Bayview Woods-Steeles is a neighborhood located in the northern tip of the city of Toronto, Ontario, Canada, formerly in North York before it was amalgamated into Toronto in 1998. It is part of federal and provincial electoral district Willowdale, and Toronto electoral ward 24: Willowdale (East). In 2006, it had a population of 13,295.
The area is divided by a series of ravines, and is often not considered a neighbourhood unto itself. Rather the sections are more often divided between the neighbouring areas of Hillcrest Village, Bayview Village, and Newtonbrook.
The neighborhood is bordered by Steeles Avenue East to the north, Leslie Street to the east, Bayview Avenue to the west, and Finch Avenue East to the south. Several branches of the Don River meet in the middle of this neighborhood and there is no shortage of green space as a result, though much is not usable, since it consists mostly of ravines. This neighborhood is also notable for varying greatly in elevation, with the section in Cummer Avenue between Bayview and Leslie being especially steep.
Several branches of the Don River meet in the neighborhood of Bayview Woods-Steeles, creating ravines within the community’s East Don Parkland. Located along Toronto’s northern border of Steeles Avenue, the community includes many parks including Cummer, Saddletree, Bestview, Ruddington, Garnier, and Pineway. There is a steep drop in land elevation when traveling east along Cummer Avenue between Bayview Avenue and Leslie Street.
The community is made up of a large Chinese population. While English is the top Mother Tongue spoken at home, that is followed by Chinese (not otherwise specified), Mandarin, and Cantonese.
The neighborhood, in Ward 24 (Willowdale), is also home to a strong Jewish community.
Bayview Wood-Steeles includes notable landmarks such as the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College, Cummer Park Community Centre, and the Old Cummer GO station.
There are a number of schools in the neighborhood including Steelesview Public School, Zion Heights Junior High School, St. Joseph’s Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School, and Tyndale University College and Seminary, a Christian evangelical post-secondary institution offering undergraduate and graduate programs.
Bayview Woods-Steeles is a middle-income neighborhood with an equal amount of single-detached homes as apartment buildings with 5+ stories. The community is also home to countless modest bungalows that sometimes display the expansions done throughout the years such as porches and verandas. Many of the residents in the community are preserving the style rules of the neighborhood by continuing to use modernist styles.
Several municipal parks are located in the Bayview Woods – Steeles, including Bestview Park, Cummer Park, Garnier Park, and Pineway Park. Several parks are situated near the Don Valley, a ravine network that bisects the neighborhood. The valley forms a part of the Toronto ravine system. Municipal parks situated in the neighborhood are managed by the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Division. In addition to municipal parks, the division also manages Cummer Park Community Centre, which has a swimming pool, an arena, and a skate park.
Recreation & Culture
The Don River is a watercourse in southern Ontario, that empties into Lake Ontario, at Toronto Harbour. Its mouth was just east of the street grid of the town of York, Upper Canada, the municipality that evolved into Toronto, Ontario. The Don is one of the major watercourses draining Toronto that have headwaters in the Oak Ridges Moraine.
The Toronto ravine system is one of the most distinctive features of the geography of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a network of deep ravines that form a large urban forest that runs throughout much of the city. For the most part designated as parkland, the ravines are largely undeveloped. Toronto’s slogan: “The city within a park” partially stems from the extensive ravine green space.
- Cummer Park Community Centre
- Bestview Park
- Cummer Park
- Ruddington Park
- Pineway Park
- Bowan Court Parkette
- East Don Parkland
- Sawley Banstock Greenbelt
- Saddletree Park
- Garnier Park
Several major roadways bound the neighbourhood including Steeles Avenue to the north, Finch Avenue to the south, and Bayview Avenue to the west.
Public transit in the neighborhood is provided by the Toronto Transit Commission (TTC). The TTC operates several bus routes in the neighborhood, 11 Bayview, 53 Steeles East, 42 Cummer, 39 Finch East, and 51 Leslie. In addition to the TTC, bus routes operated by York Region Transit may be accessed in Bayview Woods – Steeles. The neighborhood is home to one commuter railway station, Old Cummer GO Station. The station provides access to the Richmond Hill line and is operated by GO Transit.
The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is the public transport agency that operates bus, subway, streetcar, and paratransit services in Toronto and York Region in Canada. It is the oldest and largest of the urban transit service providers in the Greater Toronto Area, with numerous connections to systems serving its surrounding municipalities.
York Region Transit (YRT) is the public transit operator in York Region, Ontario, Canada. Its headquarters are in Richmond Hill, at 50 High Tech Road.
YRT operates 65 full-time, rush hour and limited routes, 35 school services, and six Viva bus rapid transit routes. Five contracted Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) bus routes run within York Region’s boundaries (most of which are in the city of Markham). Passengers who cross Steeles Avenue (the Toronto–York boundary) on these routes must pay an additional fare (the YRT or TTC fare) to continue their trip(s).
Old Cummer GO Station is a train and bus station in the GO Transit network located in the North York district of Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is a stop on the Richmond Hill line train service and offers service to Union Station in downtown Toronto.
Richmond Hill is one of the seven train lines of the GO Transit system in the Greater Toronto Area, Ontario, Canada. It operates between Union Station in Toronto to Gormley GO Station in the north in Richmond Hill. Trains on the line operate only during weekday peak hours (morning trains southbound, afternoon trains northbound), while off-peak weekday times are served by the GO bus route 61.
Tyndale University is a private post-secondary institution located in the neighborhood. It is a private multi-denominational evangelical Christian university in Toronto, Ontario. Tyndale students come from over 40 different Christian denominations. Tyndale offers undergraduate and graduate programs. A student residence is located on its campus.
Bayview Woods-Steeles has also 7 Public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 1 Private schools in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Lester B. Pearson Elementary School
Address: 7 Snowcrest Ave, North York, ON M2K 2K5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2656 | Fax: (416) 395-2658 | Email: LesterBPearson.ES@tdsb.on.ca
“In September of 1987, Lester B. Pearson Elementary School opened its doors to about 125 Senior Kindergarten to Grade 3 students. On February 18, 1988, Lester B. Pearson’s son Geoffrey Pearson and his wife, Patricia Pearson Hannah were the guests of honor at the Official Opening ceremony of the school. In the following years, Grade 4 and 5 programs were added and the school’s enrolment increased so much that the school needed larger quarters. During the summer of 2003, LBP relocated to its present location, at 7 Snowcrest Avenue. Since then, our programs have continued to expand to include grades 6, 7, and 8. Now, Lester B. Pearson is one of two Senior Kindergarten to Grade 8 French Immersion Centers in the TDSB.” As originally published by Lester B. Pearson Elementary School
Address: 100 Ravel Rd, North York, ON M2H 1T1, Canada | Telephone: 437 317-4444 | Fax: 437 488-1634 | Email: email@example.com
A. Y. Jackson Secondary School
Address: 50 Francine Dr, North York, ON M2H 2G6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3140 | Fax: (416) 395-4454 | Email: AYJackson@tdsb.on.ca
“At A. Y. Jackson Secondary School we develop our students into informed, literate, decision-makers who become well-rounded and caring global citizens. We achieve this through dedicated delivery of varied programming with an emphasis on excellence in the classroom and beyond. A full range of academic, co-curricular, extra-curricular, and support programs is offered to meet the needs, interests, skills, and strengths of our school’s diverse student population.” As originally published by A. Y. Jackson Secondary School
Address: 5900 Leslie St, North York, ON M2H 1J9, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3120 | Fax: (416) 395-3917 | Email: Zion@tdsb.on.ca
“Zion Heights Junior High has had a long and distinguished history of academic excellence. We pride ourselves on the diverse programs we offer to students. Zion provides special education programs including gifted and learning disabilities as well as significant support for students new to Canada who are adding English to their language repertoire. Literacy and Mathematics are the cornerstones of the school’s excellent reputation. In addition, a broad curriculum-based program is offered with significant emphasis on the arts, athletics, integrated technologies, and exploratory subjects. Numerous co-curricular and extra-curricular activities are also offered which further develops the personal and social learning skills of our students.” As originally published by Zion Heights Middle School
Address: 110 Pineway Blvd, North York, ON M2H 1A8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2760 | Fax: (416) 395-2766 | Email: Pineway@tdsb.on.ca
“Pineway Public School is a dynamic Learning Community. We strongly believe that we play a vital role, with our community partners, in fostering life-long learning and high standards for student success. Pineway embraces a levant curriculum, equity of access and opportunity, and accountability in a nurturing, engaging, and safe school environment. We believe that every child can learn and achieve success when supported in an inclusive, equitable, caring environment in partnership with home and community. The school which opened 50 years ago is situated in a largely residential (single and multiple-family dwelling) community, near Finch and Leslie in the northeast corner of the Toronto District School Board.” As originally published by Pineway Public School
Address: 1 Ness Dr, North York, ON M3A, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2900 | Fax: (416) 395-4490 | Email: Steelesview@tdsb.on.ca
“Steelesview School provides a dynamic, positive, and productive environment for all students. It is an open area concept school in which staff work collaboratively to plan and deliver classroom programs so that all students can achieve success. There is a close and co-operative partnership between the school and the community that results in additional support, enhanced resources, and programs for students. With the implementation of the Full Day Kindergarten, Steelesview P.S. has opened a before and after school childcare program, which is run by Upper Canada Child Care.” As originally published by Steelesview Public School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 1 Garnier Ct, North York, ON M2M 4C7, Canada | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Heritage International School is a private Christian school for grades 7 through 12 located in Toronto, Ontario. HIS is organized into the Junior High School (Grades 7-8) and High School (Grades 9-12). We provide a strong academic curriculum as well as Arts programs in Visual Arts, Drama (Musical Theatre), Music (Band, Orchestra), Physical Education, and extra-curricular program. We also give an environment that is friendly and conducive to learning for individuals of all ages.” As originally published by Heritage International School
Address: 280 Otonabee Ave, North York, ON M2M 2T2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5345 | Fax: 416-393-5021 | Website URL: http://stagnes.tcdsb.org
“By word and deed, the Catholic community of St. Agnes Catholic School strives to foster the Gospel values of compassion and love, of dignity and uniqueness of each individual, and of the family as the foundation of our community. By faith and prayer, we seek to create a rich Christian environment for the full development of each individual. With the example of St. Agnes as the patron saint of our school, we ask God to give us the courage to do the right thing.” As originally published by St. Agnes Catholic School
Blessed Trinity Catholic School
Address: 3205 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2M 3R7, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5289 | Fax: 416-393-5832 | Website URL: http://blessedtrinity.tcdsb.org
“Blessed Trinity Catholic School shares a strong commitment to Catholic education with students, teachers, parents, priests, and the community. Values reflect Gospel teachings, following the example of Jesus Christ. A safe and welcoming learning environment is created for all students at Blessed Trinity as well as for students from other schools who access the many specialized programs offered here.” As originally published by Blessed Trinity Catholic School
St. Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School
Address: 3379 Bayview Ave, North York, ON M2M 3S4, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5516 | Fax: 416-397-6141 | Website URL: http://stjosephmorrowpark.tcdsb.org
“As a Catholic school, we wish to continue the tradition of a Christ-centered community inspired by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Fostering in students academic excellence, the desire for lifelong learning and personal growth while inspiring them to be respectful, just, and socially responsible citizens of the world.” As originally published by St. Joseph Morrow Park Catholic Secondary School
Address: 1 Ness Dr, North York, ON M3A, Canada
“Mission de l’école Sainte-Madeleine: Amener l’enfant à s’épanouir académiquement et socialement dans un milieu de vie catholique fondé sur l’Évangile dans un contexte culturel francophone universel.” As originally published by ÉÉC Sainte-Madeleine
Address: 1 Ness Dr, North York, ON M3A, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2900 | Fax: (416) 395-4490
“À l’Ésc Monseigneur-de-Charbonnel, vous découvrirez un esprit de famille et de fraternité ainsi qu’un sens de l’accueil qui reflète nos valeurs chrétiennes. Fiers de leur identité francophone et de l’effort de leur famille et du personnel pour maintenir cet héritage, les élèves de l’école ont de multiples occasions de perfectionner cette langue et lui donner toute la place qu’elle mérite à travers de multiples activités scolaires et parascolaires, pastorales et culturelles.” As originally published by ÉSC Monseigneur-de-Charbonnel
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