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Kensington Market is a distinctive multicultural neighbourhood in Downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
The Market is an older neighbourhood and one of the city's most well-known.
In November 2006, it was designated a National Historic Site of Canada. Robert Fulford wrote in 1999 that "Kensington today is as much a legend as a district.
The (partly) outdoor market has probably been photographed more often than any other site in Toronto."
Its approximate borders are College St. on the north, Spadina Ave. on the east, Dundas St. W. to the south, and Bathurst St. to the west. Most of the neighbourhood's eclectic shops, cafes, and other attractions are located along Augusta Ave. and neighbouring Nassau St., Baldwin St., and Kensington Ave.
In addition to the Market, the neighbourhood features many Victorian homes, the Kensington Community School and Toronto Western Hospital.
George Taylor Denison, after serving in the Canadian militia during the War of 1812, purchased an area of land in 1815 from Queen Street West to Bloor Street, roughly between where Augusta and Lippincott Streets now run. Denison used the area now known as Bellevue Square Park as a parade ground for his volunteer cavalry troop, which he commanded during the Upper Canada Rebellion.
This troop later became the Governor General's Horse Guards.
The annual "Kensington Market Festival of Lights", which is now known as the Kensington Market Winter Solstice Festival, is celebrated as a parade on the streets of Kensington Market during the Winter Solstice in December.
This carnival parade of giant puppets, fire breathers, stilt walkers and samba musicians was created and founded by Ida Carnevali in 1987 as a way of beckoning the return of the sun on the longest night of the year.
Sources: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kensington_Market, https://www.seetorontonow.com/explore-toronto/neighbourhoods/kensington-market/