Not just a clever name, The Junction was literally a 'junction' between four railway lines: the Grand Trunk, Toronto Grey, Bruce and Northern. It sits in an area of the city known as the 'West Toronto Diamond' and used to be an independent city named West Toronto that was also its own federal electoral district until it amalgamated with the greater city of Toronto in 1909. John Scarlett had acquired most of the land that made up what is now known as The Junction and he built Runnymede Road, naming it after his home. The railways eventually came and with them came labourers who became the area's first main residents. Amazingly enough, up until 2000, a section in the heart of The Junction continued to enforce a 'local option' on prohibition since the turn of the 19th century and the area was effectively 'dry'.
On the narrow and tree-lined streets of The Junction, you will find well-kept two to three-storey Victorians, mostly built in the beginning of the 20th century with brick exteriors. There are also some well-groomed two-storey detached and semi-detached homes built in the 1960's and 70's. The neighbourhood is attracting the attention of developers, thanks in part to its close proximity to High Park and its easy access to the Bloor subway. The Junction is now undergoing a sort of building boom of new townhouses, condominiums and loft developments and is one of Toronto's most affordable neighbourhoods as far as new homes are considered.
Toronto's newest bicycle path, the West Toronto Railpath, is a hard landscaped linear park that runs 2.1 kms from Cariboo Avenue to Dundas Street West. It includes four site-specific sculptures, landscaping and many well-marked and convenient access points and is popular with strollers and joggers as well. When you live in The Junction you are merely 1km from High Park and all of its bucolic charm and facilities for recreation but there are also four parks in the area itself with facilities such as playgrounds, wading pools and ice rinks. The local YMCA sits at Perth and Annette and offers many educational and co-operational activities for children and seniors.
The Junction has two junior schools: Indian Road Crescent and Perth Avenue and two high schools: Brockton High and The CIty School. There are three catholic schools in the area named St. Josephat, St Luigi and St. Rita. The Junction is a neighbourhood that is quickly getting noticed by people looking to find a new neighbourhood on the upswing. All the parts are here: great schools, a wealth of greenspace and it's just a transit-ride away from the city centre. No longer just railway yards and industrial buildings, The Junction is a neighbourhood to take notice of.