One of the most bustling intersections in midtown Toronto, the Yonge & Eglinton neighbourhood has been identified by the Province of Ontario as one of five Urban Growth Centres in Toronto. And there’s no wonder why. With its great access to public transit, a thriving business core, and shopping galore, you can see why this neighbourhood remains one of the destinations to visit within the city and a great place to live.
The population of the neighbourhood is a wonderful blend of young families, established urbanites, and 20-something professionals who help lend the area its “Young and Eligible” nickname.
Yonge and Eglinton by Danielle Scott
Nestled between the 401 highway and Bloor Street, Yonge and Eglinton is bordered by Lytton Boulevard to the north, Avenue Road to the west, Chaplin Crescent and Merton Street to the south, and Redpath Avenue to the east.
Yonge/Eglinton by Patricia Schaffer
The neighbourhood centres on the intersection of Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue. This intersection has been important to Toronto for over a hundred years. Early in the 19th century, this area was one of the largest cattle grazing regions in Upper Canada.
Yonge North from Eglinton Avenue by Toronto History
Eventually, the region became part of the old Town of North Toronto, which was incorporated in 1890. At that time, much of the area remained farmland, with public access to Toronto’s downtown by the Yonge Street streetcar line replacing the radial rail service to the neighbourhood. The City of Toronto annexed the locale in 1912.
The area emerged as a streetcar suburb, with more families settling into the neighbourhood and the breadwinners taking the streetcar to the city for work. By the early 1940s, the area was completely developed. Come 1954, the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) extended the Yonge line to Eglinton Avenue. A trolleybus provided access farther north, but the subway extension replaced it in 1973.
- During the time when it was known for grazing cattle, the North Toronto region was the first in North America to use cowbells on all cattle. Before this point, cowbells were only attached to the best livestock, not the entire herd. This point of heritage is honoured by the City of Toronto with the naming of “Cowbell Lane,” a small side street to the southeast of the Yonge and Eglinton intersection.
Cowbell by Danielle Scott
- The Battle of Montgomery’s Tavern, during the Upper Canada Rebellion, occurred at the intersection of what is now Yonge and Eglinton. The 400 rebels under the charge of Anthony Van Egmond fought Colonel James Fitzgibbon outside the tavern. After 20 minutes, the rebels fled the area, and the Loyalist forces (once they looted and burned the tavern to the ground) returned to York. Today, the site of the tavern is occupied by Postal Station K, which bears the cipher “EviiiR” for King Edward VIII. Very few buildings in Toronto have this marking.
- The Canadian Tire head offices are located in the neighbourhood, as are the studios for TVOntario.
The Good News
The place is called “Young and Eligible” for a reason. Young singles, couples, and families call the area home. Because of the handy access to the Yonge-University-Spadina TTC subway line, the downtown core is easy to get to, affording many residents the opportunity to get to work quickly and effectively. There’s plenty to see and do, with many shops, pubs, and restaurants to please.
The Blade Runner District of Toronto by Mihnea Stanciu
The Bad News
Some of the small business charm has eroded, with a number of “big box” retailers moving into the area, along with tall residential towers that detract from the home-oriented development of the past. This will probably continue into the future as more transit infrastructure is created to support the community.
Homes, Architecture, & Real Estate
The reputation of the Yonge-Eglinton area as a hub for young families and urban professionals is warranted, given some of the housing figures. Yes, 23 per cent of residents live in homes, while 60 per cent live in apartment buildings that are five stories or taller. This is a mixed-use neighbourhood with some detached homes that are younger than their older downtown counterparts. House prices vary across the neighbourhood, with some as low as the mid-$300,000s, with other homes selling for seven figures.
Rainbow Over Yonge Eglinton by Mihnea Stanciu
Taller condominium units dot the neighbourhood, with more on the way. You’re able to find a good mix of one-, two-, or three-bedroom units here, with reasonable condominium rates. Rental prices will vary based on your need and imagination, with single-bedroom units running between $900 and $1,500 and the average two-to-three–bedroom unit costing, on average, $2,800 per month. There are some lovely three-to-four–storey apartments to be had that have a retro and Art Deco feel to them between Yonge Street and Mount Pleasant Road.
Who Is Your Neighbour?
The area boasts 65,000 residents, with that number growing. The average age of those living in the area is right around 40 years, with 75 per cent of the population between the ages of 25 and 64. Although there are 1.8 people per household, 51 per cent of all households have one person living in them (remember, Young and Eligible).
Even so, the neighbourhood is popular with families who are raising school-age children. Everything you could possibly want in order to raise a family is here for you. The size of most homes will more than accommodate a number of children. The area also sports many parks or recreational areas and a superb selection of public, separate, and private schools.
Parks and Green Spaces
Even with the increased development, there are still great parks to enjoy.
- Eglinton Park: Nine hectares of urban fun with five multi-purpose sports fields, four tennis courts, two baseball diamonds, a children’s playground, and a wading pool. Enjoy the winter with two ice rinks ready for public skating and pick-up hockey.
Eglinton Park by Jason Verwey
- Oriole Park: A quaint park featuring play areas for younger children and preschoolers that includes swings, a sand area, a junior splash pad, and a wading pool. There are also a baseball diamond and two tennis courts with a clubhouse for those looking for a game.
- Lytton Park: This park features three lighted tennis courts and a club house that’s home to the North Toronto Tennis Club. Members of the North Toronto Lawn Bowling and Croquet Club also meet at the two lighted lawn bowling greens and the adjacent clubhouse. There’s also a playground for children in this park.
- Redpath Avenue Parkette: This small parkette is quiet and sheltered with a small playground for children.
- St Clements-Yonge Parkette: This is a small parkette, nicely situated by St. Clements school.
Recreation and Culture
Viewers and supporters of provincial public television will be happy to know that TVOntario is nearby should they wish to volunteer their services. The Heart and Stroke Foundation of Ontario also makes its home in the neighbourhood, if you want to lend a hand or donate in person.
As we’ve mentioned, you can visit the site of the Battle of Montgomery’s Tavern at the current location for Postal Station K.
Toronto Postal Station K by Peter Broster
The Central Eglinton Community Centre (160 Eglinton Avenue E) provides drop-in programs and family resources for infants or toddlers and camps for children. There is also a full suite of courses and programs for adults and seniors. These include courses in writing and creative arts, languages, dance and fitness, computer use, and much more. You can call and enrol at (416) 392-0511.
Also available is the city-run North Toronto Memorial Community Centre (200 Eglinton Avenue W). This is a multi-use complex with both indoor and outdoor pools, a weight room and fitness centre, a gymnasium, and meeting spaces available for booking. The centre also offers programming for all ages, including programs in visual arts or drama and dance classes in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. There are also programs for general fitness and sports like skating, swimming, basketball, soccer, floor hockey, martial arts, and racquet sports. Call (416) 392-6591 for more details.
There are also several places of worship at Yonge and Eglinton.
- Glebe Road United Church, 20 Glebe Road E, (416) 489-3172
- Eglinton St. George’s United Church, 35 Lytton Boulevard, (416) 481-1141
- Glenview Presbyterian Church, 1 Glenview Avenue, (416) 488-1156
- Covenant Baptist Church, 35 Lytton Boulevard, (647) 722-3211
- Blythwood Road Baptist Church, 80 Blythwood Road, (416) 487-4571
- St Clement’s Anglican Church, 70 Saint Clements Avenue, (416) 483-6664
- The Salvation Army, 7 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 488-7954
- Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses, 256 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 488-4668
- Unity Church of Truth, 173 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 487-3663
- Church of the Transfiguration, 111 Road Manor E, (416) 489-7798
The main library for the neighbourhood is the Northern District library, at 40 Orchard View Boulevard, (416) 393-7610.
Schools, Colleges, and Universities
There are several schools that service the neighbourhood, making it a perfect area to raise a family.
- North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 17 Broadway Avenue, (416) 393-9180
- Northern Secondary School, 851 Mt Pleasant Road, (416) 393-0270
- Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School, 1107 Avenue Road, (416) 393-5561
- Allenby Junior Public School, 391 St Clements Avenue, (416) 393-9115
- St Monica Catholic School, 44 Broadway Avenue, (416) 393-5224
- Oriole Park Public School, 80 Braemar Avenue, (416) 393-9215
- Eglinton Junior Public School, 223 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 393-9315
- The Study Academy, 20 Glebe Road E, (416) 929-1630
Arts and Entertainment
The area is alive with arts and entertainment, with many local restaurants and pubs bringing in live entertainment. For more established venues, enjoy live stand-up comedy Wednesday through Sunday at Absolute Comedy (2335 Yonge Street). The venue puts on live professional comedy with touring headliners coming through regularly. Call (416) 486-7700 for reservations, as they are a must!
There are also two movie theatres on Yonge Street that entertain the neighbourhood. Enjoy films at either Famous Players Canada Square Cinemas at 2190 Yonge Street, (416) 646-2913, or the SilverCity Yonge-Eglinton Cinemas at 2300 Yonge Street, (416) 544-1236.
There are several small independently owned shops that dot the neighbourhood, as well as many shopping options in the RioCan Yonge Eglinton Centre mall. From clothing, sporting goods, books, and jewellery to children’s toys, electronics, and gifts, there are plenty of stores to serve you.
Of note, check out BMV Books at 2289 Yonge Street, (416) 482-6002, for a wide range of books, movies, and music. Brighten up your kitchen and bathroom with a wide range of products and gadgets from Kitchen Stuff Plus at 2287 Yonge Street, (416) 544-0515 and Solutions at 2329 Yonge Street, (647)-430-8749.
For the music lover, Vortex Records at 2309 Yonge Street, (416) 483-7437, is one of the best independently owned music stores in the city with a wide array of new and used records, CDs, and DVDs.
Whether it’s a precious gift for a loved one or jewellery for you, a visit to Van Rijk Jewellers at 90 Eglinton Avenue East, (416) 440-0123, will always send the right message.
From a cozy pub to fine dining, Yonge and Eglinton has much to offer. You’ll find that you’re spoiled for choice with some of the city’s great eateries available for your meals out. Here’s a small sample.
- Amore Trattoria, 2425 Yonge Street, (416) 322-6184
- Cam’s Place, 2655 Yonge Street, (416) 488-3976
- Eukui Japanese Restaurant, 168 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 481-8181
- Acrobat Lounge, 2464 Yonge Street, (416) 489-1105
- Five Doors North, 2088 Yonge Street, (416) 480-6234
- North 44, 2537 Yonge Street, (416) 487-4897
- Grazie Ristorante, 2373 Yonge Street, (416) 488-0822
- Vera’s Kitchen, 90 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 482-2878
- Main Event Sports Bar & Grill, 2368 Yonge Street, (416) 544-8070
- Ho Su Bistro, 2352 Yonge Street, (416) 322-6860
- Mai Thai, 2364 Yonge Street, (416) 488-2250
The main subway station for the neighbourhood is the Eglinton Subway Station, which operates as a hub for the many buses that travel in and around the area. The 32 bus route travels along Eglinton Avenue, with the 103 bus taking passengers north and south along Mount Pleasant Road.
Drivers will find themselves minutes away from the 401 highway to the north and the Don Valley Parkway to the east.
Medical Centres and Doctors
There are also several doctors’ offices and clinics available in the neighbourhood. Here’s a small sample of them.
- Dr. Mark Nusinoff, DDS, 2179 Yonge Street, (416) 488-6633
- Dr. Terry Garning, 164 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 921-8692
- Dr. J Douglas Salmon, 164 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 481-9508
- Dr. John Salvendy, 120 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 932-9770
- Dr. Teresa Maryniarczyk, 90 Eglinton Avenue E, (416) 489-2725
- The Toronto Centre for Sports Medicine, 5 Broadway Avenue, (416) 480-1460
53 Division, 75 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 808-5300
Toronto Fire Station 134, 16 Montgomery Avenue