List of notable roads in Toronto

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The following is a list of notable roads in Toronto. These are roads that aren't main arterial but have a notable aspect of them. The article also has a small section about former Ontario highway that hasn't got a name yet besides the name of the highway number.

List of numbered roads in Toronto[edit]

There are two numbered roads within Toronto, both of which are former provincially maintained highways:

Both routes were transferred by the Ministry of Transportation to the City of Toronto in 1997/1998 as they were deemed not to be of provincial significance.

Highway 27 uses standard blue street signs with the name Highway 27 at most intersections. Trailblazer shields continue (at on-ramps from Albion Road and Dixon Road) to direct motorists to Highway 27. The province continues to maintain the section of Highway 27 south of Dixon Road to Highway 427.

As Highway 2A does not have any intersections, it lacks the blue trailblazers and instead directs motorists to Highway 401 or to Kingston Road.

Notable roads[edit]

The following lists roads that are not designated as a major arterial, but for which the reason behind the naming of the street or a history of its construction is documented.

John Street[edit]

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John Street
Location: Stephanie Street – Front Street
Length: 0.85 km (0.53 mi)

John Street is one of several in the area named after the first Lieutenant Governor of Upper Canada and founder of York, Upper Canada, John Graves Simcoe.[1] The street begins on Front just north of Metro Toronto Convention Centre and north to Stephanie Street. North of Stephanie, the street becomes a pedestrian walkway towards Grange Park and the Art Gallery of Ontario. South of Front, John becomes a pedestrian walkway between the Rogers Centre and the CN Tower.

Bond Street[edit]

A short street from Gould Street to Queen Street East, it is home to many historic buildings and associations with many historical figures of the city:

Mackenzie House - 82 Bond Street home to the first Mayor of Toronto William Lyon Mackenzie[1] 70 Bond Street was home to Canadian operations of publishing houses, including Macmillan Publishers and Doubleday Publishing and visited by many Canadian writers like Alice Munro, Morley Callaghan, Grey Owl[1] Oakham House - home to architect William Thomas of St. Michael's Cathedral Basilica (Toronto), St. Lawrence Hall[1] First Evangelical Church of Toronto c. 1897 - home to many German Torontonians 105 Bond Street - former home of Macmillan, Doubleday Canada[1] St. George's Greek Orthodox Church - 115 Bond Street was formerly home to Holy Blossom Temple c.1897 and linked to Toronto's oldest Jewish congregation (Toronto Hebrew Congregation c. 1849)[1] Kerr Hall, Ryerson University - site of Toronto Normal School O'Keefe House - 137 Bond Street home of early Toronto brewer Eugene O'Keefe, founder of O'Keefe Brewery Company of Toronto Limited (later as Carling O'Keefe Breweries) St. Michael's Cathedral and Boys Choir School.

Rees Street[edit]

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Rees Street
Location: Bremner Avenue – Queen's Quay West
Length: 0.22 km (0.14 mi)

Rees Street is named for Dr William Rees (1800–1874), a physician who provided health services to immigrants to the city in the 19th Century, as well as being an advocate for social reform and public services.[2] Rees established at public bath on wharf, which was informally named Rees Wharf at the foot of Peter/John Street (now lies somewhere between Rogers Centre and the CN Tower). After Rees' death, the wharf became the Water Works, a water pumping station.

Reggae Lane[edit]

Reggae Lane is a roadway in Toronto, Canada, that runs east from Oakwood Avenue, behind a strip of buildings on the south side of Eglinton Avenue in the Little Jamaica ethnic enclave. For most of its history it had no official name, but the imminent arrival of Oakwood LRT station helped trigger its 2015 official naming.

Leader Lane[edit]

Leader's Lane is a short street in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The street was part of the former city of York, Upper Canada. It runs from Wellington Street to King Street, crossing Colborne Street. The street was renamed Leader's Lane after the Toronto Leader, a newspaper whose offices were located there from 1852 to 1878.

Draper Street[edit]

Draper Street is a street in downtown Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a north-south street located to the west of Spadina Avenue, from Front Street West north to Wellington Street. Draper Street is notable for its collection of 28 19th Century Second Empire-styled row cottages. The houses were designated by the City of Toronto in the 1990s to have heritage status. The entire street is designated as a Heritage Conservation District as a way to preserve its heritage for posterity.

The street is named after William Henry Draper, a lawyer, judge, and politician in Upper Canada later Canada West. The street was laid out in an 1856 plan of subdivision by J. Stoughton Dennis of lands that were part of the 1794 Garrison Reserve. Draper and Charles Jones are listed as the property owners of the lots to be subdivided for development. The street is narrow; it is only 32 feet (9.8 m)-wide. The lots are all 88 feet (27 m) deep and vary in width from 22 feet (6.7 m) to 32 feet (9.8 m) wide. The neighbourhood near Reggae Lane was recognized as a centre for Reggae recording as early as the late 1960s.

The Esplanade[edit]

The Esplanade is an east-west street along the central waterfront of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Originally conceived as a city beautification project to clean up the city's waterfront in the 1850s, the street was taken over by the coming of the railways to Toronto in 1850. The railway eventually moved to an elevated viaduct, leaving only the eastern section of the street today. The area, east of Yonge Street, was dominated by industrial uses until the second half of the 20th Century. As the harbour declined as a transfer point, the railway and industrial uses left the area. The Esplanade was redeveloped into a residential area, known as the "St. Lawrence Neighbourhood" in the late 1970s and early 1980s. This neighbourhood consists of generally low-rise and mid-rise housing - condominiums, public housing, cooperatives and some town homes betweenJarvis and Parliament Street south of Front Street. In the blocks between Jarvis and Parliament the southern part of the street (and the former rail tracks) - were converted to a long strip of park and recreation space for the residents - David Crombie Park. The stretch between Scott Street and Market Street is a popular restaurant area.

See also[edit]


  • Wise, Leonard; Gould, Allan (2000). Toronto Street Names. Firefly Books. ISBN 1-55209-386-7.