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Old Posted May 23, 2016, 1:57 AM
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East end and west end in Toronto: similarities and differences

Some differences between the east end (old city east of DVP) and west end (old city west of Bathurst):

- The west end contains a larger land area and has about twice the population

- The east end developed a bit later than the west end, maybe about a decade later on average (west end was pretty much built up by WWI; the Don delayed development in the east)

- The east end is more skewed toward SFHs, the west end has more renters and apartments

- Both have seen much gentrification, hipsters, yuppies etc. but the east end has a bit more of a mature population and is overall quieter than the east end

- Both were historically mostly working class, but the west end was more "white ethnic" from the 1910s through the 1970s and the east end was very anglo until that time.

- There's a smoother transition from downtown to the west than to the east

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Old Posted Jul 20, 2016, 7:12 PM
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I love The Beaches district. To bad it's not on the ocean, though. (I can't help it, I'm from Vancouver, please excuse me)
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- Both have seen much gentrification, hipsters, yuppies etc. but the east end has a bit more of a mature population and is overall quieter than the east end
Correction: overall, the east end is quieter than the west end.
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I love The Beaches district. To bad it's not on the ocean, though. (I can't help it, I'm from Vancouver, please excuse me)
Many would say it's the east end's best neighborhood.
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well said
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Good observations. I've had this thought of this as well. Though I don't live in the city as I'm suburban, so I don't have the same perspective as city dwellers.

Correct me if some of my assertions below are wrong or outdated.


The east has always seemed grittier than the west:
- The Port Lands are east of downtown.
- The Don River seemed more polluted than the Humber, though the Don has been cleaned up recently.
- Regent Park and Moss Park are in the east
- Scarboro has a more ghetto reputation than Etobicoke. Though they both have rough 'hoods like Malvern and Rexdale. Also both have nice areas like The Bluffs and The Kingsway.

- As you said, more people in the west. So there tends to be more things to see and do in the west, particularly when you include the western GTA:
- YYZ
- BMO Field, Ex, Amphitheatre, Ricoh, Royal Agriculture, Fort York.
- High Park
- Cheltenham Badlands in Caledon
- Downsview, particularly for big outdoor concerts
- Centennial Park (particularly the ski hill and Pan Am BMX track)
- Many more indoor and outdoor go kart tracks in the west
- Glen Abbey home of the Canadian Open
- Rogers Cup tennis at York
- Niagara Escarpment
- Way more small lakes/reservoirs right in the dense and rural suburbs suitable for small craft for kayaking or fishing
- The most populous suburbs of Mississauga and Brampton
- Most prestigious suburb of Oakville, plus Burlington, plus Caledon, plus King, which is where you'll find more mansions and estates. Oak and Burl are consistently ranked in the top few cities to live in in Canada. And Caledon apparently has more millionaires per capita than anywhere and has been ranked by Maclean's as safest city in Canada many times.
- Horse racing. Woodbine and Mohawk, and Flamboro very close. Ajax got a track a few years ago though. Rural Milton and Halton Hills have dozens and dozens of training tracks if you look at google maps. And Pan Am equestrian centre is in Caledon.
- Cycling. Milton and Caledon in the escarpment you'll find tonnes of cyclists. It's also where the Velodrome is.

For the mountain bikes, you got Kelso/Glen Eden when it's not a ski hill in the winter. This is where they do MTB races with that varied downhill terrain and then a bunch of groomed twists and turns.

And for BMX you got Pan Am track in Etobicoke, a small track in Sauga, and a nice one in Milton. Plus it's about an hour to get to a really nice one in Cambridge. And can't forget the one in between the Gardiner at Sunnyside Park.

- West end is closer to US and Niagara and more populous cities. Especially when considering 401 or Gardner traffic, it's much more convenient to get to the Falls, Buffalo for shopping or airport, Detroit, etc.
- With the more populous cities in the west, it means more economic activity (Hamilton, Niagara, KWC, Guelph, London, Windsor, US rust belt). People or companies making big money from this trade will tend to locate in the western reaches of the GTA.
- Shopping. Toronto Outlets in Halton Hills, Square One in Sauga, Bramalea City Centre, Vaughan Mills, Sherway in Etobicoke, etc. While the only ones I can think of in the east that come close in size are Scarboro Town and Pickering and I guess Fairview. Ikea is in Vaughan, Etobicoke and Burlington, with one NE of downtown in North York.
- Skiing. Slight advantage in the west with the escarpment being there. More ski resorts I'm pretty sure. And a more convenient drive to Blue Mtn. (don't have to spend as much time on the 401 if at all).


The east has:

- Mosport for racing events and former home of the Canadian GP
- Zoo plus a couple of smaller petting zoos
- Pan Am swimming facilities in Scarboro and I believe Markham
- Woodbine beach is the most popular beach. Burlington beach on the western fringes of GTA is not as nice.
- Cherry Beach and Tommy Thompson I'd say are better than any equivalent in the west end for what they are.
- The Docks
- Scarboro Bluffs
- East end is closer to the big, clear water lakes in cottage country for boat and fishing. Those being in the Kawarthas and Muskoka.
- East end is closer to Ottawa and Montreal but still many hours drive. But at least east enders don't have to drive all the way across the 401 at the beginning of their journey.
- Distillery District is kind of east end, though it's not on the east side of the Don.

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