The Elms, Toronto

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The Elms
Neighbourhood
Houses in The Elms
Houses in The Elms
The Elms map.png
Coordinates: 43°42′47″N 79°33′40″W / 43.71306°N 79.56111°W / 43.71306; -79.56111
Country  Canada
Province  Ontario
City Toronto Toronto
Community Etobicoke-York
Changed Municipality 1998 Toronto from Etobicoke
Government
 • MP Kirsty Duncan (Etobicoke North)
 • MPP Shafiq Qaadri (Etobicoke North)
 • Councillor Rob Ford (Ward 2 Etobicoke North)

The Elms is a neighbourhood in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is bordered by the Humber River to the east, Islington Avenue to the west, Thistletown to the north, and Highway 401 to the south.

The housing development of the original section of Rexdale, built in the early 1950s, is named for developer Rex Heslop and his wife Delma. These are single storey and storey and a half bungalows, bordered by streets Allenby Avenue, Burrard Road and Hadrian Drive, east of the new Wal-Mart store, formerly the site of Rexdale Plaza. Many of the residents of this neighbourhood, were employed Avro Canada.

Heslop went on building houses west of Islington Avenue, around Clearbrooke Circle as well as an industrial section of Rexdale west of Kipling Avenue, before going to Georgetown, where he established the Delrex neighbourhood.

Residents of Rexdale did their shopping mostly in Weston, until Rexdale Plaza was built in 1957. At the same time, the semi-detached houses were built along Allenby and Burrard, followed by the construction of Bungalows north of Hadrian between Burrard and Elmlea School.

Much of this area was dotted with American Elm trees, the namesake of The Elms golf course, in which its links were still being played as late as 1957 when Rexdale was growing around it. Pine Point Park is the community's main meeting place.

Institutions[edit]

  • Rexdale Mall
  • Rexdale Public Library
  • Northern Elms Public Library
  • Rexlington Park
  • The Elms Park
Churches
  • St Paul's Anglican Church
  • St Benedict's Church
  • Rexdale Presbyterian Church
  • Rexdale Alliance Church
  • Rexdale Gospel Hall
  • Sidh Shakti Babaji Mandir
Schools
  • Braeburn Junior School - A small, culturally diverse public elementary school, located at 15 Tandridge Crescent. It is situated on the banks of the Humber River. The name of the school comes from two Scottish words - "brae" meaning hill and "burn" meaning stream. The crest shows a green hill with a stream flowing at the foot. A golden book represents the Book of Learning. Braeburn opened in 1969 as an open concept school.
  • The Elms Junior Middle School
  • Elmlea Junior School
  • St Stephen Catholic Elementary School
  • Timothy Christian School

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Coordinates: 43°43′01″N 79°32′56″W / 43.717°N 79.549°W / 43.717; -79.549