|West end:||Milborough Townline|
|East end:||Scarbough Pickering Townline|
Steeles Avenue is an east-west street that forms the northern city limit of Toronto and the southern limit of York Region, Ontario, Canada. It stretches across the western Greater Toronto Area from Milborough Townline in Halton Region east to the Scarborough-Pickering limit where it changes its name to Taunton Road. It runs for 38.75 km (24.08 mi) within Toronto, between Albion Road and the border with Pickering. It is named after J. C. Steele, who owned the Green Bush Hotel on the northwest corner of the street's intersection with Yonge Street. Internally, York Region refers to Steeles Avenue as Regional Road 95.
Steeles Avenue is a two-lane rural road east of York Regional Road 69 (Ninth Line). It becomes a four lane suburban road with bicycle lanes on each side from Kennedy Road to Markham Road, six lanes from Kennedy to Victoria Park Avenue, and eight lanes from Victoria Park to Highway 404. The area consists of parklands in the east end, a mix of commercial and residential in the middle, and industrial zonings near the west end. Like many other east-west arterial roads within Toronto and York Region, Steeles is divided into an east and west segment by Yonge Street.
Steeles Avenue is referred to as York Regional Road 95 within internal York Regional Road documents, but there is no official signage indicating this designation.
East of the Toronto-Pickering Town Line, it becomes Taunton Road or Durham Regional Road 4.
West of Albion Road, Steeles Avenue continues into Peel Region, where it is also designated as Peel Regional Road 15. Like the section in Toronto, Steeles Avenue in Brampton has east-west segments, this time on either side of Hurontario Street (former Highway 10). It runs through Brampton and into Halton Region town of Milton, ending at Appleby Line. Originally, the road had a second section west of the height of the Niagara Escarpment (the location of the Crawford Lake Conservation Area), which ran from just east of Guelph Line west to the Milborough Townline on the boundary between Milton and Hamilton, but this section was renamed to Conservation Road and is thus no longer part of Steeles.
The road is served predominantly by TTC bus routes 53 Steeles East and 60 Steeles West. Both routes turn away from Steeles upon approaching Yonge Street. There are several routes serving the portions of the road, including 7 Bathurst, 17B and 17C Birchmount, 25 Don Mills, 35A, 35B and 35C Jane, 37B Islington, 41A and 41B Keele, 43A Kennedy, 51 Leslie, 57 Midland, 97B, 97C and 97F Yonge, 98A and 98C Willowdale-Senlac, 105C Dufferin North, 117A and 117B Alness, 165, 165D and 165F Weston Road North, 191B and 191C Highway 27 Rocket, and 195 Jane Rocket. York Region Transit routes that run along Steeles include 3 (York University), 10, 88, 12, and 27 (Highway 27).
Work is underway to extend Line 1 Yonge–University through York University and into Vaughan, which will include a station to be called Pioneer Village at Steeles Avenue. MoveOntario 2020 also includes plans to extend the Yonge Line north and add a station at Yonge and Steeles.
- 11 Steeles
- 40 Central Industrial (short section)
- 10 South Industrial (short section)
- 4/4A Chinguacousy
- 51 Steeles West
- 3 McLaughlin
- 8 Centre
- 52 McMurchy
- 53A/B James Potter
- 511 Zum Steeles
- 103 Hurontario Express
Mississauga Transit routes and Brampton Transit routes (3, 4, 4A, 8, 11, 51, 52, 53A and 53B) connect to Shoppers World Terminal at Shoppers World Mall at the northwest corner of Main Street South and Steeles Avenue West. Steeles Avenue East will be made the third arterial for Brampton's Züm bus rapid transit.
- 1 Woodward/Maple
Canadian Automobile Association rating
Steeles Avenue was listed by the CAA as the "worst road in October" for 2006, and as the fifth worst road in October 2007. In October 2008, it was again crowned the worst road in Ontario. Reasons include potholes and general quality of surface. Soon after the results of CAA's survey were made public, some parts of the road between Dufferin Street and Bayview Avenue were resurfaced. The results of the 2009 survey listed Steeles as Ontario's worst road, for the second year in a row.
However in 2010, Steeles Avenue was resurfaced from Yonge Street to Markham Road, with the funds coming from the federal infrastructure stimulus program, and the CAA named it the "Best Road in Ontario".
Landmarks and notable sites along Steeles from west to east
|Crawford Lake Conservation Area||Guelph Line||Road restarts west of Guelph Line as Conservation Road|
|Rattlesnake Point||Appleby Line, Guelph Line||Road ends at Appleby and restarts west of Guelph Line as Conservation Road|
|Sheridan College-Davis Campus||McLaughlin Road||Sheridan’s largest campus, educating nearly 8,000 students.|
|Shoppers World Brampton||Hurontario Street||Road becomes Steeles West and Steeles East|
|Bramalea GO Station||Bramalea Road|
|Wild Water Kingdom||Finch Avenue West||Canada's largest water-based fun park|
|Dalziel Barn||Jane Street||Historic structure built 1809|
|Black Creek Pioneer Village||Jane Street|
|York University||Keele Street, Founders Road, Murray Ross Parkway||Toronto's second largest university|
|York Stadium||Murray Ross Parkway|
|Centerpoint Mall||Yonge Street||Formerly Towne and Countrye Square|
|Steeles VIVA station||Yonge Street||Street becomes Steeles East and Steeles West|
|Brebeuf College School||Conacher Drive|
|Esna-Steeles VIVA station||Esna Park Drive|
|Pacific Mall||Kennedy Road||largest indoor Chinese Asian mall in North America|
|Market Village||Kennedy Road, Redlea Avenue||To be replaced by Remington Centre|
|Splendid China Mall||Kennedy Road, Redlea Avenue||Former Canadian Tire store|
|Milliken GO Station||Old Kennedy Road, Silverstar Boulevard||Station moved from Markham to Toronto|
|Cedar Brae Golf & Country Club||Staines Road||Road enters Rouge Park||Formerly Cedar Brook Golf and Country Club c. 1922|
- Toronto Archives photo
- "TTC Route Map" Toronto Transit Commission
- "Ontario's Worst Roads Final Results". 2007-10-04. Retrieved 2007-10-06.
- Rush, Curtis (2010-10-28). "Federal infrastructure money resurfaced Steeles Ave. from Yonge St., to Markham Rd., which is now the Best Road in Ontario.". The Star (Toronto). Retrieved 2010-10-28.