HISTORY OF ROSEDALE
Rosedale began when Sherrif William Botsford Jarvis, and his wife Mary settled on a homestead here in the 1820’s. It was Mary Jarvis who came up with the Rosedale name, as a tribute to the profusion of wild roses that graced the hillsides of the Jarvis estate.
Mary’s frequent walks and horseback rides through Rosedale, blazed a trail for the meandering and winding streets that are today a Rosedale trademark. The Jarvis family sold the Rosedale homestead in 1864 which led to the subdivision and development of South Rosedale.
North Rosedale’s development began in 1909 when a bridge was built over the Park Drive ravine. Prior to its residential development North Rosedale had been the original home of St. Andrews College and the Rosedale Golf Club. It was also the site of the former lacrosse grounds, where the Canadian Football League’s first Grey Cup game was played.
For over one hundred years Rosedale has held the distinction of being Toronto’smost fashionable address. Many of Toronto’s wealthiest and most prominentcitizens reside in the Rosedale neighbourhood.
The neighbourhood is unique in that it is surrounded by beautiful ravines and parkland that make you feel as if you are far away from the city, while in reality the neighbourhood is just a few minutes from Toronto’s major business, entertainment, and shopping districts.
Rosedale’s Victorian, Georgian, Tudor, and Edwardian style mansions were built between 1860 and 1930. Many Rosedale homes are listed on the Toronto Historical Board’s Inventory of Heritage Properties.
South Rosedale also contains a number of condominium, co-operative, and co-ownership apartment buildings. These apartments are surprisingly affordable and provide a good entry into the neighbourhood.
SCHOOLS IN ROSEDALE
(P) Rosedale Jr., 22 South Drive, (416) 393-1330
(P) Whitney Jr., 119 Rosedale Heights Drive, (416) 393-9380
(P) Jesse Ketchum Jr. and Sr., 61 Davenport Road, (416) 393-1530
(PH) Rosedale Heights Secondary School, 711 Bloor Street East, (416) 393-1580
(PH) Jarvis Collegiate Institute, 495 Jarvis Street, (416) 393-0140
(PR) Branksome Hall, 10 Elm Avenue, (416) 920-9741
(PR) Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Road, (416) 483-4325
(PR) Upper Canada College, 200-220 Lonsdale Road, (416) 488-1125
(P) Public School, (PH) Public High School, (CA) Catholic School, (PR) Private School, (PC) Private Catholic School, (PJ) Private Jewish School, (C) College, (U) University
LIFESTYLE IN ROSEDALE
Rosedale residents living west of Mount Pleasant Road are within walking distance of the upscale shops and restaurants, located on Yonge Street, in the Summerhill area.
North Rosedale residents, east of Mount Pleasant Road, can obtain all of their household needs within a small commercial block on Summerhill Avenue, at the very north end of Rosedale.
RECREATION IN ROSEDALE
Rosedale is traversed by a network of ancient ravines, including the Vale of Avoca, Moore Park, Park Drive and Rosedale Valley ravines. The beautiful trails in these ravines are enjoyed by nature, and fitness enthusiasts alike. Access points to Rosedale’s ravine trails are located at designated spots throughout the neighbourhood.
Rosedale Park, located off Schofield Avenue, has eight tennis courts, a sports field, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. Ramsden Park, off Yonge Street, features four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool.
Mooredale House, at 146 Crescent Road, is a community centre run by the Rosedale and Moore Park resident associations. There is a small annual fee to join Mooredale, which offers sports, fitness, arts, and music programs for adults and children.
TRANSPORTATION IN ROSEDALE
Rosedale buses run on South Drive, Crescent and Glen Roads, as well as Summerhill, Maclennan, Highland and Elm Avenues. The Rosedale buses connect with the Rosedale station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line or the Sherbourne station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line.
Motorists are just minutes away from the Don Valley Parkway.
PARKS AND RECREATION IN THE ROSEDALE AREA
Rosedale Park – 20 Scholfield Avenue
Rosedale features a number of ravines, including the Vale of Avoca, Moore Park, Park Drive and Rosedale Valley ravines. Individuals looking to get outdoors and enjoy nature can access these ravine trails at designated spots throughout the neighbourhood.
Rosedale Park is located off Schofield Avenue. It includes eight tennis courts, a sports field, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool. Ramsden Park, off Yonge Street, features four tennis courts, an artificial ice rink, and a wading pool.
Craigleigh Gardens – 160 South Dr
A quiet 3.4 heactare park near Castle Frank Road and Bloor Street East featuring an entrance with ornamental gates, a mature tree canopy and a dogs off leash area. The park is adjacent to Milkman’s Lane, with access to a ravine trail and the Don Valley Brick Works.
Chorley Park – 245 Douglas Dr
A quiet 5 hectare park near Mount Pleasant Road and St.Clair Avenue East featuring a mature tree canopy and picnic tables. The park overlooks the Don River Valley with trails that lead down into the valley connecting with the Beltline Recreation Trail and the Don Valley Brick Works.
Park Drive Reservation Lands – 200 Park Drive Reservation Trail
Park Drive Reservation Lands is a dog friendly off-leash dog park located in Toronto ON.
David A Balfour Park – 240 Mount Pleasant
A 20.5 hectare park near Yonge Street and St.Clair Avenue West featuring a large open space on a reservoir, ornamental fountains, reflecting pools, a gated garden retreat, and a children`s playground. The park overlooks a forested ravine that is a tributray to the Don River. Trails lead down into the ravine and connect to the Kay Gardner Beltline Trail.
LIBRARIES IN THE ROSEDALE AREA
- Deer Park Library – 40 Saint Clair Avenue East, (416) 393-7657
- Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street, (416) 395-5577
- Toronto Public Library-Yorkville – (416) 393-7660
- Gerstein Centre – 100 Charles Street East, (416) 929-5200
- St. James Town Library – 495 Sherbourne Street, (416) 393-7744