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It seems rather hard to believe with all the snow and ice covering our Toronto streets, but the 2015 Pan Am and Parapan American Games will be upon us in only a matter of months. Earlier this week BuzzBuzzHome News was invited on a tour of the Canary District, which will serve as the residence for participating athletes. More than 6,000 competitors from 52 countries will inhabit the mixed-use community for the duration of the games.

In September, the Games organizers’ will turn the Canary District back over to the developer, Dundee Kilmer, to refurbish the suites according to their designated floorplans. Residents will begin moving in to the Canary Park and Canary District Condominiums soon thereafter. The neighbourhood will also include an 18-acre park, 253 units of affordable housing, George Brown College’s first student residence, the Cooper Koo Family YMCA complex and a pedestrian promenade lined with retail stores.

Check out the photos below to learn more about Toronto’s largest-ever urban village.

presentation centre The tour began at the Canary District presentation centre, which is housed in the former Palace Street School. Constructed in 1859, the building was one of the earliest free schools in the city of Toronto.

scale model The Canary District, located in downtown’s east end, includes six buildings and spans 35 acres. Four different architectural firms designed the facilities to create a diverse, neighbourhood-like environment.

ymca sign

ymca gym The first stop on our tour was the 82,000 square foot Cooper Koo Family YMCA complex. It features a gymnasium, fitness centre, indoor track, community facilities, two swimming pools and an accessible green roof.

pool with levels This is a variable depth pool with a moveable floor. Being able to adjust the depth of the pool makes it suitable for a wide range of activities.

public art

public art lights There were several intriguing public art installations scattered throughout the Canary District.

park We then headed over to the Canary Park Condominiums, which overlooks the 18 acre Corktown Common Park. The park includes a playground, pavilion and sports fields — plus, it connects to over 1,800 kilometres of provincial parks and trails.

canary dist condos Here’s a view of the Canary District Condos as seen from the balcony of a Canary Park suite. Together, the residences will consist of 810 market units, including townhomes and lofts.

canary pool When the temperature is above freezing and it’s not filled with snow, Canary Park’s outdoor pool and terrace lounge on the 11th floor will be the ultimate hangout spot.

cherry st hotel

heritage buildings After taking in the view of Toronto’s foggy skyline, we strolled down the pedestrian walkway to the intersection of Front Street and Cherry, where two refined, brick-clad heritage buildings mark the entrance to the Canary District. Pictured above is the Cherry Street Hotel and its restaurant — a true Toronto landmark.

Units at Canary Park, the most recent of the two condominiums to hit the market, are priced from the mid $200,000s. A wide range of suites are available, from studios to three and a half bedrooms. With floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood flooring, gourmet kitchens, quartz countertops and Euro-style cabinetry the suites are sure to impress. Residents will also be able to take advantage of Canary Park’s social and recreation amenities such as its hotel-inspired lounge, fitness centre outdoor pool and terrace.

Prospective buyers are invited to register online or visit the presentation centre at 398 Front Street East from Monday to Thursday, noon to 6pm and on weekends from noon to 5pm.

For more information, please call 416 603 7576 or email 

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