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Strathearn Road in Cedarvale
Strathearn Road in Cedarvale
Location of Humewood-Cedarvale within Toronto
Location of Humewood-Cedarvale within Toronto
Coordinates: 43°41′28″N 79°25′33″W / 43.69111°N 79.42583°W / 43.69111; -79.42583Coordinates: 43°41′28″N 79°25′33″W / 43.69111°N 79.42583°W / 43.69111; -79.42583
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityToronto Toronto
Changed Municipality1998 Toronto from York
 • MPCarolyn Bennett (St. Paul's)
 • MPPEric Hoskins (St. Paul's)
 • CouncillorJoe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's)

Humewood–Cedarvale is an area of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, consisting of the wealthy Cedarvale in the north and the upper middle class Humewood in the south, divided by Vaughan Road and Cedarvale Ravine. The neighbourhood is bordered by Bathurst Street on the east, Eglinton Avenue to the north, Arlington Avenue to the west, and St. Clair Avenue to the south. Humewood is also known as "The Woods" because of its many streets that have names ending with "-wood",[1] including Wychwood, Humewood, Cherrywood, Valewood, Maplewood, Wellwood, Kenwood, and Pinewood. The neighbourhood's main commercial area is along St. Clair Ave. W.


Cedarvale Park and its surrounding Castle Frank ravine acts as a natural border between the neighbourhoods of Humewood and Cedarvale.

Humewood is an upper-middle class, family-oriented neighbourhood, with a combination of single-family homes dating from the 1920s as well as a numerous mid-rise and high-rise buildings. Humewood Park, just north of St. Clair Ave. W, was once part of the estate of William Hume Blake, the namesake of the Humewood neighbourhood. Cedarvale is a wealthy community, and includes multimillion-dollar homes facing the that is within the Cedarvale Park and Castle Frank Brook's ravine system.

Cedarvale and Humewood are separated by Vaughan Road, and about a block further east is Cedarvale Ravine, a natural border between the two halves of the community.


While ethnically diverse like the rest of Toronto, there is a significant Jewish community in Humewood–Cedarvale, along with several key religious sites within walking distance (Holy Blossom Temple, Beth Tzedec Synagogue, The Village Shul, Beth Sholom Congregation and The Leo Baeck Day School). The most common mother tongue is English (about 66% in 2011), followed by Tagalog/Filipino (3.5% in 2011).[2]



There are two English public education elementary schools in Humewood–Cedarvale operated by the Toronto District School Board, Humewood and Cedarvale Community Schools, which represent the namesake portions of this neighbourhood. TDSB does not operate a secondary schools in the neighbourhood, with public secondary schooling provided by nearby TDSB institutions including, Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, and Harbord Collegiate Institute.

In addition to the Toronto District School Board, three other public school boards also operate in the city. The Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB), is a public English separate school board; Conseil scolaire Viamonde is a secular French public school board; and the Conseil scolaire de district catholique Centre-Sud is a French separate public school board. However, none of the three school boards operate a school in the neighbourhood.

Additionally, there are no public libraries in this neighbourhood, but one may use the Oakwood Village, the Maria Shchuka, the Wychwood, the St. Clair-Dufferin, or the Forest Hill public libraries.


Two private elementary institutions are based in the neighbourhood, The Leo Baeck Day School, a private, Reform Jewish day school and Robbins Hebrew Academy, a private Conservative Jewish day school are also located in this community.


The TTC operates several transit lines in the area, including the 512 St. Clair streetcar line.

Public transportation accessible by two subway stations: Eglinton West (to be renamed Cedarvale Station in 2021) and St. Clair West, as well as the St. Clair West 512 Streetcar and the 90 Vaughan bus route.

References and external links[edit]

  1. ^ Eyes on St. Clair West, pg. 69 Archived June 7, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on 2016-01-29. Retrieved 2016-05-26.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)