Niagara sits west of Downtown West and is aptly named. Niagara street runs, more or less, right through the centre of the neighbourhood – between Queen and Wellington – and is a nod to the former military capital of Upper Canada. In terms of geography, Niagara shares the Bathurst border of Toronto’s bustling and super-trendy Fashion District, touches on the vibrancy of Queen Street (north), Shaw Street (west) and Wellington (south). It is an eclectic mix of residential, commercial, and industrial, space.
In recent years the area has seen a decrease in industrial use as more homes and new builds have become the focus. Most of the former industrial area has been replaced with contemporary condo developments and townhouses. Residents have convenient access to major roads and public transportation and are also beautifully situated close to running routes, parks (Stanley Park), pubs, and grocers. In warmer temperatures, locals are lucky enough to also be a arm’s reach to Toronto’s historic Fort York. There, many music festivals and concerts are thrown every summer attracting some of the best social events of the season.
Niagara is also becoming more of a family friendly neighbourhood. Residents who moved from smaller condos, say for example in Liberty Village, to larger spaces ended up finding innovative ways to make their new spaces work for a growing family. Local schools such as St.Mary Catholic School and Niagara Street Junior Public School, offer education for children from kindergarten to grade 8. While, proximity to some of Toronto’s most culturally rich areas of the city provide excellent opportunities for family adventures, lunches, and walks. Niagara is an area of the city that continues to evolve, grow, and mature with its increasing population.