Woburn, Toronto

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View of Woburn from Centennial College's Progress Campus
View of Woburn from Centennial College's Progress Campus
Location of Woburn
Coordinates: 43°46′00″N 79°13′40″W / 43.76667°N 79.22778°W / 43.76667; -79.22778Coordinates: 43°46′00″N 79°13′40″W / 43.76667°N 79.22778°W / 43.76667; -79.22778
Country Canada
Province Ontario
CityToronto Toronto
Changed Municipality1998 Toronto from Flag of Scarborough, Ontario.svg Scarborough
 • MPJohn McKay (Scarborough-Guildwood)
 • MPPBrad Duguid (Scarborough Centre)
 • CouncillorGlenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38 Scarborough Centre)
157 m (515 ft)
Time zoneUTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s)(416) and (647)

Woburn is a neighbourhood located in eastern Toronto, Ontario, Canada, in the former suburb of Scarborough. Woburn is bordered by Highway 401 to the north, Orton Park Road to the east, Lawrence Avenue to the south, and McCowan Road to the west.

Residences are split between high rises and single detached homes, which account for almost ninety percent of all residences.


Taber Hill is a Wyandot burial mound in Woburn, dating back to 1250.

A Wyandot burial mound, Taber Hill is situated in Woburn. Dating to 1250, the burial mound contains over 500 graves, with skeletons buried in a manner consistent with the Huron Feast of the Dead.

A post-office south of Painted Post Drive (formerly Danforth's Road) and Markham Road, and a schoolhouse on Ellesmere Road west of The Markham Road, today the site of Woburn Collegiate Institute, were important sites in the early community.

The intersection of Painted Post and Markham Road was also the site of the Woburn Hotel, and across the road was the Woburn Hall. The Woburn Hotel housed the meetings of the first Scarborough Council from 1850 until 1922.

Painted Post Drive connected Woburn to the southwest via Danforth Road and Danforth Avenue to Toronto, and to the east via Military Trail and Colonel Danforth Trails to Kingston Road and points east (for more details, see Danforth Avenue).


Two public school boards operate elementary schools in Woburn, the secular Toronto District School Board (TDSB), and the separate Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB). TDSB and TCDSB elementary schools include:

  • Bellmere Junior Public School (TDSB)
  • Cedarbrook Public School (TDSB)
  • Churchill Heights Public School (TDSB)
  • Cornell Junior Public School (TDSB)
  • George B. Little Public School (TDSB)
  • Golf Road Junior Public School (TDSB)
  • Heather Heights Junior Public School (TDSB)
  • Henry Hudson Senior Public School (TDSB)
  • St. Barbara Catholic School (TCDSB)
  • St. Thomas More Catholic School (TCDSB)
  • Tecumseh Senior Public School (TDSB)
  • Tredway Woodsworth Public School is located on 112 Sedgemount and is named after a prominent Scarborough pioneer. The school opened in September 1956 as William Tredway Public School with ten classrooms and one Kindergarten room. In September 1969, William Tredway became a junior school when J.S. Woodsworth Senior Public School opened with 628 students in attendance, named after James Shaver Woodsworth. William Tredway and JS Woodsworth combined in 2015 to become Tredway Woodsworth Public School and now operates from Kindergarten to Grade 8.
  • Willow Park Junior Public School (TDSB)
  • Woburn Junior Public School opened in September 1964 as a successor to Woburn Public School (S.S.#6) with a student population of 200. The original school was built in 1863 and closed in 1956 with the building demolished in 1963 to make way for the present Woburn Collegiate Institute.
Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute is a public secondary schools in Woburn.

In addition to elementary schools TDSB also operates two secondary school in Woburn, Cedarbrae Collegiate Institute, and Woburn Collegiate Institute. TDSB is the only school board to operate a public secondary school. The French-based public secular school board, Conseil scolaire Viamonde, and it separate counterpart, Conseil scolaire catholique MonAvenir also offer schooling to applicable residents of Woburn, although they do not operate a school in the neighbourhood.

Along with primary and secondary education institutions, Woburn is also home to the Progress Campus of Centennial College, a post-secondary college.


Morningside Park is a municipal park located in Woburn.

The south and south east sections of Woburn, along Highland Creek, have a great amount of green space, echoed by the tree lined and winding roads typical of the neighbourhood. Woburn holds a number of undeveloped green space, making up portions of the Toronto ravine system. In addition, Woburn is home to several municipal parks, including Cedar Ridge Park, Curran Hall Ravine Park, Highland Creek Park, and Morningside Park. Municipal parks in Toronto are maintained by the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division.

In addition to municipal parks, the division also manages local community centres situated in the neighbourhood, including Cedarbrae Community Centre, and Curran Hall Community Centre. The neighbourhood is also home to several shopping plazas and a mall, Cedarbrae Mall.


The neighbourhood is served by Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus system. These include the 54 Lawrence East and 954 Lawrence East Express (which predominantly serves the area), 102 Markham Road, 902 Markham Road Express, 9 Bellamy, and the 16 McCowan, (the latter four connect to Warden station). The area is also served by three bus routes on Ellesmere Road, which are 95 York Mills, 38 Highland Creek, and the 133 Neilson (the latter two serve the Scarborough Centre station). The area is also served by Highway 401 which runs through the Greater Toronto Area from east-to-west.


  • "Woburn neighbourhood profile". City of Toronto. Retrieved 2009-03-17.
  • "Township of Scarboro" (JPG). The Canadian County Atlas Project. McGill University. 2001. Retrieved 2009-03-17. (11 MB)