This eastern Toronto neighbourhood has been around since the 1800's when it was a shipping port for the eastern pocket of Toronto. The small village thrived with the opening of Port Union Station in 1856 which was part of Grand Trunk Railway. The development of the railway systems eventually led to the decline of the shipping industry and the neighbourhood was in peril for many years. Eventually industry took over in the area, which led to the development of residential neighbourhoods in the 1940's. In the late 1990's Port Union started an extensive makeover of the old industrial waterfront district and developed many new residential subdivisions on the reclaimed land. The boundaries of this neighbourhood are Highland Creek to the west, Port Union Road to the east, Kingston Road to the north and the shoreline of Lake Ontario to the south. The neighbourhoods on the north side of Lawrence Ave are called Centennial and the south side is called Port Union.
Their are many different styles of homes built in this neighbourhood. You will see bungalows, split-level homes, 2-storey homes and some older cottages from the early 1920's. The newer Port Union Village waterfront development is mostly semi-detached and townhomes with a few detached homes as well. The area is affordable for first time buyers and new families. There are also many areas of Port Union with 1960 and 70' Tudor style homes with wider lot frontage and huge backyards.
As mentioned previously, the beach at the waterfront is a popular attraction as well as the Highland Creek park lands with its deep ravines and paved recreational pathways that are a treat for for walkers and hikers. There are a few local parks such as Bill Hancox Park, Charlottetown Park, Centennial Park and Adams Park if you do not wish to leave your neighbourhood to enjoy the outdoors.
SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
The Port Union Community Centre is located on Lawrence Ave East just west of Port Union Road. There are many different programs offered here for local residents.
Port Union Common Park is located at the bottom of Port Union Road. The park is huge and offers many enjoyable options for families.There are pathways and beaches that run along the stretch of shoreline known as Chesterton Shores.
This community also intersects with the West Rouge district as far as enjoying the local ammenities. TheWest Rouge Canoe Club and the West Rouge Soccer Club are a couple of the local
SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES
Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute is the local high school and is located on Lawrence Ave just west of Port Union Road.
Just east of Port Union Road and Lawrence Ave E. is the Rouge Hill Go station which the Lawrence Ave East, Lawson Road and Port Union T.T.C buses all go to.