Cabbagetown, a section just east of the downtown Toronto core, boasts of having the largest continuous area of Victorian housing in North America. Cabbagetown's name is derived from the fact that when Irish immigrants moved to the neighbourhood beginning in the late 1840's, they were so poor that they grew cabbage in their front yards. After the war, the area became increasingly impoverished and became one of Toronto's largest slums. But in the 1970's, affluent professionals began to buy and restore the Victorian row houses. Now the area is filled with beautifully renovated homes and gardens.
My friend and I had a lovely day exploring the tiny but gorgeous yards of these old homes. Here is a pictorial tribute to our lovely afternoon.