Parkdale was settled in 1812 by James Brock, he was given this instead of a salary which doesn't really pay the bills.The land was soon sold to Henry Dunn and William Gwynne who we then named streets after.
Parkdale was officially named a village in 1879 and a local legend is that Gypsies were signed up as local residents to provide enough numbers.
Throughout the first half of the 20th century, Parkdale's desirability stemmed from its proximity to the lake, the CNE to the south-east and Sunnyside Beach at the foot of Roncesvalles to the west.
Owing to the many affordable rental apartments and its proximity to the downtown core, Parkdale has evolved into a transient neighbourhood for many newcomers to Canada. Waves of Caribbean, Vietnamese, Filipino, Tamil, Chinese, Tibetan, Hungarian and Roma immigrants have marked Parkdale in different times between 1980 until now.