In the late 1700s and early 1800s, the area now known as Liberty Village was part of the Garrison Common —a military fortification for the Town of York (which would later become Toronto). Historic Fort York, located at 100 Garrison Road, served as the base for the Canadian militia in the Battle of York against the Americans in 1813.
The arrival of the railway to this area in the 1850s attracted industry, which in turn led to the building of warehouses and factories. Many of these are now enjoying a new purpose in Liberty Village as funky lofts, hip live/workspaces, and studio offices.
The name Liberty Village is said to be a reference to the Central Prison and the Mercer Reformatory for Women that were situated here in the late1800s and early 1900s. Liberty Street —the neighbourhood’s main east-west thoroughfare —is so named because it was the first ground prisoners set foot upon once they were granted their release.
Liberty Village is a 43-acre master-planned community, combining res-
identical, commercial, and retail uses. This neighbourhood is attracting young professionals in media, high-tech, and design businesses who live and work in the urban core.
There is a gritty, urban feel and a unique vibrancy to Liberty Village, which emanates from the red brick Victorian industrial architecture that dominates the streetscape. The tall chimney smoke stacks that project from some of these old buildings serve as neighbourhood landmarks.
Liberty Village has gained a reputation as a destination spot for those seeking unique furniture and design stores,as well as art galleries, hip coffee shops and urban fusion restaurants.
The Dominion supermarket anchors a shopping strip that includes a video store, a pet supply store, a dry cleaner and a bank.
Nodules of new townhouses
can be found throughout Liberty Village and along King Street West. Hard lofts in restored
industrial buildings feature soaring ceilings, huge windows and exposed brick. New concrete and glass condo towers provide an ultra-mod-
ern contrast to the older buildings in the area.
Liberty Village residents can take advantage of the nearby waterfront trail that is used by walkers, joggers, cyclists and in-line skaters.
This neighbourhood is just minutes away from Toronto’s Entertainment District and world-class sporting venues such as Air Canada Centre and Rogers Centre.
Streetcar lines on Queen and King streets provide quick and easy access to the downtown financial and entertainment districts. Go Transit’s Exhibition Station is within walking distance of this neighbourhood.
Motorists can scoot downtown in minutes or quickly access the Gardiner Expressway and Lake Shore Boulevard,which provide access toa network of highways leading out of the downtown core.
Liberty Village Stats
* All commuting times provided are approximate times only. Commute times may increase or decrease depending on where you live within the neighbourhood and the time of day i.e rush hour versus off hour commutes. Time estimates to public transit are based on walking distance or bus line connection whichever is quicker. All other commute times on the chart above are based on drive times.
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