List of neighbourhoods in Toronto

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Roncesvalles, a 'core' neighbourhood of Toronto, in 2001

The strength and vitality of the many neighbourhoods that make up Toronto, Ontario, Canada has earned the city its unofficial nickname of "the city of neighbourhoods."[1] There are 140 neighbourhoods officially recognized by the City of Toronto[2] and upwards of 240 official and unofficial neighbourhoods within the city's boundaries.[3] Before 1998, Toronto was a much smaller municipality and formed part of Metropolitan Toronto. When the city amalgamated that year, Toronto grew to encompass the former municipalities of York, East York, North York, Etobicoke, and Scarborough. Each of these former municipalities still maintains, to a certain degree, its own distinct identity, and the names of these municipalities are still used by their residents, sometimes for disambiguation purposes as amalgamation resulted in duplicated street names. The area known as Toronto before the amalgamation is sometimes called the "old" City of Toronto, the Central District or simply "Downtown".

The "former" City of Toronto is, by far, the most populous and densest part of the city. It is also the business and administrative centre of the city. The uniquely Torontonian bay-and-gable housing style is common throughout the former city.

The "inner ring" suburbs of York and East York are older, predominantly middle-income areas, and ethnically diverse. Much of the housing stock in these areas consists of pre-World War II single-family houses and post-war high-rises. Many of the neighbourhoods in these areas were built up as streetcar suburbs and contain many dense and mixed-use streets, some of which are one-way. They share many characteristics with sections of the "old" city, outside the downtown core.

The "outer ring" suburbs of Etobicoke, Scarborough, and North York are much more suburban in nature (although these boroughs are developing urban centres of their own, such as North York City Centre around Mel Lastman Square). The following is a list of the more notable neighbourhoods, divided by the neighbourhoods' location based on the former municipalities, the names of which are still known and commonly used by Torontonians (and are necessary for disambiguating duplicate street names).

Toronto has many groups and associations to deal with neighbourhood issues, and larger umbrella organizations organize events to deal with broader issues.

Neighbourhoods by district[edit]

Old Toronto[edit]

Old Toronto refers to the City of Toronto and its boundaries from 1967 to 1997. It is sometimes referred to as the "South" or "Central" district, and includes the "downtown core". Some of these names such as "The Fashion District" are (or were) used as marketing for the areas or by BIAs; this area is actually called "King-Spadina" by locals. Another example is the "Old Town of York", also known as "King and Parliament" (although that intersection is one block east of the original ten blocks that formed the old town). Some people in the area also consider it to be a suburb of the main city of Toronto, as many choose to move there in pursuit of a more relaxed and "backwoods" vibe.[4]

Many were recreated or named to reconnect the areas with their past history, early beginnings, or even recent use and prominence. Some historical city 'wards' used in the 19th century are no longer used: St. David's, St. John's, St. Paul's, St. George's, St. Andrew's, and St. Patrick's wards. There was a ward named for the patron saint of each of the three British nationalities: English (St. George), Scottish (St. Andrew), Welsh (St. David) and Irish (St. Patrick). St. George, St. Andrew and St. Patrick still survive as subway stops, though St. George station is not named after the ward, but after St. George Street instead, itself named after Quetton St. George, a local resident. St. Lawrence's Ward (named after the patron saint of Canada and the river) remains, known today as "St. Lawrence". St. Paul's (named after the saint) remains as the name of an electoral district for each of the three levels of government, although the electoral district has very little to no overlap with the historic St. Paul's Ward and beginning in the 2015 Canadian federal election, the electoral district was renamed Toronto—St. Paul's. This meant that the St. Paul's electoral district is a misnomer for much of the history of the electoral district.

For the purposes of geographic distinction, the neighbourhoods of Old Toronto are broken down into four subsections:

Downtown Core (Central)[edit]

East End[edit]

North End[edit]

West End[edit]

East York[edit]

An autonomous urban borough until 1997, East York is located north of Danforth Avenue between the Don River and Victoria Park Avenue. East York was an exclave of York from 1922 to 1924. East York developed contemporaneously with the West End of old Toronto, and it is similar in form and character. In 1967, East York was expanded to include the Town of Leaside. Since the 1998 amalgamation, it is administered together with old Toronto, and separate from Scarborough, North York, and Etobicoke-York, by the "Toronto and East York Neighbourhood Council".

East York itself is commonly divided into two zones with mainly Edwardian urban neighbourhoods situated south of Taylor-Massey Creek and referred to as Old East York.

Etobicoke[edit]

Etobicoke is on the west side of the Humber River. Before the 1967 amalgamation, Long Branch, New Toronto, and Mimico were villages independent of Etobicoke. It was a separate city until the 1998 amalgamation. Since then, Etobicoke is often administered with York as a single community council within the amalgamated city of Toronto.

Etobicoke is often divided into three zones: north, central, and south, roughly approximate to that of the electoral districts of all three levels of government.

North York[edit]

North York is located north of York, Old Toronto, and East York. It was a separate city until the 1998 amalgamation. North York is sometimes divided to two sections by Yonge Street: an east section and a west section.

Scarborough[edit]

Scarborough is on the east side of Victoria Park Avenue. It was a separate city until the 1998 amalgamation. West Rouge was transferred from Pickering to Scarborough in 1974 as part of the establishment of Durham Region. It was also the largest former municipality by area.

York[edit]

York is situated between Old Toronto and North York, west of Bathurst Street (aside from the neighbourhood of Tichester at the southeasternmost corner of the former city, which extends as far east as Walmer Road and includes much of St. Clair West station). Weston was independent of York until 1967. York was a separate city until the 1998 amalgamation. Since then, York is often administered with Etobicoke as a single community council within the amalgamated city of Toronto.

York is often divided to two sections: a western section and an eastern section; often, GO Transit's Barrie rail line divides the former city in two sections.

History[edit]

Multiple listing service districts and neighbourhoods[edit]

After the update of Toronto Multiple listing service (MLS) on July 5, 2011, the Toronto Real Estate Board (TREB) introduced a new search feature for the Toronto MLS, used by real estate agents operating in the region. MLS searches can be refined at three levels and MLS users can search houses by area, then by municipality, and then by neighbourhood or community. As with the other MLS services for other jurisdictions, it used Microsoft's Bing Maps for its web mapping features until 2018, when it switched to Google Maps. These feature changes were the first change of this magnitude in about 50 years of Toronto MLS history.[6]

The change was designed to eliminate the obsolete coding systems whereby Greater Toronto was divided into 86 artificial districts denominated by alphanumeric codes. Due to the growing population in the city and the increasing difficulty of browsing the code-based system, the TREB made a radical change, which is intended to simplify the use of MLS for real estate agents and home buyers.[7]

Because Toronto is a populous municipality of its own, the core city area will continue to be split into coded districts, although each of the districts will in turn contain neighbourhoods. Hence, the City will be easily searchable as well.[7]

The following table contains a complete list of Toronto districts with a possibly incomplete list of Toronto neighbourhoods within each district:[8][9]

District Number Neighbourhoods Included
C01 Downtown, Harbourfront, Little Italy, Little Portugal, Dufferin Grove, Palmerston, University, Bay Street Corridor, Kensington Market, Chinatown, Trinity Bellwoods, South Niagara, Island airport, The Islands, waterfront communities C1, Queen's Park, Ontario Provincial Government, Victoria Hotel, Central Bay Street, First Canadian Place, Design Exchange, Adelaide, University of Toronto, Union Station
C02 The Annex, Yorkville, South Hill, Summerhill, Wychwood Park, Deer Park, Casa Loma
C03 Forest Hill South, Oakwood–Vaughan, Humewood–Cedarvale, Corso Italia, Humewood-Cedarvale, Forest Hill Road Park
C04 Bedford Park, Lawrence Manor, North Toronto, Forest Hill North, Lawrence Park, Lawrence Heights, Roselawn
C06 North York, Clanton Park, Bathurst Manor
C07 Willowdale West, Newtonbrook West, Westminster–Branson, Lansing-Westgate
C08 Cabbagetown, St. Lawrence Market, Toronto waterfront, Moss Park, Church and Wellesley, Garden District, Regent Park, St. James Town, Ryerson, Berczy Park
C09 Moore Park, Rosedale
C10 Davisville Village, Midtown Toronto, Mount Pleasant, Davisville North, Davisville
C11 Leaside, Thorncliffe Park, Flemingdon Park
C12 York Mills, St.Andrew - Windfields, Bridle Path, Sunnybrook, York Mills West
C13 Don Mills, Parkwoods–Donalda, Victoria Village, Banbury, Parkwoods
C14 Newtonbrook East, Willowdale East, Newtonbrook
C15 Hillcrest Village, Bayview Woods-Steeles, Bayview Village, Don Valley Village, Henry Farm, Pleasant View
E01 Riverdale, Danforth (Greektown), Leslieville, Blake-Jones, Greenwood, Coxwell, Studio District
E02 The Beaches, Woodbine Corridor, East End - Danforth, The Beaches West, South Central Letter Processing Plant Toronto
E03 Danforth (Greektown), East York, Playter Estates, Broadview North (Old East York), O'Connor–Parkview, Crescent Town, Woodbine Heights, Woodbine Gardens, Parkview Hill
E04 The Golden Mile, Dorset Park, Wexford, Maryvale, Scarborough Junction (Kennedy Park), Ionview, Clairlea, Birchmount
E05 Steeles, L'Amoreaux West, Tam O'Shanter – Sullivan, Clarks Corners, L'Amoreaux
E06 Birch Cliff, Oakridge, Hunt Club, Cliffside
E07 Agincourt, Malvern West, Milliken
E08 Scarborough Village, Cliffcrest, Guildwood, Eglinton East (Knob Hill)
E09 Scarborough City Centre, Woburn, Morningside, Bendale (Cedarbrae), Cedarbrae
E10 Rouge (South), Port Union (Centennial Scarborough), West Hill, Highland Creek, Port Union
E11 Rouge (West), Malvern, Rouge, Upper Rouge
W01 High Park, South Parkdale, Swansea, Roncesvalles Village, Roncesvalles, Parkdale Village
W02 Bloor West Village, Baby Point, The Junction (Junction Area), High Park North, Runnymede, Dovercourt Village, Christie
W03 Keelesdale, Eglinton West, Rockcliffe–Smythe, Weston-Pellam Park, Corso Italia, Davenport, Caledonia-Fairbanks
W04 York, Glen Park, Amesbury (Brookhaven), Pelmo Park – Humberlea, Weston, Fairbank (Briar Hill-Belgravia), Maple Leaf, Mount Dennis, Pelmo Park – Humberlea W4 , Beechborough, Greenbrook, Yorkdale, Rustic, Glencairn, Upwood Park
W05 Downsview, Humber Summit, Humbermede (Emery), Jane and Finch (Black Creek or Glenfield-Jane Heights), York University Heights, York University, Pelmo Park – Humberlea W5, Downsview-Roding-CFB, Emery
W06 New Toronto, Long Branch, Mimico, Alderwood, Humber Bay Shores
W07 Sunnylea (The Queensway – Humber Bay), Sunnylea, Stonegate - Queenway, Thompson Orchard
W08 The Kingsway, Central Etobicoke, Eringate – Centennial – West Deane, Princess-Rosethorn, Edenbridge-Humber Valley, Islington–City Centre West, Markland Wood, Royal York South West, Princess Gardens, Humber Valley Village
W09 Kingsview Village-The Westway, Richview (Willowridge), Humber Heights – Westmount, Martin Grove Gardens, Kingsview Village, Westmount
W10 Rexdale, Clairville, Thistletown - Beaumond Heights, Smithfield: Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown, The Elms (Elms-Old Rexdale), West Humber - Clairville, Mount Olive

Business improvement areas[edit]

There are also several dozen city designated business improvement areas, covering almost all of Toronto's commercial areas. Some of these serve a particular ethnic group or several similar ethnic groups as part of an ethnic enclave.

Lists of city-designated neighbourhoods[edit]

For administrative purposes, the City of Toronto divides the city into 140 neighbourhoods. These divisions are used for internal planning purposes. The boundaries and names often do not conform to the usage of the general population or designated business improvement areas. A number of neighbourhood maps of Toronto do exist, some produced by real estate firms and some by Internet portals. A project to map the neighbourhoods according to the common usage of the residents was done by the Toronto Star newspaper. Based on feedback from Star readers, it has produced the most comprehensive, albeit informal, neighbourhood map.

Table[edit]

CDN number City-designated neighbourhood Former city/borough Neighbourhoods covered Map
129 Agincourt North Scarborough Agincourt and Brimwood
128 Agincourt South-Malvern West Scarborough Agincourt and Malvern Malvern to locator.gif
20 Alderwood Etobicoke Alderwood Alderwood to locator.png
95 Annex Old City of Toronto The Annex and Seaton Village Annex-to-locator.png
42 Banbury-Don Mills North York Don Mills
34 Bathurst Manor North York Bathurst Manor
76 Bay Street Corridor Old City of Toronto Bay Street, Financial District
52 Bayview Village North York Bayview Village
49 Bayview Woods-Steeles North York Bayview Woods
39 Bedford Park-Nortown North York Bedford Park, Ledbury Park, and Nortown Bedfordparknortown to locator.png
112 Beechborough-Greenbrook York Keelesdale and Silverthorn Beechboroughgreenbrook to locator.png
127 Bendale Scarborough Bendale
122 Birchcliffe-Cliffside Scarborough Birch Cliff and Cliffside
24 Black Creek North York Jane and Finch
69 Blake-Jones Old City of Toronto The Pocket and Riverdale Blakejones to locator.png
108 Briar Hill-Belgravia York Fairbank Briarhillbelgravia to locator.png
41 Bridle Path-Sunnybrook-York Mills North York The Bridle Path and York Mills
57 Broadview North East York Old East York
30 Brookhaven-Amesbury North York Amesbury
71 Cabbagetown-South St. James Town Old City of Toronto Cabbagetown and St. James Town
109 Caledonia-Fairbank York Fairbank and Cedarvale
96 Casa Loma Old City of Toronto Casa Loma, and Wychwood Casaloma to locator.png
133 Centennial Scarborough Scarborough Port Union and Centennial
75 Church-Yonge Corridor Old City of Toronto Church and Wellesley and Ryerson University
120 Clairlea-Birchmount Scarborough Clairlea
33 Clanton Park North York Wilson Heights Clantonpark to locator.png
123 Cliffcrest Scarborough Cliffside
92 Corso Italia-Davenport Old City of Toronto Corso Italia, Davenport, Earlscourt, and Regal Heights Corsoitaliadavenport to locator.png
61 Crescent Town East York Crescent Town
59 Danforth - East York East York Old East York, The Danforth
66 Danforth Village - Toronto Old City of Toronto The Danforth
47 Don Valley Village North York Don Valley Village, The Peanut
126 Dorset Park Scarborough Dorset Park
93 Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction Old City of Toronto Dovercourt Park, Wallace Emerson, Junction Triangle and Davenport Dovercourtwallaceemersonjunction to locator.png
26 Downsview-Roding-CFB North York Downsview Downsviewrodingcfb to locator.png
83 Dufferin Grove Old City of Toronto Brockton and Dufferin Grove Dufferingrove to locator.png
62 East End-Danforth Old City of Toronto Upper Beaches, East Danforth
9 Edenbridge-Humber Valley Etobicoke Humber Valley
138 Eglinton East Scarborough Eglinton East Eglintoneast to locator.png
5 Elms-Old Rexdale Etobicoke The Elms and Rexdale
32 Englemount-Lawrence North York Lawrence Manor and Glen Park Englemountlawrence to locator.png
11 Eringate-Centennial-West Deane Etobicoke Centennial Park and West Deane Park
13 Etobicoke West Mall Etobicoke Centennial Park and Eatonville Etobicoke-west-mall to locator.gif
44 Flemingdon Park North York Flemingdon Park
102 Forest Hill North Old City of Toronto Forest Hill Foresthill to locator.gif
101 Forest Hill South Old City of Toronto Forest Hill Foresthill to locator.gif
25 Glenfield-Jane Heights North York Jane and Finch
65 Greenwood-Coxwell Old City of Toronto Leslieville
140 Guildwood Scarborough Guildwood Guildwood to locator.gif
53 Henry Farm North York Henry Farm
88 High Park North Old City of Toronto High Park North, West Bend High-pk-north-to-locator.png
87 High Park-Swansea Old City of Toronto High Park, Roncesvalles and Swansea
134 Highland Creek Scarborough Highland Creek
48 Hillcrest Village North York Hillcrest Village
8 Humber Heights-Westmount Etobicoke Humber Heights-Westmount
21 Humber Summit North York Humber Summit
22 Humbermede North York Humbermede and Emery
106 Humewood-Cedarvale York Cedarvale and Humewood Humewoodcedarvale to locator.gif
125 Ionview Scarborough Ionview Ionview to locator.gif
14 Islington-City Centre West Etobicoke Islington-Six Points Islingtoncitycentrewest to locator.gif
90 Junction Area Old City of Toronto The Junction Junction to locator.gif
110 Keelesdale-Eglinton West York Keelesdale and Silverthorn Keelesdale-eglinton west.gif
124 Kennedy Park Scarborough Scarborough Junction
78 Kensington-Chinatown Old City of Toronto Alexandra Park, Chinatown, Grange Park, Kensington Market
6 Kingsview Village-The Westway Etobicoke Kingsview Village and Richview Kingsviewwestway to locator.gif
15 Kingsway South Etobicoke The Kingsway
117 L'Amoreaux Scarborough L'Amoreaux, Leacock, and Bridlewood
114 Lambton Baby Point York Baby Point and Old Mill Lambtonbabypoint to locator.gif
38 Lansing-Westgate North York Lansing
105 Lawrence Park North Old City of Toronto Bedford Park, Teddington Park, and Wanless Park
103 Lawrence Park South Old City of Toronto Lawrence Park, Lytton Park, North Toronto
56 Leaside-Bennington East York Leaside
84 Little Portugal Old City of Toronto Little Portugal and Brockton
19 Long Branch Etobicoke Long Branch Longbranch to locator.gif
132 Malvern Scarborough Malvern Malvern to locator.gif
29 Maple Leaf North York
12 Markland Wood Etobicoke Markland Wood
130 Milliken Scarborough Milliken
17 Mimico Etobicoke Mimico Mimico-to-locator.png
135 Morningside Scarborough Morningside
73 Moss Park Old City of Toronto Moss Park, Corktown and Garden District Mosspark to locator.gif
115 Mount Dennis York Mount Dennis Mountdennis to locator.gif
2 Mount Olive-Silverstone-Jamestown Etobicoke Smithfield Mountolivesilverstonejamestown to locator.gif
99 Mount Pleasant East Old City of Toronto Davisville Village, North Toronto
104 Mount Pleasant West Old City of Toronto Davisville Village, North Toronto
18 New Toronto Etobicoke New Toronto Newtoronto to locator.gif
50 Newtonbrook East North York Newtonbrook
36 Newtonbrook West North York Newtonbrook
82 Niagara Old City of Toronto Niagara, Liberty Village, Exhibition Place Niagara to locator.gif
68 North Riverdale Old City of Toronto Riverdale
74 North St. James Town Old City of Toronto St. James Town
54 O'Connor-Parkview East York Parkview Hills, Topham Park
121 Oakridge Scarborough Oakridge
107 Oakwood Village York Oakwood Village Oakwoodvaughan to locator.gif
58 Old East York East York Old East York
80 Palmerston-Little Italy Old City of Toronto Little Italy and Palmerston
45 Parkwoods-Donalda North York Parkwoods
23 Pelmo Park-Humberlea North York Humberlea Pelmoparkhumberlea to locator.gif
67 Playter Estates-Danforth Old City of Toronto Playter Estates and Greektown
46 Pleasant View North York Pleasant View
10 Princess-Rosethorn Etobicoke Princess Anne Manor, Thorncrest Village, and Princess Margaret
72 Regent Park Old City of Toronto Regent Park, Trefann Court Regentpark to locator.gif
4 Rexdale-Kipling Etobicoke Rexdale
111 Rockcliffe-Smythe York Harwood, Syme
86 Roncesvalles Old City of Toronto Roncesvalles Roncesvalles-to-locator.gif
98 Rosedale-Moore Park Old City of Toronto Rosedale and Moore Park
131 Rouge Scarborough West Rouge, Rouge Park
89 Runnymede-Bloor West Village Old City of Toronto Runnymede-Bloor West Village
28 Rustic North York
139 Scarborough Village Scarborough
70 South Riverdale Old City of Toronto
85 South Parkdale Old City of Toronto Parkdale, South Parkdale
40 St. Andrew-Windfields North York York Mills and Hoggs Hollow
116 Steeles Scarborough
16 Stonegate-Queensway Etobicoke Humber Bay, Queensway
118 Tam O'Shanter-Sullivan Scarborough
63 The Beaches Old City of Toronto The Beach/Beaches, Beaches North
3 Thistletown-Beaumond Heights Etobicoke
55 Thorncliffe Park East York
81 Trinity-Bellwoods Old City of Toronto
79 University Old City of Toronto
43 Victoria Village North York
77 Waterfront Communities-The Island Old City of Toronto Distillery District, Old Town, St. Lawrence
136 West Hill Scarborough
1 West Humber-Clairville Etobicoke
35 Westminster-Branson North York
113 Weston York
91 Weston-Pellam Park Old City of Toronto Carlton, Davenport, St. Clair Gardens
119 Wexford-Maryvale Scarborough
51 Willowdale East North York
37 Willowdale West North York
7 Willowridge-Martingrove-Richview Etobicoke
137 Woburn Scarborough
64 Woodbine Corridor Old City of Toronto
60 Woodbine-Lumsden East York
94 Wychwood Old City of Toronto
100 Yonge and Eglinton Old City of Toronto Chaplin Estates
97 Yonge-St.Clair Old City of Toronto
27 York University Heights North York
31 Yorkdale-Glen Park North York Glen Park, Lawrence Heights

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Globe's Insider's City Guides: Toronto" John Allemang, Tralee Pearce. The Globe and Mail. Jun 11, 2003. pg. T.1
  2. ^ Toronto, City of (14 July 2017). "Data, Research & Maps". toronto.ca.
  3. ^ "City of Toronto Residential Communities and Business Improvement Areas Map" (PDF). toronto.ca. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2006-01-03. Retrieved 2009-05-21.
  4. ^ "Areas and Suburbs in Toronto | Expat Arrivals". Expat Arrivals. 2014-05-16. Retrieved 2017-04-23.
  5. ^ Liu, Karon (May 11, 2016). "Japanese influence is seeping into downtown Toronto". Toronto Star.
  6. ^ New Zoning in Toronto MLS Brings Neighbourhood Names and Municipalities by Jamie Sarner, accessed on July 5, 2011.
  7. ^ a b MLS Zoning Change: TREB Introducing Friendly Community Names Archived 2011-07-11 at the Wayback Machine by ILoveToronto.com, accessed on July 5, 2011.
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