Neighbourhoods

Yorkville

Education
The northern part of Yorkville offers a quiet residential area with the College of Nurses of Ontario and the Jesse Ketchum Junior and Senior Public School close at hand.

Public Transit
Getting around is easy with the TTC subway system: You have access to the Bay station on the Bloor-Danforth subway line and the Bloor/Yonge subway station on the Yonge-University-Spadina subway line.

Activities & Amenities
The Windsor Arms is a hotel that effortlessly blends the historic with the modern, providing a lovely high tea for its guests. The Windsor Arms supports the Look Good Feel Better program, allowing female guests to wear a fancy hat during high tea for a $5 donation to charity. The Minto Suite Hotel provides an abundance of amenities to let guests live comfortably and is famous for housing celebrities while they film on-location. The southern half of Yorkville is full of hustle and bustle between Yorkville Avenue and Bloor Street West, with many chic shops and art galleries. High fashion is abundant here, with names like Tiffany & Co., Chanel, Holt Renfrew, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, and D&G. With a host of fine dining venues, residents enjoy after-hours cocktails or dinner with friends, particularly at the celebrity hotspot Sassafraz. Residents and tourists experience high-end dining at the ONE restaurant that’s part of the Hazelton Hotel and they can choose from many other cuisines in the neighbourhood, including Italian and Japanese.

HISTORY

Founded in 1830, Yorkville was originally a residential suburb, home to residents seeking cleaner air outside of industrial York. In 1883, Yorkville became part of the City of Toronto and as of then is officially recognized as a neighbourhood. Transportation links are largely responsible for the neighbourhood’s growth, with the omnibus and construction of the Bloor-Danforth subway. In the 1960s, the neighbourhood stood at the epicenter of Canada’s bohemian scene, with ample clubs and coffee shops showcasing local talent. During the 1970s, Yorkville experienced significant commercial growth with high-end retail, luxurious accommodations, and corporate office buildings. Today, the high-end neighbourhood is known for its shopping and is home to many Canadian celebrities.

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