Contributed by Sarah Cook. When my husband and I bought our house, just off Parliament Street 22 years ago, we mainly bought for ‘location’, – the GCR- “Greater Cabbagetown Region” to quote Alanna Cavanagh. It’s proximity to the surrounding major highways and the fastest route possible to Pearson airport were perfect.
Our little gem had it all, parking, 3 bedrooms and needed no improvements. Not in Cabbagetown proper, nor in South Cabbagetown. Not part of Regent Park, Moss Park or the newly named Treffan, but a little street, in the middle of all these boarders, all on its own.
We loved the amenities that this ‘newer build’ supplied us with, knowing our family would grow soon and that we are ‘collectors’ of many ‘collections’. Little did we know, that not only would our roots take, but that they would grow deep, along with our love of the neighborhood.
We’ve always considered ourselves ‘Cabbagetowners’, as this is we’re we do all our food and gift shopping, dining out, business, hair cuts, dental care, pet care, banking etc… Cabbagetown, or the GCR, has it all. It’s so wonderful to see the revitalization of Regent Park and surrounding areas, many improvements have come to fruition, with many more yet to come.
Some new ventures have come our way recently including plenty of new fabulous restaurants and watering holes as well as retail shops, and small business that I personally will ‘shop local’ frequently to help support. I believe that all Cabbagetown and GCR business owners are all ‘Doing Great Things’!
Ultimately my absolute favourite aspect of the GCR has to be ‘The Farm’! Riverdale farm has been- and hopefully always will be, a staple, a must-see tradition of Cabbagetown. Open all year long and worth a stroll through every season, if not every week. Pictured here is a wonderful setting, just inside the farm gates captured by Cabbagetowner / photographer Brian Summers.