The Church and Yonge corridor is a vibrant and colourful community and this could fairly be attributed to it sharing a good chunk of Church and Wellesley, the de-facto centre of Toronto's gay and lesbian community. There is an intimate and personable feel with its independent businesses and small green-grocers straight out of a version of the city a few decades ago. A large portion of this area was once the estate of Upper Canada magistrate, Andrew Wood, a controversial figure who was the centre of some speculation and persecution surrounding his sexuality. A statue of him was erected in the neighbourhood in 2005 and many see him as a forefather to Toronto's gay community today.
The area is historic with many Victorian houses that date back to the 19th century and some older-style two and three-storey apartment buildings. New condos are starting to make their way to the neighbourhood with new development and the rising interest in the address, so central in the downtown core. There is a large variety of residential options that represents the new and increasingly younger and professional face of the neighbourhood.
As far as attractions and things to do, the big daddy of them all is The Pride Week festivities in the middle of summer and its flagship parade; traditionally it is always held on the last weekend in June and hundreds of thousands of people of all shapes and sizes come down to the largest celebration of its kind in all of Canada. The iconic Maple Leaf Gardens is no longer home to the Toronto Maple Leafs but it still holds its prominent spot on Carlton street and will soon be turned into Ryerson University's Sports and Recreation Centre.
The aforementioned University is central to the area and University of Toronto's main campus is within walking distance as well. The Yonge-Church Corridor is also home to the distinguished French school, Sacred Heart, Church Street public school, and Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior school. Jarvis Collegiate holds a prominent place in the neighbourhood and Our Lady Of Lourdes Catholic school was active for almost a hundred years before moving into the neighbourhood at its new location on Isabella street.