This unique neighbourhood is bordered by the CPR railway to the north and east, while Bloor Street runs along the south part and Keele Street to the west. The West Bend has the privilege of enjoying a rich history owing to its role as a manufacturing centre and settlement for new immigrants to Toronto. As more people flocked to this area for work or to live, the West Bend has carved out an identity for itself due to its unique and diverse character.
If you take a stroll around this neighbourhood it is possible to see its rich past reflected in the architecture of factories and residences built in the early 20th century. Currently, a revival in the neighbourhood is brewing among developers and potential residents.
Historically, the West Bend united the original City of Toronto and the Village of West Toronto Junction. Founded in 1884 at the intersection of Dundas and Keele Streets, the Village of the West Junction operated independent of the City of Toronto until it was annexed in 1909. Though both have grown together over the last 100 years the community remains loyal to their Village of West Junction identity.