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
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.
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.
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.
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)
||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)
||24 Bedford Park Ave.
||(416) 393-5226 (separate)
|John Wanless Jr.
||250 Brookdale Ave.,
||(416) 393-9350 (public)
||1451 Avenue Rd.
||(416) 483-3519 (private)