North Toronto

The old town of North Toronto, established in 1890 and amalgamated into the current ‘super city’ of Toronto in 1998, is these days synonymous with Midtown Toronto. Midtown comprises essentially the neighbourhoods surrounding Yonge Street from Davisville subway station and north to Eglinton and Lawrence subway stations.

The many diverse and distinct blocks characterize this area. Davisville, to the south, is home to rows of older, single-occupancy homes as well as many high-density high-rise apartments. The Yonge-Eglinton area here is an important commercial center in the city and is home to many corporate offices as well as shopping malls and smaller retail outlets.

Given its size, North Toronto has just about every possible amenity from schools to libraries, community centers, recreation facilities. The area also has several picturesque green spaces including Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Eglinton Park, Sherwood Ravine Park, Sunnybrook Park and Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens at the northern end of the district at Yonge Street and Lawrence Avenue.

While the district began as a ‘streetcar suburb’ of Toronto, with many early 20th-century detached and semi-detached homes built in the various sub-communities here, today North Toronto is increasingly home to more and more modern high-rise condominiums and newer homes.

A fuller profile of North Toronto is being developed and will appear in this place shortly. To contribute to the profile or to publish your own impressions or memories of life in this community, email the editors at [][/email].