About the CPA

The Cabbagetown Preservation Association (CPA) was founded in 1989 to preserve the architectural integrity and historic character of Cabbagetown.  At first, its mandate was very “activist” as it got very involved in saving several buildings (e.g. the Amelia cottages at the top of Metcalfe, 5 Rose Avenue, the mansions of Carlton Street, etc.).  

The CPA was instrumental in the creation of the Cabbagetown heritage conservation districts (HCDs) in the early 2000s.  This gave the City of Toronto power and responsibly over heritage conservation.  The Cabbagetown Heritage Conservation District Committee is also an offshoot of the CPA and is supporting the City on heritage conservation issues linked to the HCD designation.  

These changes in the heritage landscape allowed the CPA to expand its mandate and focus on other aspects of heritage conservation.  The CPA developed and is now running several educational programs that aim at interpreting and better understanding Cabbagetown’s heritage and the significant achievements of Cabbagetown’s, past, present and future residents as well as the history of the area and its stock of buildings and landmarks. Some of these programs are:

  • Cabbagetown People Program
  • Cabbagetown Tour of Homes
  • Cabbagetown Walking Tours
  • Hidden Gardens & Private Spaces (back garden tour)
  • Streetscapes in Bloom (front garden competition)
  • Peggy Kurtin Award for Excellence in Restoration

The CPA also tries to reach out to and inform its community through various ways:

  • CPA website
  • CPA newsletter issued twice a year (spring and fall)
  • CPA Facebook page
  • CPA kiosks (e.g. corner of Sackville and Carlton and corner of Winchester and Sumach)
  • the CPA holds at least 2 public meetings each year (see website and Facebook page for details)
  • the CPA usually holds its annual general meeting in May of each year
  • the CPA also has a booth at the Cabbagetown Festival (look for our tent at the southeast corner of Winchester and Sumach)

The CPA is a volunteer organization.  It is always seeking more people to join in. There are several volunteer committees that take responsibility for various CPA projects including: walking tours, heritage conservation research, newsletter delivery, staffing the Cabbagetown Festival booth, helping with the Forsythia Festival, etc.  We also need guides for the various walking tours, monitors for the Hidden Gardens & Secret Spaces tour in June and many volunteers for the Cabbagetown Tour of Homes in September. Some committees are responsible for an annual event, some a few times each year, and some on a more frequent basis. We have a chair person for each of these committees.  Volunteering for the CPA is a great way to become involved in your community and to get to know your neighbours.

Painting of Carlton Street by Lisa Crouch  lcrouch@sympatico.ca