The Toronto neighbourhood of Niagara is an eclectic industrial and residential area. City of Toronto had recorded approximately 647 industrial buildings and 3,107 residential housing units in the Niagara neighbourhood as of 1994. Niagara is currently in the process of transitioning away from industry and offering more residential accommodations. Stanley Park is the centre of this community and offers a multi-recreational facility that is well used by area residents. Conveniently located, this neighbourhood is in close proximity to both Toronto’s entertainment and business districts. Also, not to be understated is Niagara’s closeness to many of Toronto’s hottest attractions including the Exhibition Place, the Skydome, the Harbourfront and the Toronto Islands.
Niagara is bounded with Queen Street to the south, Bathurst Street to the east, Shaw Street to the west and Wellington Street to the south.
Boasting a rich history that dates back to 1793, the community of Niagara was originally part of a military garrison for the new Town of York. Old Fort York can still be found in the neighbourhood on Garrison Road, between Strachan Avenue and Bathurst Street. Street names that are found in Niagara hark back to this neighbourhood’s military past, one example of which being Stanley Street. It is named after the former Stanley Barracks now located on the Exhibition grounds. Niagara Street is named after the former military capital of Upper Canada. Lastly, Tecumseh Street is named for the great warrior chief of the Shawnee, who fought for Canada, in the war of 1812.
In the 1850's the second chapter of this neighbourhood's history began. During this time Niagara emerged as a prominent industrial hub. The factories and mills in Niagara created a demand for workers housing, which in the mid to late 1800's, led ultimately to the residential development of the Niagara neighbourhood. This mix of industrial facilities and residential abodes can still be seen in the area to this day.