The Roncesvalles Village and Parkdale area is known for its European ambience and small-town feel. This neighbourhood is popular with young families who appreciate the convenience of the location just west of downtown. The close proximity to High Park, Toronto waterfront bicycle and walking trails, easy access to public transit, and the Roncesvalles shops and restaurants are also popular drawing cards.
The Roncesvalles Polish Festival, which takes place annually in September, attracts thousands of visitors. Roncesvalles Avenue is closed off for this festival that includes Polish dancers, children's games and rides, polka bands and lots of food and refreshments. Roncesvalles Avenue is said to be a favourite among streetcar enthusiasts, who relish the fact that the stops are distanced far enough apart for the streetcar to build up some speed, and who appreciate the picturesque and lively atmosphere along the route. Roncesvalles Village is brimming with beautiful turn-of-the-century homes that are accented with whimsical architectural details.
More and more young families have moved into the Roncesvalles neighbourhood, and it’s easy to see why. Roncesvalles is a fun place to live and has some of the best restaurants in the city, as well as some very good public schools. This community has a neighbourly feel; you’ll see many dog walkers and families with strollers in the area.