Community - Canary District

Welcome To Canary District

With its beginnings as host to the 2015 Pan/Parapan Am Games Athletes Village, the 35-acre master-planned Canary District, in the West Don Lands, is now bringing new energy and vitality to Toronto's downtown east. Home to the 82,000 sq.ft. Cooper Koo Family YMCA, George Brown College's first student residence, residential buildings and the health-focused, vibrant Front Street Promenade, Canary District is an active and growing community. Connected to the 18-acre Corktown Common park, trails, neighbouring Distillery District, Leslieville and downtown Toronto, Canary District is the perfect address to live, work, shop and play. With the new addition of Canary Block, now is the ideal time to call Canary District home.


A Visionary, Sustainable Urban Village

The master planned Canary District is a sustainable, LEED Gold village designed on the principles of green living with generous public spaces, next generation Beanfield MetroConnect WiFi connectivity and health-focused retail and inspiring public art, commissioned by Waterfront Toronto.

Your Best Days are Here

Canary District is perfect for those on the move. With frequent and easy access to the TTC 514 Cherry streetcar connecting directly with King Street, buses, and nearby subway stations, getting to the Financial District, Toronto Eaton Centre, or Union Station is quick and effortless. Take a 10 minute ride into the downtown core or get in some cardio with a Toronto Bike Share rental.

For those with slightly further destinations, the Gardiner Expressway and Don Valley Parkway are only a short drive away, or you can grab a train ticket at the proposed GO Station*, and sit back and enjoy the ride outside the city. The nearby Billy Bishop Airport is the perfect option for stress-free travel within North America.



From lush green spaces and community-centered gathering places, to all kinds of ways to nurture the mind, body and soul, the Canary District puts a world of attractions and distractions just steps from your front door.

Cooper Koo Family YMCA

Walk to this 82,000 square foot, fully accessible facility complete with two pools, an indoor track and gymnasium, weight room, cardio machines, green roof, kids’ play structure, cycling studio, fitness training space and more.

Corktown Common Park

This spectacular 18 acre park at the foot of Lower River Street and Bayview Avenue is home to sprawling green spaces, playground areas, a splash pad, barbeques, picnic tables and even a fireplace!

Cherry Street Streetcar

The newly commissioned Cherry Street streetcar line connects directly with King Street, allowing for a seamless connection to the downtown core.


It is easy to stay healthy and active in Canary District, and that is no accident. Following a carefully curated process, Canary District has brought in the best and most well-known local and national retailers.

Distillery District

Just steps from the Canary District, the Distillery District is home to artisan shops, performance venues, and award winning restaurants - all housed within the heritage buildings of the former Gooderham and Worts Distillery.

Don Valley Trail

Bike, hike or walk this scenic trail that runs an astounding 1800 kms through Toronto and throughout Ontario. The paved trails branch off in all directions through creeks, ravines, meadows and forests for a quiet escape from the bustle of the city.

Waterfront access

Head due south and take the Martin Goodman Trail to lively Sugar Beach, one of Toronto’s urban beaches. Or head the other way to Cherry Beach – one of the city’s most remarkable beaches.

St. Lawrence Market

Since 1803, the St. Lawrence Market has been the community’s beating heart and culinary focal point of the city of Toronto. It’s the living symbol and anchor of the neighbourhood and for the families who live here.

Our Milestones

Palace Street School was one of the earliest free schools...

Canary District 1890

By the 1890s, the building had become a turreted and...


The Canary Restaurant opens with its flashing neon sign and...


A visionary public-private partnership in city-building anchored by Waterfront Toronto,...


Canary Restaurant serves its last meal and closes its doors....


Construction begins on the Pan Am Athletes’ Village/Canary District with...


Dundee Kilmer launches Canary District Condominiums, a contemporary midrise building...


Canary District serves as the Athletes’ Village for 7,000 athletes....


Following the spectacular success of the first building, Canary Park...


The Front Street Promenade is Canary District’s main street, lined...


It includes a 30,000 sq. ft. green roof, two swimming...


A long cherished dream comes true for hundreds of purchasers...


Canary Block is a boutique, 12-storey, sculptural expression of modern...


Canary Commons is the next phase in the award-winning Canary...


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