Parkdale once rivalled Rosedale as the most desirable neighbourhood in the city. In the 1920s, the area was connected to Sunnyside Park on Lake Ontario, which was a popular bathing spot. With the building of the Gardiner Expressway, Parkdale’s stature declined, a fall from which it is still recovering. But the tree-lined streets and gorgeous old mansions, built between 1875 and 1895, are worth a visit. The neighbourhood is home to many members of the arts community. Along Roncesvalles, find Polish restaurants, bakeries and bars. North of King Street West to Dundas Street West, between Roncesvalles Avenue and Dufferin Street. Take the Queen Street streetcar from Osgoode station west to Roncesvalles.