The area now referred to as the Bay Street corridor was formerly known as St. John’s Ward, a municipal ward of the City of Toronto. Later this area simply became known as “The Ward”. The Ward was populated largely by Jewish immigrants fleeing Eastern Europe in the 1890s. Subsequently other immigrant populations most notably Italians also settled in The Ward. As these first immigrants groups became more established they left the squalor of The Ward and headed west to neighborhoods like Kensington Market and Little Italy. The Jews and Italians were replaced by Chinese immigrants. In the 1950s the construction of the New City Hall led to the expropriation of most of the homes in The Ward which led to the subsequent relocation of many residents to Spadina Avenue in what is now Toronto’s Chinatown district. The Bay Street Corridor has been a prominent location in Toronto since 1827 with the founding of Kings College later renamed the University of Toronto. In 1899 Toronto City Hall was relocated to the corner of Queen and Bay streets and in 1930 Eaton’s Department store opened their College Park location at Yonge and College Streets. By the time the new Toronto City Hall opened in 1965, The Ward neighborhood had completely given way to the aforementioned Toronto landmarks. A residential renaissance of this neighborhood began in the 1990s with a condo construction boom along the Bay Street corridor. This condo boom has continued to this day with numerous high-rise building already completed or under construction. These luxury condo towers are a far cry from the former shacks of The Ward which is now just a footnote in the history books of Toronto.
Bay Street Corridor is one of Toronto’s top condo markets, and its close proximity to the Financial and Hospital Districts as well as many other commercial and retail locations brings many young professionals to the area. It is also close to the University of Toronto and Ryerson University. Glimmering new high-rise condo buildings are increasing along the Bay Street Corridor. Numerous retail stores and eateries are located along Yonge Street.
Shiny and new high-rise condominium buildings proliferate along the Bay Street Corridor. Most of these condominium buildings have been built in the last twenty years with the majority being built in the last ten years. Most of these can be classified as luxury buildings and feature 24 hour concierge as well as recreational amenities. If you venture just east off Bay Street onto some of the side streets you will encounter a small number of residential houses and townhomes tucked away on narrow but quaint city streets that feel remarkably residential considering they are set in such a high density area.
Bay Street has many convenience type stores and restaurants where you can get all your household needs and grab a quick bite to eat. For more eclectic shopping you can walk out to the Downtown Yonge shopping district or if you prefer upscale the newly dressed up Bloor-Yorkville shopping district features international clothing and fashion stores, home furnishing stores, and a variety of both casual and upscale restaurants. On those blustery winter days Bay Street Corridor residents can quickly duck inside to the Atrium on Bay, College Park Shopping Mall, Eaton’s Centre and the Manulife Centre. Many of these shopping destinations are connected by Toronto’s underground PATH retail concourse.
Recreation & Culture
Queens Park is a large oval-shaped park located off University Avenue just south of the Ontario Legislative Building. This park is heavily treed and serves as a quiet respite in an otherwise very busy part of the city. There is a park footpath and many interesting statues and monuments in this park. Queen’s Park is ideally suited to a quiet stroll, or a reflective moment spent on one of many park benches or a yoga or pilates session. The YMCA at 20 Grosvenor Street is a popular place to get in a workout and features a gymnasium and swimming pool. The University of Toronto’s Hart House is open to the general public on a membership basis and offers a variety of athletics, arts, and food, and living classes. There is also live theatre available to enjoy with a subscription to the Hart House Theatre one of Canada’s oldest theatres. Arthur Hiller, Donald Sutherland, Norman Jewison, Raymond Massey, Lorne Michaels, and Wayne and Shuster are just a few of the greats that got their start on the Hart House stage.
Parks & Green Spaces
The neighborhood includes the Royal Ontario Museum, Queen’s Park, the Discovery District – home to hospitals and research facilities, the Financial District, the Eaton Centre and City Hall/Nathan Phillips Square.
Queen’s Park provides most of the green space in this dense, busy downtown neighborhood, which contains relatively few residential areas, most of which are apartments and condos.
Nathan Phillips Square Nathan Phillips Square is a type of iconic place in Toronto which gets a lot of attention from the locals and tourists alike. There is a series of huge letters making Toronto in front of which a lot of photos are taken. The place is on downtown Toronto around which there are a lot of activities going on.
Other nearby facilities in this neighborhood
- 1 Botanical Garden
- 2 Amphitheatres
- 1 Outdoor Rink
- 1 Stage
- 1 Picnic Facilities
- 1 Trails
It is well-served by transit, with 13 subway stops – the entire “U” at the bottom of the Yonge-University-Spadina line – around its edges, and streetcars along King, Queen, Dundas and College streets and bus service down Bay.
A small stretch of Bay Street is serviced by streetcar and the rest of the street has bus service. Streetcar lines also operate along College Street, Dundas Street West and Queen Street West. The Bay subway station on the Bloor-Danforth line and the Dundas, College, Wellesley, St.George and Queen’s Park subway stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line are all within walkable distance.
Bay Street Corridor has 12 Public schools, 7 Catholic schools, and 3 Private schools in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 495 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y 2G8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-0140 | Fax: (416) 393-0184 | Email: Jarvis@tdsb.on.ca
“Founded in 1807, Jarvis C.I. is the first public high school in Toronto and has a long tradition of academic excellence and student involvement. Jarvis is committed to providing a rich and varied program encouraging higher order thinking as well as research and communication skills. Over 90% of our graduates attend university, including top schools like U of T, Waterloo, Dalhousie and Queens. Over 53% of graduates are Ontario Scholars and 60% receive scholarships / bursaries. Situated in the ‘heart of the city’ at Jarvis and Wellesley, our school has a rich mix of students from over 100 countries of origin, integrated into one unified, vibrant community in which diversity is our strength!” As originally published by Jarvis Collegiate Institute
Address: 100 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M3, Canada | Telephone: 1 800 749-0002
“Le Collège français sera un milieu de vie stimulant pour tes amis et toi. Toute une équipe est là, chaque jour, pour t’aider à découvrir de nouveaux horizons et à mieux comprendre le monde qui t’entoure.” As originally published by Collège français secondaire
Address: 14 Pembroke St, Toronto, ON M5A 1Z8, Canada | Telephone: 416 393-1360
“L’école est composée d’une équipe dévouée, compétente et engagée dans la réussite et le bien-être des élèves. Le personnel de l’école travaille tout en comptant sur votre appui, votre soutien et votre engagement comme parents partenaires dans l’éducation de vos enfants. Ce sont des éléments essentiels pour la réussite de tous et de chacun. Pour y arriver, la communication ouverte, continue et positive, entre l’école et la maison, est encouragée et soutenue car c’est le moyen le plus efficace pour assurer le développement et les progrès de vos enfants.” As originally published by É Élém Gabrielle-Roy
Address: 83 Alexander St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1B7, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1250 | Fax: (416) 393-1253 | Email: Church@tdsb.on.ca
“Church Street Public School is located at Church and Carlton Streets. Several years ago, the school had a major renovation including the addition of a new third floor. In 2007 half of the second floor of Church Street Public School was renovated in order to create The Native Learning Centre. Church Street School offers regular Junior Kindergarten through Grade 6 programs. Approximately 30 languages are spoken at Church Street Public School.” As originally published by Church Street Junior Public School
Address: 350 Parliament St, Toronto, ON M5A 2Z7, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1760 | Fax: (416) 393-0132 | Email: LordDufferin@tdsb.on.ca
“Lord Dufferin P.S. is a downtown inner-city school serving families in the Regent Park community. The old building was built in the 1920’s with additions in the late 1940’s. A new school building was completed in January, 2000. In the fall of 2003, the school yard was landscaped with the addition of a baseball diamond, soccer field, walkway to Berkeley Street and new fencing. In May, 2008, a new play structure was donated and built by the Kids Around the World Organization and the Million Dollar Round Table Foundation.” As originally published by Lord Dufferin Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 401 College St, Toronto, ON M5T 1S9, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1290 | Fax: (416) 393-8113 | Email: Kensington@tdsb.on.ca
“Kensington is located centrally on College Street, just east of Bathurst Street in downtown Toronto. We are very near Kensington Market, this being one of many interesting sites that our classes visit easily on field trips. We offer Kindergarten through Grade 6 and are very proud of our excellent academic and co-curricular programs. At Kensington School we provide a learning environment that stresses a balance among disciplines and program areas. We develop our student’s literacy and numeracy skills and offer a Physical Education program through our gymnasium and on-site swimming pool. We have a large, current library, and our teachers provide rich instruction in the arts.” As originally published by Kensington Community School
Address: 112 Lippincott St, Toronto, ON M5S 2P1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1320 | Fax: (416) 393-1319 | Email: KingEdward@tdsb.on.ca
“King Edward is a K- 8 school offering the regular English program in Grades 1-6 and a triple track program in Grades 7-8. The 3 tracks are: Regular English, French Immersion & Gifted.” As originally published by King Edward Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 33 Phoebe St, Toronto, ON M5T 1A8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9110 | Fax: (416) 393-8108 | Email: Ogden@tdsb.on.ca
“Ogden is one of the oldest schools in Toronto. The original Phoebe Street School was erected on this site in 1855. Our current building constructed in 1957, features 14 classrooms and a spacious library, gymnasium and naturalized outdoor playground. The Ogden Day Care provides on-site childcare before, during and after the school day.” As originally published by Ogden Junior Public School
Address: 18 Orde St, Toronto, ON M5T 1N7, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1900 | Fax: (416) 393-0864 | Email: Orde@tdsb.on.ca
“Orde Street P.S. is located in central Toronto, just east and north of Chinatown. Our school was built in 1914 to accommodate the influx of immigrants into the community and it continues to represent the diverse population of the global community that is Toronto. The school has just celebrated its 100th Anniversary. Students come from over 30 countries, representing many different languages and cultures. Orde Daycare is located on-site and provides excellent before and after school child care. Orde offers daily instruction in Mandarin as part of the TDSB International Languages Integrated Day Program. Our school is used by our local community for many activities such as the Toronto Japanese School on Saturdays with over 200 students.” As originally published by Orde Street Public School
Address: 246 The Esplanade, Toronto, ON M5A 4J6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1300 | Fax: (416) 393-0817 | Email: MarketLane@tdsb.on.ca
“Market Lane Public School is a relatively new school (1992) located on The Esplanade in the St. Lawrence Community, a mixed social and economic community that is still undergoing development. The school is housed in a building complex which includes a community recreation center and apartment dwellings.” As originally published by Market Lane Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 61 Davenport Rd, Toronto, ON M5R 1H4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1530 | Fax: (416) 393-1536 | Email: JesseKetchum@tdsb.on.ca
“Jesse Ketchum Public School is located at Bay Street and Davenport Road near Yorkville Village. The school was established around 1831 and the present building dates from 1914. The school is named after Jesse Ketchum, a philanthropist who donated the land to the School Board to build the school and to the city for the park. The school serves a diverse population of approximately 400 students, whose cultural backgrounds represent many countries from around the world. There are more than 40 different languages spoken in the homes of our students. At Jesse Ketchum our students build self-esteem and confidence, learn to work together in mutual respect and trust, and value diversity.” As originally published by Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 96 Denison Ave, Toronto, ON M5T 2N1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1340 | Fax: (416) 393-1337 | Email: Ryerson@tdsb.on.ca
“Egerton Ryerson, the founder of Ontario’s public education system, founded Ryerson Community School in 1877. Ryerson studied various education systems in the U.S., England, and Europe and combined the best of these to develop his own system in Ontario. Today, Ryerson Community School is a vibrant and diverse K to 8 school, both culturally and linguistically. We celebrated our 125th Anniversary Celebration in 2002. Our motto is “Ryerson Community School…Where you belong.” As originally published by Ryerson Community School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 15 Breadalbane St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1C2, Canada | Telephone: 416-928-0124 ext. 31400 | Fax: 416-928-0212 | Email: email@example.com
“The YMCA Academy is a Ministry of Education–inspected, alternative school in downtown Toronto. Inspired and supported by the YMCA of Greater Toronto, our personal differentiated approach, specialized programs, and individualized use of assistive technology is ideally suited to students with mild learning disabilities or learning style differences.” As originally published by YMCA Academy
Address: 85 St Nicholas St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1W8, Canada | Telephone: (+1) 416-960-3552 | Toll-free (North America only): 1-866-960-3552 | Fax: 416-960-9506 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“The Blyth Academy Yorkville campus is conveniently located in the heart of downtown Toronto in a stunning, newly renovated historic building. With its close proximity to the TTC, we welcome students from across the city and the GTA. Our centralized location gives us direct access to some of the most exciting cultural and entertainment venues the city has to offer. Our academic partnerships include the ROM, University of Toronto, the AGO, and TIFF, which are only steps away from the campus. Students have the opportunity to take part in outstanding experiential learning outside of the classroom as well as welcome prominent and influential guest speakers into our campus. At Blyth Academy Yorkville we demonstrate high academic standards while maintaining an inclusive culture. The teaching staff and student body are community-oriented and accepting of all students. Our school has an average class size of eight, which allows our educators to spend significant individualized time with each student while delivering a broad range of courses. When we combine great teaching with genuine care for student wellbeing and academic success, wonderful things happen, and our students flourish personally and academically. At Blyth Academy Yorkville we offer an outstanding Grades 9–12 program. Our campus offers a comprehensive full-time program, as well as part-time, private, integrated private and summer school classes. We are ministry inspected and adhere to all provincial standards, including the provision of an Ontario Provincial Report Card and official transcripts to post-secondary institutions.” As originally published by Blyth Academy – Yorkville
Address: 131 Bloor Street West #426, Toronto, ON M5S
“RDS is a small co-educational independent private school from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8. We are located in the heart of Toronto and offer rigorous academic and co-curricular programs that incorporate tailored planning. This helps to ensure that each student is challenged to reach his or her own potential. We prepare students for successful placement into secondary schools of their choice.” As originally published by Rosedale Day School
Address: 25 Linden St, Toronto, ON M4Y 1V5, Canada
“L’école élémentaire catholique du Sacré-Cœur a 125 ans d’histoire! C’est avec enthousiasme que travaille une équipe dynamique. L’école accueille plus de 150 élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année. La langue française et la catholicité sont des priorités chez nous. Aux niveaux académique et personnel, nous rassemblons nos efforts en vue de permettre aux élèves d’atteindre leur plein potentiel.” As originally published by ÉÉC du Sacré-Coeur-Toronto
Address: 74 Wellesley St W, Toronto, ON M5S 1C4, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5514 | Fax: 416-397-6190
“The motto of St. Joseph’s College School is “Congregavit nos in unum Christi amor” (The love of Christ has gathered us together into one). This has reflected a long tradition of educating young women by focusing on their intellectual, physical, social and creative abilities in a loving, Catholic, faith-filled environment. Respect for the rights and dignity of all and service to others are important in our daily lives. The school is organized on a two-semester system and courses are offered at the Academic, Applied, Locally Developed, and Pre-Advanced Placement levels in grades 9 and 10, and at the University, College, Workplace, and Advanced Placement levels in grades 11 and 12. Specialty programs include: Gifted, Extended French, Rhythm and Movement, a sport-focused program in basketball, and Advanced Placement preparation in: Mathematics, Science, History and English. St. Joseph’s College School is a diverse and progressive community where every attempt is made to meet the needs of all students. We have provided over 155 years of tradition and excellence in the education of young women in Toronto and we invite any young woman who wishes to maximize her talents and leadership abilities to join our school community for her high school career!” As originally published by St. Joseph’s College School
Address: 402 Melita Crescent, Toronto, ON M6G 3X6, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5376 | Fax: 416-393-5844
“Our school is committed to developing and celebrating the unique gifts of every student. We, as a school community, strive to provide each student with the opportunity to develop his/her potential intellectually, physically, socially, emotionally and spiritually.” As originally published by St. Bruno – St. Raymond Catholic School
Address: 444 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON M4X 1K2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5221 | Fax: 416-393-5806
“The learning community of Our Lady of Lourdes thoughtfully maintains a safe and caring environment wherein all students develop their learning potential. Literacy and numeracy skills are a central focus as are faith development, the arts, social justice and athletics. Together, all of these aid in developing the character attributes that are the hallmark of caring and creative citizens.” As originally published by Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic School
Address: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada
“L’école secondaire Saint-Frère-André est une école accueillant les élèves de la 7e à la 12e année. Notre but premier en tant qu’établissement d’éducation est avant tout l’apprentissage et le développement de votre enfant dans un milieu francophone catholique stimulant. En vue d’offrir un enseignement de qualité et un choix intéressant d’options à nos élèves, nous offrons toute une panoplie d’activités parascolaires, ainsi que des programmes d’enseignement. «Offrir à l’élève une éducation de qualité dans un milieu de vie catholique et francophone où le respect de la personne, le sens d’appartenance à la collectivité franco-ontarienne, la promotion de l’excellence et enfin l’équité sont des valeurs visibles et essentielles à son épanouissement ». C’est non seulement la mission du conseil scolaire mais aussi celle des enseignants.” As originally published by ÉSC Saint-Frère-André
Address: 20 Portugal Square, Toronto, ON M6J 3P2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5205 | Fax: 416-393-5781
“St. Mary’s Catholic Elementary School is a vibrant community dedicated to nurturing the physical, social, emotional, intellectual and spiritual growth of our students. The students of St. Mary’s have common needs and a variety of differences. They range from three-year-olds in junior kindergarten to fourteen year-olds in grade eight. The children reflect a full range of skills and abilities and all are maturing in their awareness of both their strengths and things that need to be worked on. The mission of St. Mary’s is to educate each student. Every day can bring challenges and opportunities for all and ultimately the goal is to become a better person through these experiences.” As originally published by St. Mary Catholic School
Address: 50 George St S, Toronto, ON M5A, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5387 | Fax: 416-397-6057
“All of our students are treasured gifts from God. In order for our children to be successful we believe we must have the highest expectations of our students and acknowledge and provide for all possible learning styles. We aim to work together to ensure that our school provides every individual with a safe, positive, welcoming learning environment. We believe that the development of good interpersonal relationships and a positive classroom atmosphere conducive to learning will promote good behavior. The key to the success of the students of St. Michael’s is the emphasis on learning goals, co-created success criteria and practical and timely descriptive feedback. These clear supports provided by all the teachers to all the children help to provide a basis for evaluating student achievement and program effectiveness.” As originally published by St. Michael Catholic School