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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
City Toronto Toronto
Community York
Changed Municipality 1998 Toronto from York
 • MP Carolyn Bennett (St. Paul's)
 • MPP Eric Hoskins (St. Paul's)
 • Councillor Joe 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.


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 Cedarvale Ravine that is within the namesake park.

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.


St. Alphonsus Catholic Church at the corner of Vaughan Road and St. Clair Avenue

There are two elementary schools in this area: Humewood and Cedarvale Community Schools, which represent the namesake portions of this 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. There are no publicly funded secondary schools in the neighbourhood, but nearby Vaughan Road Academy, Oakwood Collegiate Institute, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, and Harbord Collegiate Institute (for continued French Immersion) provide secondary education. Humewood Community School provides grade 7 and 8 in addition to elementary grades, and also offers French Immersion from Senior Kindergarten onwards. These schools are run by the Toronto District School Board. Near St. Michael's College School, there is an apartment building that Ernest Hemingway lived in during his stay in Canada, which is now called "The Hemingway." 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.

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]

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

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