Seaton Village

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Seaton Village
Horse-drawn streetcar in Seaton Village in 1890
Horse-drawn streetcar in Seaton Village in 1890
Seaton Village is located in Toronto
Seaton Village
Location within Toronto
Coordinates: 43°40′05″N 79°24′58″W / 43.668°N 79.416°W / 43.668; -79.416Coordinates: 43°40′05″N 79°24′58″W / 43.668°N 79.416°W / 43.668; -79.416
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
 • MP Chrystia Freeland (University—Rosedale)
 • MPP Han Dong (Trinity—Spadina)
 • Councillor Joe Cressy (Ward 20 Trinity—Spadina)

Seaton Village is a former unincorporated village located west of downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is named after John Colborne, 1st Baron Seaton, Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada from 1828 to 1836. Seaton Village is bordered by Bloor Street to the south, the Canadian Pacific Railway (C.P.R.) 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; it is sometimes 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[citation needed]. The Koreatown shopping district is at its southern border.


The area is primary semi-detached single family homes dating to the start of the 20th century. Most are either of solid brick construction, while some have a facade of brick. Most of the trees planted at the same time as the houses were built are still standing. One unique home is located on Clinton Street. The house is almost completely covered with circular "woodcakes" cut from billiards cues.[1]

Vermont Square Park is near the centre of Seaton Village. The park has a playground that was totally rebuilt in 2012, as well as off-leash dog park hours. St. Albans Boys and Girls club and the Bill Bolton hockey arena are also located in the park.

There are also several small businesses located along Dupont Street. Karma Co-op, a co-operatively run health food store, is hidden down a lane way (officially named Karma Lane in 2014) and has operated in the area since 1972.

Toronto's karma co-op, located down a lane way east of Palmerston Avenue

Seaton Village is represented in the Canadian House of Commons as part of the University—Rosedale electoral district. It is represented in the Ontario Legislative Assembly as part of the Trinity—Spadina constituency.

It is served by two Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) subway stations: Bathurst and Christie. Buses run north from both stations, and buses run along Dupont.

Prominent persons[edit]

Seaton Village is the former home of Canadian poet and children's author Dennis Lee, Oscar-winning (for Chicago) sound engineer David Lee (no relation), and sociologist Barry Wellman. It is the current home of novelist and playwright Ann-Marie MacDonald, musician Charles Spearin and songwriter/performer Nancy White.


In the 2006 Canadian census Seaton Village was covered by census tract 0093.00. According to that census, the neighbourhood has 5,259 residents. Average income is $41,506, close to the average for the Toronto CMA. The ten most common language spoken at home, after English, are:

  1. Portuguese - 5.0%
  2. Italian - 3.5%
  3. Korean - 2.0%
  4. Cantonese - 1.6%
  5. Unspecified Chinese - 1.5%
  6. Greek - 1.4%
  7. Spanish - 0.8%
  8. French - 0.6%
  9. Hungarian - 0.5%
  10. Polish - 0.5%

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ Griffith-Greene, Megan. "Toronto Fairytale: When Your House is Your Hobby". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2008-06-14. 

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