The Kingsway is a residential neighbourhood of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located in the former City of Etobicoke. It is bounded by Bloor Street to the south, Dundas Street to the north, the Mimico Creek to the west and the Humber River to the east. The Kingsway is one of the more affluent areas in Toronto, the average housing price as of May 2011 was $1,464,263.
HISTORY OF THE KINGSWAY
Kingsway Park is situated on former Clergy Reserve lands that were deeded to the Church of England in the early 1800’s. The church leased this property to farmers until 1908 when it was acquired by Robert Home Smith, the visionary who planned The Kingsway neighbourhood. Home Smith and Company began marketing this subdivision in 1912. However the sale of homes in Kingsway Park was stalled by the outbreak of World War I, as well as inadequate transportation routes across the Humber River Valley. It wasn’t until 1924 when the Bloor Street bridge was built that the sale of houses in Kingsway Park began. Many of the first Kingsway Park residents were Northern Ontario mining executives and Toronto businessman who were personally acquainted with Robert Home Smith and were encouraged by him to purchase houses here. Home Smith’s motto for Kingsway Park was “a little bit of England far from England”. His lofty ideal was to establish an English style garden suburb of the highest integrity and beauty. It is Robert Home Smith’s legacy that Kingsway Park endures today as one Toronto’s finest neighbourhoods.
HOMES IN THE KINSWAY AREA
Kingsway Park houses located between Kingsway Crescent and Royal York Road, and from Bloor Street north to Kings Garden Road were developed as part of a separate plan of subdivision called “Kingsway Park”. These houses were built between 1924 and 1947 and include some of the finest examples of Old English classical and vernacular architecture in Toronto. Many houses in Kingway Park feature handsome stone exteriors, intricate tapestry brick patterns, and elaborate stucco and half timbering designs. These homes also feature solid oak doors, leaded glass windows, fanciful bay and oriel windows, and decorative wrought iron railings and porch lamps. Kingsway Park’s oldest houses are located along Government Road near Dundas Street. These homes where originally part of the Lampton community. (Ed. Note: Refer to Lampton neighbourhood in this book). Here you will find some excellent examples of Victorian and Edwardian architecture built during the later half of the 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Mixed in with these older houses are contemporary bungalow designs from the 1940’s and 1950’s.
SCHOOLS IN THE KINGSWAY AREA
(P) Etobicoke Year-Round Alternative Centre, 160 Silverhill Drive Etobicoke, (416) 394-2120
(P) Bloorlea Middle School, 4050 Bloor Street West, (416) 394-7140
(P) Wedgewood Junior School, 5 Swan Avenue, (416) 394-7150
(P) West Glen Junior School, 47 Cowley Avenue
(P) John G Althouse Middle School, 130 Lloyd Manor Road
(P) Princess Margaret Junior School, 65 Tromley Drive, 416-394-6350
(P) Rosethorn Junior School, 2 Remington Drive, (416) 394-6360
(P) St George’s Junior School, 70 Princess Anne Crescent, (416) 394-7990
(P) Humber Valley Village Junior Middle School, 65 Hartfield Road, (416) 394-7860
(P) Islington Junior Middle School, 44 Cordova Avenue
(P) Norseman Junior Middle School, 105 Norseman Street, (905) 616-7880
(P) Sunnylea Junior School, 35 Glenroy Avenue, (416) 394-3850
(P) Warren Park Junior Public School, 135 Varsity Road York, (416) 394-3140
(P) Lambton Park Community School, 50 Bernice Crescent, (416) 394-3070
(P) Etobicoke School of the Arts, 675 Royal York Road, (416) 394-6910
(P) Karen Kain School of the Arts, 60 Berl Avenuel, (416) 394-7979
(P) Park Lawn Junior Middle School, 71 Ballacaine Drive
(P) Etienne Brule Junior School, 50 Cloverhill, 416-394-7850
(P) Swansea Junior and Senior Public School, 207 Windermere Avenue, (416) 393-9080
(P) George Syme Community School, 69 Pritchard Avenue, (416) 394-2340
(P) Humbercrest Public School, 14 Saint Marks Road, (416) 394-2370
(P) King George Junior Public School, 25 Rexford Road, (416) 394-3060
(P) Swansea Junior and Senior Public School, 207 Windermere Avenue, (416) 393-9080)
(P) Ursula Franklin Academy, 146 Glendonwynne Road, (416) 393-0430
(P) Western Technical-Commercial School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, (416) 393-0500
(P) The Student School, 125 Evelyn Crescent, (416) 393-9639
(P) Annette Street Junior and Senior Public School, 265 Annette Street, (416) 393-9040
(P) Humberside Collegiate Institute, 280 Quebec Avenue, (416) 393-0000
(PH) Runnymede Collegiate Institute, 569 Jane Street
(PH) Etobicoke Collegiate Institute, 86 Montgomery Road, (416) 394-7840
(PH) Burnhamthorpe Collegiate Institute, 500 The East Mall, (416) 394-7130
(CA) St. Elizabeth, 5 Redcar Ave., 416-393-5278
(CA) Our Lady of Peace, 70 Mattice Ave., 416-393-5253
(CA) St. Gregory, 126 Rathburn Rd., (416) 393-5262
(CA) Our Lady of Sorrows, 32 Montgomery Rd., (416) 393-5246
(CA) Bishop Allen Academy, 721 Royal York Rd., (416) 393-5549
(CA) St. Mark, 45 Cloverhill Rd., (416) 393-5332
(CA) St. Pius X, 71 Jane St. , (416) 393-5237
(CA) St. James, 230 Humbercrest Blvd., (416) 393-5275
(CA) James Culnan, 605 Willard Ave., (416) 393-5325
(CA) St. Cecilia, 355 Annette St., (416) 393-5218
(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
RECREATION IN THE KINGSWAY:
The Etobicoke Memorial Pool and Health Club located at 44 Montgomery Road offers a myriad of aerobic and aqua fit programs for adults. Next door to the pool and health club is the Central Arena which offers public skating and organized ice and ball hockey leagues for children and adults. Central Park located off Islington south of Dundas, is the home of the Etobicoke Lawn Bowling Club which includes two bowling greens. Central Park also has tennis courts and a large baseball diamond. Home Smith Park accessed off Dundas Street follows the Humber River and is part of a 10 kilometre paved trail that links cyclists, in-line skaters, walkers, and joggers to the Martin Goodman Trail on Toronto’s waterfront. The Brentwood Public Library at 36 Brentwood Road North offers Kingsway Park residents a variety of children’s and adult programming. The Kingsway movie theatre at 3030 Bloor Street West screens old and new films and offers membership privileges for a nominal annual fee. Suitable for all ages and skill levels, Humber Valley Golf Course challenges golfers with its combination of links and valley lands. Players need to focus on precision, accuracy and patience – especially on the last three holes. Humber Valley has a licensed restaurant and is located at Albion Road and Beattie Avenue. For more information or to book a tee time, call 416-392-2488.
TRANSPORTATION IN THE KINGSWAY:
Most Kingsway Park residents can walk to either the Royal York or Islington subway stations on Bloor Street. These stations are part of the Bloor-Danforth subway line. The Islington station is also a connecting route for the Mississauga Transit system as well as providing an express bus service to Pearson International airport. Motorists are approximately twenty minutes from downtown Toronto’s business and entertainment districts via either Bloor Street, or Lakeshore Boulevard. The airport is approximately a ten minute drive from Kingsway Park.
LIFESTYLE IN THE KINGSWAY
The gentrified Kingsway Village shopping district on Bloor Street West has an excellent mix of small specialty shops, chain stores, restaurants and professional and medical services. The village theme for this shopping district is a natural extension of the neighbourhood with park benches placed all along this route, and the use of black painted cast-iron street lamps. Even the garbage bins are framed in cast iron. The boulevard in the middle of this street is adorned with flag poles that proudly wave the Canadian flag alongside the Kingsway Village flag. Dundas Street West at the north end of the Kingsway is a less dressed up version of the aforementioned Kingsway Village shopping district. Most of the shopping here is located in strip plazas and includes a number of home furnishing/design and landscaping shops. There are also some interesting hobby and craft stores, an antique store and an art gallery. This street also features a rarity – a drive through dry cleaner that offers in-car drop off and pick up service. The Kingsway Mills outdoor shopping plaza at 4242 Dundas Street West is a collection of small chain stores, specialty shops, and a fine food store.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE KINGSWAY AREA
Home Smith Park – 4101 Dundas St W
Home Smith Park is named after an Etobicoke Lawyer, Robert Home Smith. He purchased the former King’s Mill and turned it into the Old Mill Inn we find today. The park runs along the west side of the Humber River between Lambton House Hotel and the Old Mill Inn. This park is considered a historically significant area due to its former use as a trade route by the local Aboriginal Peoples. Home Smith Park is an excellent spot for wildlife viewing with plenty of waterfowl, songbirds and forest critters. It’s also a great spot to view salmon swimming up the Humber River to spawn each fall. Home Smith is fully accessible with a paved trail and a number of pleasant picnic areas.
King’s Mill Park – 105 Riverwood Pky
Kings Mill Park, located South of Bloor and the Old Mill Inn, is one of a chain of parks along the Humber River leading to Lake Ontario. King’s Mill is the original name of the Old Mill at the north end of the Park. It’s an excellent park for hiking, biking and bird watching. You can also reward your dog after a good long hike with a chance to play with friends in the off-leash area. Whether you want to have a picnic, or just take a stroll along the banks of the Humber River, this park is a great spot to refresh and renew. Kings Mill Park is also a part of the Humber River, Old Mill and Marshes Discovery Walk.
Lambton Park – 4100 Dundas Street West
Lambton is a neighbourhood in the city of Toronto, situated on the east bank of the Humber River north and south of Dundas Street West. It is bounded on the north by Black Creek, on the east by Jane Street and on the south by St. Mark’s Road. The area west of Gooch Road is also known as “Warren Park”, the name of the housing sub-division built in the 1950s. The portion south of Dundas Street is within the ‘Lambton Baby Point’ neighbourhood as defined by the City of Toronto.
James Gardens – 61 Edgehill Road
James Gardens, a former estate on the west bank of the Humber River, is known for its flower gardens, terraced stone pathways beside sparkling spring-fed pools and streams, and mature trees. The park features the historic James Gazebo, along with terraced pathways and the original home “Red Gables”. Here, you can also find lawn bowling, cross-country skiing, memorial cairn in rose garden, and a scenic lookout over the Humber Valley to downtown Toronto.
High Park – 1873 Bloor Street West
High Park encompasses 399 acres of public parkland. This city park includes a fishing pond, an outdoor theatre, an animal paddocks, picnic grounds, playgrounds, a restaurant, an historic museum, flower gardens, an adventure playground and a trackless train. High Park’s sports facilities include tennis, baseball, soccer, lawn bowling, swimming, and skating, as well as walking, jogging and cycling paths found throughout the park.
CHURCHES IN THE KINGSWAY AREA
- Our Lady of Sorrows Church – 3055 Bloor Street West, (416) 231-6016
- Kingsway Baptist Church – 41 Birchview Boulevard, (416) 239-2381
- All Saints Church (Anglican) Kingsway – 2850 Bloor Street West
- The United Church Of Canada – 3250 Bloor Street West, (416) 231-7680
- Royal York Road United Church – 851 Royal York Road, (416) 231-9401