Victoria Park Avenue was originally a pioneer road for settlement of Scarborough. Except for its very southernmost section (south of Bracken Avenue), the road once formed the boundary for the former township, borough, and city of Scarborough with the former municipalities of East York, North York, and the former city of Toronto.
Victoria Park Avenue begins as a two-lane residential street near Lake Ontario at Queen Street at the east end of The Beaches community. It takes a sharp jog west just before Bracken Avenue, and then continues in a straight line northward.
It is still a two-lane residential street from Bracken Avenue north to Gerrard Street, albeit one with a heavy traffic load; at Gerrard Street it becomes a four-lane major arterial road. It reduces to two lanes again from a point north of Danforth Avenue to Dawes Road, then resumes its role as a four-lane arterial road for the rest of its length. North of Dawes it shifts from being a residential street to being a suburban arterial, with mostly stores and low rise apartment buildings along the rest of its length.
Victoria Park remains one of the busiest north-south streets on Toronto's east side, along with Markham Road and Kennedy Road. It is served by the TTC Subway at Victoria Park station and Route 24 (Victoria Park) and Route 12 (Kingston Road) buses. Historically the first bus to service the street were private routes that operated along Dawes Road, and then north along Victoria Park. This route was taken over by the TTC in 1954, and offered service as far north as Victoria Park and Lawrence. The opening of Victoria Park subway station in 1968 led to the creation of the 24 Victoria Park, replacing the Dawes Road bus on Victoria Park. It first ran to Victoria Park and Old Sehppard Road, but has steadily been extended northwards. Today it runs into York Region, along Woodbine Avenue at the request of the city of Markham. Alsi beginngin in 1968, the portion of Victoria Park south of the subway station began to be served by the 12 Kingston Road bus. This bus travels south until Kingston Road and then turns east into Scarborough. It stops at the Bingham Loop to meet up with the termini of the 502 Downtowner and 503 Kingston Rd.