WALK THE BLOCK

Saying that the West St. Clair West area is on the verge of becoming one of Toronto’s emerging hot neighbourhoods is an understatement. For decades this strip of St. Clair has been known for its family-focused attitude, with the popular Joseph J. Piccininni Pool and Community Centre, the abundance of local restaurants and bars, and quite possibly the best Gelaterias in the city. But much like The Junction and Roncesvalles before it, a new energy has been steadily building. While favourite “Mom and Pop” shops still serve neighbourhood devotees, many “Sons and Daughters” have brought new art galleries, cafés, boutiques and small businesses to the new generation of young families that now call the area home. And with the St. Clair Streetcar right outside your door, all you need is fare and a craving for exploration. Within minutes you’re sampling cannoli in Corso Italia, browsing the weekend market at Wychwood Barns orbar-hopping through The Junction.