View of apartments in Westminster
Branson is located along Finch avenue, west of Bathurst Street and east of the west branch of the Don River. Westminster is located just to the north, across the Westminster Cemetery. It is also known as Fisherville, after the former town on the site. It stretches north to Steeles Avenue, and the northern border of Toronto. The neighbourhood is home to North York General Hospital, Branson Site
This area is overwhelmingly populated by the Russian-speaking and, to a lesser extent, Ukrainian-speaking segments of Toronto, especially immigrants from the former Soviet Union's Jewish minority, many of whom immigrated to Canada by way of Israel. The dominant ethnicities of the area are Jewish, Russian and Filipino.
One public school boards operate schools in the neighbourhood, the secular Toronto District School Board (TDSB). TDSB operates one elementary school, Rockford Public School. The school board also operates one secondary school, Northview Heights Secondary School.
In addition to TDSB, there are also three other public school boards that operate in the City of Toronto that also offer schooling to residents of the neighbourhood. They include the secular school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde (CSV), and two separate school boards, the Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir (CSCM), and the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). CSCM, CSV, and TCDSB do not operate a school in Westminster–Branson, with their students attending schools situated in other neighbourhoods in Toronto.
Esther Shiner Stadium is multi-purpose outdoor sports facility situated in the neighbourhood. Located behind Northview Heights Secondary School, it is managed by the municipal government of Toronto. The stadium is used by the secondary school, and several recreational clubs based in the neighbourhood. Centennial branch of the Toronto Public Library is also situated in the neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood is also home to a number of municipal parks, including G. Ross Lord Park, the Finch Avenue Hydro Corridor, and the West Don Parklands. Parks like G. Ross Lord Park, and West Don Parklands form a part of the Toronto ravine system. Municipal parks in Westminster–Branson are managed by the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.
- Westminster-Branson neighbourhood profile at Toronto.ca
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