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Spotlight on Lawrence Park

July 30th, 2018
Many people moving to Toronto have asked about the Lawrence Park neighbourhood in Toronto. It is bordered by Lawrence Ave E to the north and Blythwood Ravine to the south, between Yonge St and Bayview Ave. It gets its name from John Lawrence, whom owned the land in early 1900.

The area as we know it today is due to some major planning on the part of Toronto. In fact, the area was one of Toront ...

Spotlight on Forest Hill

July 27th, 2018
Many people moving to Toronto have asked about the Forest Hill neighbourhood in Toronto. It is bordered by Briar Hill Ave to the north and Eglinton Ave W to the south, between the Allen/Marlee to the west and Castlewood/Latimer to the east. It was originally a village, until amalgamation with Toronto in 1967. It gets its name from the summer home of John Wickson.

The area as we know it today w ...

Spotlight on Trinity Bellwoods

July 25th, 2018
Many people moving to Toronto have asked about the Trinity Bellwoods community in Toronto. It is bordered by College St to the north and Queen St W to the south, between Dovercourt Rd and Bathurst St. It gets its name from Trinity Bellwoods Park, which sits between Dundas St and Queen St W (north and south), Crawford St (to the west) and Gore Vale Ave (to the east). The park itself was named ...

Spotlight on Riverdale

July 20th, 2018
Many people moving to Toronto have asked about the Riverdale community in Toronto. It is bordered by the Danforth to the north and Lake Ontario to the south, between the DVP and Greenwood Ave/railway lines. It gets its name from Riverdale Park (which, in turn, got its name from the Don River to the west).

The area as we know it today is very multicultural and artistic. Many independent galleri ...

Spotlight on the Beach

July 18th, 2018
The Beach is a small neighbourhood in east Toronto south of Kingston Rd, between Coxwell Ave and Victoria Park Ave. Sometimes the area is referred to as the “Beaches”… a debate that began in the 19th century and continues to this day, so we will remain neutral and just say “that beachy area in east Toronto”. Regardless, the name came about due to the four beaches found in the neighbourhood… B ...

Spotlight on the Junction

July 13th, 2018
The Junction is a small community in Toronto. It is bordered by St Clair W to the north and Annette St to the south, between Runnymede Rd and the railway lines to the east of Keele St/Dundas St W. It is so named as it is the junction spot for four railway lines in the area. The area was actually an independent city call “West Toronto” up until 1909.

The area as we know it today was a result of ...

Spotlight on Leaside

July 11th, 2018
Leaside is a community just north of downtown Toronto. It is bordered by Bayview Ave to the west, the railway line to the south, Leslie St to the east, and Sunnybrook Park to the north. The name Leaside comes from the Lea family, whom settled in the area in the early 19th century, with William Lea building an octagonal shaped home, which he affectionately named “Leaside”.

The area as we know i ...

Spotlight on the Distillery District

July 6th, 2018
The Distillery District is a heritage-style community in the east end of downtown Toronto. It is bordered by Parliament St to the west, the Gardiner Expressway to the south, Cherry St to the east, and Mill Street to the north. Originally an industrial hub, the area helped make Toronto a dominant shipping centre for Canada.

The area as we know it today got its start back in 1832 when The Gooder ...

Spotlight on Mimico

July 4th, 2018
Mimico is a small community in the west end of Toronto along Lake Ontario. It is bordered by Kipling Ave to the west, the Gardiner Expressway to the north, and the Humber River to the east. The name is said to come from the Ojibwe word omiimiikaa, which means "abundant with wild pigeons" (though not likely as many as Rome). Originally a planned sub-division in 1856, Mimico is the oldest of th ...