"The Junction" is a Toronto neighbourhood located near the West Toronto Diamond - a junction of four railway lines in the area. The neighbourhood was previously an independent city called West Toronto, that amalgamated with the city of Toronto in 1909.
The main intersection of the area is Dundas Street West and Keele Street and the term "The Junction" is generally applied to the area north of Annette,
south of St. Clair, and between Runnymede Road and the Canadian National Railway corridor to the east which intersects with the Canadian Pacific Railway corridor at
West Toronto Diamond.
Having access to these train tracks made the neighbourhood a very popular choice for manufacturers and distributors that started coming into the area in the 1950s. While the area has a rich history of industry, it has developed into a far more resident-friendly neighbourhood in recent years. Many of the old warehouse and industrial buildings have been converted into residential condominium, real estate and retail projects, which has brought plenty of new residents into the area.
West Toronto Junction has some of the finest architecture in Toronto. The winding tree-lined streets north of Annette Street feature rich red brick Victorian houses on generous size lots that boast decorative features such as roof top turrets, whimsical front porches and glamorous archways. There are some fine examples of Queen Anne and Arts and Crafts style house in this part of the neighbourhood.
Closer to Dundas Street the houses are Victorian in style but much smaller and much less descriptive. The lots at the north-end of the neighbourhood are also narrower. You will find a that a fair number of the larger houses particularly on the main streets have apartments with two or more units which help pay for the upkeep and property taxes.
The commercial buildings on Dundas Street West are remarkably beautiful. They provide the perfect backdrop for this shopping destination that has become known for its independent retailers especially for home décor. Stores for children, alternative health options and a plethora of restaurants and bars are also part of the shopping mix.
The area around Dundas Street and St.John's Road is known as Little Malta where several Maltese Canadian businesses operate.
Residents of this neighbourhood are less than one mile from High Park, which contains a myriad of recreational opportunities. There are also four local parks located within this neighbourhood. Their facilities include playgrounds, wading pools and artificial ice rinks. The local YMCA, at Perth and Annette, offers a wide variety of programs for children and seniors.
The Perth Dupont Public Library has programs for preschoolers and children.
The West Toronto Junction has bus service on Dupont, Dundas and Keele streets as well as on Symington and Lansdowne avenues. The Dupont and Dundas buses connect passengers to the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, while the Keele, Lansdowne, and Symington buses connect with stations on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Motorists can be downtown in approximately 10 minutes by way of either Bloor Street or Dundas Street.