North Toronto is one of the most sought-after neighbourhoods, as it combines quiet residential life with vibrant shopping, entertainment, and recreational opportunities. With its spacious houses and condominiums, it is an area particularly poplular with families raising school-age children. Prestigious public, private, and separate schools are located in the area, which is also privileged with convenient transit, a great variety of leisure choices, and green spaces all around. If you live in North Toronto, you live in the heart of Toronto…
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North Toronto is the central neighbourhood of the North Toronto region of the megacity, which was formerly the City of North Toronto, before amalgamation. It extends from Bayview Avenue to the west to Yonge St. to the east, and from Eglinton Avenue to the south to Blythwood Road to the north. Yonge and Eglinton is also included in its borders.
In 1889, the villages of Davisville and Eglinton formally united to create the Village of North Toronto, which became the “Town of North Toronto” a few months later on April 7, 1890. The town began as an agricultural farming community with a population of 1,000 and slowly developed around three crossroads on Yonge Street at Davisville, Montgomery, and Bedford Park Avenues — especially when the Metropolitan Street Railway made North Toronto the northernmost stop on its five-cent line from downtown Toronto. While the Town of North Toronto was evolving into a sought-after commuter suburb, municipal services were so unsatisfactory that its residents voted in favour of annexation to the City of Toronto on December 15, 1912. After the annexation and by the 1940s, the Town of North Toronto was thriving and is now one of the most sought-after commuter suburbs.
Young by Toronto History
- The town hall, originally built for York Township and purchased by the Town of North Toronto in 1891, was located in North Toronto until it was demolished in 1931.
- At 2398 Yonge Street, there is a 1990 Toronto Historical Board plaque that tells the story of the Town of North Toronto.
Town of North Toronto Plaque
Homes, Architecture & Real Estate
What you find the most in North Toronto are well maintained bungalows, as well as semi-detached and fully detached houses, built mostly between 1910 and 1940. From luxury condominiums to affordable co-ops, North Toronto also contains a large number of low- and high-rise apartment buildings centred around the Yonge and Eglinton area. The area features a wide range of rental opportunities, as many residents come and go all year long.
Who Is Your Neighbour?
The population of North Toronto is comprised of families (with one kid on average) and single persons alike, between 20 and 45. English, Irish, and Scottish are the predominant ethnicities. According to statistics, your North Toronto neighbour most likely owns a cat and reads nature magazines.
Parks & Green Spaces
A few blocks west of Eglinton Subway Station are the Eglinton Park sports fields. They feature a baseball diamond, soccer fields, a wading pool, a children’s playground, and tennis courts that become an artificial ice rink in the wintertime.
Photo by Jason Verwey
- Sherwood Park
Located east of Mount Pleasant Road, Sherwood Park boasts a picturesque children’s playground and a wading pool. Take the park’s path and enjoy some of the oldest and largest trees in the city.
More Green Spaces
- Chatsworth Reach
- St. Clements – Yonge Parkette
- Mount Pleasant Cemetery
- Kay Gardner Beltline Park
- Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens
- Sunnybrook Park
Sunnybrook Park by shanminxu
Recreation & Culture
Located at 28 Fairlawn Ave., just west of Yonge St., the Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre has attracted more than two thousand members and become an excellent hub for North Toronto residents, thanks to its wide variety of programming for kids, teens, and adults. From yoga and ‘mom & baby workout’ to drama classes and parenting programs, your whole family can find their favourite activities here!
Located on Eglinton Avenue is the North Toronto Community Memorial Centre, which is a sizeable recreational centre that appeals to all tastes. If you love swimming, there are indoor and outdoor pools, and if you are coming with your kids, the water slides will keep them active. For fitness enthusiasts, the centre includes a gymnasium, squash courts, a walking track, a cricket ground, and exercise rooms. Among the facilities, there is also an indoor skating rink.
Located at 160 Eglinton Ave E, CECC may be small, but it is well-maintained and offers a large variety of programs, ranging from kids classes to art classes, literacy and computer courses, and much more. Yearly family memberships are especially cheap.
More Recreational Opportunities
- North Toronto Arena, 174 Orchard View Road, (416) 485-0301
- Martha Hicks School of Ballet, 2345 Yonge Street, (416) 484-4731
- Mod Music Academy, 120 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 322-2911
- Toronto Camera Club, 587 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 480-0720
- Granite Club, 2350 Bayview Avenue, (416) 449-8713
- Camp Kandalore, 544 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 322-9735
- Andrew Chan – Harpist, 88 Erskine Avenue, (416) 820-3862
- Let’s Learn To Dance, 252 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 486-3262
- Ukrainian Academy of Dance, 80 Roselawn Avenue, (416) 255-8577
- Dunfield Club, 110 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 485-0343
- Yoga Plus, 40 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 322-9936
- Love To Dance, 252 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 486-3262
- The Northern District Public Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, (416) 393-7610
- Toronto Public Library – Mount Pleasant Branch, 599 Mt. Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737
- Locke Branch, 3083 Yonge Street, (416) 393-7730
Photo by rb3m
Schools, Colleges & Universities
- Blythwood Jr., 2 Strathgowan Crescent, (416) 393-9105
- Eglinton Jr., 223 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 393-9315
- John Fisher Jr., 40 Erskine Avenue, (416) 393-9325
- Spectrum Sr., 223 Eglinton Avenue E., (416) 393-9311
- Sunnyview Jr. & Sr., 450 Blythwood Road, (416) 393-9275
- North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Avenue, (416) 393-9180
- Northern Secondary, 851 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-0270
- St. Monica, 14 Broadway Avenue, (416) 393-4224
- St. Clement’s School, 21 St. Clements Avenue, (416) 483-4835
- Pattison College of Business and Technology, 150 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 322-6518
- Upper Career College Business & Tech, 120 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 481-1313
- King George International College, 40 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 481-6410
- Toronto Film College, 36 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 484-1577
- Oxford College of Canada, 36 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 488-5035
- Glendon College, Campus of York University, 2275 Av Bayview,(416) 736-2100
- CDI College of Business Technology & Health Care, 117 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 480-2164
- Canadian Allcare College, 10 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 483-1100
- Constellation College of Hospitality, 808 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 675-2175
Arts and Entertainment
- Toronto Ukrainian Festival, 2336 Street W, (416) 410-9965. Dancers, vocalists, musicians, vendor kiosks with delicious, authentic Ukrainian food and beverages, beautiful souvenirs, and interactive pavilions all celebrate the Ukrainian spirit at North America’s Largest Ukrainian Street Festival. Experience Ukrainian culture and hospitality at its best, and, if you wish, join the dancing!
If you feel up for a movie…
- Mount Pleasant Cinema, 675 Mt Pleasant Road, (416) 489-8484
- Cineplex Canada Square, 2190 Yonge Street, (416) 646-0444
- SilverCity Cineplex Odeon, 2300 Yonge Street, (416) 544-1236
- Regent Theatre, 551 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 480-9884
- Galerie Glendon, 2275 Bayview Ave., 416-487-6721
- Nikola Rukaj Gallery, 384 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 481-5995
- R M Studio Gallery, 2498 Yonge Street, (416) 482-7207
- Contemporary Art Gallery, 2719 Yonge Street, (416) 485-2800
- Klim Art Galleries, 2473 Yonge Street, (416) 932-9221
- Rm Studio Gallery, 2498 Yonge Street, (416) 482-7207
- All Art, 158 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 486-8155
Attractions & Museums
Mount Hope Cemetery, 305 Erskine Avenue Toronto, (416) 483-4944
The neighbourhood is well served by commercial strips on Yonge Street, Mount Pleasant Road, and Bayview Avenue, where local residents patronize an interesting diversity of shops and restaurants aimed at the local market. Mixed with the local shops, you can also find international chain stores, if this is your thing. Just walk around and entice yourself with the eclectic assortment of boutique stores, bakeries, spas, and many other services offered.
The renowned interesection of ‘Young and Eligible’ is part of the North Toronto neighbourhood, too. The Yonge and Eglinton corridor is full of bars, restaurants, nightclubs, and movie theatres and draws a young, professional crowd that inhabits this area. Even more unique and appealing than Bloor-Yorkville, this mainstream area of North Toronto is vibrant round the clock.
Younge and Eglinton by Danielle Scott
The hot spot of Yonge and Eglinton is the recently renovated and expanded Yonge Eglinton Centre complex, which includes a shopping mall, multiplex cinema, and both office and residential towers. If you enjoy indoor shopping or a night out for dinner and a movie, it’s all here in the Centre!
On Yonge Street…
- Zucca Trattoria (Italian), 2150 Yonge Street,(416) 488-5774
- Amaya Bread Bar (Indian), 3305 Yonge Street,(416) 487-1100
- North 44 Restaurant (American, New), 2537 Yonge Street, (416) 487-4897
- Five Doors North (American, New), 2088 Yonge Street, (416) 480-6234
- La Vecchia (Italian), 2405 Yonge Street, (416) 489-0630
- Caribbean Bistro, 2439A Yonge Street, (416) 480-1581
- South St. Burger Co., 2383 Yonge Street, (647) 343-6744
- C’est Bon Authentic Chinese Cuisine, 2685 Yonge Street, (416) 932-281
- Coquine Restaurant, (French), 2075 Yonge Street, (416) 322-6767
- Good Bite Restaurant (Breakfast & Brunch), 2463 Yonge Street, (416) 483-8432
- Belly Buster Submarines (Sandwiches), 3447 Yonge Street, (416) 489-6051
- What A Bagel, 2279 Yonge Street, (416) 489-2166
- Alleycatz Restaurant Jazz Bar, 2409 Yonge Street, (416) 481-6865
On Eglinton Avenue E…
- Banjara Indian Cuisine, 164 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 486-6644
- Sandwich Box, 43 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 488-2300
- Boom Breakfast & Co (Breakfast & Brunch), 174 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 485-3447
- Copacabana Brazilian Steak House, 150 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 916-2099
- By Bus & Subway: North Toronto has bus routes on Eglinton Avenue, Mount Pleasant Road, Yonge Street, and Avenue Road. All of these surface routes connect to Eglinton station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
- By Car: Motorists can be downtown in ten minutes. Highway 401 and the Allen Expressway are both approximately ten minutes from North Toronto.
Medical Centres & Doctors
- Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, 2075 Bayview Avenue, (416) 480-6100
- Uptowne Dental Centre, 245 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 484-1555
- Midtown Health & Wellness Clinic, 110 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 486-3300
- Gamma-Dynacare Medical Laboratories, 2401 Yonge Street, (416) 486-9238
- Chesswood Laboratories Ltd, 458 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 485-0602
- Antech Casting, 386 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 489-6604
- MCI The Doctor’s Office, 245 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 488-1455
- Sharon House Corporation, 24 Montgomery Avenue, (416) 233-4447
- Crown Art Dental Lab Ltd, 55 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 482-0055
- Creative Dental Studio, 1920 Yonge Street, (416) 485-4302
- Hopitaux, 2075 Bayview Avenue, (416) 480-6100
53 Division, 75 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 808-5300
Station #134, 16 Montgomery Avenue
- Postal & Copy Center, 357 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 483-6285
- Y & E Postal Outlet and Variety, 2300 Yonge Street, (416) 322-8196
Other Organizations, Institutions and Services
Canadian National Institute for the Blind, 1929 Bayview Avenue, (416) 486-2500
Churches & Religious Institutions
- Blythwood Road Baptist Church, 80 Blythwood Road
- St Peter’s Estonian Evangelical Lutheran Church of Toronto, 817 Mount Pleasant Road
- The Salvation Army, 2 Overlea Boulevard
- Unity Church of Truth, 173 Eglinton Avenue W
- Archdiocese of Toronto, 44 Broadway Avenue
- Sisters of St Joseph, 130 Keewatin Avenue
- Unity Church of Truth, 173 Eglinton Avenue W
- St James Humber Bay, 194 Roselawn Avenue
- Church of St. Augustine of Canterbury, 1847 Bayview Avenue
- Christian Science Reading Room, 2611 Yonge Street
(for Town of North Toronto)
- Total Population: 680,995
- Total Households: 316,864
- Average household income: $89,689.00
- Average age: 38
- Top religion: Roman Catholic (29.92%)
- Top ethnicities: English (12.0%), Irish (9.0%), Scottish (9.0%)
- Top job types: White collar (47.3%), Grey collar (39.3)%, Blue collar (13.4)%