Forest Hill is another prestigious neighbourhood in Toronto, known for its gentle hills and winding roads. It is home to some of the city’s wealthiest residents and those with social or celebrity status. It boasts two of Toronto’s most famous schools, Upper Canada College and Bishop Strachan School, and is a popular place among established families. With a small village atmosphere, this Toronto neighbourhood’s core is focused around the intersection of Lonsdale Road and Spadina Road. Here, you will find various locally owned stores and services, such as banks and gyms.
This residential neighbourhood is distinguished by its architectural character and lush landscapes. The area is dominated by Tudor and Georgian style homes, but also includes French Colonial mansions and English country manors. Although it mostly consists of single family homes, along the Lonsdale border there are also luxury condominium buildings. Housing is primarily low density, although lot size is smaller that other suburban areas. Higher density housing is found closer to the main roads and intersections along Spadina Avenue, St Clair West, and Eglinton Avenue.
It’s home to the Forest Hill Collegiate Institute, which is conveniently located near the Forest Hill branch of the Toronto Public Library. It has several schools located near each other, such as the all-girls private university prep and boarding school Bishop Stachan, and Upper Canada College, a private all-boys school with boarding facilities.
This area provides the Eglinton West subway station on Allen Road for residents to explore other areas of Toronto.
Activities & Amenities
By going south on Spadina Road, residents can make a quick trip to Chinatown and Old Toronto or simply enjoy the local coffee shops and art galleries along the way. Residents can view commemorative trees and benches as they explore the Suydam Park that connects to the Cedarvale Ravine.
Forest Hill was originally named Spadina Heights after adopting it from an Ojibwe word meaning “hill”. In 1860, it was renamed after the summer home of the local businessman and butcher, John Wickson. Today, Forest Hill is one of the wealthiest areas in Toronto, and residents will find the past is not lost with Spadina Road splitting the neighbourhood in half.