Originally named 'Love's Corner' after a local farming family, its name was changed in the early 1900s when the prohibition campaign became popular through the promotion of 'temperance values'. This campaign would later help cripple the hotel industry in the area.
Temperanceville would grow to boast a post office, several businesses, and a market.
Today, the most popular part of Temperanceville is the Temperanceville Park, which now has ample parking, a soccer field, and a large children's play area. Puccini St is undergoing construction currently causing it to be closed since the beginning of Spring 2009.
There are two GO Transit stops in Temperanceville along the Newmarket-York University Line. The first is at the corner of Tusaninni and King, while the second is at the corner of Bathurst and King. There are both northbound and southbound stops on each side of the street. YRT bus lines 88, 22, and 22A service the area.