Toronto Neighborhoods

Welcome to the Alderwood

Alderwood is a well established, family oriented neighbourhood in the south-west part of Toronto. Bounded by the Etobicoke Creek to the west, Gardiner Expressway to the north, CPR Railway to the east and CNR Railway to the south, Alderwood has a strong home and school association within the community.

Residents are proud of the Sir Adam Beck Centre that is a multi-use recreational facility featuring a new primary school combined with a public library, a community room, a day care centre, and a fitness room. These facilities are also connected to the Alderwood Pool.

A set of historic stone gates at the intersection of Jane Street and Baby Point Road mark the entrance to the neighbourhood enclave. Baby Point is surrounded by ravines and parkland. The larger homes tend to back onto the Humber Valley ravine, while the smaller homes are found closer to Jane Street.

Welcome to the Annex

The Annex is a dynamic neighbourhood in downtown Toronto. The neighbourhood boundaries are north from Bloor Street to Dupont Street, west to Bathurst Street, and East to Avenue Road.

The Annex is home to many unique Torontonian style houses that were popular amongst the city’s elite in the late 19th century. The tree lined residential streets make for one of the most expensive neighbourhoods to rent or own in Toronto, because of its proximity to the University of Toronto and other highly regarded schools.

This neighbourhood offers a vast arts cultural landscape, with the presence of the Bathurst Street Theatre, the Bloor Cinema and the Jewish Community Centre.

Welcome to Baby Point

Baby Point is a wealthy residential neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto. It is bound by the Humber River on the west, east to Jane Street, and south to Raymond Avenue.

A set of historic stone gates at the intersection of Jane Street and Baby Point Road mark the entrance to the neighbourhood enclave. Baby Point is surrounded by ravines and parkland. The larger homes tend to back onto the Humber Valley ravine, while the smaller homes are found closer to Jane Street.

Welcome to Baldwin Village

Baldwin Village is a small enclave located west of downtown Toronto. The neighbourhood boundaries are one block north of Dundas Street West, between Beverley and McCaul Streets.

This was a popular area for American Draft Dodgers in the late 60’s when many of the homes on the streets were converted from residential properties into store fronts. Today Baldwin Village is one of the best known cafe and restaurant districts in Toronto.

This area has a large percentage of Chinese Canadians due to its proximity to Chinatown.

Baldwin Village is a popular spot for students as it is located close to University of Toronto and the Ontario College of Art and Design.

Welcome to the Beaches

The Beaches is Toronto’s top summertime destination for locals and tourists. This neighbourhoods boundaries are from Victoria Park Ave on the East to Coxwell Avenue on the West, and it stretches north from Lake Ontario all the way to Kingston Road.

This area of Queen Street East is populated by many boutiques and specialty shops. The residential side streets are lined with semis and Victorian and Edwardian style houses.

The area is popular because of its four beaches that run along Lake Ontario; Balmy Beach, Scarboro Beach, Kew Beach and Woodbine Beach.

Welcome to Bloor West Village

Some may view Bloor West Village as a suburb but this vibrant neighbourhood is home to many businesses, shops, restaurants, community centers, schools, and the Runnymede Library. Bloor West Village runs along Bloor Street, between Jane Street and Ellis Park Road. Side streets running North and South of Bloor are primarily residential.

In 1970 the Bloor West Village Business Improvement Association (BIA) was founded as the first of its kind in the world; an idea that has spread to numerous other commercial streets in Toronto and to cities around the world.

This area is easily accessible by transit with several subway stations running along Bloor, making Bloor West Village popular amongst transit users and downtown commuters.

Welcome to Cabbagetown

Cabbagetown is one of Toronto’s most popular neighbourhoods located on the east side. The neighbourhood boundaries are, North from Gerrard Street East, to Bloor Street East and east to west from Parliament Street to Sherbourne Street.

The name Cabbagetown was derived from the number of Irish Immigrants who lived in this area in the mid 1800’s.

Its residents come from a wide variety of backgrounds and share a strong sense of community spirit and pride in the neighbourhood. According to the Cabbagetown Preservation Association, it is recognized as “the largest continuous area of preserved Victorian housing in all of North America”. These restored Victorian homes have beautiful gardens and stone walkways.

The area boasts many independently owned stores, cafes and even a weekly farmers market which is held in Riverdale Park.

Welcome to the Distillery District

Toronto’s restored Distillery District features North America’s best preserved collection of Victorian Industrial Architecture and is one of the city’s hottest new neighbourhoods. It is located east of downtown Toronto. The neighborhood is located at Parliament Street and the Gardiner Expressway.

The Gooderham and Worts Distillery opened its doors in the early 1830’s. Over the next 30 years it became the largest exporter of Whisky in the world.

This area was de-industrialized in the early 1900’s and the area became derelict for many years. In early 2001 the area was purchased by a development company who over the next several years transformed it into a trendy arts and cultural centre.

The Distillery District is also home to many lovely condominium buildings and gorgeous loft conversions. This is a neighbourhood where you can live, work and play.

Welcome to the Forest Hill

Forest Hill is one of Toronto’s most prestigious districts and is characterized as one of the city’s wealthiest neighbourhoods. It is home to many prominent business people, doctors, and lawyers. Its boundaries are Bathurst Street to the West, Upper Canada College to the East and Eglinton Avenue to the North, this area runs as far South as Montclair Avenue.

Forest Hill is a significantly Jewish neighbourhood, with many of its local businesses catering to the Jewish community. The area is known and respected for superb upscale dining and shopping.

In recent times Forest Hill has been developed and offers a variety of upscale condos for young people and empty-nesters.

Welcome to the Greek Town

Greektown, also known as The Danforth, is located along Danforth Avenue, between Chester Avenue and Dewhurst Boulevard.

This area is characterized by its architecture which dates back as far as 1910. It’s also known for the large number of Greek Immigrants who have settled into this area, making it a hub for delicious Greek Restaurants. Greektown boasts the largest number of restaurants per kilometer in the world.

Greektown hosts an annual “Taste of the Danforth” festival, which celebrates Greek food and culture, and attracts thousands of attendees each year!

Welcome to High Park

The High Park neighbourhood contains a diverse housing mix and is home to one of Toronto’s most popular municipal parks that spans 400 acres. High Park is located to the west of Downtown Toronto, north Bloor Street West. The gently rolling hills, winding streets, and towering Oak trees captivate and entice all those who live here.

High Park is a mostly residential neighbourhood with families gravitating to the single dwelling homes. The large number of rental opportunities in High Park and accessibility to transit appeals to singles and couples.

Welcome to Humber Valley Village

Humber Valley Village is an upper middle-income family oriented neighbourhood. Its abundance of mature trees are a byproduct of the Humber River Valley Ravine which forms the eastern boundary of this neighbourhood.

This affluent neighbourhood is one of the wealthiest in Etobicoke, a former suburb of Toronto. The boundaries are from Dundas Street on the south to Islington Avenue to the west, and Eglinton Avenue to the north.

Welcome to Islington Village

Islington Village is a commercial and residential neighbourhood bound by Rathburn Road to the north, Islington Avenue to the east, Bloor Street to the south and Mimico Creek to the west. Known as “Toronto’s Village of Murals”, this residential neighbourhood is home to 25 masterpieces depicting the history of the neighbourhood. The murals extend over five blocks on Dundas Street West enhancing the walls of over 15,000 square feet.

Islington Village provides many local services, boutique style shopping, various cuisine options, an abundance of green space and parkland, convenient access to TTC and Go Transit Stations, and makes for a great alternative to Downtown living.

A set of historic stone gates at the intersection of Jane Street and Baby Point Road mark the entrance to the neighbourhood enclave. Baby Point is surrounded by ravines and parkland. The larger homes tend to back onto the Humber Valley ravine, while the smaller homes are found closer to Jane Street.

Welcome to the Junction

The Junction , formerly known as City of Toronto West, has rejuvenated from its industrial core into an enticing neighbourhood that features some of the city’s most interesting furniture shops, art galleries, restaurants, boutiques and markets. Its boundaries are from the intersection of Bloor Street and Dundas Street West, stretching West to Jane street and as far North as St. Clair Avenue West. After many changes throughout the years, this area has been transformed into a cultural hub.

Several Toronto Railways began service in this neighborhood in the late 1900’s; the vicinity was known as a manufacturing area in the late 1800’s. In 2002, the City of Toronto purchased a 2.1 kilometer stretch of abandoned rail line and transformed it into a unique, multi-use pathway known as the West Toronto Railpath. This signature landmark stamps The Junction neighbourhood.

The residential streets are lined with family homes, two and three storey Victorian style houses, many of which have been renovated and restored.

Welcome to the Kingsway

The Kingsway is an affluent residential neighbourhood in the west end of Toronto that runs along Bloor Street between Prince Edward Drive and Montgomery Road.

This area is a well planned community designed for families and is characterized by beautiful homes built in the early 1900’s, inspired and designed to have the same feeling as early British Architecture. Homes feature beautiful stone and wood work.

The Kingsway district of Bloor Street is lined with upscale restaurants, cafes, commercial retail and medical practices. The area boasts excellent schools, churches and community centers.

Welcome to Liberty Village

Liberty Village is a thriving Toronto Neighbourhood that is bounded by King Street West at Dufferin Street to Strachan Avenue and it runs as far south as Gardiner Expressway.

This area is occupied with an assortment of condo developments and loft conversions. Shops and restaurants have sprung up in this area to accommodate the young urban professionals who inhabit it.

This area is well known for advertising and design firms, as well as offices for the film and video industry.

Welcome to Little Italy

The Little Italy neighbourhood runs the length of College Street, from Ossington Avenue to Bathurst Street.

This area is extremely popular and recognized for its many Italian sidewalk cafes. It has become a more diverse neighbourhood than it was in the 1920s when it was populated mainly by Italians.

The residential streets that run off of College Street are full of stylish, remodeled Edwardian style homes. Young professionals are attracted to the area’s energetic nightlife and easy commute to downtown.

Welcome to Long Branch

Long Branch is a residential neighbourhood composed mostly of single-family, detached homes that is in transition with many new home developments being built.

This established community is located along Toronto’s waterfront and is home to waterfront parks and trails, a public library, a GO Transit station and a dynamic shopping district.

Welcome to Mimico

Mimico is the gateway to Toronto’s west-end waterfront neighbourhoods. This primarily residential neighbourhood has two commercial strips that run along Royal York Road and Lake Shore Boulevard West. The community is well known for its beautiful parks, waterfront trails and its vast array of architecture. Homes in Mimico range from grand lakeside estates to bungalows built in the 1920s to 1940s, and low rise apartment buildings built in the 1950s and 1960s.

Mimico is a short commute of downtown Toronto and features its own Go Transit train station, making this a popular neighbourhood amongst all age groups.

Welcome to New Toronto

Located in the south-west end of the city, New Toronto runs along Lake Ontario to the south, Twenty-Third Street to the west, the Canadian National Railway mainline to the north and Dwight Avenue to the east.

New Toronto is home to a mix of various cultures, income levels, and has a large population of seniors. It is conveniently located by bicycle trails on the lake, TTC and GO Transit, the Lakeshore Humber College campus, and provides quick access to downtown Toronto.

Welcome to Parkdale

Parkdale is located just west of downtown Toronto along the path of the Queen Street streetcar west from Spadina, all the way to Roncesvalles.

Parkdale’s diverse mix of real estate options range from grand Victorian mansions to high-rise, low rent apartment buildings, creating one of the most diverse demographics of any Toronto neighbourhood.

This neighbourhood possesses many positive attributes and is home to some of Toronto’s most vibrant shopping districts, restaurants, bars and art galleries.

Welcome to Riverdale

Riverdale is the gateway to Toronto’s east-end neighbourhoods. Its boundaries go South from the Danforth to Queen Street East, between Broadview and Jones Avenue.

It is a large and diverse community that is especially well known for its colourful shopping districts and quaint Victorian homes. Riverdale is a high density urban neighbourhood with an abundance of parkland.

Countless local restaurants and cafes are found lining this area of Queen Street East.

Welcome to Roncesvalles

Roncesvalles Village is known for its European ambience and small-town feel. This neighbourhood is popular with young families because of its convenient location. It stretches North and south along the entire length of Roncevalles Avenue, which is located just east of High Park and North of Lake Ontario.

This neighborhood is defined as the centre of Toronto’s Polish community and is home to several Polish churches and community centers. The street is filled with Polish bakeries, restaurants and specialty shops. There is an annual Polish street festival every Fall on Roncesvalles featuring live Polka music, food, clothing and crafts.

The side streets that run east and west of Roncesvalles are predominately residential featuring mid-sized, Victorian style homes.

Welcome to Rosedale

Rosedale was one of Toronto’s first suburbs and is recognized as Toronto’s most prosperous neighbourhood. Its boundaries run along the the CPR railway tracks to the North, Bloor Street to the South, and East to West from Bayview to Yonge Street.

Rosedale is one of the wealthiest and expensive neighbourhoods in the country and is home to many of Canada’s most affluent and famous celebrities. The streets are characterized by some of the city’s largest mansions. This neighbourhood offers several prosperous private schools, such as Branksome Hall and The Upper Canada College.

The tranquil atmosphere created by surrounding ravines and parkland makes the city feel like it is miles away, when in reality Rosedale is just minutes from Toronto’s dominant business, entertainment and shopping districts.

Welcome to Sunnylea

Sunnylea is a highly sought after Toronto neighbourhood that is especially popular amongst young families. Sunnylea’s boundaries run south of Bloor Street West, north of Norseman Street and Berry Road, with Islington Avenue to the west and the Humber River to the east.

The country charm in Sunnylea comes from the neighbourhood’s history and Mimico Creek that quielty flows through the centre of the neighbourhood. The history of Sunnylea revolves around Alexander Thompson who purchased two hundred acres of land in this area in 1803. In the latter part of the 1800’s the Thompson’s were joined in Sunnylea by families who cultivated thriving market gardens filled with fruits and vegetables. A handful of old Sunnylea farmhouses are still standing both on Prince Edward Drive and on Islington Avenue.

Welcome to Swansea Village

Bordering on the west by the Humber River, on the north by Bloor Street, east by High Park and south by Lake Ontario, Swansea is the only neighbourhood in Toronto to have a lake, a river, and a pond as its natural perimeter.

Swansea is primarily a residential neighbourhood with a mixture of housing types and hilly terrain. The lands of ‘upper’ Swansea are 30 to 40 feet higher than the rest of the neighbourhood.

The Swansea Town Hall Community Centre, formerly the Swansea Town Hall, houses a small gymnasium, the Swansea Memorial Public Library, and meeting rooms available for a variety of functions. Swansea is a very community oriented neighbourhood.