Parkdale Historical

Parkdale is a neighbourhood and former village in Toronto west of downtown. Bounded by Roncesvalles Avenue on the west, Dufferin Street on the east, CN/CPR railway line and Fermanagh Avenue on the north and to the south by Lake Ontario.

The City of Toronto recently changed the neighbourhood profile of Parkdale. The area now is designated South Parkdale and Roncesvalles. So where is North Parkdale?

For other information on Parkdale check these websites:
Parkdale Village Historical Society
Lost Towns along Lost Rivers
What Parkdale used to look like in Toronto /
Wikipeidia/ Parkdale – Toronto
Toronto Neighbourhoods – Parkdale
Flickr – Parkdale History
Lost Toronto – Parkdale History
Parkdale Village BIA – History

Early records of the area east of the Humber River and west of Garrison Creek on the north shore of Lake Ontario show First Nation settlements of Mohawk, Huron, Iroquois and Mississauga. A primary trading route, The Humber Portage and the Toronto Passage, was a major portage course in Ontario, Canada, linking Lake Ontario with Lake Simcoe and the northern Great Lakes.

European settlers moved into the area in the mid 1700s. A French trading post was established at the foot of the Humber River around 1720.

To learn more about the early history of the area check these web sites:
Fort York Maps & Area
Heritage Toronto
Cities in Time – Toronto
History of Toronto – wiki