The area began as a hamlet that was a popular stopover for farmers making their way to market in the city. The neighbourhood was likely named after the Bedford Park Hotel, which opened in 1873 at the southwest corner of Yonge Street and Fairlawn Avenue, just north of Lawrence Avenue. The corner now houses Sebastien patisserie.
In 1890 Bedford Park was amalgamated with the hamlets of Davisville and Eglinton to the south, and incorporated as the Town of North Toronto. In the same year, the Metropolitan Street Railway of Toronto began service to the area, encouraging residential development.
Bedford Park is bisected by Yonge Street, lying north of Lawrence Avenue and east of Avenue Road. The northern boundary is Brooke Avenue on the West side of Yonge and Snowdon Avenue to the east of Yonge. The eastern boundary is Ronan Avenue. There is also a school northeast of Yonge and Lawrence called Bedford Park Public School.
Bedford Park is a great neighborhood to raise a family because of its quiet streets, mature trees, older homes and generally welcoming vibe. It’s also super close to transit – awesome for any professional on-the-go. Bedford Park is a suburb just outside the downtown core of Toronto. It borders Lawrence Park (to the southeast) which was ranked Canada’s wealthiest neighborhood in 2011. The City of Toronto’s neighborhood definitions places most of Bedford Park, including Bedford Park Avenue in the Lawrence Park North Planning Neighborhood and the remaining western and northern portions of Bedford Park within a larger neighborhood, called Bedford Park-Nortown. The border of this larger area extends to Bathurst Street on the west, Highway 401 to the north, Hillhurst Boulevard (just north of Eglinton Avenue) to the south, and zigzags from northeast to southwest along Yonge Street and Avenue Road.
View of a residential street in Bedford Park. More than half of Bedford Park residents stated they were a third-generation Canadian or higher in the Canada 2011 Census, meaning the resident and both parents were born in Canada. 26.2% were the second generation and 20.7% were first-generation (immigrants).
The original homes in the area were constructed between 1890 and 1940. Bedford Park was conceived as a middle class housing development on the northern boundary of the city, with mid-sized detached and semi-detached homes. The relocation of the Rosedale Golf Club in 1909 to the section of the Don Valley northeast of Bedford Park brought about development of the (more moneyed) bordering neighbourhoods of Lawrence Park and Teddington Park. This has skyrocketed the property values of Bedford Park homes.
Bedford Park’s quiet streets, mature trees, good schools and parks, and proximity to Highway 401 and Lawrence subway station attract young professionals and their families to the neighborhood. Many of the original homes still stand, with a number having undergone extensive renovations. A portion of the original homes in the neighborhood has been torn down and replaced with larger, more modern homes.
The Bedford Park neighborhood is geared toward families with young children. This neighborhood has an excellent selection of public, private and catholic schools. There are many parkettes and playgrounds, a community center, a library, and convenient access to Toronto’s transit system.
Yonge and Lawrence Village is a family-centric uptown shopping destination earning its reputation as a happening, tight-knit community with a diverse offering of culture, food, and fun. If you live in the Bedford Park, Lawrence Park, Teddington Park, or Wanless Park neighborhoods these spots might not be news to you, but we want to spread the word and let people know it’s worth the trip to this neighborhood. Here’s what we’ve come up with.
Recreation & Culture
Wanless Park is the largest park in the neighborhood. It has five floodlit tennis courts, a basketball court, a baseball diamond, a tots playground, and a wading pool. Wanless Park is close to the Bedford Park Community Centre. Located at the Bedford Park Public School this Community Centre includes a gymnasium and an indoor pool.
The Woburn parkette, west of Yonge street, is a popular destination point for neighborhood parents with toddlers and preschoolers. It features a new toy playground and a wading pool. A few blocks north of the Woburn Parkette is The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre, which operates out of the Fairlawn Heights United Church. This center includes seasonal programming for residents of all ages.
The Fairlawn Neighbourhood Centre (FNC) is a unique place -offering a broad range of programming for all ages targeted to their 2500 active members. The Centre has become a hub of the community and is often the first place that new families visit when they move into the neighborhood. You can check out their programs ar www.fairlawnneighbourhoodcentre.com
The George Locke Public Library at the south-east corner of Yonge and Lawrence offers year-round programs for adults, children, and preschoolers.
Shops near the area
- Yorkdale Shopping Center – 3401 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6A 2T9, Canada | (416) 789-3261
- Lawrence Square – 700 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON M6A 3B4, Canada | (416) 256-0254
- Yonge Eglinton Centre – 2300 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 1E4, Canada | (416) 544-9687
- Esti Boutique – 1982 Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M5M 4A4, Canada | (647) 346-3784
- Canopy Blue – 2582 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4P 2J3, Canada | (416) 483-2583
- Don Valley Golf Course
- Brookdale Park
- Woburn Park
- Armour Heights Community Centre
- Bedford Parkette
- Cortleigh Parkette
- Ledbury Park
- Old Orchard Park
- Phil Givens Park
Lawrence subway station off Yonge Street is within reasonable walking distance of all the homes in this neighborhood. There is also regular bus service on Yonge Street, as well as limited service on both Avenue Road, and Mount Pleasant Road. Motorists are twenty minutes from downtown and approximately five minutes from the Yonge Street on-ramp to Highway 401.
There are four entrances to the station located in the surrounding area:
- entrance on Lawrence Avenue, west of Yonge Street, leading to the south-side mezzanine level
- entrance on Lawrence Avenue, east of Yonge Street, leading to the south-side mezzanine level
- entrance via sidewalk staircase at Bedford Park Avenue, leading to the north-side mezzanine level
- entrance via sidewalk staircase at Ranleigh Avenue, leading to the north-side mezzanine level
The south-side mezzanine leads down to the bus and subway levels. The unstaffed north-side mezzanine leads directly to the subway level.
York Mills Station is a subway station on Line 1 Yonge–University in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. It is located at 4015 Yonge Street at the intersection of Wilson Avenue and York Mills Road in the neighborhood of Hoggs Hollow.
In Bedford Park, secular English-oriented public schools are operated by the Toronto District School Board. Publicly funded English-oriented Catholic schools are operated by the Toronto Catholic District School Board. In the City of Toronto, secular French-oriented public schools are provided by Conseil scolaire Viamonde, whereas French-oriented public Catholic schools are provided by Conseil scolaire Catholique MonAvenir, although neither French school boards operate a school in Bedford Park. The following public schools are located in Bedford Park:
- John Wanless Public School – an elementary school located at Fairlawn Avenue established in 1926.
- Blessed Sacrament Catholic School – an elementary school located at Bedford Park Avenue established in 1927.
- Bedford Park Public School – an elementary school located at Ranleigh Avenue established in 1911.
Bedford Park-Nortown has also 12 Public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 10 Private schools in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 851 Mt Pleasant Rd, Toronto, ON M4P 2L5, Canada
“Welcome to one of the most exciting schools in Toronto. Although we are well recognized for our academic success, we also offer you outstanding physical education and arts programs. Our exceptional technical program meets the needs of students seeking careers in construction, robotics, and communication technology. Our list of awards and proven success in those areas is extensive. You will learn from our excellent, dedicated teachers who help prepare you for the future. We welcome students with many different learning styles and have special programs for gifted learners, students with learning disabilities and students who are deaf or hard of hearing. We are a non-semester school with 1,850 students.” As originally published by Northern Secondary School
Address: 95 Falkirk St, North York, ON M5M 4K1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2630 | Fax: (416) 395-4470 | Email: LedburyPark@tdsb.on.ca
“Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School are a Junior Kindergarten to Grade 8 school located in an economically diverse, multicultural, multifaith and multilingual community near Bathurst and Lawrence. Our school is recognized for its strong parent-school partnerships. We pride ourselves on providing all students with the knowledge, skills, and opportunity to become successful individuals. Ledbury’s staff emphasizes a comprehensive academic program with a strong focus on literacy, numeracy as well as student engagement & empowerment. Vibrant co-curricular/after school programs enhance the growth and development of our students. We are constantly improving our incorporation of IT to help our students better prepare for the future.” As originally published by Ledbury Park Elementary and Middle School
Address: 490 York Mills Rd, North York, ON M3B 1W6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3340 | Fax: (416) 395-9000 | Email: YorkMills@tdsb.on.ca
“At YMCI, there is a strong emphasis on academic achievement, student success and post-secondary preparation. The school has a long history of excellence in academics, performing and visual arts, athletics, and community involvement. We are proud to be a dual-track school offering French Immersion, Core French and Spanish. An extensive English as a Second Language program is also available. The students and staff of York Mills are proud of their school and of their culturally diverse backgrounds. Everyone works together to create a learning environment that is safe, nurturing, positive and respectful. At York Mills, the staff, parents and community partners work together to support the growth and achievement of all students.” As originally published by York Mills Collegiate Institute
Address: 116 Cornelius Pkwy, North York, ON M6L 2K5, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2000
Address: 300 Banbury Rd, North York, ON M2L 2W2, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2085
“Ayant été la première école francophone du Grand Toronto, l’École secondaire Étienne-Brûlé occupe un lieu privilégié d’éducation de langue française au sein de la population de Toronto et des environs. Nous sommes le reflet de la communauté francophone torontoise actuelle. Notre école est enrichie par la présence d’élèves et de membres du personnel qui nous arrivent des quatre coins du monde et qui travaillent dans une atmosphère de respect et de collaboration.” As originally published by ÉS Étienne-Brûlé
Address: 148 Wilson Ave, North York, ON M5M 3A5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 397-2950 | Fax: (416) 395-4464 | Email: Armour@tdsb.on.ca
“Armour Heights Public School is located on the north side of Wilson Avenue, east of Avenue Road. It first opened in 1945 and, at that time, was considered to be a state-of-the-art building. The school serves approximately 370 students and is a highly respected, progressive, academic school. Our supportive parent/guardian community, excellent staff, and motivated students are all welcome components of our community school. We are proud partners of the Canadian Forces and Toronto Cricket Skating and Curling Club. We maintain high expectations for our students by promoting active citizenship through a focus on critical thinking, character education and social responsibility.” As originally published by Armour Heights Public School
Address: 125 Chatsworth Dr, Toronto, ON M4R 1S1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9500 | Fax: (416) 393-9524 | Email: LawrencePark@tdsb.on.ca
“For over eighty years, Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute has been an important part of the North Toronto community. From the school’s inception, Lawrence Park’s teachers, students, and parents have worked together to support academic excellence. The school remains committed to providing a rich and varied program with many opportunities for students to become involved in extra-curricular clubs and activities that help develop strong leadership skills.” As originally published by Lawrence Park Collegiate Institute
Address: 130 Glengrove Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R 1P2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9400 | Fax: (416) 393-9404 | Email: JohnRossRobertson@tdsb.on.ca
“Since first opening its doors in 1921, John Ross Robertson Public School has offered stimulating academic and enrichment programs for elementary students. The school’s motto is “Learning Together”. The word Learning reflects the school’s focus on high academic standards and on helping students reach their full potential. The word Together reflects the school’s collaborative culture where students, teachers, parents, and community members work as a team. The mission of the school is “To build the best within ourselves and find the good within each other”. As originally published by John Ross Robertson Junior Public School
Address: 640 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON M6A 1B1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3303 | Fax: (416) 395-3304 | Email: JohnPolanyi@tdsb.on.ca
“John Polanyi Collegiate Institute (JPCI) opened September 2011 at 640 Lawrence Avenue West (Lawrence and Allen Road). JPCI is a semester school offering a full range of university, college, and apprenticeship programs. The facility encompasses large classrooms and workspaces ideal for effectively delivering all the programs in science biotechnology, computer-technology, professional lecture hall presentations, arts and cosmetology labs, and arts and sports performances. JPCI is committed to bringing out excellence in every student.” As originally published by John Polanyi Collegiate Institute
Address: 245 Fairlawn Ave, Toronto, ON M5M 1T2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9350 | Fax: (416) 393-0985 | Email: JohnWanless@tdsb.on.ca
“At John Wanless we maintain a strong commitment to student achievement and success. We support a safe and caring learning environment. We have a continued commitment to ongoing professional learning for staff and we encourage life-long learning. We pride ourselves in our collaborative partnerships with parents and the school community.” As originally published by John Wanless Junior Public School
Address: 401 Rosewell Ave, Toronto, ON M4R 2B5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9390 | Fax: (416) 393-9386 | Email: Glenview@tdsb.on.ca
“Glenview Senior Public School opened its doors in 1966 and is located at Avenue Road and Lawrence Ave. It is a triple-track school (English, French Immersion, Extended French) with approximately 745 grade 7 & 8 students. Technology is an integral part of learning and allows our students to acquire the necessary skills to become 21st-century learners. Glenview offers Special Education programs that include Resource Support and Home School Program. Students are engaged in a variety of general arts and technology programs (Band, Strings, General Music, Visual Arts, Dance, Drama, Family Studies, Design & Technology). We also excel in providing an exceptional physical education program that includes Aquatics and many sports teams.” As originally published by Glenview Senior Public School
Address: 131 Fenn Ave, North York, ON M2P, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3090 | Fax: (416) 395-3097 | Email: StAndrewsMiddleSchool@tdsb.on.ca
“St. Andrew’s Middle School community values tradition and excellence and have been committed to delivering quality programs for all students for more than 50 years. The highly knowledgeable staff offer a challenging, caring, and safe environment for adolescents to develop their social, emotional, and academic skills. St. Andrew’s Middle School serves as a transition between elementary and secondary school. Students’ timetables include core academic subjects as well as a choice of a wide range of exploratory subjects. St. Andrew’s MS is also proud of our High Performing Athletes’ program for elite athletes to strive for both academic and athletic excellence.” As originally published by St. Andrew’s Middle School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 2949 Bathurst Street, Toronto, ON M6B | Telephone: 416 256 7707
“Bnos Bais Yaakov was established as a High School for girls to perpetuate the goal of Sarah Schenirer, who envisioned an environment free from the influences of the outside world in which to educate her students. Bnos Bais Yaakov combines a first-class education – both in religious studies as well as in general studies – together with an exceptional extra-curricular program. This unique blend has facilitated the remarkable success of its students, providing them with the tools to become exemplary Jewish wives and mothers. If you were to ask students of Bnos Bais Yaakov what is unique about their school, the unanimous reply would be “its warmth”. Bnos Bais Yaakov prides itself on the feeling of friendship that permeates our school. Various programs connect Grades 9 through 12 with a special bond which makes them interact almost like family.” As originally published by Bnos Bais Yaakov High School
Address: 1451 Avenue Road, North York, ON M5N
“Havergal’s mission is to prepare young women to make a difference in their chosen pursuits by enabling each student to develop her full intellectual, creative, spiritual, and physical potential.” As originally published by Havergal College
Address: 210 Wilson Ave, North York, ON M5M 3B1, Canada | Telephone: 416-484-9494 | Fax: 416-484-6011 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Glen Briar Academy is more than just a school; it is an accommodating and inclusive safe space for children to confidently push their boundaries, make mistakes, and learn. All learning spaces are equipped with purposeful manipulatives, varied resources and engaging technology that allows trained and certified teachers to individualize the learning experience for each and every student. Our small class sizes host whole group and one on one instruction, differentiated teaching and assessment, allowing every child to succeed. Come in for a visit, and see what a difference GBA can make in the academic and socio-emotional development of your child.” As originally published by Glen Briar Academy
Address: 77 Glen Rush Boulevard, Toronto, ON M5N | Telephone: 416 787 1101 | Fax: 416 787 9044 | Email: email@example.com
“Yeshiva Yesodei HaTorah has served the Jewish community for over six decades and we are now proudly entering our seventh decade where mass Jewish education does not exist and every Jewish child shines. Thousands of Jewish children have passed through the doorway of this Yeshiva in the pursuit of their excellence. They have become some of the greatest leaders and professionals across the globe today in every major Jewish community. It is a heritage that reflects our belief that every Jewish child is unique, a world of their own. We welcome you to be a part of this honored tradition, this dedication to the individual learning experience, and our commitment to your child.” As originally published by Yeshiva Yesodei HaTorah
Address: 1650 Avenue Road, North York, ON M5M | Telephone: (647) 352-6060 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“We founded AVRO Academy in 2010 to provide individualized high school education to youth looking to be engaged in their learning. Youth who want to find their way, and engage using their own strengths. We recognize that each student learns through a unique combination of support, structure and guidance.” As originally published by AVRO Academy
Address: 410 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON M5M 1C2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 787-4949 | Fax: (416) 787-0453 | Email: email@example.com
“Beth Jacob Private School is Orthodox girls high school grades 9-12 offering a Hebrew and English curriculum. The school also runs seminary to prepare aspiring teachers for Jewish schools, Torah U’mesorah certification and a two-year program focusing on the development of professionalism and enthusiasm in teaching.” As originally published by Beth Jacob Private School
Address: 475 Lawrence Ave W, North York, ON M5M 1C6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 782-8912 | Fax: (416) 787-8517 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Orthodox boys school, grades 8-12 with emphasis on Talmudic studies. Approximately 75 students.” As originally published by Yeshivas Nachalas ZVI
“Our mission at Forest Hill Montessori School is to empower children to reach their fullest potential as confident, creative, and compassionate young people and to joyfully cultivate a genuine desire for life-long learning. By providing an intellectually stimulating and developmentally appropriate learning environment, we engage young minds, create opportunities for them to find their passion, and become ethical and responsible contributors to their local and global communities. We pride ourselves on being a uniquely warm and nurturing school community, which enhances each child’s learning experience. We recognize and embrace the importance of community, cooperation, kindness, and the acceptance of each person as a unique individual.” As originally published by Forest Hill Montessori School – The Clover School
“Established in Toronto as a leading independent school, Bannockburn provides a Montessori learning environment and experience carefully developed to meet the needs of children during the crucial formative years. Bannockburn School is recognized for its commitment to the highest standard of Montessori education, enabling each child to unlock his or her full potential.” As originally published by Bannockburn School
Address: 125 Glenmount Ave, North York, ON M6B 3C2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5265 | Fax:
Address: 30 Thistle Down Boulevard, Toronto, ON M9V 1H8
Address: 110 Drewry Ave, North York, ON M2M 1C8, Canada
Address: 101 Mason Blvd, North York, ON M5M 3E2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5510 | Fax: 416-397-6137
“Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School carries on a century-old tradition of excellence in education for young women. Our girls are distinguished by their exceptional confidence, imagination, compassion, leadership, and high aspirations. Our program is guided by our enduring values of excellence, creativity, diversity, social justice, and spirituality. We encourage our students to excel at academics and to excel at pursuits outside the classroom.” As originally published by Loretto Abbey Catholic Secondary School
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