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LIVING IN WEST DON LANDS

 

West Don Lands is a master planned neighbourhood that has been developed under the watchful eye of Waterfront Toronto ensuring adherence to strict guidelines for design and sustainability. The result is a truly 21st Century neighbourhood. West Don Lands has adopted many ideas from leading urban revitalization projects around the world. For example; Woonerfs – an innovative streetscape – commonly seen in European cities, are designed to harmoniously weave pedestrians, cyclists and motorists together through neighbourhood streets. West Don Lands will also be awash in culture with public art installations being a focal point of this neighbourhood.

 

West Don Lands has been carefully planned to include people of all ages who want to live, work and play in a vibrant community located just minutes from Toronto’s downtown core. All east/west streets in the neighbourhood connect with the award winning Don River Park, which is destined to become a signature landmark for this neighbourhood. The north/south streets in West Don Lands will connect with established roads that feed into adjacent neighbourhoods ensuring West Don Lands connectivity to Toronto’s urban core. Speaking of connectivity West Don Lands will also feature a state-of-the-art high-speed braodband network in keeping with Waterfront Toronto’s intelligent community initiative.

 

The Canary District comprises 36 acres within the West Don Lands. This master planned community sprang to life in 2015 as the Athletes Village for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. These residences have since been converted to condominiums as well as community housing and residences for nearby George Brown College. Canary District is essentially a self-contained 21st century urban village. The Canary District is one of the most connected communities in Toronto with a walk-score of 93, transit-score of 97, and bike-score of 100.

 

 

HISTORY OF WEST DON LANDS

 

West Don Lands was once a thriving commercial and industrial hub. This period of prosperity was followed by many decades of neglect. West Don Lands fortunes would change for the better in 2005 when Waterfront Toronto’s’ bold revitalization plans for this neighbourhood were approved by Toronto city council. That same year West Don Lands received the Toronto Urban Design Award of Excellence in the Vision and Master Plan category. That vision was fulfilled in 2015 when West Don Lands made history as the host site of the Athletes Village for the Pan Am/Parapan Am Games. The athletes village has since been repurposed into condominiums and student housing for George Brown College. A commemorative collage of trees with accompanying  plaques lines the Canary District sidewalk. This installation known as 41 Trees pays homage to the 41 countries that participated in the Pan Am games, providing a lasting legacy and reminder of the games that helped to shape this 21st century neighbourhood.

 

Editors Note: The Canary District is named after the former Canary restaurant. The landmark building for the Canary restaurant sits at the corner of Front and Cherry Streets and now marks the entrance into this new neighbourhood.

 

Canary Restaurant, 2014, oil on board, painted by George Boyer

Canary Restaurant, 2014, oil on board, painted by George Boyer

 

HOMES IN WEST DON LANDS

 

Canary District condos are now being occupied and sales have already begun on the next phase of buildings. The buildings are mid-rise with a contemporary facade consisting of glass, steel and grey limestone designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture and landscape. The housing mix includes condominium units as well as townhomes. Canary Park condos will feature sleek contemporary finishes, high ceilings and an ultra high-speed, ultra-broadband fibre optic network. Balconies are included with the condominium apartment units affording residents spectacular City and park views.

 

 

S317-120 Bayview Ave listed with Shane Carslake - (c) Photo by M.H. exclusively for SHANE.

S317-120 Bayview Ave listed with Shane Carslake – (c) Photo by M.H. exclusively for SHANE.

 

LIFESTYLE IN WEST DON LANDS

 

Canary District condos are now being occupied and sales have already begun on the next phase of buildings. The buildings are mid-rise with a contemporary facade consisting of glass, steel and grey limestone designed to fit in with the surrounding architecture and landscape. The housing mix includes condominium units as well as townhomes. Canary Park condos will feature sleek contemporary finishes, high ceilings and an ultra high-speed, ultra-broadband fibre optic network. Balconies are included with the condominium apartment units affording residents spectacular City and park views.

 

RECREATION IN WEST DON LANDS

 

West Don Lands is part of Waterfront Toronto’s massive Blue Edge revitalization project where the City meets the water. This neighbourhood features parks and trails that connect residents to the water. The largest of these parks in Corktown Common located within the Canary District. This 18 acre park is set in a natural landscape and includes a spacious playground with water features, picnic areas, a dog run, trails, and a multi-functional pavillion with a stage that will be the focal point for community events. The award winning Sugar Beach Park and Underpass Park are located on the doorstep of this neighbourhood.

 

Photo by Nicola Betts

 

In keeping with the connectivity theme of this neighbourhood, West Don Lands is part of an 1800-km trail network that includes The Martin Goodman a multi-use path that traverses the entire length of the Toronto waterfront winding its way through many popular neighbourhoods including the Toronto Beaches and Scarboorugh Bluffs in the east, downtown Harbourfront and Humber Bay in the western beaches. West Don Lands also connects to the Lower Don Recreational Trail which runs along the Don River and provides access north to the popular Evergreen Brickworks.

 

The Cooper Koo Family YMCA located in the heart of the quickly growing Canary District, is an 82,000 square foot, fully accessible facility. It features something for everyone, including two pools, an indoor track and gymnasium, weight room, cardio machines, green roof, kids’ play structure, cycling studio, functional fitness training space, and more.

 

Cooper Koo Family YMCA – Photo compliments of WATERFRONToronto

 

Corktown Common

Corktown Common

 

TRANSPORTATION IN WEST DON LANDS

 

The City of Toronto, TTC and Metrolinx, are working collaboratively to plan expansion of the transit network and bring more transit to communities across the city, including a proposed Relief Line South.  This 7.5km long planned subway line with 8 stations, will connect the Yonge-University-Spadina Subway (Line 1) downtown to the Bloor-Danforth Subway (Line 2).  Once completed there will be a new subway station in at Sumach & King St E.  Follow this project here: http://reliefline.ca/south/

 

Motorists are only a few minutes from the Adelaide Street on ramp to the Don Valley Parkway, and an equally short distance to the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard.

 

Easy access to the Gardiner Expressway and DVP – (c) Photo by M.H. exclusively for SHANE

 

 

 

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