Allenby

Allenby

This neighbourhood is comfortably nestled between North Toronto and Forest Hill, an ideal place for families with children in close proximity to many green areas in particular the Beltline Trail and North Toronto Memorial Community Recreation Centre. At the heart of Allenby is, Allenby Junior Public School, a French Immersion school that has earned an excellent reputation for academics and strong parental involvement. Shopping along its southern border on Eglinton Avenue is bountiful with gourmet food shops, an array of clothing stores, restaurants, art galleries and facilities that cater to the needs of young families. Allenby is mainly a residential area with many traffic calming zones creating a peaceful and safe environment for family living.

Green Areas at your reach

  • Belt line

The neighbourhood has a great location close to the lovely Belt Line Trail, which is a seven-kilometre natural path that runs through the city. It is frequently used for long walks and as a popular jogging route, providing a perfect green space for outdoor activities. The Belt Line can be accessed from Eglinton Avenue just off Chaplin Avenue and at Oriole Parkway.

Walk In The Park
Walk In The Park by Alan Bell

Besides being a great area for outdoor activities, you can also find the Larry Grossman Forest Hill Memorial Arena in this park, a great and modern facility for recreational activities.

 

This public park is only a few blocks away from Eglinton Station. Its borders are created by Eglinton Avenue and Roselawn Avenue, while the other two sides are lined by beautiful houses with a view of the park. A great place for many activities, there are superb baseball diamonds, soccer fields, a splash pool, and a kids’ playground. It’s home to the North Toronto Community Memorial Centre, which has outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a gym, an indoor skating rink, and a cricket ground. The Heritage Community Garden was created within the park in 1998.

More nearby parks:

  • Cortleigh Parkette near Cortleigh Boulevard
  • Lytton Park at 229 Lytton Boulevard
  • Roselawn Cemetery at 619 Roselawn Avenue

Sports and Recreation

This modern centre is located on 200 Eglinton Avenue West and is a state-of-the-art facility that is well equipped for recreational and sports activities with its indoor and outdoor pools, gymnasium, walking track, and aerobic and weight rooms. You can also find two artificial ice rinks, which are always full of hockey enthusiasts during the winter and used as tennis courts in the summer. The North Toronto Masters Swim Club and North Toronto Hockey Association reside in these buildings.

Established in 1960, this facility located at Chaplin Crescent near the Forest Hill Park has two ice-skating rinks that provide the best conditions for a good game of hockey. In the arena, you will also find a well equipped Pro Shop with friendly staff that will help you find the best gear.

Fitness & Wellness:

Arts and Entertainment

    Contemporary Art Gallery

    Located at 2719 Yonge Street. This fine art gallery features a diverse collection of original art as well as graphic art, sculpture, glass and various gift items by Canadian and internationally acclaimed artists. Its purpose and mission is to unite talented Canadian artists who create high quality art with those who have an interest in discovering, viewing, collecting and exhibiting art.

      The Castlefield Event Theatre

      This former cinema, located at 2492 Yonge Street, provides a great space for private parties to celebrate. Regularly used as event space rental, the main room has a large stage and the bar was built where once the balcony was. The high ceilings create a feeling of grandeur for your parties that can hold up to an impressive 800 people.

      Silvercity Yonge and Eglinton

      Located at 2300 Yonge Street, Cineplex Inc. ("Cineplex") is the largest motion picture exhibitor in Canada and owns, leases or has a joint-venture interest in 134 theatres with 1,445 screens serving approximately 69 million guests annually.

      The Eglinton Grande

      Formerly The Eglinton Theatre located at 400 Eglinton Avenue West, this historic landmark has been restored to its original 1937 grandeur! Recapture the elegant design and sophistication of this majestic facility. Boasting one spectacular ballroom, the venue is exclusively yours for the evening.

      Absolute Comedy

      Located at 2335 Yonge Street this comedy club will crack you up! Come out and watch your friends and neighbours take the stage and catch the pros warming up for weekend shows.

      Galleries and Studios:

      Macdonell Photography, 278 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 481-4600
      Nikola Rukaj Gallery, 384 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 481-5995

Shopping

Chocolicks Fun Factory, 573 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 485-2047
Kingsport Clothiers, (Men's clothing) 313 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 482-2803
La Compania (Interior), 367 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 487-7747
Little Ones Fashion (Kids Clothing), 372 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 483-5989
Obsession Boutique (Woman's fashion), 482 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 544-8900
Oink-Oink (Kid’s Toys & Books), 352 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 322-8255
Sense of Independence (Woman's Fashion), 511 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 481-8242
Shoe Bag, 426 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 483-9500
The French Connection (Woman's fashion), 253 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 483-3861
The Petite Alternative, 463 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 440-1444
TNT The New Trend (Women's fashion), 392 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 544-8544
Tryst Lingerie, 465 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 484-6678

Specialty Stops

Ashford Cleaners, 535 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 322-3127
Eunice Denby Flowers (Florists), 243 Eglinton Avenue We, (416) 485-0385
Global Pet Foods, 381 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 482-4995
Homefront, (Home furnishings) 371 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 488-3189
Macdonell Photography, 278 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 481-4600
Terrain Flowers (Florists), 280 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 489-7246
The Fireplace Shop, 389 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 483-1443
The Healthy Butcher, 298 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 674-2642 X2
The Tea Emporium, 351 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 488-4061
 

Restaurants and eateries

7 Numbers Eglinton, 519 Eglinton Avenue W, (647) 235-2456
Amore Trattoria, 2425 Yonge Street, (416) 322-6184
Boom Breakfast & Co., 174 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 485-3447
Doppio Zero (Pizza & Italian), 530 Eglinton Ave. West, (416) 488-0088
EDO Restaurant, 484 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 322-3033
Ferraro Restaurant (Italian), 502 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 488-7729
Gladstone’s Wine Bar and Grill, 398 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 487-9500
Green Eggplant (Family style), 514 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 485-1142
Ha Long Bay Bistro (Vietnamese), 525 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 487-4851
Kimono Japanese Grill Sushi, 359 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 487-8660
North 44 Restaurant (Continental), 2537 Yonge Street, (416) 487-4897
Phipps Bakery Cafe, 420 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 481-911
The Second Cup, 518 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 481-3198
Vita Sociale (Continental), 2472 Yonge Street, (416) 483-2211
Yitz’s Deli, 346 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 487-4506
 

Specialty Stops

Harvest Wagon Too (Fruits, vegetables & specialty products), 546 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 487-0388
Hotel Gelato, 532 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 932-2663
The Mad Bean (Coffee House), 519 Eglinton Avenue W, (647) 235-2456
 

Education

Schools:

Allenby Junior Public School (French Immersion Progam), 391 St. Clements Avenue, (416) 393-9115
Glenview Senior Public School, 401 Rosewell Avenue, (416) 393-9390
Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute (Public High School), 125 Chatsworth Drive, (416) 393-9500

Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 730 Eglinton Avenue West, (416) 393-1860
North Toronto Collegiate Institute, 70 Roehampton Avenue, (416) 393-9180
Havergal College (Private), 1451 Avenue Road, (416) 483-3519
St Clement’s School (Private Girls School), 21 St. Clements Avenue, (416) 483-4835
Marshall McLuhan Catholic Secondary School, 1107 Avenue Road, (416) 393-5561
Our Lady of the Assumption School, 125 Glenmount Avenue, (416) 393-5265

Daycare Centres:

Abc Academy, 18 Melrose Avenue, (416) 485-5437
Allenby Day Care, 391 St. Clements Avenue, (416) 487-7800
Alternative Primary School Parent Group, 1100 Spadina Road, (416) 322-5385

Nearby Libraries:

Forest Hill Library, 700 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 393-7706
Toronto Public Library, 700 Eglinton Avenue W, (416) 393-7706
Northern District Library, 40 Orchard View Boulevard, (416) 393-7610
Mount Pleasant Branch Library, 599 Mount Pleasant Road, (416) 393-7737

Transportation

By car: Car owners are only about 10 minutes away from the Allen Expressway. There is also easy access to the 401 through Avenue Road for the commuters. Either way, downtown is only about a 20-minute drive.

By Bus: There is regular bus service that runs along Eglinton Avenue and Avenue Road. You can use the regular buses to get to Eglinton Station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line, which will give you quick access to the city centre.

By Streetcar: The closest streetcar service runs along St. Clair Avenue.

By Subway: The closest stations are Eglinton Station and Davisville Station.

Location

Allenby Neighbourhood Map

This neighbourhood stretches between Briar Hill Avenue to the north, Yonge Street to the east, Eglinton Avenue to the south, and Chaplin Crescent to the west. The neighbourhood has many brick American Foursquare styled homes from the 1900s and the ever-so-popular Tudor style houses that were built mostly between the 1930s and 1940s — many of them with convenient private driveways. The majority of the houses are detached two-stories but you can also find some bungalows scattered along the streets.

History

One of the earliest settlements of the northern Toronto area, Allenby’s roots can be traced back to the 1400s, when it started as a village settlement built by the “Huron Nation”. The community was organized around an artesian spring that flowed through today’s Roselawn Avenue. The water tower can still be seen on Roselawn Avenue and is now used by police as a communication tower. There once were many tribal huts where Allenby Public school stands today. The Allenby school hill is not natural but, in fact, man made by one of the tribes. Whether this is true or not, Allenby Public school, which was named after Lord Allenby (a British World War One hero), is amongst the most important landmark in the neighbourhood. After its opening in 1927, Allenby continued to flourish around it.

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