Danforth Village is a Shopping District of Toronto.
Danforth Village, north of the Danforth, was land originally held by the Church of England. Local street names like Glebemount, and Glebeholme, are reminders that this was once Church land.
The land south of the Danforth was not held by the Church. This land was originally owned by families engaged in either farming or in the brick making business.
Danforth Avenue, this neighbourhood’s main thoroughfare, is named after Asa Danforth, an American contractor who built Kingston road in 1799 but ironically he had nothing to do with the building of Danforth Avenue.
After being annexed to the City of Toronto in 1908 Danforth Village began to be subdivided. The two most significant events in the growth of this neighbourhood were the completion of the Prince Edward Viaduct in 1918, and the opening of the Bloor – Danforth subway in 1966.
Danforth Village may be well known for its festival each summer that celebrates all things Greek, but this neighbourhood in Toronto is usually at the top of house hunters’ lists for a long list of reasons.
Danforth Village is well also known for its shopping district along Danforth Avenue. The Danforth’s many shops and restaurants reflect the multicultural flavour of the residents who live in this neighbourhood. The relative affordability of the houses in Danforth Village, together with the convenience of the Bloor-Danforth subway line make the Coxwell and Danforth neighborhood and are an excellent choice for first time home buyers.
North of the Danforth the streets are lined with semi-detached houses that feature distinctive front porches. South of the Danforth the homes are more varied ranging in size and style from Victorian semis, to bungalows and newer townhouses. The typical Danforth Village home was built in the 1920s and 1930s.
Did you know that Toronto’s East-end landmark known as “The Danforth”, is the largest Greek neighbourhood in North America? The Grecian influence and culture, displayed in both subtle and more overt ways, exudes a friendly and welcoming vibe. Close proximity to the downtown core, a mix of trendy and traditional shopping as well as a huge selection of amazing restaurants are all great reasons to consider The Danforth as a potential long-term home.
During the summer months, the sidewalks are overflowing with colourful planters, fresh local produce, and all year round you’ll find an active community that tends to support those around them. Every weekend you’ll find couples strolling, parents chasing toddlers, singles cycling and dogs stopping for friendly bowls of water as they all make their way down the long, vibrant Danforth strip.
Danforth Village is also right in the center of the easiest commuter pocket on the East side of town. You’ll find Greenwood, Coxwell, Woodbine and Main subway stations, and the Danforth GO train, which zips you to Union in no time at all. Need to go to the airport? Simply transfer to the UP Express and you’re on your way with no traffic in sight.
The Danforth is great for young families, because of the abundance of activities right at their doorstep. Monarch Park (a 5-hectare park near Coxwell and Danforth Avenues) has an outdoor pool with a two-storey waterslide, wading pool and a children’s playground. East Lynn Park also has outdoor skating, ample green space as well as an amazing organic outdoor market. The playground is perfect for playdates or quiet morning outings with coffee.
Danforth Avenue offers local residents a full range of shops and services. The Danforth is well known for it’s authentic Greek restaurants and fresh fruit and vegetable markets.
Danforth Avenue is also known for its many bargain and discount stores. Shoppers World, an outdoor mall at the corner of Victoria Park and the Danforth is one of Toronto’s largest discount malls.
Parks, Recreation & Culture
Monarch Park, located south of the Danforth between Coxwell and Greenwood features a variety of recreational facilities including an artificial ice rink, a wading pool, and a swimming pool.
The East Toronto Athletic Field located at Gerrard and Main Streets encompasses a number of sports fields. The Ted Reeve Indoor Hockey Arena is situated adjacent to the sports fields.
The Earl Beattie Community Centre on Woodington Avenue just north of the Danforth has an indoor swimming pool and a gymnasium.
The Danforth/Coxwell Public Library offers programs for toddlers and preschoolers.
Danforth Village is well served by public transit. The Bloor- Danforth subway has stations at Greenwood, Coxwell, Woodbine, Main, and Victoria Park. There is also a Go Train station at Danforth and Main. Regular bus or streetcar service runs on Greenwood, Coxwell, Gerrard, and Woodbine Avenue.
Danforth Avenue provides motorists with easy access to the downtown while commuters are ten to fifteen minutes from the Don Valley Parkway and Lake Shore Boulevard.
Danforth has 11 Public schools, 5 Catholic schools, in this neighborhood, your kids can get a great education.
Address: 800 Greenwood Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 4B6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-0620 | Fax: (416) 393-0577 | Email: Danforth.CTI@tdsb.on.ca
“Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute is a composite and specialized Math, Science and Technology school that is proud of its past and ready for the challenges of both the present and future. The school motto is “We learn by doing” and, indeed, experiential learning defines the “Danforth Way”. Students have access to a wide selection of engaging and innovative courses, offered in a caring, encouraging, and inclusive atmosphere. Across the subject disciplines, from Technological Studies to the Arts, individual student creativity is encouraged and celebrated. Danforth also supports a wide range of students with special needs and is committed to the learning success of all students.“ As originally published by Danforth Collegiate and Technical Institute
Address: 1 Hanson St, Toronto, ON M4J 1G6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-0190 | Fax: (416) 393-0834 | Email: MonarchPark@tdsb.on.ca
“Monarch Park is a welcoming, supportive and safe school. With the individual in mind, we strive to ensure that each student’s needs are met with support both inside and outside of the classroom. Our supports include the Tutors in the Classroom program, a dedicated social worker and other workshops/events that assist our students with their individual and collective needs. We focus on Global Education and our community is represented by over 70 different countries. Our students are encouraged to pursue excellence and lifelong learning in individual subject areas and in our International Baccalaureate Program.” As originally published by Monarch Park Collegiate Institute
Address: 80 Queensdale Ave, East York, ON M4J 1Y3, Canada | Telephone: 416 465-5757
“Nous sommes heureux d’accueillir environ 400 élèves de la maternelle à la 6e année dans un milieu sécuritaire où il fait bon apprendre. À l’école élémentaire La Mosaïque, 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 La Mosaïque
Address: 1094 Gerrard St E, Toronto, ON M4M 2A1, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9820 | Fax: (416) 393-0988 | Email: Riverdale@tdsb.on.ca
“Since 1907, Riverdale Collegiate has established a reputation for academic excellence and strong community involvement. Riverdale is home to a modern library learning commons and students regularly use technology to enhance their learning. The academic program is complemented by a wide variety of clubs and sports such as: the Riverdale Environmental Action Committee, SASSD, yearbook, athletics, music and theatre. Our school prides itself on a strong spirit of community.“ As originally published by Riverdale Collegiate Institute
Address: 100 Carlton St, Toronto, ON M5B 1M3, Canada | Telephone: 416 393-0175
“Le Collège français sera un milieu de vie stimulant pour tes amis et toi. Toute une équipe est là, chaque jour, pour t’aider à découvrir de nouveaux horizons et à mieux comprendre le monde qui t’entoure.” As originally published by Collège français secondaire
Address: 271 Gledhill Ave, East York, ON M4C 5L2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2400 | Fax: (416) 396-2400 | Email:DAMorrison@tdsb.on.ca
“D.A. Morrison combines fifty years as a traditional neighborhood school with a strong commitment to change, new technologies, and a sound education for all learners. This means that all students enjoy a solid education in the basics with a wide variety of options and opportunities for personal and academic growth. Our facilities include a full-size pool, gym facilities, an up to date library and computer labs, making the school a place of educational excellence. Enriched by diversity and committed to equity, we offer programs to meet the needs, goals, and interests of our students. In addition to strong academics, we offer outstanding programs in Music, Visual Art, and Dance.” As originally published by D. A. Morrison Middle School
Address: 650 Cosburn Ave, East York, ON M4C 2V2, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2355 | Fax: (416) 396-2368 | Email:EastYork@tdsb.on.ca
“East York Collegiate Institute (EYCI) is a dynamic learning community founded on respect and dedicated to ensuring every student is successful every day. EYCI is a welcoming and inclusive school, where students regardless of difference see themselves in the curriculum and feel comfortable taking academic risks in an environment where respect and trust underpin each experience. At the core of all learning is a focus on skills including creativity, collaboration, communication, critical thinking, responsible citizenry, and good character. The EY approach ensures our students are well-rounded, lifelong learners who are prepared to address the challenges of the 21st century and make meaningful contributions as members of the community at large.” As originally published by East York Collegiate Institute
Address: 100 Strathcona Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1G8, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9545 | Fax: (416) 393-9542 | Email: EarlGrey@tdsb.on.ca
“Earl Grey provides excellence in education for our adolescent students, as well as a full range of quality co-curricular activities ranging from athletics to leadership opportunities. Through partnership with the home, staff provides opportunities for students to learn and grow intellectually, socially and emotionally. Character Education drives Earl Grey’s Caring and Safe school vision, which links to our school-wide Code of Conduct. Each member of our community has clearly outlined responsibilities which accompany her/his rights.” As originally published by Earl Grey Senior Public School
Address: 55 Woodington Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 3J6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9070 | Fax: (416) 393-9069 | Email: EarlBeatty@tdsb.on.ca
“Earl Beatty Public School offers stimulating academic and enrichment programs for students in JK to Grade 8. The school’s motto is “Learning Together.” The word Learning reflects our school’s focus on high academic standards and on helping students reach their full potential. The word Together reflects our 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.” We are home to Beatty Buddies Daycare and the City of Toronto Parks and Recreation Earl Beatty Community Centre.” As originally published by Earl Beatty Junior and Senior Public School
Address: 2 Gledhill Ave, East York, ON M4C 5K6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2340 | Fax: (416) 396-2903 | Email:
“In 1915, the Toronto Board of Education bought 6 acres of land on Gledhill Avenue near the dirt road that was Danforth Avenue. For two years, students were taught in two portables and then in 1917, almost 300 students started in a new Gledhill schoolhouse. By 1925, Gledhill grew to 30 classrooms. As the Danforth developed into a busy retail street, Gledhill peaked at 1200 students. With some changes to meet safety regulations, Gledhill retained its structure for almost 60 years. In 1983, the Terry Fox Recreation Centre opened. This addition, consisting of a large gym and a community room, reinforced Gledhill’s role as “a great place to be.”” As originally published by Gledhill Junior Public School
Address: 53 Donlands Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 3N7, Canada | Telephone: (416) 393-9575 | Fax: (416) 393-9578 | Email: Wilkinson@tdsb.on.ca
“Opened in 1915, Wilkinson Public School has been part of the Danforth/Donlands community for 100 years. Our school is rich in cultural diversity, with 500 students speaking over 25 different languages. This provides an exciting opportunity for all our students to learn about and celebrate many different cultures. At Wilkinson we work towards building a welcoming, respectful, and safe school environment for everyone. Our dedicated staff and parents work together to create a close-knit school community for the benefit of our whole neighborhood.” As originally published by Wilkinson Junior Public School
CATHOLIC AND PRIVATE SCHOOL
Address: 50 Woodmount Ave, Toronto, ON M4C 3X9, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5235 | Fax: 416-393-5815
“St. Brigid was born around the year 453 near Kidare in Ireland. She lived by her words: “to honour Christ, for Christ is in the body of every poor man”. Her hand was always out to the poor. She was considered to be a joyful, invigorating saint, who radiated goodness, wholeness and the attractiveness of the Christian life. St. Brigid Catholic School opened on November 14, 1921 with 223 students. Today, our staff is a group of highly experienced, self-motivated teachers, committed to making the teaching/learning experience in a Catholic environment as meaningful as possible.” As originally published by St. Brigid Catholic School
Address: 250 Gainsborough Rd, Toronto, ON M4L 3C6, Canada | Telephone: (416) 396-2340 | Fax: (416) 396-2903 | Email:
“L’école élémentaire catholique Georges-Étienne-Cartier accueille plus de 400 élèves du jardin à la 6e année. Elle est une école dynamique caractérisée par une panoplie d’activités culturelles, pédagogiques, pastorales et communautaires où le français rayonne. Dotée d’une mission et d’une vision avant-gardistes, l’école est une communauté apprenante qui a à cœur l’éducation et l’amélioration du rendement de tous les élèves. À cet effet, plusieurs initiatives sont mises en place pour assurer le succès et l’épanouissement de tous. Le personnel œuvre dans un esprit de collaboration afin de s’outiller d’une pédagogie branchée et engageante.” As originally published by ÉÉC Georges-Étienne-Cartier
Address: 343 Jones Ave, Toronto, ON M4J 1A7, Canada
“À l’école élémentaire catholique du Bon-Berger, nous nous soucions de créer un environnement où chaque élève se sent bien dans sa peau et peut donc apprendre à son plein potentiel. Nous nous assurons d’offrir aux élèves un milieu scolaire sécuritaire où la francophonie et les valeurs catholiques occupent une place importante. Nous encourageons les élèves à développer leur estime de soi, à être à l’écoute des autres, à faire preuve d’entraide et à s’engager pleinement dans toutes les facettes de leur éducation. C’est ainsi qu’ils deviennent autonomes et responsables dans leur apprentissage.” As originally published by ÉÉC du Bon-Berger
Address: 299a Donlands Ave, East York, ON M4J 3R7, Canada | Telephone: 416-393-5242 | Fax: 416-393-5030
“Holy Cross is a member of the Toronto Catholic District School Board community which is formed by Catholic beliefs and traditions. As such, our students are part of a learning community environment where models of Gospel values, Catholic tradition, teachings and beliefs are an integral part of their daily life at the school. The Holy Cross lesson that staff instill in our students is to work hard, be self-disciplined, have a sense of fairness, and learn to have a sense of fun into our lives. Our school community models courage, commitment, and Catholicity at home, school and in our parish lives. We have a close working relationship with our Parish Priest.” As originally published by Holy Cross Catholic School