Living In The GTA


One of the great aspcts of living in a big City like Toronto is that there is no shortage of fantastic places to get coffee. And, if you're a bit of a caffine aficionado the city offers a myriad of cafes and espresso bars to saisfy one's cravings.


There are great coffee places in most of the downtown neighbourhoods, and Corktown is no exception. One of the most enjoyable places to grab a latte in the downtown East side is the RedLine Coffee & Espresso Bar, located at the North-East corner of Parliament and Queen. 





"It's eccelctice, it's fun, it's ten minute walking distance to downtown,

there's all different types of people you're going to meet in this neighbourhood,

and it's very artsy, which I love!" .. Julie Van Der Lugt

Owner and proprietor Julie Van Der Lugt has fashioned much more than a coffee shop, as there is an ongoing calendar of activities to get involved in. Some of these include yoga classes, guitar lessons, open mic and music events, in addition to rotating calendar of community events. I had the opportunity to interview Julie about her experience of running a successful business in the Corktown neighbourhood.


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As part of the ongoing re-development of the West Don Lands, Waterfront Toronto has created a very exciting outdoor space at Eastern Ave and the Don River. The park is the largest in the downtown core (18-acres), and has been created with the many new residents to the area in mind. There are many exciting components to the park, including  several play areas, a splashpad, an off-leash dog walking area and a great lawn large enough for varied events. Other components include a wetlands and nature area, which boast numerous native species of plants and trees.

All the crafted detail and planning that has informed the development of Corktown Common has paid off. It has been accurately described as a showcase of urban sustainability. Recently Popular Science magazine has recognized the Corktown Common park with one of the 2014 “Best of What’s New” award in the Green Category for its sustainable design, innovation and positive and lasting impact on its community.


To keep up to date about activities in the park, and access a schedule of ongoing events you can visit the Friends of Corktown Common website.

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