Yonge & Eglinton
Yonge and Eglinton, also known as Yonge-Eglinton or Uptown, is a neighbourhood in Midtown-Toronto, Ontario, Canada, which was once a part of the old Town of North Toronto. In recent years, its centralized location has spawned development, including a number of big-box retailers and tall, high density residential towers. Development has concentrated around the Eglintonsubway station, and has resulted in a mixed-use neighbourhood with a mix of detached houses, townhouses, and high rises. The Eglinton–Scarborough Crosstown line is expected to further boost development. The area is home to a variety of small retail stores, restaurants, larger stores, and a mall/movie theatre complex. Numerous public high schools dot the neighbourhood, including North Toronto Collegiate Institute, Northern Secondary, Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, several private schools, and the TCDSB (Catholic board) Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School and St. Monica’s Catholic Elementary School. Public parks in the area include Eglinton Park, Oriole Park and the Belt Line Railway. It is a popular neighbourhood for young professionals, a fact reflected in one of its nicknames, “Young & Eligible”. Another nickname is “Yonge & Eg.”
HISTORY OF YONGE & EGLINTON
During the early 19th century, the area was part of the largest cattle grazing region in Upper Canada (now the Southern region of Ontario). The region was the first in North America to extend the use of cowbells to all cattle. Prior to this, it had been standard practice for a cowbell to be attached to only the best and leading piece of livestock. To honour this proud and storied heritage, the City of Toronto named a local street “Cowbell Lane.” When the subway station opened in 1954 it was the northern end of the Yonge subway line, and remained so until 1973 when the line was extended north to York Mills. In 1837 the Confrontation at Montgomery’s Tavern took place just north of the Yonge and Eglinton intersection.
PARKS AND GREENSPACES IN THE YONGE & EGLINTON AREA
This serene park includes three public tennis courts, and is also home to the North Toronto Lawn Bowling Club. Across from Lytton Park is the Herbert Begg Memorial Garden. This picturesque strolling garden was donated to the City by Herbert Begg’s daughters as a memorial to their father.
Oriole Park – 201 Oriole Parkway Toronto, ON M5P 2H4
Oriole Park is special to the community in that it contains the first playground designed for children with disabilities.Neshama Playground has a water park, sensory musical features, Braille panels, an enclosed merry-go-round and accessible swings.
June Rowlands Park – 220 Davisville Ave
This 2.6 hectare park can be found at the corner of Davisville Avenue and Mount Pleasant Road. The park features a ball diamond, six tennis courts, a volleyball court, a splash pad and children’s playground.
The park has two baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a splash pool, and a kids playground. Outdoor tennis courts are turned into skating rinks in the winter. Also located in the park is the North Toronto Community Memorial Centre with an indoor pool, outdoor pool, water slides, gymnasium, walking track, and exercise rooms. There is also an indoor skating rink.
LIBRARIES IN THE YONGE & EGLINTON AREA
- Toronto Public Library – (416) 393-7610
- Mount Pleasant Branch Library – 599 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737
- Deer Park Library – 40 Saint Clair Avenue East, (416) 393-7657
- Forest Hill Library – 700 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 393-7706
- Toronto Reference Library – 789 Yonge Street, (416) 395-5577
CHURCHES IN THE YONGE & EGLINTON AREA
- ST Monica Roman Catholic (Tor) CR Un – 44 Broadway Avenue
- St Clement’s Anglican Church – 70 Saint Clements Avenue, (416) 483-6664