North Central Toronto has several distinct neighourhoods.
Here is a brief history and overview of each area.

  Allenby/Sherwood Park
  St. Clair/Summerhill
  Cricket Club
  Hogg's Hollow
  Lawrence Park
  Lytton Park
  North Toronto/Wanless

North Toronto/Wanless

History

The area at Yonge and Lawrence commonly known as the Bedford Park Area was primarily a farming hamlet in the late 1800’s. The area was probably named after the Bedford Park Hotel, which opened in 1873 and was serviced by the Metropolitan Street Railway which began in 1890. It amalgamated with the former Town of North Toronto which was then annexed by the city of Toronto in 1912.

The Mount Pleasant and Lawrence area was originally a subdivision known as Waverly Park. The actual building of homes began before the First World War and was stalled initially by the war and then by the depression.
The City of Toronto expropriated the Wanless properties in the centre of Waverly Park for a public park which became Wanless Park. Wanless Avenue and Wanless Crescent are named after John Wanless, a former alderman and educator.

Community

North Toronto is primarily a neighbourhood geared towards families with young children. It has an excellent selection of public, private and separate schools, many parkettes, several community centres, a library and convenient access to both the subway system and the TTC.

Homes

The North Toronto Area offers a wide selection of affordable brick detached and semi-detached homes. Although there are still some bungalows in the area, recently they tend to be bought, torn down and replaced with custom designed homes.

The residents of North Toronto can walk to a huge selection of stores, restaurants, and coffee shops as well as professional and medical offices. There are also excellent Community Centres just minutes away.
Wanless Park is both a social and recreational hub in the neighbourhood with its tennis courts, baseball diamond, basketball court, wading pool and children’s playground.

Schools

Please note that the schools listed below have very definite enrollment boundaries. Prior to buying or renting, you should phone the school that you are interested in enrolling your child, in order to confirm that they will accept children from the address you are considering moving to.

Bedford Park Jr. 81 Ranleigh Ave. (416) 393-9424 (public)
Glenview Sr. 401 Rosewell Ave. (416) 393-9390 (public)
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute 125 Chatsworth Dr. (416) 393-2500 (public HS)
North Toronto Collegiate Institute 70 Roehampton Ave. (416) 393-9180 (public HS)
Northern Secondary School 851 Mt. Pleasant Rd. (416) 393-0270 (public HS)
Toronto French School 296 Lawrence Ave. E. (416) 484-6533 (private)
Blessed Sacrament 24 Bedford Park Ave. (416) 393-5226 (separate)
John Wanless Jr. 250 Brookdale Ave., (416) 393-9350 (public)
Havergal College 1451 Avenue Rd. (416) 483-3519 (private)



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