Cedarvale/Humewood can be classified as two neighbourhoods: Cedarvale being the wealthier of the two is located in the north, while Humewood is upper-middle class and located in the south. The areas are separated by Vaughan Road and the Cedarvale Ravine, which creates a natural border between the two. From a housing perspective, the area is extremely diverse with a mix of bungalows, semi-detached homes, executive manors, and ravine lots. Transit and retail is concentrated along the outer edges of the border, where higher density housing is also found.
Known for its community-oriented atmosphere, Cedarvale/Humewood is home to many families. The area is known for its Cedarvale Ravine, which offers many scenic trails perfect for the avid outdoor enthusiast. It is often referred to as “The Woods”, due its many trees and wooded areas. Along St. Clair, residents find local coffee shops and bakeries with delicious goods for on-the-go. Further along there are also many grocers, gyms, and restaurants.
Within this neighbourhood are several schools, including the Leo Baeck Day School that provides a rich education that embraces the world and Judaism, as well as the Cedarvale Community School and the Humewood Community School that both cater to junior kindergarteners and eighth graders. Residents will also find St. Michael’s College School immediately beside the southern part of the neighbourhood.
The area is accessible by bus lines running on Eglinton Avenue West, Bathurst Street, and Vaughan Road. Residents can venture from Humewood to use the St. Clair Avenue West streetcars that are within walking distance and use the St. Clair West subway station. Those in the Cedarvale area are closer to the Eglinton West Station.
Activities & Amenities
Residents have a choice of visiting the high-end shops, specialty food shops, and a variety of professional services on Eglinton Avenue West, or they can go a bit further for a taste of the Caribbean in the shopping district between Oakwood Avenue and Dufferin Street. Cedarvale is home to an established Jewish community that attend the Beth Tzedec Congregation, one of several synagogues in the area. It’s next door to the Reuben & Helen Dennis Museum that houses many fascinating exhibitions of Jewish history. Residents are fortunate to be within walking distance to the many shops, markets, and restaurants on St. Clair Avenue West. The Humewood Community School on Cherrywood Avenue provides ample indoor and outdoor recreational activity for residents of all ages.
Sir Henry Mill Pellatt built the castle Casa Loma adjacent to Humewood around 1912 and planned to develop a subdivision, which he called “Cedar Vale” because of the many cedars in the large ravine that run through the area. Humewood was named after the country home of the prominent lawyer and politician, William Hume Blake, that was built in the 1860s. The original house burnt down, was rebuilt, and underwent several renovations. Today, it’s a local landmark at number forty Humewood Drive, north of Humewood Park.