The Quietest Residential Neighborhood.
This quiet residential area began as a farming hamlet in the early 1800s. Originally the area was known as Dublin Heights, after Dublin Farm which was located near Sheppard Avenue and Dufferin Street. Dublin Farm was owned by William Duncan, who emigrated to Canada from Ireland in 1827 and paid $3.50 an acre for his 200-acre farm. William Duncan had a significant impact on the growth of Dublin Heights. He personally oversaw the building of Dublin Heights’ first school and hired the first schoolmaster. Duncan also served as a highly respected Justice of the Peace for York Township.
The Watson family, also from Ireland, opened the first general store and post office in Dublin Heights in 1854. This post office was originally called “Carronbrook,” however that name was changed in 1878 to “Dublin” in recognition of William Duncan and his landmark “Dublin” farm. The Dublin post office was closed in 1955 when the present-day neighborhood was being developed. The only tangible reminder of the history of Dublin Heights is the cornerstone from the circa 1872 Dublin Schoolhouse. This cornerstone is mounted on the main entrance wall of the present-day Dublin Heights School, located on Bainbridge Avenue.
Clanton Park is the larger neighborhood encompassing the Downsview Airport and Downsview Park. Starting at Keele Street to the west, the border moves up north to Sheppard Avenue west as it maneuvers around Downsview Park. Carry on to Bathurst street to the east, and follow it down to Highway 401 for the southern border, which careens back up to Wilson Heights at Dufferin Road.
It is a quiet neighborhood located in the north-central part of Toronto. The large Jewish population revolves around the many Jewish cultural and learning centers as well as Synagogues situated throughout this neighborhood. There are also many families of Italian heritage in this neighborhood whose children attend St. Robert Separate School on Sheppard Avenue. In addition to excellent public and separate schools, the Bathurst Manor and Clanton Park Neighbourhood also includes six local parks, two greenbelts, two hospitals, a community center, a local bus service, and close proximity to Toronto’s commuter highways.
More residents listing English as their Home Language outpaced overall neighborhood growth by 22.2 percent. Meanwhile, the number of people in Clanton Park listing Russian and Italian as Home Languages has decreased by 12.7 percent and 27.3 percent, respectively.
Tagalog (Pilipino, Filipino) remains the most common non-official language with 11.7 percent of residents noting it as their Mother Tongue.
The majority of Dublin houses were built in the late 1950’s and the 1960’s. The mix of housing in this neighbourhood includes ranch style bungalows, split-level and semi-detached homes, townhouses, and contemporary style houses. Dublin’s housing stock is situated on suburban size lots with an average of fifty to sixty foot frontages.
The Balmoral subdivision located at Faywood and Joel Swirsky Boulevards is a nice collection of newer custom built homes with smart looking stone and brick exteriors. The entrance to this exclusive subdivision is marked by a stone pillar gateway at Faywood Boulevard.
Clanton Park was once a part of the Jewish community’s northern migration from the city center. There are many synagogues, including Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform, whose congregations mingle amiably despite their differing traditions. Kosher options can be found even in large chain restaurants, and local bakers specialize in Montreal-, New York- or Toronto-style bagels.
The Filipino community has overtaken the Jewish community as the largest ethnicity in Clanton Park, although since many are recent immigrants to Canada, they occupy more modest housing. Tagalog is commonly heard on the street, as it is the mother tongue for nearly half of the residents. Italian- and Polish-Canadians appear in lesser numbers but have been part of the community for a long time.
The strip shopping plazas that line Wilson and Sheppard Avenues feature a large variety of food stores, restaurants, beauty salons, fashion wear, convenience stores and professional offices. The Jewish food shops are known for their pita, chalah and rye breads, montreal-style bagels, smoked fish, and prepared foods. The Filipino food shops carry various exotic delicacies such as imported noodles and rices, coconut milk, and an assortment of dried fish including herring, anchovies and squid.
For a community that is encircled by major roadways, Clanton Park has quite a walking community. While large roads border the area, quiet residential streets allow children to walk to school and adults to walk to work or worship. Industrial parks and strip-malls contain the area and local foot traffic. People are very familiar with their local restaurants, and each ethnic group appreciates the other’s contributions to the ever-changing community.
Parks, Recreation & Culture
There are many cultural centers, places of learning, and worship for all branches of Judaism. Catholic schools that originally served the Italian community are meeting the needs of the Filipino community as well. Downsview Park is a great draw for day-trippers, as is Downsview Airport. There are three large grocers within or near the area and a large kosher grocer just to the south on Bathurst.
The North York Centennial Centre, located at 580 Finch Avenue West features a popular ice arena that is used for figure and pleasure skating and hockey programs. In the summer this rink is used for in-line skating.
The Irving Chapley Community Centre is located in Wilmington Park off Wilmington Avenue. This community center features a tot’s play area, meeting rooms, and an outdoor pool and water play area. Wilmington Park, located next to the community center features tennis courts and a baseball diamond.
It offers programs for various age groups. Space is used by various community groups as well as some city implemented fitness, chess & keyboard programs. This facility is surrounded by a wonderful outdoor green space that is enhanced by tennis courts, basketball courts, ball hockey courts, bocce courts, a softball diamond, playground and plenty of open grass space.
The Bathurst Jewish Centre at 4588 Bathurst Street is a multi-purpose facility with 5000 square feet of state-of-the-art cardiovascular conditioning equipment, 50 fitness classes a week, indoor and outdoor pools, weight training, indoor and outdoor track, tennis, basketball, and a myriad of children’s and adults programs. This center is also the home of the Leah Posluns Theatre and the Koffler Gallery.
The Forest Valley Outdoor Education Centre located at 60 Blue Forest Drive is operated by the Toronto School Board. This center is located in a wilderness setting in the West Don River Valley and provides schoolchildren with an opportunity to explore and to learn about Toronto’s natural habitat.
Bus service in the interior of this neighbourhood along Wilmington Avenue and Faywood Boulevard connects passengers to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line. The Wilson Heights, Wilson Avenue, Sheppard Avenue and Finch Avenue buses also connect to stations on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.
Bathurst Street is the main arterial roadway serving this neighbourhood. It provides motorists with a direct route downtown and also provides southbound commuters with access to Highway 401.
Clanton Park has 10 Public schools, 5 Catholic schools, and 5 Private schools in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 20 Tillplain Rd, North York, ON M3H 5R2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3330 | Fax: (416) 395-4453 |Email: WilliamLyonMackenzie@tdsb.on.ca
“W. L. Mackenzie C. I. offers a longstanding tradition of academic excellence, co-curricular activity, and community involvement, along with a focus on student success and equity. A caring and professional staff co-ordinate programs that respond to a diversity of student needs and interests in a safe, challenging, and welcoming environment. Vibrant student, athletic, music, and leadership councils ensure that a variety of activities provide opportunities for student involvement and leadership. Our MaCS Program offers Enriched courses in Mathematics, Science, Computer Technology, English, and Geography. Our goal is to ensure that all students acquire the skills needed to meet the challenges of a rapidly changing world.” As originally published by William Lyon Mackenzie Collegiate Institute
Address: 20 Tillplain Rd, North York, ON M3H 5R2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3330 | Fax: (416) 395-4453 |Email: WilliamLyonMackenzie@tdsb.on.ca
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: 100 Bainbridge Ave, North York, ON M3H 2K2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2360 | Fax: (416) 395-4214 | Email: Dublin@tdsb.on.ca
“Dublin Heights has a proud tradition, going back to 1823, of educating young people in the Bathurst/Sheppard community. Our over 700 students represent over 20 language groups. Russian is the predominant first language among our English as a second language students. Almost one-half of our students speak English as a second language. Dublin Heights hosts special education programs, including Grades 7 and 8 Gifted programs, a Physical Needs program, and Grades 5-8 Deaf and Hard of Hearing District-wide programs. Students are integrated into regular classes and resource support is provided as required by available support staff.” As originally published by Dublin Heights Elementary and Middle School
Address: 44 Ancaster Rd, North York, ON M3K 1S6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2010 | Fax: (416) 394-2014 | Email: Ancaster@tdsb.on.ca
“Ancaster Public School first opened as a temporary school in 1953 for students from kindergarten to grade 8. The current school was expanded and built in 1957 and officially opened on April 28, 1958. The school is located west of Dufferin Street and north of Wilson Avenue. Ancaster Public School houses over 100 students representing approximately 18 different language groups. Our goal is to provide a well-balanced academic, athletic and social programs. With updated technology, students are provided the tools and understanding required for academic and career success and lifelong learning. Preparing our students with the required skills to adapt to an ever-changing world in a climate that is safe, respectful, and caring is our priority.” As originally published by Ancaster Public School
Address: 50 Highland Hill, North York, ON M6A 2R1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2620 | Fax: (416) 395-4950 | Email: LawrenceHeights@tdsb.on.ca
“Lawrence Heights Middle School is an exciting place to be and a great place to learn. We offer a comprehensive curriculum with a strong focus on core language arts and mathematics subjects as well as an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), the arts including drama, dance, visual arts, instrumental music, and health/physical education. Technology is integrated into the teaching and learning environment.” As originally published by Lawrence Heights Middle School
Address: 116 Cornelius Pkwy, North York, ON M6L 2K5, Canada | Telephone: 416 397-2000
Address: 95 Faywood Blvd, North York, ON M3H 1Z8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-2390 | Fax: (416) 395-2393 | Email: Faywood@tdsb.on.ca
“Faywood Arts-Based Curriculum (ABC) School is a school with a difference. It provides a broad and challenging academic program in the context of an arts-based curriculum. We believe that arts-related learning experiences make learning more effective and satisfying for children regardless of talent. Our belief is that knowledge of music, dance, drama, and visual arts contribute significantly to the development of truly literate persons. The arts are central to our school’s program planning and implementation and wherever possible and practical, the arts are used in teaching and reinforcing skills and concepts in other subjects. In addition, the students benefit from a highly enriched arts program.”
As originally published by Faywood Arts-Based Curriculum 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: 1270 Wilson Ave, North York, ON M3M 1H5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 395-3070 | Fax: (416) 395-4494 | Email: PierreLaporte@tdsb.on.ca
“Pierre Laporte Middle School is located on Wilson Avenue between Keele and Jane Streets. The school was built in 1973 in memory of Pierre Laporte, a former cabinet minister of the Quebec government. Pierre Laporte MS currently serves approximately 400 students in a multiracial, multicultural environment. We are a regional center for students in Gifted and Behavioral programs. As well, we welcome approximately 30 students a year into our English as a Second Language program. At Pierre Laporte MS, teachers focus on ensuring that each student reaches his or her maximum potential. We work to produce confident students with strong academic and social skills.” As originally published by Pierre Laporte Middle School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
“The Toronto Heschel School was founded in 1996 by experienced and specialized educators who chose Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel as the religious and philosophical inspiration of the school, to impart to the children the spirit of awe, thanksgiving and wonder. At The Toronto Heschel School, we approach your child’s growth as a whole: intellectual, creative, social, ethical and physical. Our community is inclusive and respectful of all Jewish practices. At Heschel, the whole curriculum is integrated which promotes a deeper understanding of the content and allows children to apply their learning across all disciplines. Our students are encouraged to think about global issues and also to act. The Toronto Heschel School is committed to environmental education and stewardship and we are proud to be the first Jewish Day School in Ontario to reach Platinum EcoSchool status.” As originally published by Toronto Heschel School
Address: 44 Champlain Blvd, North York, ON M3H 2Z1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 633-6332 | Fax: (416) 633-6704 | Email: email@example.com
“Orthodox, Chassidic day school for boys from J.K. to grade 8.” As originally published by Yeshiva Bnei Zion of Toronto
Address: 18 Champlain Blvd, North York, ON M3H 2Z1, Canada | Telephone: 416 782-7974 | Fax: 416 782-7811
“Yeshiva Darchei Torah is a wonderful Yeshiva which provides excellence in Limudai Kodesh and Limudai Chol. We offer a low student to Rebbi Ratio. We strive to meet the needs of every Talmid who attends our school. Over 95% of our graduates have been accepted into Universities. All of our alumni have deferred their acceptance to Universities to continue their learning in Yeshiva’s in Israel. Following Yeshiva learning our Alumni are continuing their learning in Yeshiva’s in North America and pursuing Medical, Law and Business degrees at Universities.” As originally published by Yeshiva Darchei Torah Private High School
Address: 159 Almore Ave, North York, ON M3H 2H9, Canada | Telephone: 416-630-6772 | Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Yeshivat Bnei Akiva Or Chaim, the boys’ division, was founded in 1973, and Ulpanat Orot Girls’ High School, was established in 1975. Both schools seek to provide the Jewish community of Toronto with educational institutions that emphasizes excellence in both Judaic and general studies, a commitment to religious growth, and a close attachment to the language, land and people of the modern state of Israel. There are currently 210 students enrolled at the separate campuses.” As originally published by Bnei Akiva Schools – Yeshivat Or Chaim
Address: 55 Yeomans Road, Toronto, ON M3H | Telephone: (416) 784-5071 ext.1 | Fax: 416-784-2049
“The Montessori Jewish Day School will inspire a lifetime love and excitement for learning in an environment that fosters a respect for oneself, for the community and for the world. Montessori Jewish Day School is an inclusive, pluralistic, egalitarian school dedicated to instilling respect for the individual and for the community. MJDS provides an engaging Jewish educational experience that embraces the diversity of Jewish practice, integrates Hebrew, and responds to a child’s natural search for spiritual and intellectual growth. MJDS educates its students toward becoming knowledgeable and committed Jews and responsible citizens who love Judaism, Jewish culture and Israel.” As originally published by Montessori Jewish Day School
Address: 60 Maniza Rd, North York, ON M3K 1K8, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5309 | Fax: 416-393-5187
“St. Norbert Catholic School is dedicated to excellence in education and to the spiritual, intellectual, emotional and physical development of the whole child within the framework of Gospel values, in the tradition of the Catholic Church.” As originally published by St. Norbert Catholic School
Address: 30 Thistle Down Boulevard, Toronto, ON M9V 1H8
“En 1964, une entité francophone prenait forme dans une école anglaise pour les secteurs Étobicoke de North York. Il faudra attendre jusqu’en 1976 avant que tous les intervenants scolaires ne réalisent leur grand rêve: la construction de la première école française catholique desservant la clientèle de l’ouest de la ville de Toronto. Depuis, des milliers d’élèves ont fréquenté notre école, répondant ainsi aux besoins des parents qui sont venus chercher chez nous une éducation reposant sur les caractéristiques essentielles telles la foi chrétienne et la fierté de la langue française.” As originally published by ÉÉC Saint-Noël-Chabanel-Toronto
Address: 110 Drewry Ave, North York, ON M2M 1C8, Canada
“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
Address: 70 Bainbridge Ave, North York, ON M3H 2K2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5297 | Fax: 416-393-5898
“St. Robert Catholic School provides a learning environment wherein Gospel values and Catholic teachings and beliefs are integral to the daily life of the school. As a school community we help each student develop a deep personal relationship with Christ so that it manifests itself in the student’s interactions with others.” As originally published by St. Robert Catholic School
Address: 85 Carmichael Ave, North York, ON M5M 2X1, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5249 | Fax: 416-393-5111
“We are committed to providing all of our students an education rooted in our Catholic faith and values, sensitive to social and emotional needs and focused on academic excellence.” As originally published by St. Margaret Catholic School
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