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Street art in Underpass Park

Corktown

Find historic sites on almost every block in Corktown, which is named after its first Irish residents from County Cork. See exquisite Victorian rowhouses and historic buildings like St. Paul’s Basilica, Little Trinity Church and the Enoch Turner School (Toronto’s oldest standing and first free school). There are also plenty of unique places to grab a bite, plus public art and green spaces.

Don't miss:

  • Strolling Corktown’s independent art galleries
  • A picnic in Corktown Common. The former industrial area has been transformed into a lush family-friendly park
  • Underpass Park for incredible street art, plus a basketball court, playground and skate park
  • A chilly fall afternoon sampling French-inspired sweets at Roselle Desserts
  • Authentic Beirut street food (with incredible gluten-free pitas) at Souk Tabule 

BOUNDARIES: Queen Street East to the north, Front Street East to the south, Parliament Street to the west and Lower River Street to the east.

PUBLIC TRANSIT (TTC): Queen or Osgoode subway stations, then take the 501 streetcar eastbound to Parliament Street. 

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