What makes a neighbourhood “cool?” Perhaps it’s a thriving music scene, or striking architectural design. In some cases, it’s an undefinable vibe which causes a particular area to be more inspiring than others.
Montreal: Pointe St Charles
Pointe St. Charles, also known as “The Point,” is an old Irish neighbourhood situated across the canal from St Henri and Griffintown. Over the past few years, this affordable residential area has been gaining traction as new community projects and businesses emerge along Wellington and Charlevoix streets. Notably, it features two large parks, a rock-climbing gym, a brand new micro-brewery, and a growing number of industrial lofts converted into waterfront residential spaces.
Toronto: West Queen West
Home to staple music venues and bars such as the Horseshoe and Cameron house, Queen West was voted the most cutting-edge neighbourhood in Toronto.
Hintonburg’s community takes the vote for hippest in Ottawa, due to the large proportion of artists, performers and artisans living in the area. This quiet neighbourhood prides itself on a strong movement focusing on artisanal trade, small-scale businesses and local production.
Calgary: 17th Ave. SW
17th Avenue was elected by voters in Calgary as a fun, vibrant neighbourhood where residents and visitors can find a bit of everything. With a focus on independent businesses, each store, restaurant or recreational services comes with its own flavour. This variety helps gives an exciting and unique feel to the area.
Fraserhood takes its place as the current hotspot in Vancouver, largely due to its trendy restaurants and indie boutiques. .
Where’s the coolest neighbourhood in your own city? Let us know in the comments!
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