East York is a very large district bounded by the Don Valley to the west, Victoria Park Ave to the East, Fulton Ave/ Milverton Blvd to the south and just north of O'connor Drive/St Clair Ave E. Its boundary also crosses over to the west side of the Don Valley to include the community of Leaside.
East York grew out of a few small villages bordering the Don Valley. The development of East York really took off in the mid 1940's after the second World War.
Today, East York comprises of many communities such as Leaside, Parkview Hills, Old East York, Playter Estates, Broadview North, Pape Village, Danforth Village, Woodbine-Lumbsden, Todmorden Village, Topham Park, Woodbine Heights and Crescent Town.
East York is well known for its affordable post-war brick bungalows and semi-detached homes. The area is also popular among builders/renovators who are capitalizing on the well priced bungalows and the demand for larger homes in a well located established neighbourhood.
Old East York is the pocket south of the Leaside Bridge between Broadview Ave and Victoria Park Ave. With many of the homes built on well treed ravine properties, this neighbourhood is very attractive.
O'Connor/Parkview Hills is a residential pocket of homes located along the edge of the Don Valley north of O’Connor Ave. There are many homes on ravine lots in this neighbourhood, which makes it a very popular area to live. It is only minutes to downtown and access to the Don Valley Parkway is very close.
Todmorden Mills Heritage Museum & Arts Centre is located off of Pottery Road in the old Todmorden Village area. It started off as a lumber mill back in the 1790's and developed into a small industrial complex and village over the years. The site still contains some of the original buildings including the old paper mill and 2 houses. It also has a museum, a theatre, an art gallery and a forest preserve.
East York Civic Centre is located at the intersection of Coxwell and Mortimer Avenues. There is a farmers market on the property during the warm months.
SPORTS AND RECREATIONAL FACILITIES
Stan Wadlow Park is a very popular park that offers families many different options. The park features 3 baseball diamonds, an outdoor swimming pool, a soccer field, a skateboard park, a playground and a paved bike path that leads you down into Taylor Creek Park.
Taylor Creek Park is a very popular park for cyclist, walkers and nature enthusiasts. It connects with Stan Wadlow Park in the valley and offers all kind of interesting things to do here. Once you are down in this park you can follow the paved bike path north west and you will get to Coxwell Ravine Park or you can head the other direction and end up at Dawes Road.
East York Memorial Arena located at Cosburn Ave and Cedarvale Ave just east of Woodbine Ave, serves the district as the local indoor hockey, figure skating and pleasure skating rink. The East York Hockey League offers both entry level house league hockey and competitive select programs for various age groups.
Victoria Village Arena is located on Bermondsey Ave, north of O'Connor Ave and also offers multi level hockey programs.
Dieppe Park at Greenwood Ave and Cosburn Ave is a popular neighbourhood park. There is a soccer field, a baseball diamond and an outdoor skating rink located here. East York and Topham Park baseball organizations offer entry level baseball leagues for youngsters of all ages and the East York Soccer Club runs soccer programs out of East York Colligiate Institute.
The East York Gymnastic Club located on O'Conner Ave, east of St.Clair Ave off is a popular club offering beginner to advanced gymnastics training.
SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES
To locate the schools that service a particular neighbourhood, please go to the TDSB website and search using the street.
Danforth Collegiate Technical Institute - 800 Greenwood Ave one block north of Danforth Ave
East York Collegiate Institute - 650 Cosburn Ave ( at Coxwell Ave )
R H McGregor Elementary School - 555 Mortimer Ave ( at Coxwell ). They are a dual track school that offers both an English and a French immersion program.
Presteign Heights - 2570 St Clair Ave East
George Webster Elementary School - 2 Cedarcrest Blvd
Gordon A. Brown Middle School - 2800 St Clair Ave East
Selwyn Elementary School - 1 Selwyn Ave
Toronto Public Library-S.Walter Stewart Branch is located on Memorial Park Ave and Durant Ave, just west of Coxwell Ave.
East York is just north of the Danforth subway line and the T.T.C services all of the major streets with buses that will get you to one of the local subway stations between Broadview Ave and Victoria Park Ave.