Mom on the Street: Laura Stairs

Mom on the Street – The Junction

Laura Stairs takes a few minutes out from her busy day as a mom to three boys to tell us about where she lives and what she loves about it in our latest Mom on the Street interview. Laura, is currently on maternity leave and has been spending lots of time out and about with five year-old George, three year-old Henry and James who is almost one.

Her Neighbourhood

Laura and her family have lived in the Junction for nine years. This west-end neighbourhood got its name from the junction of four railway lines nearby known as the West Toronto Diamond. Once populated by railway workers so unruly the neighbourhood banned the sale of alcohol within its boundaries, this area is now filled with families and the well-heeled hipsters who are opening cool shops and restaurants along Annette. Nonetheless, it still took until the year 2000 for the first sale of alcohol to return!

This area also has lovely parks within a close distance, something very important when you have energetic little boys.

“We love the access to green space – High Park, the Humber River trails, Lake Ontario and the vibrant, family oriented community. We have loved watching the neighbourhood change and have welcomed all the new amazing shops and restaurants that have moved into the neighbourhood,” shares this mom on the street.

Her Favourite Activities with the Kids

“With kids, we can often be found at our local parks enjoying the wading pools, bike riding through High Park with a stop at the High Park Zoo and visiting our local Ontario Early Years Centre, which is a great space for kids. A favourite is a visit to Ice Cream Junction at Dundas and Clendenan.”

Her Favourite Activities without the Kids

“On our own, we love our local restaurants and bars. Our faves include Hole in the Wall for drinks and live music, Indie Alehouse for craft beers, Playa Cabana Cantina for excellent Mexican food and I am looking forward to the gourmet grilled cheese place, Cut the Cheese that is due to open soon.”

Her Neighbourhood Hidden Gem

Junction Fromagerie is filled with local and artisanal Canadian cheeses.”

It’s All About the Hoods

“I love that while Toronto is such a large city, it is made up of such distinct, interesting and culturally diverse neighbourhoods. There is always something happening to keep us busy!”

Thanks for talking to us for our Mom on the Street feature Laura!

Rebecca Ruddle

Rebecca is a Toronto born and bred mom of two young boys. She is always exploring the city looking for fun things to do, eat and see with them, without losing her sanity or breaking the bank. She blogs at Brain-Dead Mom.

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