Bordered by Dundas Street West and College Street to the north, Dovercourt Road to the east, and by the CN railroad southwest, the ethnic enclave of Little Portugal (also known as Beaconsfield) is one of Toronto’s most visibly diverse neighbourhoods. The area is well-known for its large Portuguese population, followed by a recent influx of residents with Brazilian, Chinese, and Vietnamese heritage. These residents help shape the colourful character of the many storefronts and businesses dotted across Dundas and College, including a multitude of local bakeries, cafes, eateries, and boutiques.
During the 1950’s through the 1970’s, Little Portugal’s residential community developed with the arrival of many Portuguese immigrants, who settled their families within the mixture of mid-century row, semi-detached, and detached houses throughout. As its commercial strips on Dundas, College and Dovercourt became established, Little Portugal is now witnessing a demographic shift that is bringing in many young professionals with urban and social lifestyles. As a result, there has been a rise in night life and cultural community activities such as youth hockey within McCormick Park Arena.