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Local Focus: Toronto

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Local Focus: Toronto

by Gale Beeby

Considered one of the most multicultural cities in the world, Toronto is a wonderful collection of neighbourhoods


In 1998, the six municipalities that comprised Metropolitan Toronto (East York, Etobicoke, North York, Scarborough, York and the former city of Toronto) and the regional municipality of Metro Toronto were amalgamated into the City of Toronto. This has resulted in creation of a “megacity” with a population of about 2.81 million, and growing. More than 100,000 people move into the GTA every year, most of them settling in the City of Toronto proper.

Historic homes, like the quaint Victorian houses in Cabbagetown and the coveted cottages in the Beach, are just some of the city’s hallmarks. But the skyline is now dominated by the sleek highrise condos in the city’s core. Single-family homes dominate in the former suburbs, where you will also find a large array of new condos and townhouses.

Click here for a list of new homes for sale in Toronto.


Living in Toronto is an open door into a vast array of cultural, theatrical, musical and sporting events. The city is home to the National Ballet of Canada (along with another 50 or so dance companies), the Canadian Opera Company, Opera Atelier, the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra.

Aga Khan Museum
Aga Khan Museum

The Art Gallery of Ontario has a large collection of work by the Group of Seven, while the Royal Ontario Museum has a collection of world culture and natural history. The Gardiner Museum is the only museum in Canada devoted to ceramics and the collection contains more than 2,900 pieces from Asia, the Americas and Europe. Other museums include the Bata Shoe Museum, the Textile Museum of Canada, Museum of Inuit Art, Spadina House and the Aga Khan Museum.

If sports are more your thing, there are plenty of choices. Hockey? The Maple Leafs play out of the Air Canada Centre, as do the NBA’s Raptors. The Blue Jays call the Rogers Centre Home and Toronto FC play at BMO Field. A visit to the Hockey Hall of Fame should be mandatory for any hockey fan.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is an annual event celebrating the film industry and attracts many movie stars and a-list players. Caribana takes place in the summer and is primarily based on the Trinidad and Tobago Carnival. Caribana now attracts over one million people, making it the second largest Caribbean festival in the world.

Other points of interest include the Toronto Zoo, the Ontario Science Centre, Black Creek Pioneer Village, Harbourfront, The Don Valley Brick Works, Fort York, the Distillery District, Ripley’s Aquarium, the CN Tower and the Canadian National Exhibition.


Golf anyone? How about some tennis? Or lawn bowling? Or horse racing? Toronto has it all, including sailing, windsurfing, canoeing, kayaking, water-skiing and boating in the summer, cross-country and downhill skiing, ice skating, ice canoeing and snowshoeing in the winter.

A visit to the Scarborough Bluffs is a wonderful way to spend a summer afternoon, as is a visit to Etobicoke’s waterfront, where there is a large marina and parkland. High Park is always a great place for a summer stroll or winter hike.

Toronto is called The City of Neighbourhoods, and each community has great parks, community centres, activity centres and libraries.


Great shopping districts help define neighbourhoods, and there is none better than the St. Lawrence Market, considered one of the finest food markets in the world. Kensington Market is also a great spot to find unique food and interesting arts and crafts.

The Toronto Eaton Centre is the city’s largest mall, with 235 retail and service providers.

Trips to Chinatown, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Little India and Greektown offer other wonderful treats for the senses.

Etobioke’s Sherway Gardens and Yorkdale Mall in North York also offer a roster of A-list stores and products, as does the Scarborough Town Centre.


The TTC moves over 1.6 million people throughout the city every day on its subway cars, buses, streetcars and LRT lines. The subway can get you from the west end to the east end of the city in less than an hour. GO Transit is Ontario’s only inter-regional transit system, linking Toronto with the surrounding regions of the GTA. Highways include several four and sixlane routes (at points, Highway 401 is 16 lanes wide), including Highways 401, 403, 404, 407, 427, the DVP and the QEW.


Population: 2.81 million

Average Walk Scores

  • Downtown Toronto: 97
  • East York: 78
  • Etobicoke: 75
  • North York: 72
  • Scarborough: 68
  • York: 88

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Amenities offer unique lifestyles and everything a home should be

Pemberton Group takes pride in designing and building homes that have their own unique appeal — inside and out.

Pemberton’s condominium communities can be found across the Great Toronto Area and have several significant things in common. Each location has been selected to ensure that residents have easy access to nearby public transportation, schools, parks, shopping, and restaurants. By including exciting health and wellness and entertainment amenities, purchasers have all the amenities they want at their doorstep.

Time and Space

Time and Space will encompass four towers adjacent to the 1.6-hectare David Crombie Park, where the South Towers offer a new release of townhomes and spacious suites. This successful community will transform an entire city block at Front and Sherbourne, and is nestled between the St. Lawrence Market and The Distillery District.

Amenities begin with 24-hour concierge from within the modern marble-clad lobbies, a club-inspired party room, theatre, fitness centre, and games rooms. Landscaped outdoor spaces include a terrace ideal as a yoga retreat, a multi-use courtyard, a lounge with barbeques, and an infinity pool with cabanas.

The new release of two-storey townhomes with two or three bedrooms is priced from $949,990. The South Towers’ suite choices range from one-bedroom to two-bedroom layouts, plus three-bedroom and three-bedroom plus dens with spacious terraces. Available suites begin from the mid $600s. Ask about the limited-time-only extended deposit program. 416.419.9553

GO.2 Condominiums

In the historic Village of Maple, GO.2 Condominiums is adjacent to the Maple GO station, in the growing Major Mackenzie Drive and Dufferin Street area.

Within a three-kilometre radius are 10 schools ranging from elementary to high school (both public and Catholic), specialty grocery stores, countless restaurants and coffee shops, and all major banks. GO.2 will be surrounded by numerous parks and greenspace, and is close to emergency services and health care — such as the new Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

From the Maple GO Station to Union Station it’s just a half-hour ride, and residents can access the GO Transit Barrie rail line, GO Transit buses, York Region Transit and the Toronto Transit Commission. Highways 400 and 407 are only minutes away.

Residents will enjoy 24-hour concierge service in the stylish lobby, an indoor/outdoor fitness centre with men’s and women’s change rooms, a yoga studio, an indoor/outdoor party room with a catering kitchen and a bar, a landscaped rooftop terrace with lounge and barbecues, a ground floor patio with barbecues, and a dog wash.

Available suites range from one-bedroom, to two-bedroom and two-bedroom plus den layouts priced from mid $300,000s. Two-storey townhomes are priced from the low $600,000s. Ask about the limited-time-only extended deposit program. 905.553.1430

Yonge Parc 2

YongeParc2 is in the vibrant Yonge Street and Hwy. 7 area, steps from GO Transit, VIVA, YRT, and a short drive to highways 407 and the 404. Richmond Hill City Centre boasts existing schools, parks, recreation centres, plus entertainment and shopping venues. Within less than a 10-minute drive is every amenity you can think of.

Rising to 19 storeys and set amid lush landscaping, YongeParc2 will have a wide array of onsite amenities designed to energize, entertain and inspire. Residents and guests will be welcomed into the sleek lobby complete with concierge service. There will be a party room with a lounge area and kitchenette, and an outdoor area with seating and barbecues. Living here, you won’t need a gym membership as you can take advantage of the on-site state-of-the-art Fitness Studio with weights, the separate yoga space, men’s/women’s saunas, and an outdoor area with seating.

Choose from one-bedroom to two-bedroom condos, from the $500,000s. Ask about the new release of two-bedroom plus den suites. Prices include a parking space and locker. 905.709.5700

Prices and specifications are correct at press time. See a sales representative for full details.

To register and subscribe to learn more about all of Pemberton’s many fine condominium communities and those coming soon, visit pembertongroup.com. You can also follow the company on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.


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