Forest Hill


forest_hill.gifOverview
Homes
Shopping
Recreation
Schools
Transportation

Overview

The Forest Hill neighbourhood is one of Toronto's most prestigious districts. The mansions in Lower Forest Hill are rivalled only by those found in Rosedale. Forest Hill's schools are among the best in the country. They include two of Canada's most revered private schools: Upper Canada College for boys, and Bishop Strachan School for girls.

Forest Hill is one of Toronto's prettier districts. Its topography is very diverse with gently sloping hills, winding roads, and numerous little parkettes all adding charm to the neighbourhood.

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Homes

Forest Hill's old building codes and bylaws, dating back to the 1920's and 1930's, required that all Forest Hill houses be designed by an architect, and that a tree be planted at the front of each property. This foresight by Village planners has left a legacy of beauty in the brick and stone mansions, and majestic trees that grace the streets of Lower Forest Hill.

The Upper Village houses were built mostly in the 1940's and 1950's. These houses are more modest than their Lower Village counterparts, however the lot sizes are comparable between the two districts.

Forest Hill also contains a fair number of luxury condominium apartment buildings, located west of Spadina on Lonsdale Road and Heath Street West.

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Shopping

The Forest Hill Village shopping district is centred around the intersection of Spadina Road and Lonsdale Road. The ambience of this private enclave of stores is that of a small town rather than a big city.

The Village's boutiques and shops cater to the specific needs of Forest Hill's affluent residents.

The Eglinton West Village shopping district has a large variety of stores to suit every taste and budget. This street also contains many fine restaurants and food stores.

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Recreation

The Belt Line fitness and nature trail follows the route of the former Belt Line railway, which was Toronto's first commuter train. This fourteen and one-half kilometre track passes through Forest Hill on its way down to Rosedale. The Belt Line Path is enjoyed by both nature and fitness enthusiasts.

Forest Hill's Public Library has a myriad of programs for adults, children, and preschoolers

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Schools

(P) Forest Hill Jr. & Sr., 78 Dunloe Rd., (416) 393-9335
(P) Alternative Primary Jr., 1100 Spadina Rd., (416) 393-9199
(P) North Preparatory Jr., 1100 Spadina Rd., (416) 393-9230
(P) West Preparatory Jr., 70 Ridge Hill Dr., (416) 393-1633
(P) Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, 730 Eglinton Ave. W., (416) 393-1860
(PR) Bishop Strachan School, 298 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 483-4325
(PR) Upper Canada College, Upper School, 200 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 488-1125
(PR) Upper Canada College, Prep School, 220 Lonsdale Rd., (416) 488-1125

Legend:
(P) Public School
(PH) Public High School
(CA) Catholic School
(PR) Private School
(PC) Private Catholic School
(PJ) Private Jewish School
(C) College
(U) University

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Transportation

Forest Hill is conveniently located within walking distance of numerous bus routes that connect passengers to Toronto's rapid transit subway lines.

For motorists commuting in and out of the city, the Allen Expressway is easily accessed from Eglinton Avenue West.

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