Toronto Neighbourhood Guide

West End

Junction Triangle

History of Junction Triangle

The history of “The Junction” dates back to the 1880s when the Grand Trunk, Toronto Grey and Bruce and Northern railway lines began service to this area. The railways attracted industry to the Junction which in turn attracted the labourers who were the first residents of this neighbourhood.

The Heintzman and Company piano factory, Canada Cycle and Motor Works, Comfort Soapworks, the Union Stock Yards and the Queen City Flour Mills were some of the most prominent industries to operate here.

However, by the 1960s the commercial railway lines bypassed Toronto Junction and this led to a decline in the local industry and jobs. Today, the Junction Triangle is being revitalized as abandoned warehouses and factory buildings are being converted to urban lofts, or simply torn down and replaced with new townhomes. Once again this neighbourhood seems poised to become an integral part of the west Toronto landscape..


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