Centennial-Port Union

Centennial-Port Union is a neighbourhood bound to the west by Colonel Danforth Park and by the railway to the south. Colonel Danforth Park is a lush ravine valley which guides Highland Creek on the remaining leg of its journey into Lake Ontario. Centennial-Port Union boasts picturesque streets lined with grand, mature trees. One difference that can be seen in this community is the size of the properties. West Centennial characteristically has mature properties with larger homes. East Centennial is a newer area with more grid like streets and symmetrical looking homes. The homes in this area of Centennial-Port Union are typically newer homes from the mid 1960’s to the late 1970’s. In the North East pocket there are also some newer developments. Older Port Union is tucked away at the southern point of this neighbourhood. Older Port Union has a quaint historical feel and features some of the finest stands of pine trees in the City of Toronto.

The Boundaries

Centennial-Port Union is located with Highway 2 to the north and Kingston Road to the northeast, Lawrence Avenue to the south, and Port Union Road to the east. Adams Park, Centennial Park and Colonel Danforth Park run diagonally through this community.
 
Its Story
 
Port Union was a booming waterfront village with commercial fishing industries and thriving ship building in the 1800’s. A variety of small businesses, two hotels, and a commercial wharf were also features of this community. The Grand Trunk Railway opened a station in 1856 in Port Union. This addition helped add to the importance of this waterfront village.
Port Union's population had reached 100 people by 1865. Due to the population growth, the area was granted its own post office. The two hotels that operated in Port Union during this time were rumoured to have served "40 Rod whiskey" and "knock-em stiff whiskey”. Sadly, by the late 1800's Port Union's shipping industry had seen a major decline and had lost most of its business. The railway then shut down. This was the start of the period of time when Port Union went into decline. This decline lasted until the late 1940's. At this time the return to successful industry led to a boom in residential housing. Port Union reclaimed its waterfront in the 1990's and a new housing subdivision was built, helping reconnect this area to its notable past. 

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