Seaton Village is a fascinatingly mixed neighbourhood in the heart of downtown Toronto. The population and cultural makeup of the area is wildly diverse, ranging from Koreatown to a heavy South and Central American influence to families, professionals, academics — the University of Toronto is mere steps away — and, despite the upscale nature of much of the area, artists and students.
Much of Seaton Village is made up of detached and semi-detached single-family homes built around the turn of the last century. But, in more recent years, the area has seen the construction of a number of upscale condos and townhouses, and many of the original homes have long since been converted into apartments. And despite its deeply urban location, the centre of the neighbourhood is the Vermont Square Park, where many residents meet to socialize, walk their dogs, let their children play or enjoy the recreational facilities. The quiet streets, lined with trees that in many cases are well over a century old, afford residents a respite from the bustling streets that surround the neighbourhood.
Bordered by Dupont Street on the north, Bathurst Street on the east, Bloor Street on the south and Christie Street on the west, Seaton Village offers the calm of a small-town village while also encompassing the restaurants, diverse stores, clubs and culture of Bloor, and easy access to all of downtown Toronto.
History and Social Profile
Seaton Village — originally also referred to by locals, presumably in jest, as Satan’s Village — was named after John Colborne, the first Baron Seaton, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada from 1828 to 1836. The land in the area was originally granted to soldiers Colonel David Shank and Captain Samuel Smith, who had served under John Graves Simcoe in the Queen’s Rangers.
Shank and Smith, in turn, sold their land to speculator and developer George Crookshank. Crookshank had a residence at the foot of what is now Bathurst Street and built a country home in the present-day Seaton Village. Bathurst Street, originally known as Crookshank’s Lane, actually connected his two homes. Crookshank sold his land, which in 1864, ended up in the hands of Phillip Brown, who began to sell of lots, which were eventually developed into Seaton Village. One of the major industries in the new village was a glue factory, which emanated, to put it politely, a distinctive odour.
In 1887, the village was incorporated into the city of Toronto. Soon after, construction began on many of the houses that still exist in the neighbourhood.
Today, the recreational centre of the neighbourhood is Vermont Square Park, which features a playground that was completely rebuilt in 2012 and a popular off-leash dog park, as well as the Bill Bolton hockey rink and the St. Albans Boys and Girls Club, which provides many activities for children in the area.
Seaton Village also contains the area known as Koreatown, located along Bloor Street between Bathurst and Christie Streets. Toronto attracted a large number of Korean immigrants following a liberalization of Canada’s immigration policy in the late 1960s. In the ’80s, that area of Bloor Street became a hub for Korean businesses — including Restaurants, bakeries, gift shops, grocery stores and travel agencies. The area also contains a significant population of immigrants from Latin America, some of whom have also set up restaurants and businesses along Bloor Street.
That cultural diversity — along with Seaton Village’s historic homes, quiet streets, family-friendly recreational facilities and proximity to everything from the University of Toronto to the Royal Ontario Museum to clubs, restaurants and downtown offices, as well as easy transportation within the city — has made Seaton Village an increasingly popular neighbourhood with families, professionals and otheres looking for homes or for upscale or affordable apartment or condo living in downtown Toronto.
- Tacos Al Asador
- Korean Village Restaurant
- Ka Chi
- Grapefruit Moon
- Sky Blue Sky Sandwiches
- Paldo Gangsan
- One Love Vegetarian
- Joons Restaurant
- Sichuan Secret
- Bristol Yard
- Bathurst Station
- Christie Station
Buses run along Bathurst Street, Christie Street, Dupont Street and along Bloor Street after the subway closes.
- Palmerston Junior Public School, 734 Palmerston Avenue, 416-393-9305
- Essex Junior and Senior Public School, 50 Essex Street, 416-393-0717
- Harbord Collegiate Institute, 286 Harbord Street, 416-393-1650
- Central Technical School, 725 Bathurst Street, 416-393-0060
- Central Commerce Collegiate Institute, 570 Shaw Street, 416-393-0030
- Western Technical-Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, 416-393-0500