Leslieville Business Improvement Area is located along Queen Street East between Empire and Vancouver Avenues. Minutes to the downtown core yet just far enough away to feel like a whole new world. Mention Leslieville to a Torontonian and they’ll likely tell you about that excellent restaurant they went to or that great furniture store they got their favourite piece from.
Leslieville has a rich history dating back to the 1800s when Leslieville was home to George Leslie – hence the name Leslieville – owner of “The Toronto Nurseries” which by 1870 had grown to become Canada’s largest business of its kind.
Since then, the area has grown and even changed a little but is still host to many fantastic green spaces including many fun off-leash dog parks, some of the finest dining in the city and unique shops along the busy Queen Street strip. Leslieville is becoming known for energetic nightlife with the addition of a few interesting spots to visit.
In addition to the wonderful bricks and mortar operations, Leslieville is also home to thousands of energetic entrepreneurs mostly utilizing the live/work spaces along Carlaw Avenue just outside of the BIA’s boundaries. As one of the City’s most socially connected and engaged neighbourhoods, people can stay connected though various social networks. Follow the BIA on Twitter (twitter.com/LeslievilleBIA) or better yet, just head over and spend the day.