It is no secret that our wonderful city is continually evolving and expanding. It seems like something changes every week with new roads, condo buildings, stores, and oodles of new restaurants and bars popping up. It is quite the feat to stay up to date with what’s new, but every day we take on the challenge and this week we are focusing on an up and coming neighbourhood that a few of us View the Vibers live in and around, myself included: Fort York. The area is wonderfully rich in city history as it is where it all began way back in 1793, and as you can imagine much has changed since then and continues to evolve every day. I am thrilled to be a habitant of what is sure to be a hotbed for history and culture with many exciting changes coming our way. Here’s what to expect around Fort York in the very near future…
This Etobicoke go-to is finally moving downtown so we can enjoy the goods without the trek! The crazy popular BBQ joint is slated to open in September, so prepare yourself for some serious meat loving this fall. View the Vibe will be the first to know when an opening date is set, so stay tuned!
Taste of Toronto
The Taste Festivals have been in action for over a decade now and we are super pumped that the foodie favourite is landing in Toronto this summer – and they are setting up camp at none other than the Fort York National Historical Site. Just some of the big names confirmed so far include celebrity chef Mark McEwan, Colin Tooke of Grand Electric, Carl Heinrich of Richmond Station, and Stuart Cameron of Patria. Prepare your tastebuds, friends, as this is going to be epic.
Fort York at Bathurst
Finally they’re cutting down those rails and opening up Fort York at the Bathurst intersection! For us locals this means that walking to city sites such as the Rogers Centre, the CN Tower, and the Steam Whistle Roundhouse will be a breeze! It also makes for much easier access to Sobeys and some epic patio time at a neighbourhood favourite, Hunter’s Landing.
Fort York Library
Toronto’s 99th library will soon be opening its doors at Fort York and Bathurst. The sexy building is encased in glass and offers a rare view of Fort York and a warm and relaxing environment for Torontonians to get their bookworm on.
The Fort York Pedestrian and Cycling Bridge
Proposed plans for a pedestrian and bike bridge will make accessing the city that much easier from Fort York while also allowing easy access to the waterfront, spanning south from Garrison Common to the Stanley Park extension in the north. Of course there are many meetings and reviews to be had before the go-ahead is given; best bet is construction will kick off late 2014/early 2015.
What are you most excited for in the Fort York ‘hood? (It’s Royal Meats, isn’t it?!) Let us know in the comments below or tweet us @ViewTheVibe.