Seaton Village is a centrally located and family oriented Midtown Toronto neighbourhood. Remarkably, this neighbourhood has managed to maintain the feel of a small town village, even though it is situated in right a busy part of the city.
Seaton Village is bordered by Bloor Street to the south, the Canadian Pacific Railway tracks to the north, Christie Street to the west and Bathurst Street to the east. It is within the broader ‘The Annex’ neighbourhood, as defined by the City of Toronto, thought not in most Annex residents’ minds!
Although the Koreatown shopping district is at its southern border, Seaton Village can sometimes be referred to as the “West Annex”. While Seaton Village shares several characteristics with the area to the east (notably its architecture and its popularity with University of Toronto students), it is generally quieter, more family-oriented – and with smaller, less expensive homes.
The area consists of primarily semi-detached single family homes dating to the start of the 20th century. Most are of solid brick construction, while some have only a facade of brick. Most of the trees planted at the same time as the houses were built are still standing.
Vermont Square Park is almost right in the middle of Seaton Village. The park has a playground, including a wading pool. St. Albans Boys and Girls club (where I hung out after school) and the Bill Bolton hockey arena (where I played hockey as a kid) are also located in the park. Christie Pits is right on the western edge of the area, providing a wealth of outdoor activities.
There are several small businesses located along Dupont Street, with a Loblaws supermarket located on the northeast corner of Christie and Dupont. The neighbourhood is served by two subway stations – Bathurst and Christie. Buses run north from both stations, and buses run along Dupont. Many streetcars run out of Bathurst station, as far down as the lake and Exhibition Place.
The Village of Seaton once existed as an actual village – north from Bloor to Hammond (now Dupont), between Bathurst and Hope (now Manning) Streets. Situated just west of Yorkville, this area was annexed by the City of Toronto in 1887 as the city made its northward push into what was then the suburbs. The origins of Seaton are an interesting tale involving some of the earliest residents of Toronto.
Seaton Village was originally settled by Colonel David Shank and Captain Samuel Smith. Both men were loyalists who served under John Graves Simcoe in the Queens Rangers. In the early 1800s, the Shank and Smith farm lots were acquired by George Crookshank.
The Crookshank estate began at the foot of Bathurst Street where it overlooked the lake. A laneway from the Crookshank house ran north to his country farm, where Seaton Village is today. The Crookshank laneway is now part of Bathurst Street.
Seaton Village is named after Lord Seaton, a former Lieutenant Governor of Canada. The Village was laid out on the old Crookshank farm in the 1850s. However, residential development of the present day neighbourhood did not commence until around 1888, after Seaton Village was annexed into the greater city proper.
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