The land on which the Markland Wood neighborhood is built was originally granted to John Silverthorn in 1810. Silverthorn was an experienced millwright and immediately built a sawmill and a grist mill on the banks of the Etobicoke River skirting his property.
The Silverthorn Mills were the focal point of this community as local farmers brought their grain to the grist mill to be ground into flour and their logs to the saw mill to be cut into lumber. The present day “Mill Road” was a shortcut used by the farmers on their way to the mills.
The Silverthorn Mills operated until 1870 when the water flow in the Etobicoke River decreased to the point where it could no longer power the mills. The Silverthorn family then turned their attention to farming. They proved to be as adept at farming as they were at milling, and even sold tomatoes from their farm to the nearby Campbell Soup Company.
The Silverthorn family saw the city at their doorstep when they decided to sell their farm to developer Mark Cavotti in 1958. Cavotti’s associates honoured him by naming this development Markland Wood. Thus a neighbourhood was born.
The Markland Home Association is one of the strongest ratepayers associations in Toronto. There are approximately one thousand two hundred homes in Markland Wood and 85 to 90% of the homeowners support their residents association.
The Markland Homes Association organizes and promotes many worthwhile endeavours including the annual Christmas Caravan, All Candidates Nights meetings, and a scholarship program for residents of Markland Wood who are going on to University. The Markland Home Association also publishes a monthly newsletter called the “Marklander,” which keeps residents informed about the goings on in their neighbourhood.
The Markland Wood Plaza is located at the southwest corner of Bloor Street and Mill Road. This local shopping plaza is anchored by a national supermarket and a McDonalds’ restaurant that was specially designed with input from the Markland Homes Association. This shopping plaza also has a drug store, dry cleaner, pastry shop, bank, hairstylist, flower shop, and a veterinarian clinic.
The Burnhamthorpe Mall, located at 666 Burnhamthorpe Drive, features a popular food market, a post office, a pet store, medical and dental clinics and a family restaurant.
The Markland Wood housing stock was built between 1960 and 1962. These houses consist of detached two-story Georgian and Regency revival designs mixed in with contemporary bungalow and split-level designed houses.
Markland Wood houses are situated on good size lots with private driveways and double garages. There are many mature trees surrounding these properties and some of the backyards even contain apple trees from the old Silverthorn farm. The houses on Markland Drive back onto the Markland Wood Country Club and the Etobicoke River Valley.
The Bloordale Community School, located at 10 Toledo Road, offers a myriad of programs for children as well as adults. The adjoining Bloordale Park is the home field of the Bloordale Baseball League which offers house league, inter league, Intercounty and all-star programs. Bloordale Park also has tennis court facilities.
Millwood Park located off Bloor Street, has tennis courts and a baseball diamond. This park is scheduled to receive a new playground area.
The Markland Wood Country Club borders Markland Drive and together with the Etobicoke River Valley, forms a nice natural barrier for this neighbourhood. This club offers golf as well as social memberships.
Bus service along Mill Road, Markland Drive and Bloor Street connect passengers to the Kipling TTC and Go Transit stations.
Motorists can quickly access the Burnhamthorpe on-ramp to Highway 427 which links up with other Toronto commuter highways. For those travelling out of the city, Pearson International Airport is only five minutes away.
Schools, Colleges and Universities:
Silverthorn Collegiate Institute
Address: 291 Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1Y5, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-7010 | Fax: (416) 394-7924 | Email: Silverthorn.CI@tdsb.on.ca
“Silverthorn Collegiate’s mission is to create a school environment dedicated to excellence and love of learning. Our goal is to challenge each learner to reach their full potential and become a positive, responsible contributor to society. Silverthorn is a friendly, safe learning community committed to relevant and innovative programs. We encourage growth through opportunities for student involvement that go outside the doors of the classroom. Our aim is to educate and equip students with the tools and resources they need to make informed and healthy choices in school and in life.” As originally published by Silverthorn Collegiate Institute
Address: 330 Lansdowne Ave, Toronto, ON M6H 3Y1, Canada | Telephone: 416 532-6592
“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: 85 Forty First St, Etobicoke, ON M8W 3P1, Canada | Telephone: 647 265-8544
Address: 10 Toledo Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-7020 | Fax: (416) 394-6286 | Email: email@example.com
“Bloordale Middle School, founded in 1960, is nestled geographically in the middle of four feeder schools. The benefit of receiving students from four feeder schools is that it enables students to build new friendships and further develop relationships with peers prior to attending high school.” As originally published by Bloordale Middle School
Address: 15 Rossburn Dr, Etobicoke, ON M9C, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-7040 | Fax: (416) 394-6285 | Email: Eatonville@tdsb.on.ca
“Eatonville Junior School was originally situated on the northeast corner of Bloor Street and The West Mall in 1870 on land donated by the Timothy Eaton family, and was first known as the “Swamp School” due to the many surrounding frog ponds. The current school was built in 1955 on Rossburn Drive to accommodate more children. We are committed to a respectful and equitable partnership with our diverse community of children, staff and families! We foster a safe and nurturing environment in which we pursue our goals and celebrate our successes.” As originally published by Eatonville Junior School
Address: 411 Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C 1Y9, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-7060 | Fax: (416) 394-6299 | Email: MillValley@tdsb.on.ca
“Mill Valley Junior School is a small Kindergarten to Grade 5 school with a strong sense of community. The school officially opened on December 8, 1969. Mill Valley was built as an open-concept school. Over the years, walls have been erected in the pod areas to create separate classrooms. Mill Valley’s school crest depicts a mill in the valley along Etobicoke Creek. Just as the waters of the creek kept the mill wheel moving, we at Mill Valley Junior School endeavour to keep the education of our students ever-moving to keep them in tune with our ever-changing world. Mill Valley Child Care Centre is located on the second floor in the school building.” As originally published by Mill Valley Junior School
Address: 222 Mill Rd, Etobicoke, ON M9C, Canada | Telephone: (416) 394-7070 | Fax: (416) 394-6140 | Email: Millwood@tdsb.on.ca
“Millwood School became a dual track school in 1983, offering regular English programs from Junior Kindergarten to Grade 5 and French Immersion programs from Senior Kindergarten to Grade 5. Our mission is to ensure that our students achieve their highest levels of academic and personal development. As an interactive group of energetic and committed staff, students, parents and community partners, we create a supportive and safe learning environment, focused on a superior foundation for life.” As originally published by Millwood Junior School
Address: 3570 Havenwood Dr, Mississauga, ON L4X 2M9, Canada | Telephone: 905-625-9502 | Fax: 905-625-5250
“Glenhaven Sr. Public School is a vibrant middle school where there is “something for everyone.” In addition to academics, our students have the opportunity to participate in the arts (e.g., vocal and instrumental music, visual arts), leadership development (e.g., ambassadors, athletic council, student parliament, kids now mentoring program), physical education (e.g., intramural, skating, swimming, house leagues) and curricular clubs (e.g., math league, Mathletics, Homework, Counting On You, OFIP Tutoring etc.) The Glenhaven community also benefits from our strong partnerships with Big Brothers, Big Sister Mentoring, the Burnhamthorpe Community Centre and the Dixie-Bloor Neighbourhood. We strive to prepare our early adolescents for the 21st century in a safe, caring, inclusive environment where mutual respect is valued in our pursuit of knowledge, excellence and self-fulfillment.” As originally published by Glenhaven Sr PS
Address: 3400 Ponytrail Dr, Mississauga, ON L4X 1V5, Canada | Telephone: 905-625-1462 | Fax: 905-625-4265
“Forest Glen Public School is a school community that celebrates diversity, strengthens core values and fosters a joy for learning. We are proud of our inclusive learning community that believes in engaging children in meaningful learning experiences. Forest Glen is a school made up of many different cultures, allowing us rich opportunities to learn from each other, thus creating a positive and respectful environment. We build a positive climate for learning and working together by teaching and reinforcing the six Peel character attributes (caring, co-operative, honest, inclusive, responsible, respectful) in all daily interactions as well as at regular Celebration Assemblies.” As originally published by Forest Glen PS
Address: 7585 Financial Dr, Brampton, ON L6Y 5P4, Canada | Telephone: 905 450-1106
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 755 Royal York Rd, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 2T3, Canada
“L’ÉÉC Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville offre un environnement d’apprentissage stimulant par le biais d’une équipe dynamique et engagée. Située au coeur d’un joli quartier résidentiel, elle accueille 565 élèves, 24 classes en tout de la maternelle à la 6e année, en plus de 2 classes au tout nouveau pavillon Richview qui a ouvert ses portes en septembre 2013.” As originally published by ÉÉC Sainte-Marguerite-d’Youville
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
Josyf Cardinal Slipyj Catholic School
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
Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School
Address: 35 Saffron Crescent, Etobicoke, ON M9C 3T8, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5288
“Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School has served this diverse community for more than 40 years. Though the community and school have grown and changed in many ways over the years, the focus of the school, to provide quality education based in Catholic traditions and beliefs, has remained constant.” As originally published by Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School
Address: 4319 Bloor St W, Etobicoke, ON M9C 2A2, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5307 | Fax: 416-397-6319
“In order to meet the diversified needs of our students, we ensure the presence of a Catholic school community, at all times. Daily prayers, religion lessons, monthly rosary sessions, and the integration of Gospel values across the curriculum, are integral components of our program. Monthly masses are prepared in conjunction with our outstanding, parish team. The masses allow for students from various divisions to take leadership roles as greeters, members of the processions, and readers. Active participation in the celebration of the Eucharist is taught, modeled and encouraged. At St. Clement Catholic School, we provide a safe, welcoming, inclusive environment for our students so that they may work and grow to their full potential.” As originally published by St. Clement Catholic School
Address: 1780 Meadowvale Blvd, Mississauga, ON L5N 7K8, Canada | Telephone: 905-814-0318| Fax: 905-814-8480
“Ici, à l’école secondaire catholique Sainte-Famille, nous offrons une ambiance familiale dans une communauté multiculturelle dans laquelle le succès de l’élève passe par un personnel impliqué et dévoué. L’enseignement de qualité, incluant la technologie et des programmes diversifiés, permet à l’élève de croître dans sa foi catholique, sa langue et sa culture francophone, et ce, dans un environnement sécuritaire.” As originally published by ÉSC Sainte-Famille
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