Once-upon-a-time FOREST HILL was a separate village, just north of downtown TORONTO. Amalgamated into the city in 1967, the neighbourhood is heavily treed and its undulating topography includes several modest hills and a nearby ravine. The village centre is nothing special, although excellent coffee and good food is on offer, but the surrounding streets are lined with mature trees and stolid mansions.
Statistics Canada pegs the average Forest Hill income at $102,000 per annum, compared with $41,000 in TORONTO’s Census Metropolitan Area.
Notable Forest Hill institutions: Upper Canada College, Bishop Strachan School, Timothy Eaton Memorial Church <INTERIOR PHOTO ABOVE>, St. Michael’s College School, and Grace Church-on-the-Hill.
Urban explorers alert – there’s plenty of good stuff around here. You just have to look for it.
It’s amazing what can happen in three years. Back in 2011 the New York Times described THE JUNCTION as“Skid Row to Hip in Toronto. The young and artsy are taking advantage of still-cheap real estate to tiptoe into the Junction’s empty storefronts and low slung houses.”
These days THE JUNCTION has become a ‘destination neighbourhood’, attracting folks from all parts of the city, especially on weekends. There are still plenty of family-run shops, but now upscale restaurants, sidewalk cafes, galleries, antique and clothing stores, condos, and a flea market have moved in. More are on the way, and inevitably real estate is becoming more expensive.
It’s easy to spend a day in THE JUNCTION. Word of advice: use public transport to get there, especially on weekends. From DUNDAS WEST subway station take the #40 bus to Dundas Street West. It’s a 10 minute ride.
Named for a mishmash of railroad tracks, bridges and several major roads, the JUNCTION today is home to old books and record stores; architectural/industrial artifact emporia; a Buddhist temple; design and digital video companies; vegan and non-vegan restaurants; the West Toronto Railpath, etc. etc. It’s that kind of place.