The Wallace Emerson neighborhood owes its development to the Canadian Pacific and Canadian National railway lines which began freight services to this area in the late 1800s. The railways attracted industries to the Wallace Emerson area which in turn led to the residential development of what historically has been a working-class neighborhood. Wallace Emerson did not become a clearly defined neighborhood until 1970. In fact, city planners identified it only for the sake of convenience, making reference to the two major cross-streets – Wallace and Emerson – that intersect the middle of this Toronto neighborhood.
Wallace Emerson is a mixed-use residential and industrial area. This is a neighborhood in transition, however, as former industrial land continues to be converted to non-industrial use. Ultimately, these changes are strengthening the residential character and the desirability of the Wallace Emerson neighborhood.
The modest size brick houses in this neighborhood were built in the late 1800s and early 1900s. They include a mix of detached and semi-detached houses. Wallace Emerson’s narrow streets and narrow lots are supported by an extensive network of laneways that provide additional parking options for area residents.
The Bloordale Village Business Improvement Area holds a major community street festival in July called Big On Bloor which showcases the eclectic mix of international restaurants and artists that proliferate in this area. The Dufferin Mall at Bloor and Dufferin Streets, and the Galleria Shopping Centre located on the south-east corner of Dufferin and Dupont Streets, both include department stores, small retail shops, and medical and dental offices. Together these two shopping centers provide a strong shopping base for Wallace Emerson residents. Street shopping is also available at the intersections of Wallace and Landsdowne Avenues, and at the recently revitalized Dufferin and Dupont area. There are also a fair number of variety stores that are conveniently dispersed throughout this neighborhood.
Parks, Recreation & Culture..
The main recreational facility in this neighborhood is Dovercourt Park. This park is six acres in size and features, a children’s playground, a wading pool, two tennis courts, a baseball diamond, sports fields, and natural ice rinks in the winter. Dovercourt Park is also the home of the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club, for children ages seven through seventeen. This club is open year-round and includes a small gymnasium, a pool, game rooms, an arts and crafts room, and two computer rooms. Christie Pitts Park (pool, baseball diamond, skating rink) and Dufferin Grove Park (fire pits, soccer fields, skating rink) are also very popular neighborhood recreational destinations.
The Bloor Gladstone branch of the Toronto Public Library offers programs for both children and adults.
While You’re Here Check Out: Dufferin Mall
The Wallace Emerson Community Centre is located off Dufferin Street, south of Dupont Street. This modern facility includes an indoor swimming pool, a gymnasium, a games room, a large children’s playground, and an active seniors lounge. Wallace Emerson Park located next to the community center features four floodlit tennis courts, and a twinning surface artificial ice rink that offers pleasure skating, permit hockey, shinny hockey, learn to skate programs, and ice hockey house league, and parent and children skating programs. The Bloor/Gladstone Public Library, on Bloor Street east of Dufferin Street, offers programs for adults and children.
Shops and Restaurant
Rush Hour Restaurant (438 Dufferin St, Toronto, CA-ON | For Reservations Or Delivery Please Call: (416) 533-4687) – The Rush Hour Restaurant is the perfect place for a romantic dinner rendezvous. Serving Mediterranean and Portuguese fares, utilizing local seasonal ingredients to enhance every dish.
Hello Darling (827 Lansdowne Ave., Toronto, CA-ON | For Reservations Or For More Information Please Call: (416) 516-9878) – The Hello Darling is a delightful brunch spot that has a huge menu to choose from and has a very welcoming and friendly atmosphere! Hello Darling is located at Lansdowne and Wallace.
Field Trip Cafe – (3 Westmoreland Ave., Toronto, CA-ON | For More Information Please Call: (416) 623-7752) – The Field Trip Cafe is a bright and sunny coffee shop that serves baked goods, sandwiches, craft beer, and more – with the option of dining inside and out on the patio. Field Trip Cafe is located on Ossington and Bloor.
The Wallace Emerson neighborhood is very well served by public transit, with every home in the neighborhood being located within a few minute’s walk of a public transit line. The Bloor-Danforth subway has stations at Dufferin and at Lansdowne. There is also bus routes along Dufferin and Dupont Streets, as well as Lansdowne Avenue.
Dovercourt-Wallace Emerson-Junction has 13 Public schools, 10 Catholic schools, in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 991 St Clair Ave W, Toronto, ON M6E 1A3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1780 | Fax: (416) 393-8169 | Email: Oakwood@tdsb.on.ca
“Oakwood has been a place of excellence for 107 years. We are proud of our tradition and our commitment to students, parents, and staff. Oakwood offers Extended French and a Specialist High Skills Major in both Arts and Culture and in Sports. We are a “Triple-A” school — we provide outstanding curricular and co-curricular programs in Academics, Athletics and the Arts, and our music, drama, visual arts, dance and athletic programs are highly regarded.” As originally published by Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Address: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1633 | Fax: (416) 393-1631 | Email:WestPreparatory@tdsb.on.ca
“L’école secondaire Toronto Ouest continue de bâtir un milieu d’apprentissage franchement exemplaire. Ce milieu diversifié, inclusif et sécuritaire offre à ses élèves des programmes d’excellence en sciences, mathématiques, langues, études sociales et arts. De nombreux clubs et activités socioculturelles et sportives viennent agrémenter le quotidien de nos élèves, leur permettant de joindre l’utile à l’agréable. Fondés sur des valeurs d’excellence, d’engagement et de dépassement de soi, l’enseignement et l’encadrement offerts à nos élèves leur permettent « de voir un avenir à la hauteur de leur vision où les choix de carrières sont guidés par leurs passions et qui offre la possibilité et les ressources nécessaires à leur réalisation.” As originally published by ÉS Toronto Ouest
Address: 65 Grace St, Toronto, ON M6J 2S4, Canada | Telephone: 416 603-6062
“Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir environ 360 élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année dans un milieu sécuritaire où il fait bon apprendre. À l’école élémentaire Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau, nous préconisons le développement global de l’enfant en mettant l’accent sur la pensée critique, la curiosité intellectuelle et l’imagination. Nous désirons outiller les enfants pour qu’ils prennent leur place dans un monde en évolution afin de devenir des citoyens engagés.” As originally published by É Élém Pierre-Elliott-Trudeau
Address: 55 Pelham Ave, Toronto, ON M6N 1A5, Canada | Telephone: 416 651-4630
“La communauté de Charles-Sauriol est accompagnée par un personnel enseignant dynamique et dévoué ainsi que des parents très impliqués et prêts à soutenir le développement des enfants. Une étroite collaboration entre le milieu scolaire, la famille et la communauté est essentielle à la réussite de tous les élèves. Le personnel de l’école a à cœur le bien-être de tous les élèves. La différentiation pédagogique, les projets touchant divers intérêts, l’enfance en difficulté, le programme d’Actualisation linguistique du français (ALF) et le programme d’aide pour les nouveaux arrivants (PANA) sont le pivot de l’enseignement à l’école Charles-Sauriol.” As originally published by É Élém Charles-Sauriol
Address: 93 Margueretta St, Toronto, ON M6H 3S4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9245 | Fax: School Fax(416) 393-9247 | Email: Brock@tdsb.on.ca
“Brock Public School located near College and Dufferin was founded in 1887. Our talented and dedicated staff work co-operatively to nurture excellence, responsibility, teamwork and joy through learning. Staff provide a broad range of activities including music, visual arts, drama and sports. Students are encouraged to practice teamwork while having fun and keeping fit as they learn about themselves, about each other and the world in which they live. Brock is an arts focused, ECO certified school with walls that are covered with student art. Our Rooftop Garden engages students with the natural world in a hands-on ecological learning environment.” As originally published by Brock Public School
Address: 1141 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M6H 1N1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1420 | Fax: (416) 393-1424 | Email: Bloor@tdsb.on.ca
“Bloor Collegiate Institute, established in 1925, has a long tradition of scholarship and post-secondary success for our many graduates. While small enough to be comfortable, Bloor C.I. offers a full range of courses. Grade 9 students choose from a unique selection of options including a course in skills for success in high school and courses in computer arts, business, and music. We offer a variety of enrichment opportunities. Our partnership with the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics brings cutting edge modern physics into our science classrooms. Opportunities for senior students include an in-school University of Toronto course (Sociology 101) and mathematics lectures at the University of Toronto.” As originally published by Bloor Collegiate Institute
Address: 228 Bartlett Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3G4, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9220 | Fax: (416) 393-9222 | Email: Dovercourt@tdsb.on.ca
“Dovercourt strives to achieve an active, creative learning experience for students. We are committed to preserving and improving the environment through local and global initiatives. We believe that successful students learn through the arts, physical education, and the expectation of academic excellence. By promoting respect and good citizenship, we embrace the strength and diversity of our school, enabling all students to reach their full potential.” As originally published by Dovercourt Public School
Address: 50 Essex St, Toronto, ON M6G 1T3, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-0717 | Fax: (416) 393-0721 | Email: Essex@tdsb.on.ca
“In 1989 Essex Senior School and Christie Junior School were twinned and became Essex Jr. and Sr. Public School. The school was built in 1964. Essex is located north of Bloor Street and west of Christie Street. It is a JK to Grade 8 school with full rotary in Grades 7 and 8.” As originally published by Essex Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 286 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M6G 1G5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1650 | Fax: (416) 393-0654 | Email: Harbord@tdsb.on.ca
“Since 1892, Harbord Collegiate Institute has had a long tradition of academic excellence and a faculty committed to preparing students well for postsecondary studies and for their role as responsible and productive members of our society. The school has a current enrolment of 1100+ students and a staff of over 95. Harbord offers many university and college preparation courses leading to a wide range of postsecondary destinations. Our focus on social justice, equity, and the environment set the framework for a dynamic education. More than one-third of our teachers and support staff speak multiple languages, reflecting Toronto’s rich diversity. Staff and students work together to promote a safe and nurturing environment.” As originally published by Harbord Collegiate Institute
Address: 101 Winona Dr, Toronto, ON M6G 3S8, Canada | Telephone: School Phone(416) 393-1680 | Fax: (416) 393-1672 | Email: Winona@tdsb.on.ca
“Winona Drive Public School is located south of St. Clair Avenue West between Bathurst and Dufferin streets. The building was constructed in 1959 as a fourth addition to McMurrich Junior Public School. Although McMurrich and Winona are physically joined, they are separate in terms of administration, teaching staff, and grades/programs offered. Winona Drive Senior Public School strives to provide excellence in education for the young adolescent. Through partnership with the home, our staff provide opportunities for our students to learn and grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Students have clearly outlined responsibilities which accompany their rights. We have expectations of them, and for them, both in the classroom and beyond.” As originally published by Winona Drive Senior Public School
Address: 95 Regal Rd, Toronto, ON M6H 2J6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1390 | Fax: (416) 393-1392 | Email: Regal@tdsb.on.ca
“The mission of Regal Road Public School is to strive for equity and excellence for all students in partnership with the community. Regal Road Public School is situated on the northeast corner of Davenport Road and Dufferin Street. It is a dynamic dual-track school with an enrolment of approximately 550 students. Our students represent diverse ethnocultural and family backgrounds. While two-thirds of the students speak English at home, over 45 language groups are represented.“ As originally published by Regal Road Junior Public School
Address: 100 Pauline Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3M8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9360 | Fax: (416) 393-9355 | Email: Pauline@tdsb.on.ca
“Celebrating its 100th birthday in 2014, Pauline Junior Public School is a community school located near the corner of Bloor and Dufferin. Pauline Junior Public School offers a comprehensive program for students in Junior Kindergarten to Grade 6. Our talented and dedicated staff strive to meet the academic, emotional, physical and social needs of our students. We work hard to ensure that there is a climate of respect, that diversity is honored, and that children are encouraged to be curious, creative and responsible. Pauline Jr offers an extended-day program from 8:35 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The additional 30 minutes per day allows students in Grades 1-6 to study either African Heritage or one of 3 International Languages.” As originally published by Pauline Junior Public School
Address: 14 Ruskin Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 3P8, Canada| Telephone: (416) 393-1410 | Fax: (416) 393-1403 | Email: Perth@tdsb.on.ca
“Committed to excellence since 1889, Perth Avenue Public School is located in the Dupont/Symington area. Perth is a vibrant inner city community of many languages, cultures and religions. The school community serves approximately 250 students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 in Early French Immersion Programming as well as regular English programming. Perth Avenue Public School has developed partnerships with many community organizations such as the Dovercourt Boys and Girls Club and the Davenport Ontario Early Years Centre as well as the Perth Learning Enrichment Foundation, an onsite child care centre for children ages 2 1/2 to 10 years old.” As originally published by Perth Avenue Junior Public School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE 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: 130 Shanly St, Toronto, ON M6H 1L9, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5210 | Fax: 416-393-5793
“St. Anthony Catholic School is a warm, welcoming and safe community facility that is steeped in respect, dignity, empathy and compassion. Our staff members care deeply about each student and about their accomplishments and growth. St. Anthony is a learning community where all members encourage and exhibit a love of learning. We work very closely with the St. Anthony parish community.” As originally published by St. Anthony Catholic School
Address: 2 Ruskin Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 3P8, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5370 | Fax: 416-393-5480
“St. Luigi Catholic School is a community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions. Our Mission is to educate our young people to their full potential by integrating Catholic beliefs, academic, and technical instruction in the total learning experience for our most prized possession, our students.” As originally published by St. Luigi Catholic School
Address: 717 Brock Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3P1, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5354 | Fax: 416-393-5836
“Since its earliest years, St. Sebastian has offered its students the International Language Program, a program which develops and instills pride in one’s ancestry and culture. In fact, St. Sebastian was the first school to administer an International Language program, initially funded by the Italian Consulate and then by the Ministry of Multiculturalism. The school proudly celebrated its 25th anniversary in May 2005. Throughout its years, St. Sebastian has consistently striven to provide a well-balanced, solid education to its students and meet the needs of the Catholic children in the area.” As originally published by St. Sebastian Catholic 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: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-1633 | Fax: (416) 393-1631 | Email:
“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: 35 W Deane Park Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9B 2R5, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5413 | Fax: 416-397-6044
“Through a balanced curriculum based on sound academics, the arts and co-curricular activities Josyf Cardinal Slipyj Catholic School operates under the direction of the Toronto Catholic District School Board. In a Catholic environment enriched by our Eastern Rite traditions, a wide variety of programs and opportunities meet the diversified needs of our student population.” As originally published by Josyf Cardinal Slipyj Catholic School
Address: 178 Edwin Ave, Toronto, ON M6P 3Z9, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5216 | Fax:
“St. Rita strives to be a safe, caring, nurturing environment with high expectations of all our students. St. Rita believes each student can reach their full potential spiritually, academically, physically and emotionally in an environment that fosters and celebrates our Catholic identity. The Good News of the gospel and our Catholic traditions are modeled and integrated into the whole learning experience.” As originally published by St. Rita Catholic School
Address: 1477 Dufferin St, Toronto, ON M6H 4C7, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5228 | Fax: 416-393-5812
“In a school community formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions, the mission of St. Mary of the Angels, in harmony with the mission of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, is to educate students to their full potential. This is achieved by providing a safe and welcoming learning environment that is an example of a Christian community, by the integration of Gospel Values into the total learning experience and by providing continual feedback on student progress. We seek to provide a Catholic education that will enable our students to become responsible, self-discipline, life-long learners and members of a caring local and global community.” As originally published by St. Mary of the Angels Catholic School
Address: 125 La Rose Ave, Etobicoke, ON M9P 1A6, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5384 | Fax: 416-393-5087
“Our school’s mission is to offer our students a rich spiritual, academic and cultural formation in the light of the Gospel values, challenging them to achieve excellence in a stimulating, culturally rich, community-based and welcoming environment. Together with the Catholic School Advisory Council, the School strives to provide our students with the most current educational and technological resources available to us through the Ministry of Education and the School Board to enhance their learning opportunities.” As originally published by St. Demetrius Catholic School
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