Michael Wellstead

Riverdale is the gateway to Toronto's east-end neighbourhoods, offering a diverse community, colourful shopping district and quaint Victorian and Edwardian homes. While it is considered a high density neighbourhood, it is blessed with an abundance of parkland. Riverdale Park to the east is one of the largest green spaces in the city. It's steep hills are a favourite of tobogganers. Withrow Park to the west is a neighbourhood hub and meeting place with a popular farmers market. Top ranked schools, great shopping and convenient access to transit have attracted many families to this popular neighbourhood.

The residential landscape within Riverdale is made up primarily of Victorian and Edwardian style homes, constructed in the 1800s as boarding rooms for the working-class. Many of the residences have since been redeveloped into homes for young families with homes redesigned to fit the tree-lined streetscape. Housing values for North Riverdale have increased significantly with a new generation of young professionals and their families furthering already widespread gentrification.

Access to all parts of Toronto is one of Riverdale’s prime attractions. The Don Valley Parkway is just minutes away, as are the Gardiner Expressway and Lakeshore Boulevard. Drive along Danforth, over the Bloor viaduct and you are on Bloor Street, right in the heart of downtown Toronto. There are several bus and streetcar routes throughout Riverdale, along with the Broadview, Chester and Pape stations of the Bloor-Danforth subway line.

Dining

Serving good pub grub, with a garden to be rivalled citywide and trees that are centuries old, Allen’s is a remarkably cozy place to spend an evening. Or, for a more Southern comfort style food, The Combine Eatery offers down home cooking and an impressive bourbon list. In early August the neighbourhood hosts Taste of the Danforth -- a popular food festival that celebrates the high calibre of Greek and International food the area has to offer and is the largest of it's kind in Canada. Wandering down the Danforth on a warm summer evening has a strong Mediterranian ambience with it's outside patios, sidewalk dinning, Greek music and families strolling the area.

Allen’s, 143 Danforth Avenue

The Combine Eatery, 162 Danforth Avenue


Entertainment

Originally a movie theatre built in 1919, this gem of the Danforth is now a live music venue offering intimate shows in a historic setting and has recently featured such performers as Ryhanna, Justin Beber, Boy George, Dave Chapelle and so many more stars from the past, present and future.

Danforth Music Hall, 147 Danforth Avenue, 


The Great Outdoors

The Don River trail and Brickworks offer joggers and trekkers plenty of choice for exploration to the west and the area is dotted with parkettes, fountains and places to stop and people watch.