Church and Wellesley Village

Church and Wellesley Village

The iconic Rainbow Gateway Markers welcome visitors and residents alike to the Church Wellesley Village, one of the Toronto core’s most vibrant and active neighbourhoods.  According to the Church Wellesley Neighbourhood Association, the Village extends from Charles to Carlton and from Yonge to Jarvis.

Church and Wellesley Village is built on land originally owned by Alexander Wood, a merchant and magistrate in Upper Canada.   Rumour has it that Wood sought exile in his native Scotland in 1810 after a scandal involving his sexual orientation.  When he returned in 1826, he purchased 50 acres of land at Carlton and Yonge.  Today, the Village plays a large role in Toronto’s gay community.

The Church-Wellesley Village is also host to Canada’s largest celebration of Pride Week, attracting over 1 million visitors to the area.

The annual, week-long festivities includes the Pride and Remembrance run and culminates in the Dyke March on the Saturday, and Sunday’s Gay Pride Parade with more than 15,000 participants and over 90 floats.

The Village actively works with both the City of Toronto and Division 51 to create a safe, friendly and colourful downtown community.  It is thanks to its activism that the business sector is growing and you’ll always find something to do in the Village.

Discover what’s on at the 519 Community Centre.   Join in the Amazing Village Race sponsored by Statler’s and see some of the historic character of the area.  Visit Cawthra Park, site of the AIDS Memorial.  Enjoy a performance at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Catch a film at the Carlton cinema,  Or simply enjoy dinner or drinks at a favourite restaurant or club with a friend,

As Toronto’s finest Physiotherapy provider, Ace Physio offers a full complement of Physiotherapy services, including Spinal Decompression, Shockwave Therapy, Custom Orthotics and Massage Therapy.  Ace Physio is easily accessible from the Church Wellesley Village, and is located at 2 Carlton St, the corner of Yonge and Carlton.

We are honoured to be a part of this amazing community and invite Church and Wellesley residents to think of us for all your Physiotherapy needs.

Appointments at Ace Physio can be booked online at or by telephone at (416) 900-6653.



  • Sharon Gabison

    Registered Physiotherapist BSc, BScPT, MSc, PhD: A graduate of the University of Toronto in Human Biology, Sharon completed her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy at the University of Toronto. She went on to pursue further graduate work, completing her Master of Science from the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and a PhD from the Institute of Medical Science both from the University of Toronto. Her interest in Physiotherapy originated while pursuing her first undergraduate degree while struggling with postural challenges and seeking physiotherapy treatment. Her interest in medicine, working with people, and developing and adhering to therapeutic plans inspired her to pursue a career in Physiotherapy. Her interest in research, orthopaedics, neurology, therapeutic agents and pressure injuries (bed sores) lead her to pursue graduate work. Sharon emphasizes a holistic approach to rehabilitation. Her experience of raising a son with a disability has continued to inform her career that has spanned over 25 years. She is able to appreciate the rehabilitation process not only from the professional perspective, but from the client perspective. Her extensive knowledge of biomechanics, orthopaedics, exercise prescription, electrophysical agents with a strong background in research enables her to provide evidence based treatment when designing and implementing rehabilitation plans. With a special interest in patient and family engagement through her volunteer work, Sharon is able to ensure that treatment that is provided takes into consideration the unique challenges that individuals may experience when adhering to treatment recommendations in their busy lives.

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