Deer Park

Bishop Strachan School 1
Bishop Strachan School by Wikimedia Commons

The lure of Deer Park is its location steps to the subway at St. Clair and Yonge, the heart of Toronto, offering arts, culture, night life and steps to ample work opportunities. It is popular for its beautiful houses, attractions, trendy shops, and numerous possibilities for entertainment and recreation as well as its amazing natural beauty — not to mention its easy access to everything. In its midst stand two of the most recognized private schools in the country, Bishop Strachan for young females and Upper Canada College for young males. Deer Park real estate also includes a fair number of newer townhouses that fit perfectly within their surroundings. There is a large selection of luxury condominium apartment buildings and co-operative buildings.

Some notable Deer Park addresses are:

  • 42 Heath Street West, which gained fame when Canada’s most notorious bank robber at the time, Edwin Boyd, leader of the Boyd Gang, was captured in this house on March 15, 1952
  • 50 Heath Street West, a unique example of the prairie school style of architecture in Toronto.
  • 55 Heath, Willis House. A Victorian home listed in The City of Toronto Inventory of Heritage Properties
  • The Imperial Oil Building located at 111 St. Clair Avenue West, a former headquarters of Imperial Oil, Canadas largest oil company
  • Wittington Tower located at 22 St. Clair Avenue East, a 20-storey octagonal tower

The list of former residents includes:

  • Glenn Gould, a classical pianist who lived in Apt. 902 at 110 St Clair Avenue West
  • J.E.H. MacDonald, a founding member of the Group of Seven painters who lived at 40 Duggan Avenue
  • Pierre Salinger, a press secretary to presidents John F. Kennedy and Lyndon Johnson and campaign manager to Robert F. Kennedy who lived at 37 Lonsdale Road
  • Joy Fielding, a novelist who lived at 83 Lonsdale Road
  • Farley Mowat, a writer who lived at 90 Lonsdale Road
  • Margaret Avison, a poet who lived in Apt. 104 at 150 St Clair Avenue West
  • William Hutt, an actor who lived at 18 Ferndale Avenue

Location

Deer Park
Deer Park
The limits of Deer Park are defined by the Rosedale Ravine to the east, Farnham Avenue to the south, the Belt Line trail to the north, and Avenue Road and Oriole Parkway to the west. Its bordered by David A. Balfour Park, the Vale of Avoca ravine, and Oriole Park, and therefore provides many places for relaxation. The main intersection, Yonge and St. Clair, is the commercial, shopping, and industrial core of the area. The neighbourhood offers a mix of detached and semi-detached houses that vary in architectural style, size, and type. Their historic facades together with the trees lining the streets contribute to the charm of the area.

History

Initially, the Native inhabitants called the area of Deer Park – Mushquoteh, which means a place where deer come to eat. In 1837, Agnes Heath, widow of Colonel Heath, and her son, Charles W. Heath, decided to purchase forty acres of land on the northwest corner of Yonge and Third Concession Road, which is now known as St. Clair. She called her new estate Deer Park, which is an English translation of “Mushquoteh.” The majority of the original Deer Park homes were built between 1875 and 1920. By the 1930s, many upper-middle class families came here, and the area soon developed into one of Torontos finest residential districts.

Deer Park continued to grow; new country villas, a general store, a school, a cemetery, a race track, and a hotel were built at the intersection of Yonge and St. Clair. The hotel was called Deer Park Hotel because the guests were allowed to feed the deer that freely roamed the hotels land. In 1954, when the deer were long gone, the Yonge subway line opened for business and stimulated further development of the neighbourhood. Today, Deer Park is the perfect mix of retail, office, and residential space.

Green Areas At Your Reach

Oriole Park A park with a children’s playground, a wading pool, and two tennis courts that has an access Toronto’s old Belt Line Railway.

David A. Balfour Park

A deep ravine in the heart of Toronto with a reservoir underneath, it runs from the southern tip of Mount Pleasant Cemetery to Mount Pleasant Road just north of Roxborough Avenue. The park is part of Torontos history because in the70s, this ravine was the most famous gay sex cruising ground. It would be filled with dozens of men each night. However, today the situation is different. The upper trail on the west side is ideal for joggers and cyclists, while the lower dirt path is a great place for hikers and dog walkers. Lined with many fallen trees, walking through certain sections can be pretty challenging. The east side is mostly flat and offers a less difficult route.

Rosehill Reservoir Park

Overlooking Rosedale to the south and David A. Balfour Park to the east, Rosehill Reservoir Park is one of the best options for walking excursions within the City of Toronto. Home to unique flora and fauna (dont be surprised to see a deer or fox), this park features a footpath used by many walkers, joggers, and cyclists. The three main entrances (at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, at David A Balfour Park, and from St. Clair Ave. at the Avoca St. bridge) make it easily accessible.

Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens

The western gateway of a five-kilometre-long network of gardens running from Yonge and Lawrence to the borders of Leaside is Alexander Muir Memorial Gardens. The trails are open all year long, and there is street parking available near the entrance.

Sports & Recreation

Moksha Yoga Uptown, 1498 Yonge Street, (416) 868-9642
Extreme Fitness, 1521 Yonge Street, (416) 907-7654
GoodLife Fitness, 12 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 927-8042
Suri Yoga, 15 St Clair Avenue West,(416) 922-0286
Good Life Fitness Clubs, 15 Street Clair Avenue West, (416) 924-5888
Life Sport Exercise and Health Centers, 1 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 920-7398
No Sweat Fitness For the Rest of US, 15 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 924-5888
Classical Martial Arts Canada, 79 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 923-5061
Herbal Magic Yonge & St Clair, 5 Rosehill Avenue, (416) 323-3333

Local Attractions

St. Michael´s Cemetery

The oldest visible Roman Catholic Cemetery in Toronto is one of the citys best kept secrets. It was opened in 1855 by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto in response to a growing demand for new burial grounds. The city population was growing with the arrival of many Irish Catholics trying to escape the 1847 Irish Potato Famine. As a result, an additional six acres of land on the west side of Yonge Street just south of the Third Concession Road in the community of Deer Park were purchased and used to enlarge the cemetery. To this day, some 29,000 people are buried at St. Michaels. However, burials in St. Michaels are quite rare nowadays. You can access this site via a short lane off the west side of Yonge street just south of St. Clair Avenue. Near the center of the cemetery is a historical plaque of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto.

The Vale of Avoca Ravine

A legendary deep ravine within the City of Toronto and one of the official boundaries of the Deer Park neighbourhood, it offers you the chance to basically be in a wilderness setting while being only few steps from the Torontos subway and its busy streets.

St. Clair Viaduct

A massive triple-arch bridge covered in graffiti that carries St. Clair Avenue over the ravine, connecting the communities of Deer Park and Moore Park. The area surrounding the viaduct consists of different types of both native and non-native trees. You can easily spot Crack Willow, Horse Chestnut, Hemlock, White Pine, Red Oak, Black Locust, and Norway Maple.

Arts & Entertainment

Art Galleries

Barber Sharin , 42 Glen Elm Avenue, (647) 348-0580
Kaspar Gallery, 500 Avenue Road, (416) 968-2536

Performing Arts

Interplay Ballet, 129 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 972-1316

Cinemas

Spank Films, 60 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 532-2213
Charlotte Bernard Communications, 60 St Clair Avenue E, (416) 532-2213
Cineplex Odeon, 1303 Yonge Street, (416) 323-6600

After Dark

The Jester on Yonge, 1427 Yonge Street, (416) 323-3421
Scallywags, 11 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 922-3737
Fox and Fiddle, 1535 Yonge Street, (416) 967-3400

Shopping

Womens Fashion

Shoesette, 1566 Yonge Street, (416) 920-6122
Galin Margaret Sales Agency Ltd, 565 Avenue Road, (416) 504-6512
Aleeyah Apparel, 1 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 972-0606
Into Ladies Fashion, 12 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 972-0931
Koinonia, 2 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 515-8169
Saddle Bag, 1470 Yonge Street, (416) 922-5796

Restaurants and Eateries

Cava Restaurant, 1560 Yonge Street, (416) 979-9918
Sushi Garden, 1560 Yonge Street, (416) 960-8233
Delica Kitchen, 1440 Yonge Street, (416) 546-5408
Pizzaiolo, 13 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 960-3030
Scallywags, 11 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 922-3737
Chef Of India, 1415 Yonge Street, (647) 351-5558
New Thai Restaurant, 81 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 975-0999
Divino, 1 Balmoral Avenue, (416) 515-0003
Ichiban Sushi House, 1375 Yonge Street, (416) 922-7500
Daeco Sushi, 40 St Clair Avenue West, (647) 345-1212
Freshii, 1560 Yonge Street, (416) 944-2300
Gill, 1560 Yonge Street, (647) 350-4455
Seniors Dining Nook, 1397 Yonge Street, (416) 924-8366
St. Clair Gonoe Sushi, 44 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 840-9622
Kivas Bagel Bar, 15 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 960-5482
Sushi Gen, 1502 Yonge Street, (416) 921-3388
Nove Trattoria, 1406 Yonge Street, (647) 345-5848
Hero Certified Burgers, 21 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 925-8703
Harrys Social Kitchen, 21 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 925-7827
Il Fornello Restaurant, 1560 Yonge Street, (416) 920-7347
Spiga Ristorante, 1378 Yonge Street, (416) 960-1500

Cafes

Capocaccia Cafe , 1366 Yonge Street, (416) 921-3141
Timothys World Coffee , 12 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 972-6420
Starbucks , 5 Rosehill Avenue, (416) 920-5955
Lettieri, 21 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 925-8703

Education

Preschools

Mothercraft, 32 Heath Street West, (416) 920-3515
Canadian Mothercraft Daycare, 32 Heath Street West, (416) 920-3515
Heath & Ferndale Child Care Centre, 23 Ferndale Avenue, (416) 961-9678
Montessori For Children St Clair, 25 Alvin Avenue, (416) 927-1958

Elementary Schools

De La Salle College Oaklands Private School, 131 Farnham Avenue, (416) 969-8771
Mothercraft, 32 Heath Street West, (416) 920-3515
Brown Public School, 454 Avenue Road, (416) 393-1560
Canadian Mothercraft Daycare, 32 Heath Street West, (416) 920-3515
Deer Park Junior and Senior Public School, 23 Ferndale Avenue, (416) 393-1550
Montessori Schools of York, 1320 Yonge Street, (416) 926-1325
The Linden School, 10 Rosehill Avenue, (416) 966-4406, (416) 927-1958

Middle Schools & High Schools

De La Salle College Oaklands Private School , 131 Farnham Avenue,(416) 969-8771
Deer Park Junior and Senior Middle School, 23 Ferndale Avenue, (416) 393-1550
The Linden School, 10 Rosehill Avenue, (416) 966-4406

Colleges & Universities

De La Salle College Oaklands Private School, 131 Farnham Avenue,(416) 969-8771
Adler Counselling Centre, 48 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 923-4419
IBT College , 50 St Clair Avenue East, (416) 963-1211
Adler School of Professional Psychology, 48 St Clair Avenue West, (416) 923-4419
English School of Canada , 79 St Clair Avenue East #202, (416) 686-1596

Deer Park residents can also attend a number of prestigious schools in the area. These include:

Bishop Strahan School (private), 298 Lonsdale Road, (416) 483-4325
Upper Canada College Lonsdale Road, (416) 488-1125
De La Salle College Oaklands Private School , 131 Farnham Avenue, (416) 969-8771
The York School , 1320 Yonge Street, (416) 926-1325

Libraries

The Deer Park Public Library, 40 St Clair Avenue E, (416) 393-7657

Transportation

Deer Park is well served by the Yonge subway line through the St Clair and Davisville stations, as well as various bus routes. It is also considered a car-friendly area.

By car: It takes approximately ten minutes to get to downtown Toronto via Yonge Street or Avenue Road, and twenty minutes to Torontos Highways and Expressways.

By Streetcar: The 512 St Clair runs along St Clair Avenue from St Clair Station on the Yonge line to a streetcar loop just past Keele Street and passes through St Clair West Station on the University-Spadina line.

By Subway: The neighbourhood is served by St. Clair Station, which is within walking distance of every home in the are. St. Clair Station has street entrances on St. Clair and on Mount Pleasant Boulevard and is on the Yonge–University–Spadina line. St. Clair Station is also the terminus for the 512 St. Clair Streetcar and the terminus for the 74 Mount Pleasant and 88 South Leaside buses.

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