away from many central amenities. It is just a short transit ride to the downtown core. It is also close to the Beaches, Leslieville and the Distillery District. Also in walking/biking distance is Queen's Quay, The St. Lawrence Market and Harbourfront. The Don River will again be the focus of the West Donlands. The aim of this project is to to rejuvenate this area so that it will once again be a centerpiece of the Toronto Waterfront, transforming it into a riverside communityfor young families and working professionals.