Riverside Neighbourhood of Toronto
Riverside Toronto includes some of the most remarkable century-old buildings that provide a perfect backdrop for the many shops and restaurants that have recently sprung up in the area. Some might describe the area as Bohemian, due to the eclectic and artsy businesses along Queen Street and the mingling of people from all walks of life. Riverside Toronto is a neighbourhood that has drawn on its history as the impetus for a new era of prosperity and growth. The beautification of this area is attributed to the Riverside Business Improvement Area, and a renewed pride of ownership in the community is evident in the area’s award-winning revitalization projects that include façade restorations and new pedestrian lighting.
When you are in Riverside, it is hard to imagine that you’re just a hop, skip, and a jump away from downtown Toronto. The railway corridor and the Don Valley that border this neighbourhood have resulted in a tightly knit community within a well defined area. Some notable neighbourhood landmarks are the New Broadview Hotel, Ralph Thornton Community Centre, The Opera House, Jimmy Simpson Park and Recreation Centre, Toronto’s East Chinatown, the recently revitalized Don Mount Court/Rivertowne mixed income public housing development, and Degrassi Street of television and Drake fame. While largely filmed elsewhere, the vibe of the show ‘Degrassi’ originated in this area and many exterior shots were filmed there.